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Melissa Griffiths

The literal fruits of my labor

By: Melissa Griffiths | Blog:

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.

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Melissa Griffiths

Being a conscious consumer

By: Melissa Griffiths | Blog:

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? 

Melissa Griffiths

Choose respect. Wait, what's respect?

By: Melissa Griffiths | Blog:

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.

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Melissa Griffiths

It's reunion season! What have your experiences been?

By: Melissa Griffiths | Blog:

It managed to sneak up on me. This summer is my 10-year high school reunion and I'll be heading back down to Redmond, Ore. for the occasion.

My time in high school was wholly unremarkable. I managed to get through with minimal drama, negligible popularity and respectable grades, getting me into college and on with my life.

Melissa Griffiths

Happy Juneau-versary to me

By: Melissa Griffiths | Blog:

Six years ago today I disembarked a plane after a milk-run from Seattle and an early morning departure from Portland, Ore., two weeks after graduating from Willamette University in Salem, Ore., and happy to be leaving my parents' house in Redmond, Ore. — we can get along for a maximum of two weeks. Fresh off the plane, my friend Lauren Brooks took me to the Mendenhall Glacier. 

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Melissa Griffiths

Melissa and the mystery of the misplaced signs

By: Melissa Griffiths | Blog:

I had a Nancy Drew adventure today. Sort of. 

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Scott Severance

Hello Everyone!

By: Scott Severance | Blog:

I am starting a blog to share some art and anything else I find interesting with Juneau’s online community.   

Today, I am sharing some 30-45 min sketches and studies, all painted in Photoshop. Some, I have heavily referenced photos from wildlife books and others not so much.

In the future, I hope to have a little something for everyone. I like to dabble and experiment so there will be paintings with a more Alaskan flavor, silly nonsense and hopefully everything in between. So just stay tuned…

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Abby Lowell

Surprises on the Salmon Creek Trail

By: Abby Lowell | Blog:

UPDATE: In only a few days, this trail has gone from do-able to downright amazing! It's true. A run up the trail on Friday, May 10 found a pathway almost completely devoid of snow (yeah a little squishy in spots).

With the return of the rain, this outing may be a great choice for those looking to stay off the snow and out of the mud. 

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Under the canopy of the Southeast rainforest, the torrential downpour was nothing more than a mist. Through the trees, the rain could be seen falling sideways, as it was battered downward by the wind.

Melissa Griffiths

Does this make me a terrible person?

By: Melissa Griffiths | Blog:

You know those movies in which the whole premise is an underdog sports team overcoming the odds and the challenges to take home a win and everything is so heartfelt and you are supposed to feel inspired and motivated and overjoyed? Least. Favorite. Genre. Inspirational sports films? No thank you.

But it goes further than that. Inspirational dance movies? Nope. Inspirational films about teachers reaching inner-city students? Cringe. There is something about the saccharine and cliches that makes me want to barf. 

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Klas Stolpe

My kingdom for a seat on Alaska Airlines

By: Klas Stolpe | Blog:

First you take away my peanuts, and now this?
Really?
New “slimmer” seats with plug-ins and USB ports and extraterrestrial sensors and insulin portals and, well, OK, you mentioned electrical outlets and ports.
You actually said 110-volt power and USB outlets.
And then, under your breath, “this allows Alaska Airlines to make available more passenger seats.”
Is that “Squeeze more bodies side by side to help fight intolerance among cultures, species and social upbringings?” Or just squeeze more bodies side by side to honor the holy dollar.

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