“Dada” was the first word my daughter Kimberly uttered. I was prepared. I had learned from pediatrician Dr. Dan Taylor that the sound “da” is much easier to form than the much more complicated “ma”, and that babies usually save “the best for last”. That consoled me, somewhat.
Yet, studies continue to suggest that the benefits of reading from an early age not only teach kids the rules of syntax and expand their vocabulary, but, according to one study released last year, also activate the part of the brain that allows them to understand the meaning of language.
I was asked by a friend recently where do the story ideas come from for columns. I replied that sometimes the column writes itself, and sometimes the ideas come from just simple observations of life. In this case it’s more the latter than the former; trite but true.
Knowledge is power. Do you feel as if sometimes you are being pressured into purchasing repairs for your vehicle when you take it in for a simple oil change? Then you are fed a line which you cannot completely understand? Well with a little bit of knowledge about your cars´ repairs, you could save yourself a lot of money.
My dog, like all dogs, loves her walks like nobody’s business. We cover the same ground day after day and she approaches each flower, each blade of grass, each tree with such curiosity and excitement, as if she’s never been down that road before. Then, of course, she pees on them, which always cracks me up.
Not true. Pet hair is a nuisance and causes allergies, as it contains saliva or other pet proteins. Allergic reactions to pets are actually caused by pet proteins contained in pet dander, such as microscopic skin flakes, saliva and urine. Overactive immune systems in those with allergies attack these otherwise harmless substances.
Americans’ confidence in green labels reached a low in 2011 when the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) busted “Tested Green” for selling unverified environmental certifications backed up by unqualified “experts” at supposedly independent firms that were actually owned by the same person.
This combination of broccoli with potatoes and eggs in garlic sauce is prepared in our family since the time of my grandmother. It is a delicious vegetarian recipe and is good too as a side to meat or chicken. You can prepare the garlic sauce in advance.