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Willow Branch Blue White Recreation CoverThe Willow Branch is now on Sale $1.99 through September 30.

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Posted September 23, 2015 by aurorawatcherak in Writing

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Stay Tuned for Writing Wednesday   1 comment

This week’s interview is with an Alaskan-based author, Dan Griffin. He lives in the same town as I do and we travel in some of the same circles, but oddly enough, we met on Twitter.

Posted September 23, 2015 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

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Watch for the Blog Hop   1 comment

This week’s topic is stress relief.

Posted September 23, 2015 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

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Under Pressure   8 comments

Blog Hop Topic – How do you relieve stress?

First, I highly recommend that you check out PJ MacLayne’s website to see how she relieves stress and books for some great reads, which may be the ultimate answer to relieving stress.

Wow! Stress is a big topic. And this novelist relieves stress by … writing.

Okay, that was really easy. So easy that you might think I’ve not had a lot of stress in my life. You’d be wrong. I’ve earned my scar tissue. There are some people who would apply the label “tough cookie” to me and I’d wear that badge proudly, knowing that I had thoroughly earned it. I’ve been there, done that, and used the t-shirt as a tourniquet.

And, no, I’m not going to tell you about it. You can read my novels and decide when I’m being authentic.

The truth is there is nothing like creating a fictional world or setting and working out your stress there. I can blow up countries, punch bullies in the mouth, create solutions that actually work or … just go somewhere that is far away from my reality. Sometimes I work through forgiveness and redemption in my novels and other times I just kill the bastard … or torture him-her. Writing is also often where I am the closest to God, where I can hear His voice most clearly and follow His guidance most directly. I can also be my most human there, in that fictional world where I don’t have the face the consequences of my own impulses, but can let God correct me through my characters.

I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a stressful day of writing (formatting is NOT writing), but writers should live some life if we want something to write about, so I do take breaks. Hiking the Alaska wilderness isn’t exactly stress-free. There are dragons in those woods — well, okay, moose and bears — and even on a hot sunny June day, the weather can turn on a dime, drop 70 degrees and make you wish you’d never left home. We risk our lives heading into the wilderness, which might seem stressful to people who have never done it. When we return, we’re recharged and ready to face life again … or write a novel.
Listening to music and dancing to it, taking hot baths, sitting by the wood stove reading someone else’s novel while hearing the fire crackle, pop and sizzle, chopping firewood to feed that wood stove, watching series on Netflix, walking on the treadmill, singing gospel music at the top of my lungs where nobody else can hear me, throwing a stick for the Lab preferably in a fast moving body of water, washing walls …. Yeah, washing walls — anything mindless and physical is often one of the greatest ways to reduce and remove stress. It gives you something else to concentrate on while also allowing you to confront your thoughts. In some ways, it is an old-fashioned version of EMDR (you can google that). Try it sometime and see how it works for you. But if you’re a writer … you could just work it out in a story.

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man, but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above what you are able” (I Corinthians 10:13).

If I put myself in the right place to listen to God, He really takes care of my stress for me, even when my life circumstances are still in turmoil.

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Task force addresses transit challenges | Peninsula Clarion   Leave a comment

Getting around the peninsula without a car or license is a struggle – one that Trisha Lansing knows firsthand. After losing her license in March, Lansing rode her bike to work from Kenai to Soldotna every day.

Source: Task force addresses transit challenges | Peninsula Clarion

Yesterday, I posted on a Canadian company that is picking up the slack on the Alaska Marine Highway System as budget cuts loom.

Today, I want to show the other side of that coin. I’m sure these people mean well, but the State of Alaska has got to get our fiscal house in order and expensive bus lines are not a way to do that.

http://www.stagelineinhomer.com/

There is already a private van services on the Peninsula. Instead of government going into direct competition with them and running them out of business, government should be finding away to support the existing efforts.  Yes, there is a cost associated with using a private business, but the cost comes out of the pockets of the users rather than out of an income tax on everyone in the State of Alaska, even those who would never use a bus on the Kenai Peninsula. If the State would get out of the way and allow Stageline and any other competitors to provide the service, we the soon-to-taxpayers would be able to keep a bit more of our income so that we might continue to pay for our own transportation.

Posted September 22, 2015 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

Black lives don’t matter: No lives matter when Life is not sacred   2 comments

No people in America have suffered more as result of turning moral standards over to the nation’s political class than blacks.

Source: Black lives don’t matter: No lives matter when Life is not sacred

LELA: This article by Star Parker of Urban Cure came to mind last night while we watched a largely segregated church in Charleston SC discuss race relations with Gwen Ifill in a segment entitled aftercharlestonpbs.

A white man shot up a mostly black church. His actions were completely unjustifiable. The people of the Emmanuel Church have a right to struggle with forgiveness of Dillon Ruth.

But ….

My white husband and white neighbors did not cause that attack. They are not responsible for it. They have nothing to be forgiven for.

STOP it!

Place your anger where it rightfully belongs and stop attacking people who meant you no harm … at least until you started attacking them.

Posted September 22, 2015 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

Canadian Company Set to Fill a Gap   Leave a comment

https://www.adn.com/article/20150921/canadian-company-considers-ketchikan-ferry-connection

In case you don’t know it, Alaska is experiencing some financial difficulties. This is partially due to Saudi Arabia pumping oil like mad to corner the international market again. As soon as they get enough market share, expect the price of oil to go up, up, up again. This is also partially due to the Parnell administration’s insane giveaway to the oil companies (good Alaska SB21 for details), followed by a seriously uninformed vote by Alaskans to allow it to go forward. Alaska runs on oil and we are caught in a double whammy right now.

We have savings. We’re running a deficit, but unlike every other state in the union, we have savings accounts to turn an emergency in a soft bounce. But to make it all work, the State of Alaska has to cut costs, so among many other things we’re looking at is a reduction in ferry service in Southeast.

(NOTE – The entire western half of the state has no road system and relies on barges to get their goods to them. Southeast has had a special deal for a long time where they had subsidized ferry service, due in large part because our state capital is located there. They are not being treated unfairly. They are being asked to join the rest of the state in fixing a problem).

So, Prince Rupert won’t be seeing the Alaska Ferry very often in the next year. Once a week, most likely. That impacts their tourism because a lot of people go to Prince Rupert to access the ferry because it is cheaper than Bellingham and a lot of Canadians go to see Alaska via the Prince Rupert ferry station. Yes, the ferry station the Canadians were all up in arms about because US (federal) rules say US transportation projects must use American steel. And, yes, it is possible that fight is in the mix with decisions.

But ….

A private company is considering picking up the slack.

You see, if government gets out of the way, private companies will do it IF it needs to be done.

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