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Mothers Never Forget

by Joyce Kohl

Contrary to what their children may believe and though little has been written on this phenomena, mothers never forget the days their children arrived. Neither do they forget very much of the every day ho-hum tasks of rearing them. They do tend to forget the negative and concentrate on the positive. However, mothers may get mixed up as to which child did what if the number of her children exceeds the average 2.5 per household.

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Poor Richard's Web Site

by Joyce Kohl

Finally, a fully instructional step-by-step and comprehensive “textbook” for planning, creating, and publicizing your business or personal Website is here! Poor Richard’s Web Site: Geek-Free, Commonsense Advice On Building a Low-Cost Web Site (that’s the full title of the book reviewed here) leads both novice and experienced Webmasters through the entire process of designing functional no-nonsense Websites and then getting visitors to beat a path to your “door.”

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Cable Modems are the Comets of Cyberspace

by Joyce Kohl

Cable modems have speeds of 100 to 1,000 times faster than telephone modems! My cable modem uses a 3Com 10Mbps PCI Ethernet XL network interface card which allows for much faster data transmission than standard COM ports. Cable modem speeds can vary in their transfer capabilities. My LANcity cable modem can transmit data at speeds up to 10 Mbps. Put another way, I can transfer a 10-Megabyte file in 8 seconds. A 56-Kbps telephone modem would require 24 minutes; 128=Kbps ISDN requires 10 minutes; a 1.54-Mbps T-1 would take 52 seconds. Websites download in a matter of seconds; full screen images download as fast as any background; inline graphics “zoom load.”

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Spinach Salad

by Joyce Kohl

Spinach Salad

Spinach Salad Source: Go Inside™
Excellent! Versatile! Even spinach haters will love this recipe!
Servings: 6 to 8 Ingredients:
This recipe can easily be doubled.

Other ingredients to add or substitute:

Minced fresh mushrooms

Minced green onions

1 tablespoon finely minced white onion

2 tablespoons finely minced celery heart

1/2 teaspoon finely minced green bell pepper

1/2 teaspoon finely minced yellow pepper

1/2 teaspoon finely minced fresh parsley

1/2 cup Heinz catsup

3/4 cup salad oil

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1/2 teaspoon white sugar

1/2 teaspoon brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)

1/2 teaspoon worchestershire sauce

1/4 teaspoon dry mustard

1/4 teaspoon oregano

At least 2 bunches of fresh spinach

3 hard boiled eggs, chopped

6 slices good bacon fried crisp and crumbled

Directions:
  1. Take the minced ingredients (onion, pepper, celery, parsley) and mince them all together until you have an extremely fine pulp. Put it all into a large bowl.
  1. Add to the minced mixture everything except the spinach, eggs and bacon, and then beat it well. Cover and put in the refrigerator overnight. You CAN use it right away, but it’s much better if left overnight for the ingredients to blend together and enhance the tastes.
  1. Thoroughly wash the fresh spinach and remove stems. Pat the leaves dry and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve it.
  1. To serve the spinach salad, first tear the spinach into bite-sized pieces and arrange on salad plates. Pour just enough of the dressing mixture to coat the leaves. Don’t use too much! Sprinkle chopped hard boiled eggs over the top of each salad, then sprinkle the crumbled bacon over each salad. Serve immediately.

Detective

by Joyce Kohl

Detective is the latest can’t-put-it-down novel by master novelist, Arthur Hailey. Known for his extensive and thorough research prior to writing a book is what gives his novels authenticity and credibility. In this book about homicide investigations, Mr. Hailey takes the reader into the mind of a leading character and his personal life, into a prison and an execution, and into the investigation of a series of murders. I purchased Detective solely because of my familiarity with this legendary author of fiction and not because my favorite reading material is detective stories. I didn’t waste a second buying his latest book.

I wasn’t disappointed!

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Think Before You Order

by Joyce Kohl

Do you order from catalogs? Or TV specials? Or the Internet? If you do, then are you aware of the shipping and handling costs tacked on to every single order? I’m a catalog junkie, and I’ve been known to order things from the hyped television ads, too. Last night I was watching a great stand-up comedy program on one of our cable channels and at the end of it was a comic commercial for ordering a VCR tape of the best of comic acts. The tape was a mere $14.95. Shipping and handling was $6.50.

Yeah, right!

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Civil War Ancestors

by Joyce Kohl

Genealogy is one of the most rewarding hobbies. It was mine for 25 years. While researching for authentic information for my family tree, a living grandson of one of my paternal great-grandfathers, Jerry Craig, invited me to visit him.

When I arrived at his farm in Norborne, Missouri, he brought out a treasure chest of “genealogical gold” and laid it on the table in front of me. In the box were some very old and very yellowed letters, a small notebook, some other items. He also had in his possession an official church record book in which all the marriages, births and deaths were recorded for a number of years during the lifetime of his grandfather and my great-grandfather. The first date I noticed on one of the letters was one of the years during the time of the Civil War. Carefully opening it, I discovered it had been written by William Samuel Craig to his wife, Levica. I remember being awed and so delighted that I could barely speak. The letters were all written in a beautiful script. They were each dated and signed.

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