Fleas and ticks seem particularly bad this year. If your cat or small dog seems lethargic, they may be overrun with fleas. They can literally drain the life out of a small animal. Our vet recommends a vet supplied topical treatment rather than OTC medicines from retail stores.
If you look at the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic, we have another two years or so to deal with this pandemic. Crank down on your kids' educational activities because we're in this for the long run. We're behind in education but with tenacity and effort we'll catch up and maybe even be ahead when things return to normal.
Saving energy was a topic Jim Thompson discussed a few weeks back. With fuel prices at record lows, it seems a weird time to discuss saving energy. But back in the day, when Union Camp was an entity in the 70s and 80s, the company leadership were geniuses at forecasting the paper industry fortunes six months to a year in advance. It seemed when everyone else was doing one thing we were doing another. And some time later, our approach was usually proven the best.
I'm convinced kids should learn to drive as early as possible in order to develop the muscle memory for routine tasks behind the wheel. Also, we should put our kids in the safest vehicles we can afford. These may or may not be the coolest ones on the road. Probably not.
This week, Jim Thompson wrote on a subject that consumed my working life for many years - energy costs. Our mill had tried many "way out" ideas in an effort to reduce the cost of energy. These included burning petroleum coke, reclaimed oil, railroad ties, and of course coal, bark, sawdust, and even farm wastes...
The other day one of my church colleagues handed out a paper. He said he printed on two sides to save trees. Some hot air dryers in bathrooms have a similar tree saving statement. I chuckled because it's like saying you're not eating corn to save a corn plant.
Jim Thompson recently wrote about officials who make dumb statements in public because of emotional responses. I try--notice I said try--always to keep myself control and to do things on purpose. If I'm angry, I respond purposefully with a goal in mind.
I've drunk coffee for so long that if I quit, my body would go into a coma, I'm sure. There! I've confessed it and feel relieved. Having done so, I now feel compelled to write about something that bugs me: the economics of coffee consumption.
Selling stuff on the internet sounds like a good idea. Cash for your unused things right? Well I've been an amateur seller for years and have found that while some people may make significant money in this endeavor, I'm not one of them.
The leader of this publication, Jim Thompson, recently wrote about a shaving product he enjoyed buying. This week at school the journalism class is being taught how to ask for ads for the yearbook as a fundraiser. Not connected? In a way they are and the connecting words are "customer service."
Don't feel badly if you have trouble dealing with your iPhone or tablet. Instead, surround yourself with friends who are good at it and they will help you through it. And if you are a grandparent, tell your kids you want invitations to activities but not to get concerned if you occasionally decline.
It is so easy for us to sink into the feeling that America (The United States of America, that is) is going downhill at an increasingly rapid rate. But whenever I get into a funk about the US, I just read some history and realize how far we've come...