Hawthorn – A Natural Heart Tonic

By Dori Cranmore RN, Holistic Health Practitioner -
Hawthorn is known as the ‘heart herb’ for its many benefits as a heart tonic. Traditional use of hawthorn berries has been confirmed by German studies to strengthen and normalize the heartbeat, prevent and reduce heart arrhythmias and guard the heart against oxygen deficiency.

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The Spider at the Light Festival

Contributed by Carmen Summerfield -
On a recent trip to Amsterdam, I visited the 7th annual Amsterdam Light Festival, which happens every year, December through January. This festival is a showplace for contemporary international artists, architects and designers to display their unique sculptures with light.

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Anley

Contributed by Kelleigh Orthmann -
Love in a pretty package. That's Anley. She's a soft, silky, ebony girl with a chocolate ruff and an adorable face. She’s a slim, trim, little girl, and full of affection. She is maybe 7 years old.

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Guitars in Cars

Contributed by Todd Farnsworth, Owner of Wood & Wire Guitars & Music -
To make a short story long, winter is harsh enough on your instruments. Why would you leave your precious baby in the car? Things shrink up, cracks happen (both superficially and the wood itself), glue joints become brittle and likely to pop. Not to mention the ever-present possibility of theft.

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Third Grade Literacy: Read by 9

Contributed by Robert Griffin, Senior Education Research Fellow, Alaska Policy Forum & Bethany Marcum, M.S., Executive & Policy Director, Alaska Policy Forum -
Statistics for literacy amongst Alaskan children are dismal. Alaska’s K-12 education system has arguably the worst student outcomes in the nation in the fundamental task of teaching children to read by the all-important age of nine.

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$500 For One Song!

Contributed by Michael Consalo -
As a musician, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve spent several hours, hauling equipment, setting up microphones, practicing, and dialing in sound for a 4-hour gig. These gigs are fun, but long, and require equipment, which costs money.

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A Yarn to Remember

Contributed by Charice Chambers -
Kate Wattum was about to retire and was looking for something to do in her next life phase that would be exciting, entertaining and helpful to the community. Several years before, she had purchased both sheep and alpacas for her farm.

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