Today's Opinions

  • Why your kid does not friend you

    I overheard an adult mom recently commenting to a friend that their college-aged daughter refused to Friend her on Facebook. The other person commented enthusiastically that her daughter had friended her, and she followed her closely! I “almost” did not have the heart to tell them they were both out-of-touch with reality.

  • Whole wheat flour info and storage tips

    Worldwide, wheat is the third most-produced grain, trailing only corn (maize) and rice. In the United States, wheat accounts for about two-thirds of all grains consumed. However, much of the wheat we eat is refined (missing its nutritious bran and germ) or enriched (refined grain with just five of the dozens of missing or reduced nutrients added back in).

  • Time to stop being so offended
  • Social Networking is dead

    The word is spreading that Social Networking is dead. Or, at the very least, it is on life support.

    There are many active social networking sites, but in the US, it could be argued that the most popular are Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram. I could continue with sites like Tumblr, Flickr, Reddit, etc., but frankly, the majority of users who are out of their teens have never even heard of these.

  • I almost didn't cry

    Eli is our second child; to say he’s energetic would be an understatement. He is lightning in a bottle, wrapped in a warm hug and decorated with Optimis Prime and Angry Birds.

    He loves to draw, loves school and he knows no strangers. He friends with everyone. He recently ‘graduated’ from kindergarten. His school had a Kindergarten promotion ceremony where the students got up on stage, received an award for what they do best, then came back up later for their little diplomas. Each child got to dress up as what they wanted to be when they grow up.

  • Pallets, pallets everywhere!!

    I have been amazed by a new phase that is taking over the standard yard sales and those are pallet sales.

    I discovered this new phenomenon when visiting family back in my hometown of Brodhead and Rockcastle County. My mom and several people in my family hit them up often and have bought a lot of different stuff from them.

    It’s really sparked my interest and being naturally curious, I have been doing some research on how these pallet sales work.

  • Hot new technology - Virtual Reality Devices

    The hottest technology emerging today are Virtual Reality devices, or VR. The strongest of the early competitors include, Microsoft HoloLens, Oculus (owned by Facebook, the Oculus Rift model is now shipping,) and Google Glass (also see Glass at Work, for some very interesting work place applications.)

    These devices are for moving about and viewing in a 3D world, However, the experience does not come cheaply, as the Oculus Rift bundle from Amazon will set you back about $1500! A developer’s version of the Microsoft’s HoloLens can be purchased for only $3000.

  • Tips to keep your salad greens fresh

    Need ideas on how to keep your salad greens fresh? A nutrition specialist with Nebraska Extension shares these salad-making tips. Salad dressing slides off damp salad greens and collects in the bottom of the salad bowl. You’ll get more flavor with less dressing (and fewer calories!) if salad greens are washed and dried before tossing your salad with dressing. A tablespoon of an oil and vinegar dressing may be all it takes for two cups of dried salad greens.