Mollie Katzen: Vegetarianism’s First Major Icon

June 6, 2015

vhhWhat do cookbook authors like best about their jobs, next to cooking and eating, that is? The Frugal Gourmet (also known as Jeff Smith) might tell you it’s the stories from the countries where his recipes originate. For Julia Child, it’s probably a rich French sauce. But Mollie Katzen, author of the Moosewood Cookbook and one of the pioneers of the vegetarian cooking movement, without a doubt, never met a vegetable she didn’t like.

Katzen will never forget her first foray into fresh vegetables.

“I hadn’t tasted a fresh green vegetable until the age of 12,” she writes in the prologue of her newly revised Moosewood Cookbook, when I was invited to dinner at the home of a friend whose (more…)


Have You Protected Yourself From Fire Hazards?

May 30, 2015

fhsMore than 4,000 people died in fires last year, making fire the fourth leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Most of these fires were the result of human carelessness. Despite the fact that we all know that it takes three things to produce a fire–fuel, oxygen, and heat–we allow these ingredients for tragedy to combine in our homes. Most of us think we know all the fire prevention rules, but we seem to forget them all too easily.

Here’s an example of how innocently we can set the stage for a fire. Read the story and locate all the mistakes this teen made preparing for a party. The result was a fire that killed four of his friends and left him with burns over 40 percent of his body.

When Phil began setting up the basement for a party, his first concern was to be sure there was enough power for the amplifiers the band would be using. Knowing that amps draw a lot of power, he changed the fuses in the fuse (more…)


Data Recovery And Your Crashed Hard Drive

May 12, 2015

Oh no, it’s happened. Your computer has crashed and all of your valuable data has vanished. What do you do now? Fortunately, data recovery services are an abundant service offered worldwide, yet many people don’t routinely invest in a good data recovery option. It is only when it becomes too late that they realize it was a precious commodity worthy of its investment.

Think it's not recoverable? You're probably wrong!

Think it’s not recoverable? You’re probably wrong!

Data recovery reminds me of life insurance. Everyone should have it, yet many people don’t. In some cases it is the lowest priority on their life’s totem pole. Why is that? I think it lies in the idea that it won’t happen to us. Unfortunately, the sad news is, it does and can happen to us.

I remember one point in my life, back in the bygone era when huge desktop computers with large CPUs were the norm. My boyfriend at the time thought it would be a good idea to vacuum out my dusty CPU. In his zeal, he managed to create an electrical charge between the vacuum and the computer, and voila, my computer would no longer power up. I had baby pictures, pictures from my life, my pregnancy, books I had written and more on that computer. All gone, with one suck of the vacuum.   It was from that day forward I made the important decision to invest in a data recovery system.

There are many data recovery options offered on the market today. The key is to find one that not only meets your needs, but fits into your budget as well. It doesn’t matter if you are a heavy user and have a substantial amount of data, or simply someone who saves all of your pictures somewhere other than the “cloud.” My point is, you SHOULD have some sort of backup plan in the event something happens.

Drive failure is normally caused by a hardware malfunction. However, there are many other events that can create a situation where you may need to recover your data. For example, in the case of a natural disaster. I know, I know, it won’t happen to you.

Hard Drive Recovery Associates specializes in crashed and failed hard drive recoveries. See here.

Regardless, the loss of your files is a massive problem. Data recovery can consist of simply re-installing your files that have been uploaded and saved with a data recovery company, or in some cases you might actually need a data recovery expert to physically recover your lost information. (more…)


Fast Food – Not As Bad As We Think??

March 24, 2015

ffasIt’s hard to beat fast food for speed and taste, but as far as nutrition goes…well, most of us try not to think about it when we’re feasting on french fries, shakes, and double cheeseburgers. But when eating in fast-food restaurants becomes more than a once-in-a-while treat, it’s time to rethink your fast-food choices.

Fast-Food Nutrition

Fast food are not bad. All food, including fast food, has nutrients your body needs. Nutritionally, however, fast-food meals generally come up short in the vitamin and minreal departments, while being high in calories, fat, cholesterol, and sodium. When fast-food meals are consumed once or twice a month, these nutritional problems aren’t a big deal. But relying on your local buger joint for meals once or twice a week? Not a good idea.

Luckily, making nutritious choices at the fast-food counter isn’t nearly as difficult as it used to be. In the last couple of years, many fast-food chains have developed new, more healthful products or reformulated existing products to please their health-minded customers. Salad bars and packaged salads, (more…)


Birth Control Options Are Always There

March 8, 2015

bcoatFor almost all teens, deciding whether or not to become sexually active is one of the first major decisions they control. Legally and morally, no one should be forced to have sex. Emotionally, it should be a shared decision between equals, mature enough to know and accept the consequences.

Making decisions about birth control is difficult. But asking the questions honestly about what you want and need, and what is best for you, can help you make the safest and healthiest decision.

Take your time and think about it. Do you feel ready to begin sexual activity? Is it what you–not your friends or your partner–think is best? is it what you want? Is the person you’re thinking about someone you’ll care about for a long time? Is he or she worthwhile enough to be your partner? Even with the latest advances in birth control, abstinence–not having sex–is still the only 100 percent-effective way of preventing (more…)


Dealing With Schizophrenia Is Difficult At Best

February 26, 2015

szpnaI just can’t understand Dan. One day he’s nice, and the next he totally ignores me. It’s like he’s got a split personality, like he’s schizo or something.”

One person acting in totally opposite ways is what most of us imagine when we think of schizophrenia. But, in reality, schizophrenia is very different from these Dr. Jekyll-and-Mr. Hyde conceptions. Here is what some persons with schizophrenia have reported about their experiences:

“I started to play checkers but could not go on. I was too much absorbed in my own thoughts, particularly those regarding the approaching of the end of the world.”

“I have never had a single moment in which I did not hear voices. They accompany me to every place…they continue even when I am in conversation with (more…)


Living The Green Life: Are You?

January 9, 2015

ltglConservation: It’s more than saving the Amazon rain forest. It’s more than preserving wetlands. Believe it or not, some of the most important acts of conservation can actually begin in your own home. When you get home, take a look around. Is the TV or stereo on, with no one paying attention? Are the lights on? Check out the wastebaskets. In your room, look at the dead batteries from your portable CD player lying next to a slice of stale pizza. How about soda cans or old school papers and magazines? And that’s just from the weekend! It’s all going to the dump, right? It doesn’t have to. Not if you’re conservation savvy.

Talkin’ Trash

Your wastebasket is one small tributary into your family’s waste stream–the flow of trash and garbage you put into the environment. In just the last 35 years, Americans have nearly (more…)