Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | August 28, 2017

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #35

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #35

“We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

My two cents, but please share yours:

Praying for my fellow Texans and all those who have been, are, or will be in the path of storm Harvey. Be safe!

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Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | August 28, 2017

Rise of the Layoff Generation – Post #6

Rise of the Layoff Generation – Post #6

What should an individual returning to the workforce do after refreshing the basics?

My two cents, but please share yours:

The Layoff Generation, ages forty-five to sixty-five in 2017, experienced the negative forces of layoffs, economic downturns, inflation (food, clothing, etc.), and skyrocketing healthcare premiums and deductibles. Many in this generation have been left unable to bridge to retirement. They must now seek income streams to correct their financial gaps.

After refreshing the basics and learning (online searches) about new technologies just beginning to emerge, individuals returning to the workforce should select areas of keen interest (domain expertise) for more in-depth study and networking. Again, begin the in-depth study by using For Dummies or similar books, graduating to more advanced books when ready.

Every area of technology has its own networking groups. In addition to online searches for these groups, also be sure to check local colleges, universities, and chambers of commerce events calendars. At networking functions, be sure to get acquainted with others before requesting their business cards or asking for interview opportunities. As with all sales efforts, develop a solid relationship first, and then engineer a “sales project” with your new friends. Always review etiquette books prior to attending any networking event or interview (including table manners).

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | August 22, 2017

1000th Picoblog Post: International Exotic Animal Sanctuary

1000th Picoblog Post:

In honor of my 1000th picoblog post, I once again dedicate it to the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary. My husband and I thoroughly enjoy touring this sanctuary in Boyd, Texas (north of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex) and adore visiting the awesome big cats and bears and other exotic creatures. If you come to visit the DFW region, this sanctuary is a not-to-be-missed experience.

The IEAS website is http://www.bigcat.org/index.php.

The IEAS Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/ieasanimals .

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | August 22, 2017

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #34

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #34

“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”

– Buddha

My two cents, but please share yours:

Hope y’all had a wonderful Solar Eclipse Day!

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | August 22, 2017

Foodie Corner – 2017 – Post #8 – Homemade Soda Revisited

Foodie Corner – 2017 – Post #8 – Homemade Soda Revisited

How do you make homemade soda?

My two cents, but please share yours:

Break out your fresh lemons, limes, oranges, pineapples, agave nectar, and heavily chilled seltzer water. Squeeze and mix these ingredients into refreshing sodas all year long.

Be sure to play with and test taste the citrus-juice-to-agave-nectar ratio before adding the seltzer water. Mix and match the juices. Try other fruit juices, herbs (especially lavender), and spices (like ginger or curry), too. Make this recipe your own. Enjoy.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | August 22, 2017

Book Corner – 2017 – Post #8

Book Corner – 2017 – Post #8

What are you currently reading?

My two cents, but please share yours:

For fiction, I’m finishing Echoes in Death by J. D. Robb (Nora Roberts) for the pure-whodunit fun.

For nonfiction, I’m still studying SQL for Dummies by Allen G. Taylor, a good place to start learning a new computer language.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | August 14, 2017

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #33

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #33

“In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.”

– Marianne Williamson

My two cents, but please share yours:

And in every individual is such a heart.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | August 14, 2017

Picoblog Question – 2017 – Post #10

Picoblog Question – 2017 – Post #10

How can an individual participate in the healing of a divided nation?

My two cents, but please share yours:

This isn’t easily done, but a determined individual can accomplish these steps.

  • Step 1  –  Select a group you disagree with, perhaps even hate.
  • Step 2  –  Strip this group of all its labels and adjectives (elitist, bigot, flyover-country resident, deplorable, etc.).
  • Step 3  –  Select at random an individual from this group and focus on them.
  • Step 4  –  See this individual–really see them–and recognize that they are unique in this world.
  • Step 5  –  Think for five minutes about how this individual was born with the same personal rights (life, liberty, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, etc.) and the same economic needs (food, water, shelter, etc.) as every other human being.
  • Step 6  –  Consider for five minutes what rights and needs this individual may be lacking and how this shortfall may be motivating their thoughts, speech, and actions.
  • Step 7  –  Select four more individuals from the group you disagree with (preferably with slightly different motivations than the first person or each other). Repeat all of the above steps for each of these four folks. By this point, a small amount of empathy for, not agreement with, this group should be developing.
  • Step 8  –  Move on to another disliked group, and repeat steps 1-7.

At some point along this journey, inner healing begins, the anger inside starts to dissipate, and ideas for finding common ground emerge.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | August 14, 2017

Foodie Corner – 2017 – Post #7 – Microwave Tamales Revisited

My motto used to be “If it didn’t get done in the microwave, it didn’t get done.” I’ve since learned to use my electric oven and its four-burner cooktop. But …

Foodie Corner – 2017 – Post #7 – Microwave Tamales Revisited

Can you make tamales in the microwave?

My two cents, but please share yours:

Yes, well, sort of. They will never be as wonderful as homemade, take-all-day-to-prepare tamales.

Take 1c gluten-free corn Maza (flour, not meal, and the gluten-free part is essential) and slowly whisk in 5/8c broth (chicken, beef, or vegetable) until smooth and stiff. Mix in pinches of seasonings such as salt, pepper, onion powder, thyme–whatever you like.

In a microwave-safe dish, take half the tamale dough and form 3 flat disks that will be the bases for 3 tamales. Spoon in the centers any desired filling, leaving a half inch around the edges open for sealing. Use the other half of the tamale dough to form 3 top disks, cover each tamale, and pinch to seal the filling inside.

Cover the microwave dish and nuke for 5 minutes. Check for desired firmness. If needed, nuke for 30 seconds and check again. Repeat until the tamales are done. Allow the tamales to cool for a few minutes and serve with any desired sauce.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | August 7, 2017

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #32

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #32

“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”

– John Ruskin

My two cents, but please share yours:

Perhaps John Ruskin never met a tornado.

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