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Melissa Griffiths

My love-hate relationship with photography

By: Melissa Griffiths | Blog:

I want to clone Michael Penn and make the clone work nights and weekends so I'm never pressed to take a photo again. When Michael's not available, I often find myself toting a DSLR camera to events and hoping I'll get lucky, that I'll have the right shutter speed, the right f-stop, the right white balance — if it sounds like I know what I'm doing, I've fooled you. Fancy cameras with all those different settings continue to befuddle me. I should probably take a proper photography class instead of this fake it 'til you make it style of taking as many photos as time and an SD card will allow.

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Melissa Griffiths

Dog-friendly

By: Melissa Griffiths | Blog:

I could name many reasons for liking our new publisher, Rustan, but I would be lying if I didn't say a big factor was his decision to let me bring my dog to work. Is that selfish? Nah, I've had a lot of co-workers express happiness at having Beau the Dog in the office. I think this decision is indicative of a desire to foster job satisfaction and a community feel at the Empire. 

Why is having Beau the Dog at work positive?

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Melissa Griffiths

Another reason my job is awesome

By: Melissa Griffiths | Blog:

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.

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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