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Direct Answers – The Winds of Change

The Winds of Change Less than 90 days ago, I learned our company was being acquired by a larger company and my peers and I would be laid off. Because I live in a financially depressed area, not to mention being over 50, I sought a new position. My track record was exemplary and I…

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3 Types of Plants That Repel Raccoons

Raccoons are wonderful little critters that are simply misunderstood. Yes they can be a nuisance to home and property owners, but that is not their fault; it is simply their nature! It is our own duty to keep raccoons away from our properties, rather than blaming them for trespassing when they do. Preventative maintenance is…

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BEWARE: Your Fireplace or Wood Burning Stove May Be Harming Your Health in an Unexpected Way

As the air becomes more frigid, families gather around fireplaces and wood-burning stoves seeking warm comfort. Unfortunately for many — especially those who suffer from asthma and allergies — the use of such heating devices can trigger health-related disasters in unexpected ways. (Visited 4,591 times, 1 visits today)

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Direct Answers – Upbringing

Upbringing? Hey, guys. I need advice and I can’t think of someone who would not take sides. Ninety-nine percent of my childhood memory is my dad beating my mom. Not just a push or slap, but a beating until she sometimes bled. My sister and I used to get between. My brother would apply wet…

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Asian Savoy Cabbage and Shiitake Mushroom Soup

The secret to fantastic soup is its stock or broth. Stock differs from broth in that it has a richer, more intense flavor because bones and/or vegetables are roasted and then simmered for longer periods. Meat stock has a thicker, more gelatinous quality from bone collagen. However, in this recipe we are using low-sodium vegetable…

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Trees – The Most Penetrating Preachers – Hermann Hesse

“For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men,…

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Warming Beef Stew for a Chilly Night: A Slow Cooker Recipe

There was frost on the lawn this morning and snow showers are coming. When the weather gets colder Minnesotans like me start to think of hot soups and stews. Some consumers buy commercial soup and stew, but I prefer to make my own because I can control the ingredients and the salt. (Visited 8 times,…

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Eggs in Purgatorio

Eggs gently simmered in tomato sauce come out tender and creamy. Italians call this eggs in purgatorio because of the sauce’s hellishly red color. Eating this rustic dish with a spoon lets each bit of eggs and basil-rich, mildly hot sauce blend together in a divine mess. Hidden beneath the eggs, crusty toasted bread soft…

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Top Five: Survival Food

In case of emergencies and disasters whether urban or natural, it is advisable that people should have food supply for each person, good for at least three days. This is in case you don’t get rescued or can’t get out from where you are temporarily staying to search for food and water. It is also…