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Melissa Griffiths

The most human(e) mouse trap

By: Melissa Griffiths | Blog:

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. 

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Melissa Griffiths

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

By: Melissa Griffiths | Blog:

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.'

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Melissa Griffiths

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

By: Melissa Griffiths | Blog:

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.

Melissa Griffiths

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

By: Melissa Griffiths | Blog:

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.

Melissa Griffiths

Let's make October 'Do Something Real' month

By: Melissa Griffiths | Blog:

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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Melissa Griffiths

Concern trolling the potential future (poor) neighbors

By: Melissa Griffiths | Blog:

Though the biggest debate seems to be over whether the potential Vista Drive development is in North Douglas, West Juneau or Douglas — it is quite confusing for someone fresh to Juneau, or anyone who hasn't lived on the Island, so let's give our new City and Education reporter a break — the debate raging in my head was whether or not to call out the concern trolls. 

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Katie Moritz

Remembering Mike Kirk

By: Katie Moritz | Blog:

Hi, Juneauites! I haven’t formally introduced myself — my name is Katie Moritz and I started working for the Empire about a month ago as a general assignment reporter. I also do some Facebooking for the paper. You might have seen me around town, looking a bit out of place (I drove here from Missouri, cut me some slack), but I'm really trying to get to know Juneau and the people who call this community home.

Melissa Griffiths

How to be a nice guy

By: Melissa Griffiths | Blog:

Sometimes nice guys aren't as nice as they think.

This weekend, a friend and I went out to dance at a local bar, accompanied by a couple male friends. We were content to dance amongst ourselves, but both my friend and I accepted invitations to dance with another patron, a friend of a friend. His actions that night reminded me that identifying as a 'nice guy' is not the same as being a nice guy.

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Melissa Griffiths

A lot happens in 10 years

By: Melissa Griffiths | Blog:

For better or for worse, I don't imagine many people can go to a reunion without comparing it to Romy and Michele's — or is that just me?

My reunion probably wasn't as fancy as in the movie, the lighting wasn't as dramatic and I'll admit that music from the late '90s and early '00s was mostly worse than Cindy Lauper's Time After Time.

Melissa Griffiths

Not a good sport

By: Melissa Griffiths | Blog:

Actually, I'm a good sport in the sense that I'm a very graceful loser when I fail miserably in a sport (and then quit it), because I have discovered that I have no natural talent for sports and getting upset when I fall, miss, trip, go too slow or otherwise fail would lead to much unhappiness.

Proof of my poor abilities, despite my desire to be one of those sporty and fit types, is in the abandoned athletic gear that has cluttered my homes. 

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