Talking About The Weather
Americans love the weather, it’s one of our conversational mainstays. Mark Twain’s famous quip, “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it,” is not quite true. Many people are watching it closely, and weather watching has spun off an entire industry catering to amateurs and professionals. Most operating system offer "gadgets" for desktops and mobile alterts for breaking weather news.
Mothers Day Holiday Celebration, Shopping, and Traditions
On the second Sunday in May, this year the big day is May 11th, American children of all ages treat their mothers to something special. It is the one day out of the year when children, young and old, try to show in a tangible way how much they appreciate their mothers
England was one of the first countries to set aside a day to recognize mothers. In the eighteenth century when many people worked as household servants for the rich, “Mothering Sunday” was reserved for them to return home to be with their mothers. Though this custom stopped when the Industrial Revolution altered the working and living patterns of the people, one Sunday for Mothers was established as a holiday in the twentieth century.
In the United States, Mother’s Day did not become an official holiday until 1915.
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Reading Tips for Parents
Reading! That is something you don't catch kids doing enough of. We live in the world of TV and movies. And let's not forget video games.
I will say that I have played a few video games in my life and I even still have an Xbox sitting in my living room. I'm about to be a dad and I still have my Xbox. It is kind of funny when I think about my parents generation. But they didn't grow up with video games like we did. I remember getting our first Nintendo (the original) when I was about 5 or 6. I barely even remember the Atari days. So video games are something that our generation grew up with. Now, my Xbox stays wrapped up in the entertainment center and only comes out every couple of months on special occations.
I guess I say all that to say that my generation grew up on video games and TV. And when I look at kids today who are still in school, I see them with even more distractions than we had. Not that video games are bad or that all TV is bad. But TV and games can not replace reading.
Professional Courtesy Email and Instant Message Use
Before dashing off a quick email or instant message to a friend or family member during a protracted work meeting, remember that your message may be monitored. Over three-quarters (76%) of US firms report that they record and review their employee communications on the job, with over half retaining and reviewing email.
The consequences of misuse can be severe. The American Management Association reports that one in four companies have terminated employees for email misuse. This might be the perfect day to brush up on what your employer says about proper use of email and IM in the "Company Handbook." Companies large and small are implementing electronic technology policies. The primary drivers for communication monitoring are legal and regulatory. In a court of law, email, instant messages, and other employee content has become evidence. They are the equivalent of business DNA.