( life / health / food / humor ) I just got back from Kroger where I found a new flavor of smoothie drink from Bolthouse Farms. It's called Carrot Ginger Turmeric, and I gotta tell ya, after cracking one open — not in the store, I'm not o ... read more
( life / environment / weather ) See tornado video (156mb). It was taken March 11, the week after the tornado, on Eastgate Blvd. in Mt. Juliet where they have that big auto auction site you can see from I-40. If you're quick, you might notice the ... read more
( life / animals ) via gephardtdaily.com
Officials with an Indian railway company said they have started using the recorded sound of buzzing bees to keep elephants from wandering onto the tracks... ... read more
( life / travel ) The headline is purposely misleading (a la my old newsletter), just because I'm a smart alec.
My brother and his wife just returned from our 16-day trip to Dubai, Egypt and Jordan. It was a great trip and at no time did we feel unsafe (except in the crazy traffic). In Egypt, we had a ... read more
( life / people / health ) Panic. Idiots overreacting. Who needs terrorism when you have the news media to create a good old fashion panic?
end of rant
Just wash your hands regularly (as you should've been doing already) and don't touch any questionable people or objects with any part of your body (also as you should've been doing already). Wear a mask, if y ... read more
( life / health / environment ) I think he means dryer sheets, but see fabric softener.
"Fabric softeners are one of the most unnecessary dangerous chemicals that you may be using in your home, and it's important that you stop ... read more
( life / health ) Found this. Seems you can put a cotton ball impregnated with iodine and saline in each nostril and breathe quite well:
Iodine and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic
Dr. David Derry, MD, wrote a very interesting article entitled "Iodine: the Forgotten Weapon Against Influenza Viruses". The abstract of his article is shown below.
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( life / health / food / recipes ) Markowitz recipe. (pronounced pah-lah-CHIN-tuhz). Makes 4 or 5.
beat well 2 eggs
Add a pinch of salt
½ teaspoon sugar
beat/mix in blender until has a loose consistency.
Add ½ cup water and some flour while mixing, until thick enough
As a test, dip spoon into mix and let the mixture drip
Make sure it does ... read more
( life / health / food / recipes ) 1 potato (about 4 inches long)
¼ head lettuce
3 cloves garlic
6 green onions
1 pound lean ground beef
1 cup water
½ small can green chilies
Salt and pepper
12 - 14 white corn tortillas
Vegetable oil ... read more
( life / health / food / recipes ) Place ½ cup orange juice concentrate in blender
Fill 2 cup container ½ full with ice cubes
Add water to make 2 cups and pour into blender
Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Add 8 teaspoons sugar
Blend on LOW speed until ice thoroughly crushed ... read more
( life / health / food / recipes ) Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag.
Seal, mash till they are all broken up.
Add remainder of ingredients, reseal
keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly
cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. ... read more
( life / health / environment ) via https://www.collective-evolution.com/2020/01/20/bees-absolutely-love-cannabis-it-could-help-restore-their-populations/New research out of Cornell University that's beenpublished in Environmental ... read more
( life / animals / pets ) via https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/alabama-man-finds-dog-living-life-large-in-prison/Although this pup's owners were frantic with worry over his disappearance, he was found only days later living like a king amongst the local pri... ... read more
( life / animals ) via https://www.upi.com/OddNews/2020/01/13/Elephant-climbs-5-foot-wall-to-steal-mangoes-from-lodge/3411578953055/ An elephant in a Zambian national park was caught in camera climbing over a wall to steal so ... read more
( life / help / advice ) Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad, the world's oldest prime minister, has offered the world's youngest, Finland's Sanna Marin, some words of wisdom as she takes on her new role: Ask "old people" for their advice.
via mahathir-marin-finland-advice ... read more
( life / miscellany / humor ) Miscellaneous
Had alarm set for 4:15a.m., but the trash collectors in the alley behind my hotel thought 3:30 would be better.
At the airport, I was busted for trying to sneak contraband mouthwash and sweet tea through security
OK how are you supposed to cut a mango? No idea.
Wife said she wanted a collander. I thought i ... read more
( life / health / food ) Amazing.
Nebraska retiree uses Earth's heat to grow oranges in snow... See youtube.com/watch?vZD3gsgsnk
Winter temperatures in Alliance, Nebraska can drop to -20°F (the record low is -40°F/C), but retired mailman Russ Finch grows oranges ... read more
( life / health / fitness ) Good news! See... how-to-exercise-without-moving-your-body/
"Wouldn't it be nice if we lived in a magical world where we could simply imagine whatever we wanted to happen and poof it would appear? For thousands of years, p ... read more
( life / animals ) Some good news for a change: elephant-poaching-falls-dramatically-africa
"Elephant poaching in Africa has dropped significantly from a peak in 2011, according to a new analysis of annual surveillance data. The progress ... read more
( life / health / food / trees ) Such a great idea!
Atlanta's City Council just voted in favor of transforming over 7 acres of vacant property into the state of Georgia's first food forest. The measure, which ... read more
( life / health / food ) See Food of the gods
"... drinking a homemade cacao hot chocolate in the mornings instead of coffee ... unleashes such beautiful creative energies while also giving you a subtle morning boost" ... read more
( life / money / employment ) We could not agree more. See Disney heiress calls CEO Bob Iger's $65 million pay package 'insane.'
"When Iger got his bonus last year, I did the math, and I figured out that he could have ... read more
( life / health ) "I should say something about bleach, as a number of critics insist MMS (chlorine dioxide) is a bleach and, thus, a poison. Chlorine dioxide, the chemical that is MMS, has never been used domestically as a bleach for cleaning toilets. It is an industrial bleach when used FOUR THOUSAND times more concentrated than MMS. It is never ... read more
( life / health / environment ) I love this! See wildlife bridges
Bridges for bears and tunnels for tortoises have significantly reduced the number of wildlife-car collisions worldwide.
" ... read more
( life / health / fitness ) See every-breath-you-take.
"... contrary to intuition, over 90% of lost weight leaves the body as carbon dioxide exhaled from the lungs, disappearing into thin air." ... read more
( life / health / drugs ) Interesting article here: more-than-half-quit-using-prescription-drugs
"A survey on cannabidoil (CBD) usage found that women are more likely than men to use CBD; and once ... read more
( life / help / auto ) You probably can't fix it yourself, and your mechanic might not be able to, either. Almost a metaphor for our times. See Scotty Kilmer explains new car repair.
By the way, this guy's great. In various places he says: Honda makes the best engines but Toyota makes the best cars. The F ... read more
( life / travel ) The Hobo Traveler tells it like it is: don't rent a car, some cultures dishonest, police dangerous.
"What Countries Give You The Most Respect, The Least?" ... read more
( life / health / drugs ) "A healthy blood-brain barrier is necessary for keeping unwanted molecules and cells from entering into the brain from the bloodstream. Without a healthy blood-brain barrier, pathogens can pass from the bloodstream into the brain, causing illness and even death. The blood-brain barrier also maintains central nervous system (CNS) ho ... read more
( life / animals ) Well, I had an exciting morning. Who needs coffee to wake up? It was around 5:30 when I let our pug Joey out in the backyard. I'm standing there keeping an eye out for critters (there is no fence) when, sure enough, a couple of coyotes start trotting toward us, all casual-like as if out f ... read more
( life / health / food ) from My Persian Kitchen
Prep time: 1 min
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 31 mins
Serves: 1 cup
1 tsp grated fresh turmeric
1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger
1 tick cinnamon
1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 slice of lemon
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( life / travel ) Cool international cost-of-living comparison site: expatistan.com/cost-of-living. If you're thinking of moving from Sacramento, CA to Lisbon, Portugal, for example, go to cost-of-l ... read more
( life / miscellany ) Today is 1-2-3 day! January 23. Exciting, right? Just think, twenty-six years from today it'll be 1-2-3-4-5 day! I'll probably be dead by then, but somebody will enjoy it! ... read more
( life / health / food / plants ) For those "asking for a friend," see marijuana-hemp-cbd-whats-legal-and-where:
"As the legalized cannabis industry in the United States grows with nearly every election, consumers interested in these ... read more
( life / people ) The Friends of Humanity website. Don't know anything about it, but like the sound of it. :)
"Friends of Humanity is active in the defense of human rights, education, health care, and environmental protection. Our projects are currently underway in Asia, Europe, Africa and ... read more
( life / animals ) Wow!
"(UPI) — A Minnesota couple harnessed their Belgian draft horses to help a semi truck driver whose vehicle was stuck on an icy driveway."
Read more: Horses-pull-stuck-semi ... read more
( life / money / employment ) I get these job listing emails (just in case something awesome comes along). This latest one (probably created by AI (artificial/lower intelligence)) said they have several jobs just for you: Hospice Aide (Los Angeles), Chaplain (Paramus), Registered Nurse Case Manager (Peru). Peru? As in South America? And I don't qualify for any of them, even I ... read more
( life / health / drugs ) via aluminum-vaccines-cause-autism
"We now have 5 years of medical research, mostly from outside the United States, incriminating aluminum adjuvants in vaccines as the SOLE cause of autism epidemic. JB Handley does a nice job laying out t ... read more
( life / health / drugs ) "Josh Mazer is pro-vaccine, but wants vaccines to be based on sound scientific evidence and not to cause more harm than good. He also believes in providing informed consent on the risks/dangers of each vaccine."
via ... read more
( life / travel ) Observations while walking around Old Sacramento with Elizabeth:
Jul 14, 2018 2:38pm
As I sat on a bench in touristy Old Sacramento, a little boy walked by and asked "Are you a statue?" I had to laugh. There was a statue/wooden carving of a man on ... read more
( life / health / drugs ) They failed to clearly state...
"... the minimal risk that, even once the individual was infected with the HPV virus, the infection would result in precancerous lesions..."
via greenmedinfo.co ... read more
( life / money / employment ) It's never too late to reinvent yourself. Take it from Paul Tasner — after working continuously for other people for 40 years, he founded his own start-up at age 66, pairing his idea for a business with his experience and passion. And he's not alone. As he shares in this short, funny and inspirational talk, seniors are increasingly indulging ... read more
( life / travel ) I was having a hard time converting a digital photo down to the correct 2x2 physical size. Then I found this article: take your own passport photos. At first, I was thinking Tell me something I don't know. Then I saw the link to the State Department' ... read more
( life / money / shopping ) I think Kroger has a policy of periodically moving everything around in order to stimulate our hunter-gatherer instinct, never knowing which aisle our next meal is in. ... read more
( life / money ) Woo-hoo! I took the old cookie (coin) jar to the Coinstar machine today (11.9% fee, are you kidding me?!). I came away with $93.54! It rejected a few coins, repeatedly, forcing me to just pocket them. One of those was an elongated penny someone had thrown in the jar (I'm guessing Elizabeth). ... read more
( life / money / employment ) I'm working on an arrangement with my employer whereby I flip off Trump's motorcade, get photographed doing it, get fired for it, then have a go fund me campaign pay me $100K. Wish me luck!
THIS JUST IN: ... read more
( life / money / employment ) Got off the phone with @NASA. Had to tell 'em, "Look, I'm not willing to relocate. Stop calling!" OK, so it wasn't actually NASA, I didn't say exactly that, and it wasn't actually a job offer. A recruiter did call about an opportunity there, though. I'm not a COMPLETE liar. ... read more
( life / money / employment ) "Once Toys R Us was taken over, however, the debt that Vornado Realty, KKR and Bain used to acquire it was pushed back onto the company, skyrocketing its debt obligations to $7.6 billion."
via inthesetimes.com/ar ... read more
( life / health ) FYI: Aileen's Instagram page
"I don't know about you but mosquitoes are crazy for me! Made some anti-itch cream. :) we shall see if it works! #herbal #apothecary #herbalremedies #handmade #kitchenwitch"
Not to be confused with ... read more
( life / help / services ) This is a free service that we're only too happy to provide. And just because it's free doesn't mean it's not professionally done. Give us a call anytime, but the later the hour, the worse the insult! ... read more
( life / help / advice ) The following is a Chinese good luck tantra totem (a fancy way of saying good advice):
Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully;
Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other;
Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you w ... read more
( life / health ) STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Letters... S.T.R.
A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke... totally . He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough. The stroke vi ... read more
( life / money / shopping ) Great idea!
"... around the world, people are using a system of exchange that requires something everyone is, for the most part, given equally, every day: Time."
via ... read more
( life / health / food ) Feedback I sent to Luvo:
I love your frozen meals, but hate your packaging.
Your microwave cooking instructions basically say "look elsewhere on package."Why not put the instructions right there where it says "instructions?"
Opening the package afterwar ... read more
( life / health / food / plants ) "We've found 35 fruits and vegetables that you can grow in containers. These range from bananas and citrus fruits to tomatoes, cucumbers, and just about anything else that you would normally plant in a larger garden."
via ... read more
( life / health / environment ) Here are some actual environmental issues that we should be addressing instead of "climate change" (or screaming about the U.S. pulling out of the Paris climate treaty).FYI, pollution is caused ... read more
( life / travel / airlines ) United Airlines says "Thank you, American Airlines, now everyone finally knows we're not the ONLY aholes!" Yes, the woman was apparently belligerent (just like United's victim), but these so-called prof ... read more
( life / health / food ) from Diet drinks TRIPLE risk stroke dementia
"Diet drinks TRIPLE your risk of stroke and dementia, and are FAR more dangerous than drinks sweetened with sugar.
Boston University researchers found aspart ... read more
( life / people ) It was horrible! I was at Walmart again, but that's not the worst part. There was a teenage/early-20's girl with boobs out to here, wearing the most form-fitting outfit you ever saw. I tried to ignore her because she REALLY wanted to be looked at, and I always try to disappoint people like that. Even ... read more
( life / health / food / plants ) This looks very familiar in my yard. Go here for more info: lettuce
"I'm surprised I haven't come across wild lettuce as an alternative to toxic pain, migraine and anxiety pills, but a rece ... read more
( life / health / drugs ) Interesting
"The most common sense, natural solution to inattentive behavior in school children, however, may be the basic idea of giving children more time to free play and to engage their bodies in physical activity. It's such a simple notion in such unusual times that it actually sounds revolutionary, and several schools in Tex ... read more
( life / environment / weather / blog ) Had to park under an overpass this morning to avoid tornadoes. No problems for me but one did touch down right near work. Someone said it hit Macy's (just across the Interstate). ... read more
( life / health / environment / trees ) Another reason for short-sighted land developers to leave as many trees as possible when destroying/preparing the site for the next new neighborhood.
See Watching birds near your home is good for your mental health
"People living i ... read more
( life / money / shopping ) Don't you hate it when you tell the self-checkout register that you want cash back. Then by the time you're finished, because the $!?&@ machine has screwed up so many times, you've become distracted and forgotten all about the cash? Yep, if you want to get rich just follow behind me whenever I go to the grocery store. Luckily I'd only asked for $20 ... read more
( life / money / employment ) Great story! See ksl.com
"It was about as low as you can get, but Smith decided to at least make it to the new year. When he went on ksl.com to look for jobs, he saw a story KSL did on a Utah company giving suits to homeless people to help them feel confident d ... read more
( life / money / shopping ) Just ordered a $10 item on eBay. They offered "Local pick up in Las Vegas, Nevada" versus delivering it. I live in Nashville. I need to decide if it's worth driving out there. Suggestions? ... read more
( life / environment / weather / blog ) You know you're lazy when you check weather.com instead of getting up and going outside to see what the weather is doing! I (eventually) went outside. ... read more
( life / money / employment ) I know they're just doing their jobs, but headhunters (job recruiters) can be some of the most dehumanizing people I've ever had to deal with. Because of that, I like to have a little fun at their expense whenever possible. Here's a recent email exchange:
Headhunter: I had ... read more
( life / health / drugs ) Antibiotics can have severe lasting effects; choose raw horseradish or these natural remedies instead
from Antibiotics can have severe lasting effects
"(NaturalNews) Antibiotics should really be a last resort when you ... read more
( life / health / food / drugs ) That's it! We're moving to Russia! Just kidding (because it kinda sucks over there unless you're rich ... like almost everywhere else, actually). Still, this is good news for humans:
"This is a bold move by the Russian government, and it sits in unison with the newly-ignited global debate on GMOs and the presence of ... read more
( life / health / food / plants ) Just FYI if you were wondering, 'cuz I was.
"Broccoli.If you live in a warmer climate and can find a quick growing Broccoli variety, you can harvest well into November."Source: What to Plant Now ... read more
( life / health ) "These six daily happiness exercises are proven to make anyone, from a 4-year old to an 84-year old, happy, or simply happier. Achor says in just 21 days, the exercises can transform a pessimist into an optimist.
Gratitude Exercises. Write down three things you're grateful for that occurred over the last 24 hours. ... read more
( life / money / employment ) Good one!
"This employee had simply had enough so they decided to tell their boss how it really is before they walked out the door."
via Employee's Sarcastic Resignation Note Tells It Like It Is
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( life / health ) FYI, the I in this story is not me. The author wanted to share this info without being identified. Can you blame him? :)
I looked online and it's hard to find direct, simple instructions, they tend to get academic or theoretical about it. It's very simple: APPLY HARD PRESSURE!
Once, I cut myself on the job trying to free a piece of m ... read more
( life / money ) NOT ALL THIEVES ARE STUPID
(from somewhere on the Internet)
1. LONG-TERM PARKING:
Some people left their car in the long-term parking at San Jose while away, and someone broke into the car. Using the information on the car's registration in the glove compartment, they drove the car to the people's home in Pebble Beach and robbed it. So I guess i ... read more
( life / help / charity ) Please DONATE to Harmony Haven Therapeutic Riding & Horse Rescue's fundraiser to build better shelter for the winter. Thanks.
Please donate by clicking here. Thank you!
Or go here: ... read more
( life / health / food / drugs ) "Standard wheat harvest protocol in the US is to drench the wheat fields with Roundup several days before the combine harvesters work through the fields because withered, dead wheat plants are less taxing on the farm equipment and allows for an earlier, easier and bigger harvest"
via ... read more
( life / health ) Wow! All you need to do is ...
Eliminate all simple carbohydrates and gluten
Eliminate processed food (wait, is that even possible?)
Eat more vegetables and fruits
Eat wild-caught fish
Meditate twice a day
Get seven to eight h ... read more
( life / money / employment ) "Nearly 40% said it took more than seven months to find employment and about one in five of laid-off workers said all they could find was a temporary position."
via latimes.com/business/la-fi-layo ... read more
( life / health / drugs ) List of Culprit Drugs (according to them): Excedrin PM, Tylenol PM, Nytol, Sominex, Unisom, Benadryl, Dramamine, Paxil, Detrol, Demerol, Elavil
"You wouldn't think that taking a little pain pill would cause long term cogn ... read more
( life / health / food ) Broccoli sprouts, anyone?
"The drink used in the China study was made with broccoli sprouts developed by researchers at Johns Hopkins University. They are sold under the brand name BroccoSprouts. They are widely available in sup ... read more
( life / health / food ) Farmers use social media to stop food waste.
So far, CropMobster has managed to distribute nearly half a million kilograms of food, which has brought in close to a milli ... read more
( life / money / employment ) Something I've always hated about working for someone else is that you're expected to believe (or convincingly pretend, in the corporate setting, anyway) that the people in positions above you are in fact superior to you. It's just one more thing to gnaw at me during my time there. That expectation seems to be even stronger the further east you go ... read more
( life / people ) From somewhere on the Internet ...
Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
Name the last five Heisman Trophy winners.
Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.
Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor ... read more
( life / money / employment / health ) Good article on staying healthy on the job, plus just plain staying at that job.
"... you can't smoke cigarettes fast enough to match the damage that today's workplace is doing to you. And not just you, but everyone from the newest hire to your CEO. Your company is unknowingly dragging the life from all of you." ... read more
( life / health / food ) Good to know.
from 10 Ways to Survive Skyrocketing Food Prices
"Food prices are getting out of control. As meats, dairy, and eggs climb to record high prices and over 50 million Americans are now ... read more
( life / health / food / plants ) FIRST, an important note: NEVER eat unripe elderberries.
That caution aside, this is good to know if you're ever starving or just have the munchies while wandering through your back yard!:) via 52 Plants ... read more
( life / health / environment / plants ) Good info. I wonder if Ace Hardware stores are any better? Probably need to buy my plants from the farmer's market.
via Bee-friendly plants? Think again. ... read more
( life / health / mental ) Basically, go ahead and let yourself get anxious/excited. It's OK! You might even enjoy yourself, in a way. Or at least it'll be one of those things you can look back on and laugh about.
via Don't Keep Calm....
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( life / help / charity ) Some good news for a change.
via Crowd-sourced Outpouring Lifts Struggling Mom The Poverty Line, What Matters Today BillMoyers.com.
"Last month Linda Tirado, a 31-year-old from Cedar City, Utah, was ... ... read more
( life / money / employment ) Walk 11 miles a shift and pick up an order every 33 seconds... how Amazon works staff 'to the bone'
"Internet giant Amazon works its warehouse staff 'to the bone' in long and re ... read more
( life / health ) ... like my father always said. Apparently, there's more than just a physical benefit.
via The Science Behind Posture and How It Affects Your Brain
"Body language is closely related to posture &mdas ... read more
( life / environment / weather / blog ) It was cold today in Nashville! The high for the day was only about 45.
I guess that'll feel warm if we get that in January, but still.... It's supposed to get down to the mid-20s tonight. I know, I know. You all in Chicago and ... read more
( life / help / advice ) Good guidelines. This snipped below is the most useful part:
via Lessons in the Art of Living Psychology Today.
"In DBT dialectical behavior therapy, the skill is encapsulated in a mnemonic device known as DearMa ... read more
( life / money / employment / computers ) And then the third stage (my words, not theirs) will be when people realize how irritating and stupid these computers are. Consumers, otherwise known as people, will stop using services that are overly-computerized, and bosses everywhere will be forced to trash their computerized systems in favor of good old-fashioned humans.
via ... read more
( life / money / employment ) I've been chosen (with 5-6 others) to Have Lunch With ! (one of the VP's at work) tomorrow. I've been instructed to come prepared to discuss real issues and solutions regarding my job. Not looking forward to it. At least it's a free lunch ... but is it really? The price is I have to Have Lunch With ! and talk about work. :)
At leas ... read more
( life / travel ) A list of must-see sights around the world. Less obvious places, such as Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory in Vermont, or the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, etc. Hopefull ... read more
( life / health ) See articles below on the effects of fluoride.
Harvard Study Finds Fluoride Lowers IQ - Published in Federal Gov't Journal
Building a Database of Developmental Neurotoxicants: Evidence from Human and Animal Studies
Im ... read more
( life / money / employment ) I don't agree that this is a valid calculation. But, for what it's worth, my brother sent this out recently.
50 years ago the minimum wage was 1.25 (1963). See dol.gov/whd/minwage/chart.pdf.
A 1963 dime (90% silver) is now worth 1.9
19 x 1.25 $23.75 ... read more
( life / money / employment ) The Labor Department ruling also means that if laid-off Boeing workers need to travel, say to California, for a job interview, the government will reimburse 90 percent of the costs.
via ... read more
( life / money / employment ) from Who are the 1%, and what do they do for a living?
"A lot of emphasis is on the 99% versus the 1% in these protests. But who are the 1% and what do they do for a living? Are they all Wilt Chamberlains and ... read more
( life / health / food ) via Some non-organic foods contain upwards of 180 times the fluoride level of tap water, says expert.
"... the average person's cumulative exposure to fluoride from food, beverages, personal care products, and water is up to se ... read more
( life / money / employment ) The Jobs Number Is BS Says Former Head Of BLS.
"After every non-farm payroll report we provide our own breakdown of what the real unemployment rate is in a country in which the labor force participation rate has not been adju ... read more
( life / money / employment ) via dreamslaughter: Food For Thought.
"The corporation is a true Frankenstein's monster, an artificial person run amok, responsible only to its own soulless self. — William Dugger"
... read more
( life / money / employment ) "The corporate-policy network is highly centralized, at both the level of individuals and that of organizations. Its inner circle is a tightly interwoven ensemble of politically active business leaders; its organizational core includes the Trilateral Commission, the Bilderberg Conference, the European Round Table of Industrialists ... read more
( life / health / mental ) I love this! Especially after my last post.
"By using one of his strategies, projecting peace, you can activate a different set of mirror neurons and begin to defuse the other's anger. You can get them to mirror your calm instead of you mirroring their anger. A good exam ... read more
( life / people ) Funny how the day after commenting on Facebook (see below) about driving past a local rich neighborhood, this morning in that same neighborhood I ticked off the driver behind me by having the gall to use a turn lane properly. You do realize you're not ... read more
( life / health / food ) No, not just me and my pathetic crop management. While that's definitely been a struggle, there have apparently been physical altercations going on in the garden, specifically on top of the onions. The tops of those plants — once so proud and erect — are all now bent over. I hope they're not broken, not that I guess it will affect the ... read more
( life / money / employment ) Feels like the first day back at school after summer vacation, except in this case it's not even summer yet and I'll be starting a new job, not school, today. I hope it lasts longer than the last few jobs! I have had a string of incredible bad luck over the past decade through no fault of my own, I swear. :)I guess it started with that ladder co ... read more
( life / health / food / restaurants ) It was Cinco de Mayo, so we tried Moe's Southwest Grill. After ten minutes with very little movement (the line was so long), we left. Next we tried Las Pal ... read more
( life / animals / turtles ) Probably. You never know about these things. Anyway, I had forgotten to buy cat food and that is what allowed me to be there in time to save a life. Taking my daughter to school this morning, I had to turn south on Nolensville Rd because Old Hickory was backed up. I was running late, and there'd be no way to make up time taking my usual route.I ... read more
( life / money / employment ) Took a test yesterday. Hope I passed! New job depends on it! Hope I did better than the previous day's job-related test. That one was on Windows 7 and 2008 techie stuff, and I just haven't kept up with Win 7, not as a tech, especially in regard to its various corporate scenarios. The test only served to remind me how tired of being a techie I am. I ... read more
( life / help / auto ) Three and a half hours in the Pep Boys waiting room is always time well-spent, wouldn't you agree? :) I'm home now, appreciating the comfort of my office chair, but Pep Boys seriously needs to consider putting more comfortable seats in their waiting area. I did get some thin ... read more
( life / money / employment ) Interesting article on micro gigs
"A crush of apps allowing us to do discrete tasks for small sums of money might be the future. But the atom ... read more
( life / health / food / plants ) I finished up my little rain barrel project yesterday. My three rain barrels used to be underneath the downspout coming off the roof. And that's great for catching the most rain, but the problem was that it is downhill from and not close enough to the garden where it's needed. I've looked into pumps, but they're expensive, which might be why almost ... read more
( life / health / insurance ) This is the second denial in as many days. Yesterday it was the life insurance company. Today, I got one of those job application denial emails:
"Thank you for your interest in our recent opening. We have had a chance to review your resume ... Unfortunately, we have decided to pursue other candidates who match our requirement ... read more
( life / money / employment ) "The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return. — Gore Vidal" ... read more
( life / health / insurance ) Good news: SunLife Financial sent me a refund check! Bad news: It was because they denied my policy for, according to them, failing to send all of my paperwork in on time. Um, I think faxing it in at least a couple days prior to the deadline qualifies as on time! I guess it doesn't co ... read more
( life / money / employment ) Great article here
"What does Labor Day mean anymore other than another day off, another store sale and, in some cities, parades ever smaller and more devoid of passion for elevating the well-being of work ... read more
( life / money / employment ) from Liberty Underground...
"Today, May Day, honors the workers who produce all of the wealth. It is in honor of those involved in a general strike in Chicago, killed by police in what is known all over the world by workers as the Haymarket ... read more
( life / money / employment ) via Economic Inequality Is Not Sustainable
"A Top Heavy 1 Percent Will Topple Without a Stable Middle Class.Focusing exclusively on deficit reduction is the wrong policy. Focusing solely on cutting spending is th ... read more
( life / money / employment ) They might be right about this.Worth a shot.
These Two Phrases on Your Resume Are Why It Just Hit the Trash Can.
"Does your resume read like a job description? Is it one long list of bullets that contain the phrases duties included or responsible for? Sought-af ... read more
( life / money / employment ) Yes, large corporations really are that stupid/short-sighted/corrupt.
via Verizon To Lay Off 1,700 Workers After Paying CEO $22 Million Last Year
"America's largest wireless service provi ... read more
( life / money / employment ) I hate when companies do this. Create a better environment for your employees, don't require them to be a pack of phonies!
via Why Faking Enthusiasm Is The Latest Job Requirement.
"... seeming to love the job becomes p ... read more
( life / money / employment ) "It doesn't matter if managers are introverted or extroverted, timid or bold, loud or quiet, as long as they are making people feel like they are growing, appreciated, and confident in their future at the company ..."
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( life / money / employment ) Great article here: Three-Ways-to-Put-America
"In theory The Great Recession is history, but for those of us who live and work on Real Street the carnage and horror continues. On Real Street, outside the gated c ... read more
( life / money / employment ) Screw economies of scale! As I've said before, this country needs a new (or maybe just an enforced) Sherman Antitrust Act that will limit the size, influence and control of any one corporation.
More companies mean more jobs, and most importantly, more competition. Even ... read more
( life / money / employment ) via Whirlpool threatens pensions
"Unfortunately, we've just had another open theft of retired worker's benefits, this time Whirlpool management stealing the health care coverage of retired former Hoover workers and their families. Once again, w ... read more
( life / money / employment ) I almost posted this to LinkedIn, but thought better of it since hiring managers and headhunters generally have absolutely no sense of humor regarding the hiring process. If they would admit (at least to themselves) that they have no idea what they're doing, it might help. :)
Anyway, here it is: Note to recruiters with application support ... read more
( life / money / employment ) For all bosses who dislike directness and are afraid of offending anyone...
via positive leaders love productivity
"Simon Sinek @simonsinek says, Bad leaders may edit the truth for fear of causing discomfort. Good le ... read more
( life / money / employment ) from The Minimum Wage: Popular With the Public, But Not the Donor Class.
"One of the best proposals to come out of the State of the Union was the President's proposal to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour, phased in over three years, and tie it to the cost of living so ... read more
( life / money / employment ) Wisconsin judge reinstates collective bargaining for state employees
"The union-busting law that pushed Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker into the national spotlight last year has been declared unconstitutional by a state judge, pushing the controversy over the law one step closer to ... read more
( life / money / employment ) enewsletters.biospace.com/rhw/newsletter/good-news-for-bad-references.htm?typeemail&sourcejs-07-19-10
"Picture this scenario: you've been seeking new employment at a company, but without success. Your employment credentials are excellent and w ... read more
( life / money / employment ) Those who say raising the minimum wage will bankrupt companies are just plain wrong. Here's the proof. Treat (and pay) your people well, and they'll be great employees. Treat them like crap and, surprise surprise, they'll be crappy employees. What a concept! :)
via ... read more
( life / money / employment / bosses ) I agree. And a big reason for this, I believe, is that hiring managers hire based on likability, enthusiasm, and an applicant's degree (no matter what that degree is in) rather than on experience and intelligence.
So, the people who end up running things often have no real idea what they're doing, but, darn it, they're enthusiastic and ... read more
( life / help / charity ) I thought this was quote-worthy, via why-the-rich-dont-give
"Last year, Paul Piff, a psychologist at UC Berkeley, published research that correlated wealth with an increase in unethical behavior: While having money doe ... read more
( life / health / food / plants ) My checklist for this year's vegetable garden:
Soil tilled? Check!
Top soil added? Check!
Plants bought? Check!
Seeds for plants not available for purchase? Check!
Plants planted? Check!
Now the watering ... and waiting begins! Oh, you're wondering what I planted?
Lettuce ... read more
( life / money / employment ) via The Case for a 25-Hour Work Week This Is Not a Joke Inc.com.
"Whatever you may think of this theory, there are certainly many who think (including Sheryl Sandberg) the status quo 40/50 ... ... read more
( life / health / food ) Maybe there is hope for mankind, after all? Thanks to the boycotts, and more people refusing to remain ignorant? Whatever the reason, this looks promising. via Activist Post.
"... there is talk of ... read more
( life / health / food / drugs ) via Avoid the Pharmacy: Fight the Flu with Remedies from the Kitchen.
"A gargle made from salt water can relieve a sore throat. As well, it can stop a budding infection in its tracks. Mix 1 tablespoon of salt with a cup of ... read more
( life / travel ) Travel Picks: Best Places to Go in 2013 : Condé Nast Traveler.
Nashville made the list! Here's what they say about it:"The new Nashville offers two things worth traveling for: a ho ... read more
( life / health / environment / transportation ) via Lit Motors Builds a Car that Breaks the Rules.
"Right now, electric cars are not sustainable, he says. The average electric car battery pack is four times larger than ours, with one-third the range. If ... read more
( life / money ) Hallelujah! We have paid off our BofA credit card! It was bad enough when it was owned by the original company. But when I saw that Bank of America had bought that company and was now administering my account, I knew it was time to pay that thing off ASAP!
I just filled out their onli ... read more
( life / health ) If you're happy, you're healthy.Or the opposite.Whatever works, right?
via Positive Attitude Equals More Control, Better Health.
"The bottom line: when you feel in control, you take control." ... read more
( life / health / fitness ) via Action Item #4: Exercise Primally — Move, Lift, and Sprint
"Moving frequently (at a slow pace) is the foundation of Primal fitness. It's what we are meant to do most often, and what we should b ... read more
( life / health / fitness ) People can be fat AND fitGood news!
"It shows that some fat people manage to remain 'metabolically healthy' even though their body mass index would suggest they are not ... read more
( life / health / food / plants ) Five Tasty Ways to Eat Your Tomato Harvest All Year
"Hello tomato harvest time. If your garden (or farmer's market, or neighbor's garden) is suddenly overwhelming you with fresh tomatoes, don't be intimidated, s ... read more
( life / health ) via Honey, I killed the superbug The Australian.
"... none of the bacteria that researchers used to test the honey, including superbugs such as flesh-eating bacteria, built up any immunity" ... read more
( life / money / employment ) This (below) is why we hate Walmart.Too many people don't understand this.They just want low prices no matter the overall, long-run cost.
from Walmart: 50 Years of Gutting America's Middle Class ... read more
( life / health / food ) For those with allergies, this might help.Research Shows Local Honey may Halt Allergies.
"Honey has been considered an alternative allergy treatment for many years, with many allergy sufferers swearing by its anti-allergenic properties. Unti ... read more
( life / health / food / restaurants ) With Elizabeth taken for the night by her wonderful Auntie, Tara and I took the opportunity last night to use a Groupon and go to an Ethiopian restaurant, Mesob. It was our first time trying Ethiopian food.The appetizer, sambusa, was very good. When th ... read more
( life / money / employment ) via IBM's Internal Plan to Grow Earnings-Per-Share to $20 by 2015: Fire Most U.S. Employees.
"The primary method for accomplishing this feat, according to the plan, will be by reducing US employee head count by 78 percent in that time frame."
... read more
( life / health / food / drugs ) "If you put a label on genetically engineered food you might as well put a skull and crossbones on it. — Norman Braksick, president of Asgrow Seed Co., a subsidiary of Monsanto, quoted in the Kansas City Star, March 7, 199 ... read more
( life / health ) ... many sleeping problems may have roots in the human body's natural preference for segmented sleep ...
via BBC News - The myth of the eight-hour sleep.
"It's not just the number of references — it is the way they refer to it, as if it wa ... read more
( life / help / auto ) We hear this is a good website to estimate how much a car repair should cost.via Auto Repair and Maintenance Estimates Auto Shop and Mechanic Ratings : RepairPal.
"RepairPal independently certifies auto repair shops nationwide for superior training, quality tools, fair ... read more
( life / money ) Hallelujuah! I've been trying since late October to transfer my IRA away from the too-big-to-fail Merrill Lynch, owned by the about-to-fail Bank of America. Any company that's too big to fail probably will. That, or they'll just keep my ... read more
( life / health / environment ) So, literally, for the sake of human survival, please stop using at least this one pesticide by Bayer!
via More Evidence Points to Pesticide as Cause of Mass Bee Deaths.
"A new study publishe ... read more
( life / health / food ) Yet again, the solutions for most of the ailments that plague modern society are to be found in the natural world, not the synthetic world of establishment medicine and Big Pharma.
via Activist Post: 3 Ways to Naturally Reduce Your Ri ... read more
( life / money ) That's a nice headline, and it felt good doing it today. Granted, the bulk of the balance was simply transferred to another credit card. But still ... :) I also closed out the checking account associated with the card, making sure to close the checking account first. My fear was that if I paid off the credit ca ... read more
( life / money / shopping ) I hate Walmart. It's a company run by slimy executives who don't care about the mom-and-pop businesses they destroy, and its stores are frequented by the lowest class of people. I always feel the need for a shower afterward. But, this morning it made more sense to go there because t ... read more
( life / travel )
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Some of these are in the general area, not Nashville, proper.
Adventure Science ... read more
( life / money / employment ) from saving-the-rich-losing-the-economy
"US politicians, such as Buddy Roemer, blame the collapse of US manufacturing on Chinese competition and unfair trade practices. However, it is US corporations that move their factories ... read more
( life / money / employment ) They're forcing pay cuts for the people who do the actual work there while their executives get millions in bonuses.
"Last year Verizon made $12 billion in profits, got $1 billion in government subsidies a ... read more
( life / health / food ) Clean 15: The 15 Lowest Pesticide-Prone Forms of Produce.
"If you don't buy organic, health experts like David Suzuki suggest avoiding toxic pesticides linked to health issues including ca ... read more
( life / health / food ) Emergency Essentials - Be Prepared Emergency Preparedness Food Storage.That's the Boy Scout motto, isn't it? Never hurts.
BePrepared.com is the world's largest dedicated online marketplace for survival food, water, and gear. They're a complete one-stop shop for everything ... read more
( life / money / employment ) Great article.
via Greed is Not a Virtue, by David Korten — Agenda for a New Economy.
"By capitalism's perverse moral logic, if a person sells toxic assets by knowingly misrepresenting them as sound, the fault lies not with ... read more
( life / health / food / drugs ) Another reason to go vegetarian, although their math isn't right. Forty-seven percent is much worse than 1 in 4. Maybe we should actually read the article? :)
via 1 In 4 Supermarket Meat ... read more
( life / money / employment ) I'm starting a new job next week, so I ran a test of how long it would take to get there after dropping Elizabeth off at school. It was 7:42 when they started letting the kids inside, allowing me to leave. I could do like a lot of parents and just drop her off and take off, but I like to make sure she's safely inside before I go. Other parents keep ... read more
( life / travel / family / restaurants ) Elizabeth and I played tour guide to my sister Jeannie, her daughter Tiffany, her husband David, and their kids Shayden, 9, and Skyla, 1½. We started with a late breakfast at Cracker Barrel ... read more
( life / help / charity ) Where to Donate Your Stuff: 101 Places Your Clutter Can Do Good
"Something that's been sitting in your house, unused and unloved, may bring a great deal of joy to, or fill the genuine need of, someone ... read more
( life / health / food / drugs ) via Which Food Additives Make Children Behave Badly.
"... food additives used in hundreds of children's foods and drinks can cause temper tantrums and disruptive behavior ..." ... read more
( life / health ) Great site: Ways to save water
"Graywater is the water that goes down the drains from your washing machine, bathroom sinks and showers. When you stop to think about it, the average top-loading washing machine wil ... read more
( life / health / food / plants ) This could prove useful as food (and gas) prices soar this coming year: Where to Find Pick-Your-Own Fruit and Vegetable Farms / Orchards for Local, Fresh Fruit, Vegetables and Pumpkins, Along With Canning, Freezing & Preserving Instructions!
See also: ... read more
( life / help ) Professional House Cleaning Maid Services for women with cancer.
"Interested in giving the gift of a clean home to a woman undergoing cancer treatments? We would love to hear from you!" ... read more
( life / health / food ) All about removing meat and dairy from your diet.
The McDougall Newsletter - Introduction to New McDougall Book — The Starch Solution.
"My recommendation for eating starches puts glazed looks on people's faces, and many dismiss me as certifia ... read more
( life / travel / traffic / transportation ) Christmas night, Diane, on the way to a party, found herself in the fast line of the freeway with a car stopped in front of her and the brakes not working due to a patch of black ice. With cars and trucks honking on the right side, she had no choice but to steer for the shoulder, running over not one but two sign posts. The first sign, a tall one, ... read more
( life / environment / weather / blog ) It's been snowing all day, at least an inch and a half accumulation. Earlier, I put some de-icer on the driveway in preparation for tomorrow morning. Before that, I had to walk the dogs in the snow. You know, pugs don't like snow. It just really throws them off, having to go potty on something white instead of green.
Lying here now, blogging an ... read more
( life / health / food ) via newswithviews.com/NWV-News/news233.htm
"It didn't take long for Democrats in the House to figure a way around the constitutional roadblock that halted the advance of S. 510: The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, following its approval by the Senat ... read more
( life / money / employment ) When given one of those customer satisfaction surveys, always try and give a glowing report about the individual who helped you (unless they were terrible, of course) because those surveys are just another tool for corporations to harass their already under-paid, under-appreciated employees.
You don't want to be responsible for getting someone ... read more
( life / animals / services ) via A nose for wild things
"These are no hounds. These are highly trained detection dogs used by biologists to canvass for animals, scat, rare plants and invasive weeds that are easily missed by humans." ... read more
( life / travel ) via Visit Norway
"Preikestolen is one of Rogaland county, Norway's most visited attractions, and one of the country's most spectacular photo subjects. It has been named one of the world's most spectacular viewing points by both CNN Go and Lonely Planet. It rises 604 metre ... read more
( life / money / employment ) I guess they didn't call it The Great Depression during that depression, did they? We shouldn't be surprised they're not honestly calling this one Great Depression II. Or, in current parlance, maybe, G-Dep-2. It's only The Great Recession. As if those of us out of work (or in my case, under-employed) and facing such dire uncertainty ... read more
( life / environment / weather / blog ) It was actually cold all day today, but that didn't stop me and Elizabeth, then the pugs, from spending half of our day outside! First, we went exploring the new neighborhood being built nearby. I don't know why they're building. There's plenty of existing houses that no one wants to buy. Whatever. At least they've created lots of good dirt piles t ... read more
( life / health / food ) A very technical article.
"It is important to note that the bulk of the data provided during the evaluation stages of GBH/GMO safety were provided by the i ... read more
( life / money / employment ) When faced with too many expenses and not enough income and you have run out of expenses to reduce, rather than firing employees, the fair and socially-responsible way to cut costs is NOT to fire employees who had nothing to do with those costs getting too high. The FIRST target of cost-cutting needs to be ...
I think I originally suggested t ... read more
( life / health ) copied from Lori's email
I am so excited to tell everyone the great news!!! We did it! Cure JM was number 1 at midnight last night!
Because of all of our wonderful friends and family we were able to win the 250K grant from Pepsi! This money will directly benefit Lucas! His doctor is the head of the foundation! This is HUGE ... read more
( life / health / food ) via Using Local Organic Cooperatives To Defeat Globalists
"Okay, you're awake, back among the human tribe. Now what? You are not alone in wondering what is the best way to fight the globalists.There is a vastly growing huma ... read more
( life / health ) ... after you remove it, of course. Apparently, they cause cancer. No kidding!
Here's the link:
Women who wore their bras 24 hours per day had a 3 out of 4 chance of developing breast cancer (in their study, n2056 for the cancer group and n2674 ... read more
( life / money / employment ) "The California Supreme Court unanimously agreed that a trial court erred in dismissing a complaint by Brian Reid, who was hired in 2002 as a director of operations and engineering, and fired less than two years later at age 54 after being told he was not a good cultural fit."
... read more
( life / money / shopping ) Just got back from an all day shopping excursion. I don't know how Tara does it every week. I told her that was harder work than going to the office all day. She said, So, you appreciate me more now? Of course, I said yes.
First we went to Tara's Kroger, the one almost in Nolensville city limi ... read more
( life / health / food ) Ask Your Congresspersons to Cosponsor HR 5577, Representative Kucinich's Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act
"10. Almost all non-organic processed food or animal products in the U.S. today contain ingredients that come from genetically engineered crops or from animals given genetically engineered feed, vaccines or growth ... read more
( life / money / shopping ) If you buy underwear at Walmart, they will be able to track wherever you go. If their sales are not hurt by this announcement, they will institute it in more products, probably eventually all products. According to CNBC, these tags are not removable, although ... read more
( life / money / employment ) localmakers.com/
The above link no longer points to where it used to. Someone in Holland, ironically, has apparently purchased that domain name. I would have removed this post, but the irony made it worth keeping it here.
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( life / health / environment ) Save the rain forests and add a little style back to your dinner table. Use dinner napkins. You know, actual cloth napkins. Remember those? Your mother used to use them. Maybe your grandmother. Anyway, stop buying paper towels! It's a waste of paper, and cloth napkins are actually cheaper in the long run, anyway.
Here's another short article on ... read more
( life / money / employment ) When I applied and scheduled an interview for a job at the financial arm of the Methodist Church, I knew I was not a right fit for them. After all, I'm not only not Methodist, I'm not even a Christian.When the HR manager called a couple days later to cancel the interview, I had a strong suspicion her excuse was concocted.
I'm guessing the ... read more
( life / health / safety ) Always wear your safety glasses when mowing the lawn or weed-eating. I didn't today (though I do half the time), and I got hit in the eye with a rock that was launched by the mower blade, bounced off the side of the house, and hit me in the left eye.
My first thought after I let go of the mower — which killed the engine — and put my ... read more
( life / health ) Make your own (healthy) toothpaste here:
"Virtually all commercial toothpastes contain one or both of two prob ... read more
( life / money / employment ) I went to another job interview yesterday. It was downtown Nashville in the once trendy Cummins Station building. I've had a few consulting clients there over the years. The company interviewing me shall remain nameless. Coincidentally, a few hours before the interview I received a chec ... read more
( life / health / food / plants ) A couple of them, actually. I was going to post this to blackberryrescue.com, but there is no such site. Wait, maybe I should check. You never know. Guess what? There IS such a site, but it has to do with the ubiquitous electronic device.
Anyway, on a couple of recent dog walks through t ... read more
( life / health / insurance ) My insurance company, Aetna, which denied a $10,000 medical claim last year, has finally reversed its decision (after my second appeal) and decided to process the claim again.Woo-hoo!Let's see how it actually shakes out, though, before I get too excited. ... read more
( life / health / environment ) I know, that sounds weird. But I just returned from the dump/recycling center, in my case the one on Omohundro Drive. I dropped off the old dishwasher along with my usual recycling and household trash.
Anyway, the woman there told me that today (Saturday, May 15) is an unadvertised amnesty day when you can drop off ANYTHING (other than nucl ... read more
( life / money / employment ) I'm glad you and Cathy are doing well. Our daughter Elizabeth is doing well, too. She spent last night with a cousin north of town so she can attend that little girl's birthday party today. Elizabeth's own birthday party was last month.
I'm sort of employed, working for myself doing computer consulting fixing people's computer problems, setti ... read more
( life / health / food / drugs ) Waxman represents L.A. on the west side up to Santa Monica. I bet those people take LOTS of supplements.
"Of all the sneaky tactics practiced in Washington D.C., this rece ... read more
( life / money ) ATTORNEY's ADVICE - NO CHARGE
Read this and make a copy for your files in case you need to refer to it someday. Maybe we should all take some of his advice! A corporate attorney sent the following out to the employees in his company:
Do not sign the back of your credit cards. Instead, put 'PHOTO ID REQUIRED.'
... read more
( life / health / environment ) Email from anonymous to Nashville mayor regarding drinkable water shortage:
Mayor Dean, if you announce STIFF FINES for anyone exceeding HALF OF LAST MONTH'S WATER USAGE, and SUPER STIFF FINES for anyone exceeding last month's usage, you will get better water c ... read more
( life / people ) I had a run-in yesterday with the neighbor formerly known as motorcycle guy. I had just gotten back from a customer's office when I get a knock on the door. It's motorcycle guy saying Can we talk a minute? I know you've got a problem with me. About a year ago I had gotten in his face about him riding his motorcycle (a dirt bike) on the street ... read more
( life / health / food / restaurants ) Calling all breakfast eaters: Does anyone know of a decent place for breakfast near Nashville's (BNA) airport? My sister is passing through town next weekend and wants to have breakfast with Elizabeth (everyone else is secondary). We have a short time frame (2 or 3 hours) for breakfast b ... read more
( life / money / employment ) I got a call today about a job with American Income. They said they found my résumé on Careerbuilder. When I get emails like that, I instantly recognize them and mark them as spam and block them from sending any more. But getting a phone call is apparently more effective on me.
I agreed to an interview (because she never ment ... read more
( life / health / food ) cherries and walnuts are not drugs
"In the latest volley of the US Food and Drug Administration's bizarre war on scientific freedom of speech, the FDA has sent a Warning Letter to the president and CEO of Diamond ... read more
( life / health / food ) ... for a fraction of the cost. This is the one thing that kills our food budget, but we keep buying it because my back muscles seem to need the electrolytes to keep from spasming.At least, that's what I've convinced myself of. I've been battling back problems since 1996, and this is just part of the routine I've settled into.
Anywa ... read more
( life / money / employment ) I went to a pre-employment drug screening this morning. Last week, I had interviewed for an IT instructor position. Had to give a mock class, and everything. I chose the subject of securing your home wireless network. It was fun. Anyway, no, I haven't been hired ... yet. They require this test before even thinking about hiring me. I walked in ... read more
( life / environment / weather / blog ) I am sooooo glad winter is over ... here in Nashville, anyway. I'm also glad we're not getting any flooding like North Dakota. Now, I need to make up for last year in my vegetable garden. Last year was a wash-out because of the late freeze warnings, combined with my back and knee problem ... read more
( life / health / food ) PLEASE remember to check your cupboards when you get home tonight!!!
Throw away ALL OUTDATED pancake mix, brownie mixes, Bisquick, cake and cookie mixes, etc., you have in your home.
A high school student had pancakes and it almost became fatal. His mom, a registered nurse, made him pancakes, dropped him off at school and headed to play ten ... read more
( life / health / food ) Genetically-modified cotton is poisoning people in India. In this country, non-organic soybeans, corn and canola (most non-organic of these are GMO) are poisoning people. It's in corn chips and other products. They are making soybeans and corn that are Round-up ready, which means, they have pesticide IN THE FOOD, which infects and GROWS in your i ... read more
( life / money / employment ) First time I've ever seen this. Filling out an online job application, the EEOC stuff at the bottom gave me a choice of:
Decline to Answer
I can understand sexually confused, but gender unknown? Really? ... read more
( life / money / employment ) It's been almost five months now since I was laid off. It doesn't seem that long, actually. What've I been doing since then? Collecting unemployment checks and doing freelance consulting, helping people with their computer problems and questions. Check out computersavior.com for i ... read more
( life / environment / weather / blog ) Hopefully. It snowed a good 5-6 inches Friday in and around Nashville. It wasn't good snowman/snowball snow, though. Not in our neighborhood, anyway. It was too crusty because of the freezing rain that came after the snow. It made for great sledding, though, which Elizabeth and I spent several hours doing over the past few days.
The pugs hate ... read more
( life / health / food ) Yes, we do it all here at FriendsNews! If I said to you Bohemian Highway, California Merlot 2007, what would you think? Crap? Just this side of Thunderbird? Well, you'd be wrong. At the amazingly low price of $6 for the small bottle, it's just as good as the Woodbridge California Merlot at twice the price.
I've never had French wine, so this ... read more
( life / health / food / plants ) Very cool talk given here. He talks fast, so you have to pay close attention.
via 6 ways mushrooms can save the world
"Mycologist Paul Stamets lists 6 ways the mycelium fungus can help save the universe: cle ... read more
( life / money / employment ) Two weeks shy of my birthday and I'm still looking for a job. I don't know why. I never really fit in at these corporate soul-sucking places. Oh that's right, I need to pay the mortgage, daycare, grocery bill, utilities, car payment and its insurance. And don't forget the exorbitant health care premiums. You ever tried buying health insurance when ... read more
( life / money / employment ) It's been almost three weeks now, and I'm finally able to talk/blog about my layoff. After the merger and corporate restructuring at work, it was finally my turn to have my position eliminated. I instinctively felt it coming. In fact, I couldn't sleep the night before, worrying about it. No one had said anything to me, it was just a feeling, a fe ... read more
( life / health ) Well, I finally had my epidural steroid injection that I seem to need every 3 or 4 years for my bulging/ruptured/herniated disc (between L4 and L5, for you medics out there). I just got the shot yesterday at the Pain Management Group in Antioch. I'm already feeling better, although t ... read more
( life / help / charity ) We welcome all the visitors and students to our center, Harmony Haven.
Our mission statement: "We rescue and rehabilitate horses so they can rescue and rehabilitate the people who need them most."It's all about leaving your mark or hoof print. Help others and have a be ... read more
( life / help / advice ) You're asking me?! Actually, here's some advice:
People need to be listened to -- preferably agreed with -- more than anything else. If you could do one thing for someone that would be it.
Controlling a bad habit can be like controlling a car. You have to get inside it and take the wheel. Rising above it doesn't always work.
Person ... read more
( life / travel ) I'm home after a long trip to Roanoke, VA and back. It was quite an experience overall. The 1-3/4 hour drive to SMF was punctuated by the puppy screaming and howling in the crate behind me in the van. She messed the newspapers once and I stopped and ... read more
( life / travel ) We visited Evelyn's family and ate like the pigs that we are. Bijou had fun. I guess the highlight was going to the cemetery. Believe it or not, it was really Gothic, colorful, historical and very interesting, in general.
We didn't have much time for sightseeing this time (only 4 days), but now everyone has at least met Bijou, so the mission w ... read more
( life / travel ) Kansas. What an incredibly boring state. Tara, her sister Sandie, niece Destiny and I flew from Nashville to attend her youngest sister Stephanie's high school graduation in Council Grove, Kansas. Tara and I figured we'd find something to do that night upon arrival in ... read more
( life / travel ) It's over, for me, anyway. I rode two days in and that was enough. As I expected, it was nice to ride with 10,000 other cyclists and the party-like attitude of the riders and the people in the towns was really nice. The problem was that it took place in Iowa. I was glad that when I rode, it was overcast, had head winds, and occasional rains. Otherw ... read more
( life / health / food ) Reheat Pizza
Heat up leftover pizza in a non-stick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.
Easy Deviled Eggs
Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up ... read more
( life / money ) via wanttoknow.info
"The richest two percent of the world's population owns more than half of the world's household wealth. Although you may believe you've heard this statistic before, you haven't: For the first time, personal wealth, not income, has been measured around ... read more
( life / travel ) Charleston, SC
We drove ... and drove ... and drove — 10 hours or so
— from Nashville until finally reaching Charleston, South Carolina. Along the way, we
stopped in Asheville, North Carolina at the Biltmore Estate because Tara had forgotten to
get postcards when ... read more
( life / travel ) We flew into New Orleans about noon time on a Friday. Since the room wasn't ready for such an early arrival, we walked four blocks to the pier and decided to ride the paddle wheel boat Natchez. It basically goes a mile up the Mississippi, then heads back. You'll see a lot of other international cargo ships, and the ... read more
( life / travel ) Thursday, before we left on Saturday, I took Austin to his Grandma
Joy's house. We had a good visit and he took to her immediately. I left him on Friday
morning and drove back to Nashville. I was supposed to get my eardrums cut open for the
plane ride because I had ear infections, but the steroids and antibiotics had put a
negative pressure sit ... read more
( life / travel ) I went to Ft. Lauderdale (Nov. 6) for the Breeders Cup horse races at Gulfstream Park (actually in Hallandale, FL). It was fun just being there. I'd never been to south Florida before.
How'd I do on the races? Well, I bet a total of $45 and won $35, so I ended up $10 do ... read more
( life / travel ) I've always heard people use the words wilderness and Alaska in the same sentence. It didn't mean a lot to me until recently when my wife Carla and I cruised the Inside Passage of Alaska. The state is huge, but it still takes a good seven days (round trip) to cruise up and back on the western coast. We stopped at Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan. ... read more
( life / travel ) Tara and I made a quick trip (if you can call a five-hour road trip "quick") to St. Louis over the Labor Day weekend. We visited their historic district ("old town") along the river where they were hosting the Big Muddy Blues & R ... read more
( life / travel ) Tara and I left Nashville for Chicago on a Thursday morning. At the last minute I decided to let my cat Myca out. I figured he would return shortly after doing his "business" in the neighbor's bushes, as usual, and I could then lock him in the house for the duration of our trip. Wh ... read more
( life / travel ) For our "summer vacation," Tara and I went to California. Where in California? Just about everywhere in 4½ days. We took a Southwest Airlines "direct" flight from Nashville to Oakland. Stupidly, we thought "direct" meant direct. But, as the pilot explained as he came back and chatted with us while we sat ... read more
( life / travel ) Tara and I just got back from a long weekend in Atlanta. It
was nice to see the town. I'd passed through before, but had never stopped to
look. The first touristy thing we did after eventually finding our hotel — the
downtown Courtyard-by-Marriott, picked out b ... read more
( life / travel ) You can watch it here: vimeo.com/3271045
I was in Bratislava, Slovakia for Doug and Jana's wedding, but this doesn't include the wedding itself. That was filmed by a professional. This video is so badly-done it's almost funny.
There's also some footage on here from Budapest, Prague and ... read more
( life / travel ) Roving reporter returns from East
(September, 1989) — Bill returned from his trip to eastern Canada a few weeks back. He was supposed to seek out and capture Wild Man Doug. Remember? Well, he's back. Bill, that is. When asked to report his findings, however, Bill said, What? You never said anything about fin ... read more
( life / travel / europe / christianity ) Nashville — June, 1996I planned everything in advance. Or so I thought. I bought my round-trip plane ticket three months in advance. I "surfed The Web" and researched whatever I could find regarding my destination cities and countries. I bought renter's insurance for the apartment, a video camera, a new suit for the w ... read more