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The most human(e) mouse trap

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...

Happy Tails: Nola

Picture Perfect Moments

Abraham Lincoln once said, “And in the end, it’s not the years in your...

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

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. 


Remembering a Christmas Past

Picture Perfect Moments


Driving out the road on this snowy day...

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

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...

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

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...

Let's make October 'Do Something Real' month

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...

Concern trolling the potential future (poor) neighbors

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...

Remembering Mike Kirk

Katie Moritz's 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...

Hawthorne Peak

Betsy Fischer's Blog

I should have brought an ice axe.

A friend of mine cautioned me when I told him I was planning to hike up Hawthorne Peak. “The snowpack can be pretty icy up there this time of year. You...


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