Sunday, May 29, 2016

Under My Hat

Saturday, April 6, 2013

If you're nuts over Nutella, you might be in line to receive $20 in reimbursement.

That's the amount some folks will receive after a $3 million lawsuit over misleading advertising against the maker.

The lawsuit was brought by plaintiff Athena Hohenberg, a California mom. She says she fed her 4-year-old daughter Nutella after seeing ads that represented the spread as "nutritious" or a "healthy breakfast."

When she found out otherwise, she felt it was time to hold the food manufacturer accountable.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

It was only natural that baby boomers would lead the way with checking labels on cans, boxes and wrappers. We grew up with the advice to check things out.

There was a jingle: "If it says Libby's, Libby's, Libby's on the label, label, label; you will like it, like it, like it on your table, table, table."

Since ingredients are listed by volume or quantity, the first thing on the list is the product's chief ingredient.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Sometimes you have control of your hobby and sometimes your hobby has control of you.

Just for fun, I taught myself to ride an authentic 1880s highwheel some years ago.

A highwheel is the world's first bicycle, a dangerous contraption with a gigantic wheel. In its day, it was a turning point in human engineering and achievement.

It was the first invention to allow man the ability to use his own power to travel far distance on land. In short, it replaced the horse for many, and it lasted about 20 years until the automobile came along.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

When we grow older we start seeing correlations between things.

For instance, I never realized the full extent of which weather has an impact on how we feel.

Of course, the simple term 'seasonal allergies' hints at the relationship between weather and our health.

Another example is that some say our sinus problems really kick in when low-pressure fronts arrive.

There's some kind of correlation between barometric pressure and sinuses.

Lately people have been complaining of flu, infections, bronchitis, colds and respiratory illness.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Life is supposed to be simple.

We're supposed to live by two pages of rules. And there really aren't too many words on those pages.

The two pages were actually stone tablets. Each tablet contained five Commandments. They advise us about ethics, with instructions to worship only God and to keep the sabbath. They also warn against idolatry, blasphemy, murder, theft, and adultery. That's not too bad, really. All of it makes sense, and so it should be a piece of cake.

Then we have the Bible, which makes things more complicated.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

The most exciting news nowadays is coming from the sports world.

For instance, after weighing all of the info presented, it's easy to come to the conclusion that stellar cyclist Lance Armstrong probably went through more drugs in his career than a Walmart pharmacy.

I remember the days when doing one's honest best and winning through fair play was the ultimate goal, and for that reason we celebrated sports heroes. Lance Armstrong is no role model.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Forget the recent news at home. The really interesting stuff is happening way up north.

While we teeter on the edge of a fiscal cliff and express frustration over a dysfunctional Congress, Canadians have been dealing with headlines and issues far more intriguing.

First off, someone stole several million cans of maple syrup and it might be sitting on grocery shelves near you.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

We'll never know the reason why a near-genius 20-year-old would invade an elementary school with an assault rifle and slaughter 20 innocent children and several adults.

"He was smart," a friend said of killer Adam Lanza. "He was like one of these real brainiac computer kind of kids."

Shockingly, the so-called smart kid began his spree by shooting his mother in the face several times. But we'll never really know why the disturbed young man of small-town Connecticut was so evil.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

While doing research on nutrition, I stumbled on a list of the six things you should never eat.

Naturally, I had to check it out.

Not surprisingly, the list contains things I usually enjoy. Maybe you do, too.

Here are the top six foods we're being told to never touch:

Saturday, December 1, 2012

'Tis the season. A time when polarizing behavior is driven by a wide range of priorities.

We're bombarded by images of people pushing in the doors of retail stores in a mad rush.

Malls become packed. Church attendance picks up, too, although people don't wildly push doors to get into church.

The shopping behavior speaks to a culture honed over decades. For ages, we've been targets of a marketing strategy that wants to convince us that Christmas comes from a store.

No wonder some children believe that Christmas honors the birth of Santa. Go figure.