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Cheap laminate floor cleaner and more

Laminate flooring is wonderful, but some folks have trouble keeping it looking good.  Here's what has worked for me: I bought a mop with a microfiber pad and just use water.  The microfiber picks up every little bit of dust on the floor and I don't have to buy any cleaner at all! (I got a package of microfiber towels and made some replacement pads for the mop so I can just wash them…) – WS, OR         Chopping Tomatoes I watched my daughter-in-law chop some canned tomatoes the other day and was amazed!  She took her pair of kitchen shears and snipped through the tomatoes….still in the can!  Then dumped out the chopped tomatoes into her dish and stirred them in.  I couldn't believe my eyes…but it sure works! – SE, NV   Be Prepared For Winter Driving It's a little early for this hint, but not too soon to begin gathering what you need. Save your old liquid laundry detergent bottles, wash them out and let them dry real well. Then, either put in cat litter or sand, put the lid on and put them in the trunk of your car.  Use it when you need a little traction on the ice.  With the screw on lid, you avoid spills and keep the trunk clean…and the handle keeps your hands clean as well. – DS, WY  ...

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The opportunities and costs of life in small communities

One secret about life in small rural communities is that the fewness of numbers has its own rewards. Few is beautiful. Few is beautiful? Isn’t that part of the problem? Well, it is and it isn’t. Many years ago, psychologist Roger Barker studied a small Kansas town. He developed a theory to explain how “undermanned behavior settings” create the circumstance in which people are pushed, coerced, pressured, enlisted, recruited or invited – you choose the term – to participate in basic community or group activities. How does this work? Community institutions require warm bodies to take key roles to maintain a minimal level of community activities and services. For example, imagine an eight or even a seven person baseball team. Everyone has to show up, play harder and do more things. New plays have to be learned. More practice is required. A poor-fielding right fielder is better than no fielder at all. The coach will work with the player and so will the rest of the team. The right fielder feels important because he or she is important. The team would be worse off without him or her. In order to compete, the team experiences more communication, self-correction, growth, teamwork, commitment and unity. Small schools have opportunities. Small rural high schools are an example of this concept. Students who might not be given the time of day in an...

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Drought Conditions Require Openness And Mutual Support

“My husband is so discouraged. I’ve never seen him so down and defeated. I try to get him to talk but he clams right up. He is watching our promising corn and soybean crops dry up and stress out. What can I do to get him to talk? How can I help him?” “My husband is so discouraged. I’ve never seen him so down and defeated. I try to get him to talk but he clams right up. He is watching our promising corn and soybean crops dry up and stress out. What can I do to get him to talk? How can I help him?”   Those questions are on the minds of many farm and ranch women, especially in the Great Plains of the United States and extending east to the corn belt. Not only do they feel the lack of rain but also the drought of words and feelings.   Fighting battles alone.  What an obstacle masculine pride is! Why must a man feel like he has to fight and win his battles alone? Why can’t he share his fears, his doubts and his feelings?   Where is it written that a man has to be strong and perfectly in control at all times? Where did he learn he must protect a woman from reality? Is not she, too, capable of strength, courage and judgment when...

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Jersey City Steaks – Gourmet: Juicy, Tender, Tasty!

Jersey City Steaks, unlike their counterparts – the Kansas City Strips and New York Strips – are even tastier, to the point of falling into the category of gourmet. This isn’t such a known fact, even among meat connoisseurs.     For these reasons, there probably has never been an attempt to develop a meat market. Quite by chance, I got briefly acquainted with a gentleman from Iowa that is feeding a few Jersey steers. Dan Wendt is his name; one of the finest people I’ve ever met. After a brief introduction from a hospital bed, we began sharing a few life experiences, only to find that we shared a common interest in livestock. I questioned his selection of cattle, only to find out that it was just a hobby that he enjoyed coming home to after a hard day’s work at Mayo. Dan went on to tell me that it wasn’t about the money; it was more about the great taste of the meat—a sentiment that was shared by family, friends, and acquaintances alike.   Having had first-hand experience, in an advisory capacity, I knew Dan was telling me the truth. I went on to share with him the reasons why Jersey meat tastes better than the conventional beef breeds. He was eager to know more, and had no idea that the same characteristics that cause Jersey milk...

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When Less Is More And Taste Is King

Not all good ideas come from amenity-filled board rooms. All the best minds coming together in one place doesn’t always produce the best results. Sometimes some of the greatest ideas come from the least expected sources and circumstances. My friend Dan Wendt, who I met while hospitalized under the care of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, opened my eyes to the most creative, ingenious meat marketing idea I had heard in a long time. While cleaning my hospital room, we began to chat about things, and I was soon to find that he was a pretty special guy. When we finally honed in on our mutual interest of livestock, things begin to click. Dan lives on a small farm in Iowa and was feeding a few cattle on the side; just a hobby at this point, and non-selective to a fault, for he ended up feeding a few Jersey steers. Now, any cattle feeder will tell you that’s the dumbest idea ever. Jersey’s are small, inefficient, and lack muscling. You couldn’t possibly make money feeding Jerseys. But wait a minute, there’s another side to the story. Remember this was a hobby, and Dan wasn’t necessarily doing this for the money. So, what was the incentive? The rewards of his effort came from the product he put on the table, the compliments from his many dinner guests, and people of...

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