The Cactus Kooks

The bakery case here at The Backstory Cafe is full this Monday morning, bursting with new treats that beg me to try them. I should have had the strength to resist, as Monday is the beginning of the week and the day I make all those promises to myself about good health and other boring things, but I saw the most amazing confection and succumbed easily:  sitting perfectly centered on a white china plate was A HOSTESS TWINKIE DRIZZLED IN CHOCOLATE! ...more

Family Tree

I recently researched my family tree and found out very interesting facts. If you are interested in searching out your history, this is a blog post for you to read! :)   http://mysouthernhippiemarriedmomoffourlife. ...more

Fast Food Fury: Kids' Meals Pack Way Too Many Calories in Children ,Study Says

Dr. Robyn J.A. Silverman ...more

Death of the World's Oldest Blogger

With the BlogHer '08 Conference just days away, it's ironic to report the death of the world's oldest blogger, Olive Riley, age 108. The great-great-grandmother's passing came shortly after completion of her 71st post on singing a "happy song" in her Woy Woy, New South Wales, Australia aged care hostel. ...more

Olive was very impressive. I was watching some of her videos this morning. How amazing that ...more

Is Desk Rage An Actual Trend or Just a Contrived Story During The Dog Days Of Summer?

Earlier this week, Ellen Wulfhorst, writing for Reuters reported on a supposed new trend  threatening the workplace. It's called Desk Rage. ...more

As a human resource professional, I can definitely assure you desk rage is not new.  In my ...more

Forgive and…Feel Happier

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned. ” -Buddha Few people fully realize the huge impact the ability to forgive can have on their happiness, nor do most people think of this as a skill that they need to teach and practice with their children. But important it is: forgiving people tend to be happier, healthier, and more empathetic (and like the Buddha, more serene, agreeable, and spiritual). ...more

I've forgiven a lot.  I think sometimes that forgetting is helpful, too.  The most difficult ...more

Influence of the media on young women

At Alive Arts Media, home of Alive Magazine, we have done extensive research on media and its influence on young women to help us generate more effective alternatives. In the process, we came across some really disturbing statistics we thought you should know about: ...more

Research and education careers and the mythical 40-hour workweek

In many ways, I'm one of the lucky Ph.D.s: I may not have a tenure-track job or the status that comes with it, but I do work (mostly) 8 to 5, week after week. It's funny, because the reason I went back to school is because I couldn't stand 40-hour workweeks--too boring, too much thumb-twiddling in entry-level jobs. I longed for the flexible schedule that came with pursuing a life of the mind--even if that meant working more than 40 hours a week. ...more

My experience is that the level of humanity in my workplace is related directly to the ...more

Could Ibuprofen Prevent Alzheimer's? A link between Diabetes and Alzheimer's?

I guess most of us either know or have known someone with Alzheimer's. Maybe that person was even a relative. Like many other diseases, Alzheimer's is thought to run in families. That is why when I read that there was a new study linking the long-term use of ibuprofen to a decrease in risk for Alzheimer's, I had to learn more. ...more

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Ask a librarian--and not just because it's National Library Week

I've lost count of how many times students have told me they're having trouble finding sources for their papers--which means I've also lost count of how many times I've told them to go talk to a reference librarian. I can't sit down with every student in a 100-person class, explain the library's system of databases, tell them which databases best fit with their paper's topic, help them identify search terms, and then show the students how to find books, print the articles on the library's printers, or purchase copy cards for the photocopiers. ...more

i love librarians.  i made friends with the map librarian at my university - he was awesome!  ...more