February 12, 2016

limitationsdemotivator_largeHappy Friday!  It seems like ages since I’ve posted any demotivators. But here is an entertaining one to get us through the week and on to the weekend.

“Humor is something that thrives between man’s aspirations and his limitations. There is more logic in humor than in anything else. Because, you see, humor is truth.”  (Victor Borge)


The Law of Hospitality!

February 11, 2016

Here’s the next installment of manners and etiquette (courtesy of the Goops).

The Law of Hospitality
There is a very simple rule
That every one should know;
You may not hear of it in school,
But everywhere you go,
In every land where people dwell,
And men are good and true,
You’ll find they understand it well,
And so I’ll tell it you:

To every one who gives me food,
Or shares his home with me,
I owe a debt of gratitude,
And I must loyal be.
I may not laugh at him, or say
Of him a word unkind;
His friendliness I must repay,
And to his faults be blind.

Source: More Goops and How Not to Be Them: a Manual of Manners for Impolite Infants Depicting the Characteristics of Many Naughty and Thoughtless Children by Gelett Burgess.

Delectable Graham Dessert!

February 10, 2016

Are you looking for a quick and easy dessert that may have you changing your allegiance to s’mores as your graham dessert of choice?  Then look no further and give these bars a try.

Graham Bars

1 package (14.4-ounce) graham crackers, divided
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup butter
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1-1/2 cups chopped toasted pecans
1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
2 t vanilla extract, divided
6 T butter, melted
5 T milk
2 cups powdered sugar

  1. Arrange half of graham crackers on a single layer on a 15×10 baking sheet.
  2. Bring granulated sugar and next 2 ingredients to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
  3. Stir in eggs, next 3 ingredients, and 1 t of vanilla; pour mixture over graham crackers and top with the remaining graham crackers.
  4. Beat melted butter, next 2 ingredients, and remaining 1 t vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth; spread over graham crackers. Chill 2 hours or until set.  Cut into bars.

College Basketball 2016, Week Fourteen!

February 9, 2016

127March Madness is just around the corner and the Spartans continue to find themselves a few games from the top of the Big Ten, but with games against a couple of ranked teams ahead of them, this could be a pivotal week for Michigan State. The Spartans had an easy time of it on the road against their cross-state rival, Michigan.   The Big Ten currently has four (4) — Indiana dropped out th teams in the AP top-25: Maryland (#2), Iowa (#4), Michigan State (#8),  and Purdue (#18).

Next up for the Spartans: on the road against Purdue (tonight) then at home on Valentine’s Day against the Hoosiers of Indiana (Sunday).  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Oklahoma (#1) losing to unranked Kansas State.
North Carolina (#2) losing to unranked Notre Dame by four (4) points.
Texas A&M (#8) losing to unranked Vanderbilt.
Texas A&M (#8) losing to South Carolina (#25) by three (3) points.
Providence (#11) losing to unranked DePaul.
Louisville (#13) losing to unranked Duke.
Iowa State (#13) losing to West Virginia (#14) by five (5) points.
Kentucky (#20) losing to unranked Tennessee.
Indiana (#22) losing to unranked Penn State by five (5) points.
South Carolina (#25) losing to unranked Georgia.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Oklahoma (#3) defeating Texas (#24) by three (3) points.
Maryland (#4) defeating unranked Nebraska by five (5) points.
Iowa State (#13) defeating Oklahoma State by five (5) points.
Arizona (#23) defeating unranked Washington by five (5) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Oklahoma (#3) defeating Texas (#24) by three (3) points.
Villanova (#3) defeating Providence (#11).
Maryland (#4) defeating Purdue (#18).
West Virginia (#14) defeating Baylor (#15).

Let’s Go For Great!

February 8, 2016

Last week the Special Libraries Association (SLA) board had a board orientation in Alexandria, Virginia.  It was a several day event filled with meetings, team building exercises, an orientation of important association information (including Robert’s Rules of Order, Parliamentary procedure, and how to run a meeting), and a strategy session. A full few days to say the least.  Earlier in the year, I ran across a quotation by Rosalynn Carter, that perfectly captures where we (the SLA Board) need to be as leaders as we continue down the road to a more sustainable future for SLA.  Let’s get where we ought to be!

“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.”  (Rosalynn Carter)

A Cube Within a Cube!

February 7, 2016

Here is an intricate (and complicated) origami creation — a double star flexcube — that should help keep you occupied on a cold winter day when you find yourself stuck indoors with nothing to do.   Happy folding!

The Proper Seasonings!

February 6, 2016

It never ceases to amaze me how many words I still have to learn.  Here is one from the kitchen that I had never run across before.  Oftentimes when cooking broths and soups, before serving (or if you are wanting to serve a clear broth), you will want to strain the concoction so that the mirepoix is separated out.


\ mir-pwah \, noun;

1. a flavoring made from diced vegetables, seasonings, herbs, and sometimes meat, often placed in a pan to cook with meat or fish.
2. finely chopped vegetables, as onions and carrots, sometimes with meat, often used as a bed for meat that is to be braised.

Keep on Working!

February 5, 2016

There has been a trend in recent years for people to keep working well past what was considered the normal age for retirement (thank the economy, inflation, lack of sufficient savings, etc.).  Here is a breakdown of the states with the most and least Americans who are over 55 years of age and still in the workforce.

Highest percentage
1.  North Dakota (49.7%)
2. Vermont (48.3%)
3. Alaska (46.3%)
3. Nebraska (46.3%)
5. Kansas (45.9%)
6. South Dakota (45.6%)
7. New Hampshire (45.2%)
8. Iowa (44.9%)
9. Wyoming (43.5%)
10. Maryland (43.0%)

Lowest percentage
1. Arkansas (30.1%)
2. Mississippi (30.3%)
3. Alabama (30.9%)
4. West Virginia (31.4%)
5. South Carolina (31.8%)
6. Arizona (33.5%)
7. Kentucky (33.6%)
8. Michigan (33.9%)
9. Tennessee (34.0%)
10. Nevada (34.8%)

Source: AARP Bulletin, Jan/Feb issue, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Skinny on Infographics!

February 4, 2016

Infographics certainly are a popular way to express information.  So, obviously there would be an infographic about infographics and the four stages of creation: research, design, publishing and promotion.  Enjoy!

The Runaway!

February 3, 2016

Happy Birthday Norman Rockwell (died on November 8, 1978).  My favorite Norman Rockwell print is “The Runaway” (released as the cover of The Saturday Evening Post on September 20, 1958).  Here’s a little more background information on this wonderful painting/scene.  If you are a Norman Rockwell fan, then by all means, make plans to visit the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA.


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