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Road to the red carpet

I had woken up from a nightmare, earlier than normal for me, when I received an email that I was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award. Instead of going back to sleep, I obsessively read everything possible about the awards and nominees and grew increasingly excited. There was certainly a period of disbelief — how on earth did GLAAD even come across a series in the Juneau Empire? 

There's something to make you smile, and it's right in front of you

I was at the Alaska Robotics Gallery on a weekend when George Kuhar, with wife and fellow musician Bridget Kuhar, asked if I wanted to be in a music video. I shrugged and said sure. 

It was the right answer.

George asked the same thing of a couple dozen people around town. We all sang a line or two of a song from the Kuhars' music project Playboy Spaceman's newest album "One Heart Army."

The result is a joyful music video that is sure to put a smile on your face.

 

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The video was down temporarily, but has been reposted with a minor edit.

The most human(e) mouse trap

Scratch, scratch, scratch. Squeak. Rustle, rustle. 

Those are the sounds made by my unwelcome newest housemate.

Beau, the dog, was certain of his presence before I would admit we had a mouse in the house — I'm still convinced he's a lone mouse — but I couldn't deny it any longer when I stared the mouse in his tiny, furry, adorable face in the living room. Beau seems intent on conquering the mouse himself, so I called for him. He doesn't listen well. The mouse took the cue better than my faithful guard dog and scurried back to a hiding place. 

Happy Tails: Nola

Abraham Lincoln once said, “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count.  It’s the life in your years.”  This is a story of a lucky dog who has had both—a long life, well-lived. 

'Keeping up with the Joneses' and the rules of pluralization

Now and then a well-meaning grammarian or stylist will contact me with a critique; sometimes I'm wrong, sometimes I'm right, and sometimes it's just a matter of potato and po-tah-to. 

The English language is a tricky one, with Latin and Germanic roots, with exceptions to every rule and, like many languages, it is constantly changing to keep up with common usage. 

Today I had a message regarding anniversary announcements and the pluralization of names ending in 's.'

Remembering a Christmas Past

 

Driving out the road on this snowy day, a sentimental country Christmas song came on the radio, "The Christmas Shoes."  It had a catchy tune, so I listened a bit…little did I know that it would so quickly transport me back to another time. 

 

"It was almost Christmas time, there I stood in another line

Trying to buy that last gift or two, not really in the Christmas mood

If you're shopping for me for the holidays (or someone like me) PART II

Here's round two of my holiday shopping guide, because there's more to life than clothing and jewelry — I hear shoe leather tastes disgusting.

Because boredom is the worst, gifts to entertain are always a hit.

If you're shopping for me for the holidays (or someone like me) PART I

Is this a wish list? Not exactly. I have on many occasions had people ask me, "Wow, where did you get that (article of clothing/pair of shoes/necklace/useful item)?" — usually, I can respond that I bought the item locally (and mostly downtown), which surprises some people. More than a wish list, it is a guide on how to shop locally for most anything you need, with special attention to small businesses and locally-made goods. It's not a complete list of places to shop in town, it's more a list of places I frequent.

Let's make October 'Do Something Real' month

October has become a bittersweet month for me. Halloween is my favorite holiday (one point for October), I had a hard time falling asleep last night because the whole town had that haunted feeling with rattling window panes and howling wind (minus one), Juneau is all ours again (plus one), and it's PINKWASHING MONTH (minus 50). 

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