I Just Learned that . . .

Joy is infectious.
In one week, here are a few helpful things I learned.

“Why can’t they wait until Martin Luther King Day,” moaned a blogger.  She points out that authors send the most queries out the first of each new year.  Publishers slush piles are the highest for at least thirty days.  Competition is the roughest so keep those New Year’s resolutions but send in your beautiful story later in the year.                                                                                      Publisher’s Marketplace

I tried this.  One hour before serving a meal, you can mash potatoes, put them in a warm crockpot and they will hold beautifully at a low setting.

Did you know that steaming a ham in water makes the moist meat?  You put it in a big pot filled with water, turn it to boiling, then let it simmer for one and a half hours, before turning OFF the stove and letting it sit for another hour and a half.

Every book at the Colville Public Library that comes into the library is cleaned with an antiseptic solution.  Said one of the volunteers, “The kids books get pretty sticky.”                                                                   Colville Public Library Volunteer

If someone asks you if you’d like to have a cup of coffee, or water, accept because your time with them will go more smoothly.  It is really “no bother” for them.  You’ve really been offered a gift.           Dave Kerpen from his book, The Art of People

In a U.S. Civil Court, you only have to prove, what is at issue is more likely than not, or have an over 51% certainly, to win.  In Criminal Court, you can’t risk sentencing someone innocent, so 99% certainty is required.  So, that explains the O.J. Simpson case.  He was found innocent in Criminal Court but guilty in Civil Court.                                                                      F.C. Budinger, Expert Witness

A witness of fact may only testify to facts.  An expert witness may present his/her opinions.  The legal side of one side or the other hires people in particular subjects: doctors, engineers,  like my husband mentioned above, or, say, scientists.  Our son, Vince Budinger, for example, a test pilot, may someday fill such a role for a plane crash.

When having a professional manicure, ask the clinician if you can have one of their Emory boards.  You’ll find that these last forever and do a better job.

If you want a logger to harvest timber on your land, you must first get a Washington State Dept. of Natural Resources Forest Practice Application.  When that paperwork is filled out and you give them a check for $100, a forester will come out to see what you’re going to do and so will the Internal Revenue Service.










Author: lebensbornnovel

There at the base of a mountain, I live in a rustic cabin with my engineer/writer husband and loving cat, Alfie. I am a former journalist and pr consultant. In my blog I attempt to capture a sliver of WW history, the Lebensborn program to create a Master Race, and to add newsworthy tidbits which are 'somewhat' relevant to this subject.

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