Saturday, November 24, 2018

Taste and See

A survey determined that people prefer a sweeter versus a less sweet cornbread. We love sugar. If we’re not eating candy, we’re consuming sugar in breads, meats, vegetables, and in other foods you wouldn’t expect. Here’s one reason why people love including sugar in their cooking:

If you crave sugar, you’ll be happy to find it in many of your favorite store-bought and home-cooked foods. Burger King’s advertising convinced us that we can have it our way and we’re too willing to alter food to suit our sweet tooth. Unfortunately, what we want is not always what we need, and too much of a good thing jeopardizes our well-being. What situation contradicted your initial thoughts, but now you realize it’s in your best interests?      

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Who's Watching You?

Who thought we’d see the day when drones would deliver packages and police the border? Drones are a hot topic right now. Some people believe drones represent technological progress, helping to protect us and the country. On the other hand, drones can be used to spy on and exploit innocent folks. In any case, there’s a lot of discussion around these incredible contraptions. Have a listen:


Much like the Internet, the legal system is racing to figure out how to regulate the use of drones. Of course, some proactive folks have stepped out ahead of the laws and simply shot drones down. They’re threatened by drone activity and see them as an invasion of privacy. Do drones represent the evolution of a police state? When you’re out and about, do you believe someone's watching you?   

Reprinted and revised from 2014    

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Natural Storms

The authorities sounded a warning alarm about a potential storm. Even as weather people tracked the tornado moving from town to town, it felt hard to believe a tornado would touch down here. So we didn’t prepare by moving to the basement or following any of the precautions the weather people suggested. Instead we watched TV and waited. The tornado touch down deadline came and went and nothing happened—this time. We can ignore some warnings while others demand our immediate attention. Check out this attention-grabber:   

No one wants to be caught unprepared in a storm. Weather-related surprises only cause stress and anxiety. Once the weatherperson warns us days in advance about an impending storm, we have time to think about how to react and which safety precautions we need to take. Unfortunately, some of life’s storms happen overnight when we least expect them. What actions can you take now to deal with life’s storms?