It’s too easy to make a mistake when you’re preparing a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Thanks to the Food Sci people at the University of Massachusetts, here’s some info on Thanksgiving Food Safety.
There are an almost unlimited way you can make a difference this winter. Here are some food pantries that would welcome your donations of time or money:
Elmora Soup Kitchen – 402 Union Street, Cranford, 909-352-0579
Linden Interfaith Network for Community Services (LINCS) – 45 E. Elm Street, Linden, 908-925-2523, firstname.lastname@example.org
LPC Mission Project – 1506 Orchard Terrace, Linden, 908-486-3073
Starfish Food Pantry – Covenant United Methodist Church, 631 East Front Street, Plainfield, 908-755-8888
Rahway Food for Friends – 1221 New Brunswick Avenue, Rahway, 732-388-3988
Loaves and Fishes at Saint Teresa – 306 Morris Avenue, Summit, 908-277-3700
Where do you volunteer your time and talent?
Americans have mixed opinions about real and artificial Christmas trees, and everyone has an opinion.
Here’s a comparison of both kinds of trees – with the pros of each – to help you decide:
Real Christmas trees
Which is better for the environment?
The manufacturing and shipping of artificial trees causes a much larger carbon footprint than the cutting down of a real tree, especially when one considers that 98% of the real trees used in the United States were grown on tree farms and not cut from the wild. If an artificial tree will be kept and used in place of a real tree for 12-20 years (depending on size), then the carbon footprint may become even. When it comes to indoor air quality, artificial trees may contain plastics that can contribute to indoor air pollution and may trigger respiratory symtpoms in sensitive people. Real trees that aren’t properly watered or that are kept in a heated environment for too long may dry out and become a fire hazard.
So what’s your pleasure – real or artificial?
Did you know you have a Reticular Activator?
It’s the part of the brain that makes you ultra-aware of certain things and ignore other things. For example, once I bought a teal car, and, suddenly, there were teal cars everywhere I went. My initials are JZ and I notice license plates with JZ all the time. At the same time, your reticular activator might help you to ignore the dirty dishes you leave in the sink or the sound of a car alarm. It’s the reason you can sleep through your spouse’s alarm but your own alarm wakes you up.
So today, you need to turn on your Reticular Activator.
When you hear someone say “my friend is getting married” or “my aunt is having a baby,” your Reticular Activator will help you to notice that the person you’re talking to has a contact that needs a Realtor. When you go to a retirement party, remember that retirees often sell their homes and need a Realtor.
And then, I hope you’ll refer them to us!
You don’t still smoke, do you?
The physical withdrawal associated with quitting smoking lasts only a few days. After that, the withdrawal quitters feel is psychological. Three months is considered to be the time when the psychological withdrawal stops.
Here are 20 ways to quit smoking today:
What’s in your food is regulated.
If you’ve never heard of Standard of Identity, you’re not alone. The Federal Government has identified what can, and can not, be present in your food in order to be labeled as that food. For example, milk chocolate has to have certain ingredients, in certain percentages, in order to be labeled as milk chocolate.
And, before you ask, cheese flavored puffs don’t actually contain cheese.
Read more about it here.