I was born, by nature, a painfully analytical person. Anyone of my friends who have grown up with me will tell you that. Being a journalist wasn’t natural for me when I first started in 2005. It meant I had to learn to think narratively. That took a lot of practice, observation, and critical feedback.
I love being a part of the Army community. However. There are somethings I love less than others.
Our cover story, “Healing power: Two CHS grads’ story of bullying and forgiveness goes viral,” about a man who received an apology from and forgave another man for bullying him in middle school, got me thinking about what bullying looks like today in the age of social media. It was intellectual curiosity that drew me to the topic initially. I wanted to hear from teens what they saw happening in a time when social aggression can be spread exponentially by technology.
We were lucky, my sister and I. As kids we were inseparable and had that built-in buddy system not all kids have. Still, we had some close calls. Our parents were more reactive than proactive. Had we known the reasoning behind their reactions, we would have been better equipped.
This year, we received several form letters from Gruening Middle School eighth-grade students about what topics they had chosen for a Project Citizen assignment in their social studies class. Each started with a similar-sounding introduction, before going on to discuss what each student chose and why the topic is important.
Alaskans for Disability Rights is asking Governor Bill Walker for a emancipation proclamation and an administrative order totally banning involuntary electroconvulsive therapy/electroshock and psychosurgery / lobotomy. We ask the governor to please state publicly that he plans to introduce legislation amending AS 47.30.825 (f) and (g), which will additionally ban electroconvulsive therapy/electroshock and psychosurgery/lobotomy, in statute, especially court ordered and guardian ordered electroconvulsive therapy/electroshock and psychosurgery/lobotomy.
Every so often, someone asks my husband, “What did your wife say when you joined the Army?” The presumption is that wives are apprehensive about the military. Many assume the guy is gung-ho about the idea, but the woman has to be talked into it. Not so with us.
Before the first Russian missionary, St. Juvenaly, arrived to the Knik area in 1796, the Dena’ina Athabascan people lived, loved and learned about their world and themselves in the Chugiak-Eagle River area for millennia, making observations and developing a unique culture and set of life philosophies.
A couple of our readers have posed questions to us about the police blotter section that appears in the paper each week. One woman wanted to know, how come the reports aren’t more current? By the time the police blotter comes out, readers are learning about what was going on in their neighborhoods with crime, not what’s happening now.
I am so proud of my husband. Next week, he begins his first command. His new job will begin with an official change-of-command ceremony. I’ve been to only one of these events. It was in Maryland, held outside. It was hot and humid. I used my children as an excuse to leave the formalities and find air conditioning.