Archives for August 9, 2017

Thanksgiving is a Great Family Holiday

Pre-boomers were taught the first Thanksgivings was a day of gratitude expressed by the early settlers nearly 400 years ago in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The pilgrims thanked God for delivering them to the new world where they could live free of religious persecution, for surviving the first year, and for the harvest to sustain them in the winter months ahead. We also learned they shared their food with the local Native Americans.

This national holiday has become a secular celebration of parades, football games, and overeating with the next day marking the official start of the Christmas shopping season, overshadowing its true roots. However, most pre-boomers have seen and remember Norman Rockwell’s series of Thanksgiving paintings which appeared in “The Saturday Evening Post” during the war years of the 1940s. The warm feelings we get when exposed to those   magazine  covers remains with us to this day.

The Thanksgivings of my childhood remain vivid in my mind. As a young child it was the Gimbel’s Parade in downtown Philadelphia. Later the football games took up the morning. Then it was home from college for the long weekend. And later it was the quick train rides from Manhattan to get there in time for the mid-afternoon dinner. Then, many years past before the family got together again. The kids had grown and the first grandchild had arrived before my parents finally moved to the West Coast, after years of prodding. So they were able to enjoy the day each year with all of us and we with them before they passed on a few years back. For this I am most grateful.

I have fond memories of Thanksgivings past and am fortunate to have family close by, so we can enjoy this day together each year. In fact, recently the family took a cruise over the holiday: grandparents, adult children and their spouses as well as the grandkids. It was different and lots of fun, but I missed the “home cooking.”

No matter were you are or who you’re with this Thanksgiving, try to recall those magical days gone by when you woke to the alluring aroma of the turkey roasting in the oven. Be quiet and you can almost here your mom and maybe grandma and your aunts talking as they worked for hours to prepare this family feast. And, even though you were shooed out of the kitchen, you managed to catch a glimpse of the vast array of food to be served and knew this day would be good.

Of course, we ate leftovers for days to come: turkey platters, turkey sandwiches, turkey soup, turkey ala king, turkey hash and turkey croquettes. Nobody ate turkey burgers back then or we would have had them too. Even though we grew tired of a week of turkey, everyone looked forward to having another feast at Christmas. Thankfully this meal was at another family member’s home, so we were spared the endless days of leftovers.

This Thanksgiving it’s appropriate to reminisce about those who helped make this holiday a bounty of delicious food for us to enjoy year-after-year, and be thankful for all the other things they did to make our childhood days worth remembering.



Source by Don Potter

Smartphone Tips for Winter Survival

Smartphones are essential in today’s world as they add up to the digital lifestyle of a consumer. For this very reason, it is essential to keep it up and running. However often due to weather extremities and sudden drop in temperature, your Smartphone might give you troubles. No matter which Smartphone you are using iPhone, Samsung, Nokia, Sony or any other these are sensitive to weather changes and surrounding environment. Now that the winters have set in with its chill and the snowfall, it is more likely to cause damage to your device.

Given here are a few tips that will help you protect your precious Smartphone during this cold season:

Why is chilly weather harmful for your Smartphone?

You might still not be aware about the most technical aspects of your Smartphone. Often manufacturers specify the optimum temperature range for a given gadget in technical specs. For example, if you are using an iPhone 5S then the ideal temperature range for this phone would be-4° to 113° Fahrenheit. This temperature would be at the time when it is not in use and powered down. When your iPhone is powered on then the range of temperature is narrow, Apple gives a suggestion of maintaining 32° Fahrenheit. If you are using some other brand then the temperature range can be -4° Fahrenheit.

Another thing that you ought to remember is that when batteries that are lithium-ion based are affected by sudden temperature changes. This often has an adverse effect upon the battery performance. During the cold seasons the battery drains faster.

Surviving Cold Weather

We all carry touch sensitive phones that require proper care during the winter season. Even though you try hard still when you are out in the cold weather you cannot access your touch screen. Even opting for special gloves is not going to prevent your device from damage. For those who are still using woolen gloves will not be able to access their device. Think about protecting your device as why your device should be left out in cold to bear that temperature drop, it is a device with delicate components that are sensitive to environmental changes.

The best option here seems to be the Stylus. This comes handy for performing better functions as well as typing when you are out in the cold if you so need to do it.

Quick Tips

After knowing exactly why your Smartphone is behaving erratically during this chilly season you need to check upon some quick tips that will help you pull through the winters:

• Avoid leaving your phone out in the cold or in a chill zone. For example, leaving your phone out in the parked car during winter season is not a good idea. It is advisable to carry your phone in your jacket pocket and close to your body so that your body heat can keep your Smartphone warm.

• If you need to leave your phone behind then it is better to switch it off rather than leaving it on sleep mode. This way not only will you save on battery power but also the performance of your phone will be multiplied.

• Always purchase cases for your Smartphone that are manufactured by the equipment maker. For example if you are purchasing an iPhone then it is better to purchase cases from Apple instead of going in for some local company. Good cases help in regulating the temperature of your phone and this is why it is advised to purchase from OEMs only.

• Carrying extra battery for your phone is yet another good option especially when you are travelling in cold environment or places where it snows a lot.

All the above given tips are simple and easy but worth keeping in mind when you next travel to a cold country or face winters. Your Smartphone will perform better and the battery will last longer if you keep it protected from weather extremities.



Source by Jennifer M Shields

8 Worst Job Interview Screw – Ups to Avoid

A senior level operations manager was interviewing for a job where he would have responsibility for over fifty retail outlets. During the course of the second interview, the candidate becomes relaxed, as he discusses the day-to-day duties, which includes personally making deposits for some of the units, if he should he be hired. To Illustrate his responsibility over protecting cash profits, the job candidate pulls out a hunting knife from a sheath that was hidden under his shirt, and quickly slashes the knife through the air, for effect. He explains he carries that knife only in case of emergencies. As you might imagine, the fellow didn’t get the job.

I have personally seen job candidates pull knives in job interviews, but also, I’ve seen them drop their pants – oh yes, it happened – to show a scar on the upper thigh; one lady daringly exposed a breast during a job interview, to prove she was not lactating, as there was a question about how she might handle daycare for her newborn child; and in one amazing instance, a cross-dressing pharmacist arrives at his second job interview attired in female clothing, and using the feminine version of his name.

In my opinion, these are examples of job interview screw-ups. Too often, job candidates regard their personal behavior at home or at leisure activity as appropriate for the workplace. Too often, they are wrong. And when those misunderstandings of appropriateness collide with the often strict, conservative environments that most employers seek as standards in their hiring process, guess who it is that gets left out? Of course, it’s the job candidates.

Below is a list of the sort of unappreciated behaviors that job interviewers prefer not to see in a job interview. Check the list to see if you may be one of the job seekers perpetrating such activities that may slow or even derail your employment.

SMOKING CIGARETTES – many people still feel the need to ‘light up’ to help settle their nerves prior to a job interview. The smell lingers on clothes, on breath, and hair, and as a consequence carries right into the job interview.

POOR EYE CONTACT – failing to offer confident, inquisitive eye contact with the job interviewer suggests you may not be truthful, or that you are hiding something. Don’t look down at the floor when a question is asked.

POOR POSTURE – half-sitting in a chair, slouching, leaning to far up or back or to the side of a chair suggests to some interviewers that you don’t really want to be there. Sit up straight and pay attention to the person taking.

CELL PHONES – have ended too many job interviews, in my opinion. Some job candidates actually take calls during a job interview. Sure, they apologize to the interviewer, but so what! Of course they say the call is important – but, more important than the job you seek? Same for text messaging, which many college grad job candidates assume is a regular part of the business day, so take or check text messages during a job interview; best to just stay home and take those calls and messages.

FATIGUE – job search is a full time job for most, so many job candidates arrive to a interview weary from a busy schedule. Don’t do it. I’ve had applicants escorted out of job interviews when they began resting their head upon their hands, or leaning tired-like in their chairs, or yawning consistently during an exchange of questions.

POOR PREPARATION – has derailed more job interviews than I care to ponder. Anticipate what topics will be discussed, and prepare answers in advance. Or just stay home.

FAKE FRIENDLINESS – is not the same as good manners and politeness. Don’t ‘play up’ to the interviewer trying to befriend them in the short time you have during a job interview. They read through those strategies very quickly. Remain professional.

GUM CHEWING – or sucking on candy, soft drinks, or any sort of food or mouth occupied activity distracts the job interviewer from your skills and experience.

There are many other distractions that can interfere with the smooth success that your next job interview may achieve. Don’t make things harder on yourself by introducing negative elements. Organize your interview strategies in advance. Practice how you describe your skills and experience to a job interviewer. Consider these observations, and you may find the job you seek with less effort and heartache than you might expect.



Source by Mark Baber