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 Guide to a Foolproof Thanksgiving Worried about table manners? We’ve got a book for that: The Rituals of Dinner If weight gain is your concern try: The eat this, not that! no diet! diet 10 Tips for a…continue reading →

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 momentum? What about home field advantage? Why don’t coaches “go for it” on 4th downs? Economist Tobias J. Moskowitz and Sports Illustrated writer L. Jon Wertheim give you the answers in Scorecasting: the hidden influences behind how sports…continue reading →

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 9 billion by 2040. Due to lower fertility rates China will no longer be the most populous nation. It will be replaced by India by 2025. The U.S. will remain at number three and the only country in…continue reading →

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 Dell goes to school with his “parents.” Students report that Dell has become a mascot for the department, and his friendliness is apparent to everyone (including the newspaper photographer, who had one of his lenses washed by Dell’s…continue reading →

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 building codes, child labor laws, and schools. Read the book--and see the fascinating photographs--for yourself. How the Other Half Lives is full of real-life details told in a straighforward style. It also contains the tenement photographs for which…continue reading →

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 you? Improve fitness Combat stress and "nature-deficit disorder" (from Last Child in the Woods) See wildlife (Look, a BEAR!) Combine with related activities like Geocaching and Trail Running Breathe the fresh air and feel GREAT Hiking resources: books 60…continue reading →

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. In "The Icing on the Cake" Connie Alvarez interviews her mother Blanca Alvarez about coming to America. Blanca tells of how she and her husband struggled to support themselves and their family. Daughter Connie looks back and finds…continue reading →

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 literature to film to cookbooks. The print version of OED is a huge text (20 volumes) and has its own shelf and stand in the library. The OED recently launched an online version. Every three months the OED reveals…continue reading →

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 JTCC Library: BakeWise by Shirley Corriher. Corriher, the food scientist from Good Eats, explains how to manipulate your baking recipies in her second James Beard Award winning cookbook. How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman. All here—Bittman shows…continue reading →

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 • 11:00 a.m. John Tyler Community College Midlothian Campus, A113-115 About the Workshop GROW BIOINTENSIVE Sustainable Mini-farming is a system that combines nutrition-based food production with closed-system soil fertility management, emphasizing reduced space. Learn about the eight elements of…continue reading →