Monday, November 21st, 2011

Over the river and through the wood…

Thanksgiving is fast approaching so there’s not a moment to lose. And with plenty of library and web resources to help you weather, er, enjoy the holiday you can rest easy. Responsible for the cooking? Here is what you need to make your feast memorable The Good Housekeeping Cookbook Wild Game Cookbook The Real Simple [...]

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Go Team GO!!!

Ahh football. Whether you follow the NFL, college or the Central Region, the beginning of the football season brings the promise of cooler weather, the start of a new school year and the hope of a winning a championship! While you are enjoying the thrill of competition ponder these: Is there such a thing as [...]

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Retirement Planning for Millennials (no kidding!)

The U.S. Census Bureau has released population predictions for 2050. If you are a Millennial, the generation defined by Pew Research as being born between 1981 and 2000, you can expect to retire about that same time. What changes can you expect? The world will definitely be more crowded, the population is expected to reach [...]

Monday, July 25th, 2011

K9 Academy: dogs @ school

Every day is Bring Your Dog to Work Day for UR chemistry professors Carol Parish and Marty Zeldin. Their Labrador puppy Dell is learning how to be a service dog for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Part of his education is being exposed to many situations (and learning how to act appropriately in them.) So [...]

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Vintage books from PsychNet: How the Other Half Lives by Jacob Riis

Jacob Riis was a reformer, journalist and photographer who lived and worked at the turn of the 20th century. His stories and photographs chronicled the desperate poverty of tenement dwellers. Riis’s work brought the hidden world of urban slums to middle class eyes–and to those of political leaders like Theodore Roosevelt. His work led to reforms in [...]

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

These boots were made for HIKING

High gas prices put a dent in your caribbean vacation budget? Need a weekend away from home, but not TOO far from home? Get outside NEARBY. Shenandoah National Park is in Richmond’s backyard; part of the 2100+ mile Appalachian Trail winds through Virginia’s mountains. Hiking is healthy, simple, and cheap. What can hiking do for [...]

Monday, May 9th, 2011

The Icing on the Cake: true stories from StoryCorps

Ever wondered what stories your family might have to tell? StoryCorps helps America listen and remember. In less than a decade, StoryCorps has recorded and preserved over 30,000 interviews; children interviewing parents, husbands telling romantic stories about their wives. All of the interviews are stored at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. [...]

Monday, April 18th, 2011

OMG in the OED! LOL

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) calls itself “the definitive record of the English Language.” Unlike standard dictonaries, which have current meanings and spellings of words, the OED is a historical dictionary. The OED defines current words, but also traces the history of words through real examples. Think quotes and examples (3 million in all) from [...]

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food

Part science project, part dinner… Cooking for Geeks author Jeff Potter shows you how to hack it, mash it, sous-vide it, caramelize it, and eat it! THEN he explains the science behing it all. Think Mythbusters for the kitchen… Cooking for Geeks (print) and Cooking for Geeks (web) Not feeling geeky? Try these other cooking titles from [...]

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Feed Your Family with Your Own Mini-farm: Cindy Conner at Fool for Art

Nationally known speaker Cindy Conner shares techniques for the backyard food gardener. Come learn to feed yourself using organic GROW BIOINTENSIVE tools to make your garden productive all year long. This workshop is presented during the Fool for Art festival—a free community event held by John Tyler Community College. Details Saturday, April 9, 2011 • [...]