Last night Kailee Conrad, Registered Dietitian with ShopRite of Southington stopped by Southington Library to teach teens how to prepare a few easy snacks with some unique ingredients. Participants made Mango Chia Pudding with fresh diced mango, honey, Greek yogurt, and chia -- an edible whole-grain seed that has a mild, nutty flavor and is packed with healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants and calcium. Teens also made Lettuce Wraps with avocado, black beans, black-eyed peas, corn, green pepper, tomato, and ranch dressing.
Kailee kept the teens busy washing, rinsing, measuring, mixing, chopping, dicing, pouring... and then finally... eating! Everything tasted delicious!
According to Dictionary.com, e-piracy is "the illegal uploading of digital copies of copyrighted works to a website, or the illegal downloading of such material."
I was planning to write a post about e-piracy and how it hurts the publishing industry, but during my research, I came across two blog posts by Ally Carter, author of All Fall Down (Book 1 in the Embassy Row series) and the popular Gallagher Girls series. I think she explains it best, so check out these posts from Ally Carter's blog...
May 3, 2009: Pirates - Who They Really Hurt
June 18, 2010: Epiracy: Yes, It's Wrong. And Yes, It Hurts.
What is social media?
Blogs, wikis, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Pandora - any website or app that allows users to create their own content and connect with other people. That's why it's called "social" media.
What's my digital footprint?
"Digital footprint" is a phrase used to describe the virtual tracks that everyone leaves behind when posting information online. Pics posted on Flickr, personal info added to Facebook, comments posted on blogs, book reviews posted on Amazon -- all of these leave a footprint of where you've been, what you think, and details about who you are. Put all of that together, and someone may be able to create a pretty accurate (or inaccurate) profile of you.
So it's important to think carefully about your digital footprint...
You probably don't want everyone to see all the details of your life, so you need to make sure the personal information you post online can only be seen for the family and friends you choose. Most social media sites provide "privacy settings," so you can decide who can see the info you post. Make sure to check the privacy settings on all the social media sites you use.
College admissions officers and employers look at social media sites when they make admissions and hiring decisions. You don't want the info you post to stand in the way of getting into college or getting a job, right? That's why you need to manage your reputation online by:
I've got a bad case of the winter blues!
At the beginning of winter, I was excited because, for me, winter means days and nights of snuggling under a blanket, sipping hot coffee, and reading a book. But now as the winter days drag on into winter months, I'm getting restless. I wish I could be sitting on my deck, in the warm sun, sipping iced coffee, and reading a book. (Do you see a pattern here?)
So since Mother Nature isn't cooperating and spring's arrival is delayed, I've decided to focus on reading books about spring and summer. I just finished reading "We Were Liars" by E. Lockhart. The book tells the suspenseful story of Cadence Sinclair Eastman, the oldest grandchild of a wealthy family who spends their summers on a private island off the coast of Cape Cod. One summer, Cady is involved in a mysterious accident which leaves her with amnesia and severe migraine headaches. Two summers later, Cady pieces together her memories and the nature of the accident is revealed. A revelation so shocking that I actually gasped!
Do you have any suggestions for good books that take place in the spring or summer?
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