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?
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
Due to Juneau's unexpected weather, the Gastineau Channel Little League has postponed its opening day ceremonies until Saturday, May 4th. First pitch festivities and scheduled games will not be played on area fields this weekend due to recent snow. The 2013 Little League season will begin officially on Saturday, May 4th, with Opening Day ceremonies at Adair Kennedy Baseball Field at 10 a.m.
My brief column in today's paper can be folded away neatly and reopened next week. Here it is: