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Another reason my job is awesome

I've worked many jobs over the last decade, a little more if you count slinging pizzas in high school or feeding animals and babysitting, and this is definitely the most interesting job. It also, as it turns out, best uses my skills and talents. It also allows me to sleep in late most days. 

I guess I've had jobs in the past that allowed me to pull in some of my talents in ways outside the scope of my job description, but it's super fun to get to do the occasional illustration for the paper. It's cool to be at my desk painting a little picture for my job.

Capital City Metro in Review -- Week of June 30th, 2013

The Whale Project is about to breach from its clay mold in hopes of making it to Juneau early next year. Celebrations of our country’s independence took place Thursday and Friday, but there was no hullabaloo over Alaska’s true birthday. This is CC METRO IN REVIEW for the week of June 30th, 2013:

The literal fruits of my labor

Late this spring, when we were first having that summery weather, I decided to weed out and garden a patch in my back yard. I had helped my mom garden in the past and I've written an article or two (three, actually) about other people gardening, so I figured it was something I could handle.

After one day of grueling weeding and turning over of soil with a shovel, I had cleared about a quarter of the yard. Let's call it good.

Capital City Metro in Review -- Week of June 23rd, 2013

In a new weekly serial, we’ll cover things that may have not gotten their time in newsprint, but get all the glory of online pixel space. This is CC METRO IN REVIEW for the week of June 23rd, 2013: 

City Attorney John Hartle has retired after 20 years with the city and was thanked for his service to the municipality. Mayor Merrill Sanford: “This is an appreciation night for John, and a thank you to all of your years of service.”

Blackerby Ridge and Cairn Peak

Do you ever make an offhand comment to someone, only to immediately wonder, “Now why in the world did I say that?” That’s the way I felt last week, when I casually suggested to my coworker Courtney that we hike Blackerby Ridge to Cairn Peak. Ideally, I like to spread my ridge hikes out to once every seven or eight days at most. I still hadn’t fully recovered from the 13 mile, +5,700’ traverse I had just done two days earlier with another friend over Mt. Gastineau, Mt.

Being a conscious consumer

The death toll from recent clothing factory disasters is high; more than 1,100 in the Bangladesh collapse, around 300 in the Karachi fire in Pakistan. When you look at the label of your clothing, where does it say it's made? 

Some of my clothing tags do say "Made in Bangladesh"  or "Made in China" and maybe "Made in Pakistan" — it makes me wonder if having affordable fashion is worth the conditions caused by our consumer demands. My Gap dress cost $40 on sale — but at what cost? 

Choose respect. Wait, what's respect?

In an open letter to Alaskans on the Choose Respect site (www.chooserespect.alaska.gov) Gov. Sean Parnell wrote, "In December of 2009, I pledged that Alaska would take every step necessary to stop the epidemic of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child sexual abuse in Alaska. Since then, we have witnessed more and more Alaskans finding the courage to speak, and the strength to act."

But respect is more than not hitting or raping a woman.

A Few Magical Hours with Hummingbirds!

A flash of harmless lightning,  

A mist of rainbow dyes,

The burnished sunbeams brightening,

From flower to flower he flies.
      - John Banister Tabb

 

Happy Tails--Dusty

 

Happy Tails-- Dusty

Juneau Ridge Hike

This year’s hiking season has had a slow start. First I was distracted by all the skiing that I could do well into May, and then family obligations took precedence over recreation. When I was finally ready to get out on the trails and just hike, I couldn’t believe it was still snowing up in the mountains and raining hard below. On Saturday, the first of June, I decided enough was enough. I put on all of my rain gear and waterproof boots and headed up the Lake Creek trail.

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