Small Business Saturday

Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Small Business Saturday, a day created to encourage holiday shoppers to buy from local businesses.

Founded by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday takes place each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. American Express started the shopping event in an effort to boost spending at small businesses during the holiday season and help establishments remain open during the recession.

“As a consumer, you’re a key part in helping small businesses thrive. By shopping or dining at small businesses throughout the year, you’re showing your support for the small businesses in your neighborhood and in the communities you call your own,” American Express said.
Just a year after the shopping event was created, the Senate passed a resolution in support of Small Business Saturday. In the years since American Express created the day, an estimated $85 billion was spent at independent retailers and restaurants. Read the rest of this entry »

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Buy Nothing Day

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The busiest shopping day of the year is the day after Thanksgiving. Buy Nothing Day is also the same day. It is your special day to unshop, unspend and unwind. Relax and do nothing.

Quote: There must be more to life than having everything! Maurice Sendak Read the rest of this entry »


Say Grace This Thanksgiving

If you don’t usually say grace before meals, you might want to start doing so this Thanksgiving — and whenever your family dines together. It’s a way to remind ourselves of all we have to be thankful for. Plus, for many families, the evening meal is the only time spent together. Grace provides an opportunity to reflect on how precious this time is.If you say grace often, you may want to change what you say occasionally so that the words don’t become rote and meaningless.

We have collected more than 300 mealtime graces from around the world. Some of our favorites… Read the rest of this entry »


First Ever “Presidential Alert” coming to your Phone on October 3rd, 2018

WESSomething unprecedented is about to happen on your phone soon. Here’s what you need to know…

You’re probably familiar with Amber Alerts about missing children on your phone, but have you ever heard of WEA alerts?

What does WEA stand for?

WEA stands for Wireless Emergency Alert and it’s part of our nation’s broader Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS), which also includes the familiar Emergency Alert System (EAS).

The EAS is what you see and experience when your TV or radio broadcast is interrupted for about a minute with a monthly test.

What distinguishes a WEA alert from the EAS alert? Read the rest of this entry »


Is Coconut Oil a “Healthy Food”

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According to a recent survey, 72% of Americans classify coconut oil as a “healthy food.”

Here’s what the science says.

What you need to know about coconut oil.

A 2017 American Heart Association panel reviewed the evidence on which fats in foods raise—and which lower—the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The experts’ findings: “We conclude strongly that lowering intake of saturated fat and replacing it with unsaturated fats, especially polyunsaturated fats, will lower the incidence of CVD.” Yet many people have heard that saturated fats are harmless. Read the rest of this entry »


Is Drinking Seltzer Water Bad for your Teeth?

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Is your seltzer habit harming your teeth?

Sparkling water has all the bubbly and none of the sugar of soda. But is there a downside?

Sparkling water is made by pumping carbon dioxide into water,” explains John Ruby, a retired professor of pediatric dentistry at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. “The CO2turns into carbonic acid, and the pH drops.”

A lower pH means that the liquid has become more acidic. (Pure water has a neutral pH of 7 on the 0-to-14 pH scale.)

Acids can erode tooth enamel. And “once you lose enamel, you never get it back,” says Ruby. That can lead to sensitivity, discoloration, and loss of tooth structure. Read the rest of this entry »


Why do Drugs have Crazy Names?

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Everyone agrees that drug names are becoming ever more crazy. For instance, why all those X’s and Z’s in brand names (Pradaxa, Xarelto, Xeljanz, Zyprexa)?

Generic names can be even more mouth-boggling. Can you remember that acetaminophen is the generic name for Tylenol, and can you pronounce it? If you want to get it when visiting Europe, however, you’ll have to ask for paracetamol. Both of those names get their syllables from a chemical name of the compound: para-acetylaminophenol.

But the names of most generics (like brand names) are largely or completely made up and illogical, except that some related drugs share a suffix, such as “-statin” at the end of cholesterol-lowering drugs like simvastatin (Lipitor) or rosuvastatin (Crestor), and “-azepam” for tranquilizers like lorazepam (Ativan) or temazepam (Restoril).

Tongue-twisting generic names are a big problem since the vast majority of drugs are now dispensed as generics, leading to growing concerns that if names are mispronounced or misread and drugs misidentified, patients could be harmed. Avoiding such confusions is one of the rationales for electronic prescriptions. Read the rest of this entry »