Gena Haskett

Gena Haskett is a blogger, vlogger, writer and lifelong learner. The questions in search of answers has lead me to many a wonderful and sometimes scary place. It is the search for knowledge and balance that have made my life interesting.

Those questions can come from unexpected places. Here is an example; when I was a much younger person there were sour dill pickle barrels in the stores. We’d use tongs (and our fingers) to seek out the best pickles for a hot summer’s afternoon.

One day, the pickle barrels were gone. I asked the shopkeeper why and he told me that the Board of Health said they were unsanitary and a health hazard. The world that I knew had changed and 40 some years later I can better articulate why.

It is my challenge to be open to the questions and take the time to listen before answering.

My blog Out on the Stoop is my evolving adventures in living. Create Video Notebook is my workshop finding ways to make creating web video accessible and interesting. I have a certificate in Library Technology (Library Assistant) and currently working on my Digital Archiving Certificate.


There is WHAT?!? in Our Bread?

The lunch line at my local Subway store is long. The ads in the window tout the flatbread sandwich specials. I’m pleased that the restaurant has made a move to remove azodicarbonamide from the bread they use for their sandwiches. This chemical additive is banned in United Kingdom, Europe and Australia, though it is commonly found in American products.  It has been linked to causing asthma and other respiratory problems. ...more
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The 1965 Voting Rights Act: Now In Name Only

I sat in my cubicle Tuesday morning as the history that I took for granted was made unconstitutional, when the Supreme Court struck down part of the Voting Rights Act. At first I thought it was some kind of misunderstanding. It is not easy to be stripped of a fundamental American right. ...more
@Rivkasmom Voter fraud is not rampant. What is rampant are tricks to suppress voter turnout, the ...more

My Memories of Eating Below the Poverty Line

Last week, various folks participated in a campaign called Live Below the Line to bring awareness to living on $1.50 a day. The goal is to experience what it is like to ration your money to buy food. Not good food, not healthy food. Just food. I feel somewhat detached. Now anything that will help a child get near nutrition needs is okay with me. It is just that...well, I remember being a kid in that situation. ...more
Gena, I can completely understand your stance on the Live Below the Line challenge. I have been ...more

Open Call for The Project Awesome 2012 Videos

At this time of the year it is easy to want to embrace your inner Scrooge. The petitions to spend, buy, get and grab would make a normal person want relief from the psychological assault of consumption. There just might be another way to approach giving. ...more

Why Siri Can’t Answer Every Question

The iPhone application known as Siri is not good at providing female sexual and reproductive health information. As discovered by Jill Filipovic and Amanda Marcotte and illustrated at AmandiTalks you can get a good understanding of the problem....more
excellent issues altogether, you just won a new reader. What may you suggest in regards to your ...more

Re-thinking the "Social Media Expert" Career

I paid cash money to attend a local social media event recently. It was about 12:20 on Friday afternoon. All I had to show for my investment was a bag of peanuts and a non-functional rubber brain. It was raining. I was miserable. I could hear a man at another table telling a group of women “Oh yeah, I work with mommy bloggers all the time. We have this money making affiliate system that allows you to take care of your families…” I smell hokum. This was not a good sign. ...more

Readers Versus E-book Spammers

Recently announced that it was taking steps to remove the more dodgy spam e-book content that can be found in the Kindle electronic bookstore.  I have my doubts so I performed a test. ...more
@threeundertwo That is a good idea. I'll try it the next time I want to buy something. It is ...more

5 Reasons to Switch to A Credit Union

The days of free checking, unlimited ATM use and no annual fee bank credit cards are on the way out.  It does not matter if you are a good customer or you're a hope-and-pray depositor (You hope and pray you can get to the bank before the payment is processed). ...more
My husband and I made the switch from a big bank (BoA) to a local credit union last November. ...more

Health Treatments or Quackery?

In-between the space of logic, fear and belief is magical thinking. I will do just about anything to avoid a mammogram. I read the news story about Dr. Joseph Mercola's claims that thermography can be a replacement for mammograms -- that got my attention. ...more

Medical quackery is definitely interesting to read up on - thanks for the links, by the way, ...more

School Librarians Get the Third Degree

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is having serious budget problems. There is a section on the district web site that shows a chart of how they spend the money. One of the LAUSD solutions is the closing of elementary and middle school libraries. ...more

You have people that really do not understand why we need real people to communicate with ...more