Weekly Feature Articles
With food and gas prices skyrocketing, it's time to reconsider how we spend our paychecks. Even if you've got money to spare now, you could be looking at a downsized salary later or a period of unemployment. Unless you've been on the job for a while, that unemployment check isn't going to cover much. Better to rethink some everyday expenses so you'll have a bit of a financial cushion for later on.
There are some daily luxuries many of us think we can't live without. Still, there are ways to cut back on these costs.
As our area grows, the wide, open fields and shady woods that covered the counties and even some parts of the city in long-time residents' memories are becoming a thing of the past. Bulldozers replace tractors as common sights along the road. It's the pavement, buildings, and the inevitable traffic that comes along with both that guarantees a rise in air pollution. The future looks hazy from here—as well as hot and humid.
Cooking, cleaning, party-going, party-giving, visiting relatives, relatives visiting—welcome to the holidays! If you are the one who's mostly in charge of making the holidays bright, odds are for you may need a little pick-me-up yourself.
Refresh and Relax
Long to-do list? Make sure to put yourself on it. Budget 15 minutes every few hours for a bit of relaxation. The Herbal Home Spa and these other books can help de-stress the holidays:
On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me:
Tea can be the centerpiece of a formal party or simply everyday hospitality among friends. Whether you prefer herbal, green, or black varieties, when you sip a cup of tea, you are joining a rich, historical tradition.
The days are bright, crisp, and brimming with the anticipation of a ripening spring. But as the sun sets, and the shivering night winds hurry families to their homes, a bowl of homemade soup will be a shared pleasure long remembered in years to come.
Water, water everywhere…but is it safe to drink?
With bottled water costing well over a buck at the convenience store, budget-conscious folks have been switching to tap water. After all, the argument goes, tap water goes through filtration, too, and has the added benefit of fluoride. News stories blamed the rise in kids' cavities on a switch to bottled water. Surely it made more sense to stick with tap water. Now we find out that tap water and perhaps bottled water contain traces of prescription medications, causing people to reconsider their daily water source.
The 2008 Summer Olympics were held in Beijing, the capital of China. While China has been in the news recently and people are aware of some current events occurring in the country, not many realize that China has a long and complicated history full of changing dynasties. To mark the 2008 Beijing Olympics, this second article of two will introduce people to the dynasties that mark the last 729 years of Chinese civilization.
Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368)
By Christie Hoerneman, CRRL Staff
The 2008 Summer Olympics were held in Beijing, the capital of China. While China has been in the news recently and people are aware of some current events occurring in the county, not many realize that China has a long and complicated history full of changing dynasties. To mark the 2008 Beijing Olympics, this first article of two introduces readers to the dynasties that mark the first 2800 years of Chinese civilization.
Shang Dynasty (c.1600-1050 BC)
By Chelsie Meredith, CRRL Volunteer
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