“Donnelly Dome Road” Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips
Archives for February 2018
“Frosty Moon River” Photo Courtesy Scott Skaleski
Staying warm in the doghouse at Crazy Dog Kennels.
Photo Courtesy Steven Miley Photography
By Marla Lowder
When I was on a plane this past year, a 6-year-old sitting behind me kept kicking my seat. Now, I fly a lot and this is not unusual, but towards the end of the flight the child starting kicking the armrest and pushing it down. I would put it back up and she kept doing it. I finally put my arm in front of it so she couldn’t push it forward any more. She still kept trying and the parent would just look at her and say, “Don’t do that, they don’t like it.”
That was it and she never apologized to my seatmate or me, which would have made the situation a little better. I often wonder about what this parent was teaching her child and how the girl will be when she grows up.
Every child is different and parents need to learn how to help their children become better people as they grow and build their values. There are a lot of values, too: consistency, tolerance, hard work, generosity, perseverance, honesty, respect, gratitude, service, faith and many more. Values should be taught as early as possible, but as children get older they will start to understand them and their importance in our society.
It seems anymore that the media and individuals are talking about the deterioration of our values. As adults, parents and positive adult role models, we need to teach our youths that if they have strong value system it will affect them and they will have better self-worth, will be able to communicate more effectively, develop respect for others, develop stronger and healthy relationships and have a clearer vision of what they need to do. In other words, these values are the foundation that builds our society as we progress and thrive.
To quote a wise New Zealand judge who worked with young people and adults:“The world does not owe you a living; you owe the world something. You owe it your time, energy and talent . . . You are important, and you are needed.”
This judge’s counsel is over 60 years old. It is just as important for us to hear it today and for us to work with our teens today, whether it is as a parent or a positive adult role model. We need to remember not to be overbearing but to be firm and bold. It is easier on the child if both parents agree early in the child’s life what they feel are the most important standards and values they want to teach and then stick with them. It is also important to find organizations and such to associate with that have close to the standards/values you are trying to teach your children. In the end, though, it is ultimately the responsibility of the parent to teach the child.
4-H is a youth organization for youth K-12 that helps youth learn about certain items of interest to them, but also teaches them life skills. 4-H has a club structure with leaders who are adult volunteers with current background checks. To learn more about the local program, contact Marla Lowder, Tanana District 4-H agent, at 474-2427. You can also check out our web page at www.alaska4h.org/fairbankstanana-district.html. 4-H is a part of the Cooperative Extension Service of the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Seems like most folks I talk with about disaster prep sooner or later ask for a list. At that point in the conversation I usually do one of two things. I tell them to just imagine not being able to go to the store for a long period of time. What would you need to get by? It’s a little like planning a camping trip, what are you going to need? Make a list then lay in some supplies that would see you through most emergencies. The other option is to refer them to www.ready.gov or www.redcross.org. Both websites have excellent lists and suggestions for getting your kit together.
But for those who need that list right now, here’s a good starter:
1. Water-at least a gallon per day per person.
2. Food-a three day supply of non-perishable food, (a two-week supply is even better)
3. Radio-battery powered or hand-crank and a NOAA weather radio. Batteries for both.
4. Flashlight and extra batteries, lots of batteries
5. First aid kit.
6. Whistle-to signal for help
7. Moist towelettes, five gallon cans and garbage bags for sanitation purposes. (Eeeew!) The term “bucket seat” takes on a whole new meaning.
The list can go on, but don’t forget things like duct tape, zip ties, a wrench for shutting off the natural gas or propane, plastic sheeting, some cash, extra medications, and vitamins. This would be a good time to sit down with the family and brainstorm.
It is best to get a couple of totes and keep all your stuff in one place. Things like matches, candles, flashlights, batteries, some fuel canisters for your Coleman stove, and don’t forget a hand-crank can opener. I know from experience that kits tend to ‘grow’ as you accumulate more essential items. Vitally essential items, you understand..
Your list is going to be different than your neighbor’s. Their needs and priorities are different than yours. The needs of seniors will be different from the family that has an infant or children in the house. Also your home list is going to look differently than your “get home bag”. That’s the one you carry in your car to get you through an emergency if you happen to be away from home when disaster strikes.
If you’re at a loss as to what to add to your list, there are dozens of websites that are eager to sell you a kit. Click your way to their site and go over the list of contents in their kits. You will get good ideas on what to put in your own kit.
As always, if you have questions or comments you may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Previous columns can be found on my blog at www.disasterprepdave.blogspot.com. Dave Robinson is a retired Postmaster and the author of “Disaster Prep For The Rest Of Us,” available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and other online booksellers.
Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips
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“TAIKOPROJECT is a tsunami of sound. As pure as a tea ceremony, as fresh as hip-hop, and as focused as a laser, their show will stun you with their grace and precision”
-Mark Sovel, Curator, 2012 Port of LA Lobster Festival, Los Angeles CA
TAIKOPROJECT was founded in 2000 in Los Angeles, California by a group of young, emerging taiko drummers. They were seeking to create a truly American style of taiko, blending traditional forms in which they were raised, with an innovative and fresh approach to the Japanese drum.
TAIKOPROJECT first made waves when they became the first American taiko group to win the prestigious Tokyo International Taiko Contest in 2005, besting all of the Japanese taiko groups in the competition. That year, they were cast in the Mitsubishi Eclipse commercial, the first and still only national advertising campaign to prominently feature taiko.
Since then, the group has performed on the 2009 Academy Awards, the 2011 Grammy Awards, NBC’s “The Voice,” Syfy’s Face/Off, The X-Factor, and were honored with the prestigious Visionary Award from East West Players. In 2013, TAIKOPROJECT was featured in rock band 30 Seconds to Mars’ epic “Up in the Air” music video and appeared with the band on Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and the iHeartRadio Music Festival.
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I witnessed this amazing sunset display over Mt. Hayes in the Alaska Range. Taken February 9, 2012 in Delta Junction, Alaska. Photo Courtesy Sebastian Saarloos
It is interesting the effect that the wind has on fireworks.
Photo Courtesy Fronty Parker
Beautiful display of northern lights. Looks like a heart. Happy Valentines Day!
Photo Courtesy Sebastian Saarloos