Creative Coloring

When: Monday, September 11, 2017 – 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: Hiawassee Branch at Hiawassee – Ask at Desk

Come join us for the latest stress-reducing craze! Coloring for adults and teens is a fun and easy craft. We supply coloring pencils, crayons, markers and beautiful patterns and designs. Discover the soothing effects as well as the pleasure of creating serene masterpieces. For ages 13 and up. #coloryourworld


Musings on chain letters and the information age

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Misleading facts about congress

Thanks to technology, the internet, social media, cell phone apps, etc. I don’t think that anyone would argue that we have access to more information than ever before. In fact, the flood of information has become so great that it often overwhelms our ability to process it. Worse, it often makes it next to impossible to distinguish between information that is true from that which is not.

The problem with this mass of uncritically presented information is that truth often gets lost. We speak of true facts versus false facts. The first is redundant. The second one is an oxymoron. If a fact is, indeed, a fact, then it must be true.

I recently received an email from a friend asking me to pass on something he received from another friend on to twenty of my email contacts and/or Facebook friends. The email he received was regarding something called the Congressional Reform Act of 2017. The author/originator of this email is anonymous. There is no such act, at least not yet. The email is nothing more than a modern version of the old chain letter in which one person passes it on to a number of others who, in turn, pass it on, and so forth, taking advantage of the exponential increase in numbers of people who will receive this.

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The email lists a number of the more egregious excesses and abuses of our congressmen and senators and proposes this act to correct those. The alleged wrongs are guaranteed to raise the indignation and anger of the reader. Congressmen can vote themselves pay raises whenever they wish, they are exempt from Social Security, they are exempt from abiding by the laws that we are subject too, and so on. The problem is that most of the information is plain wrong. I did not take more than five minutes of fact checking some of the claims of the author of this chain email to verify that things were not as he (or she) claimed.

Now, mind you, I have no love for our elected representatives. I, like many others, have been frustrated and angry at the failure of our elected officials to act in the best interests of those who put them in office. I deplore the hyper-partisan atmosphere present in our government today, the inability of legislators to pass meaningful legislation; the failure to address such pressing issues as our deficit and debt, immigration reform, tax reform, health care reform; failure to pursue clean, sustainable energy sources; and much more. I am no fan of what is happening in government today. The inefficiency and incompetence of those who presume to lead us sometimes drives me nuts and makes me wonder if there is not something in the water in Washington that renders those who work there imbeciles.

I know that there are many reasonable, intelligent people out there who care about our country, work hard to make things better for themselves as well as others, and don’t get much press because they are behind the scenes. I work hard to keep my personal house in order. I pay my taxes. I donate to charitable causes. I try to be productive. The only place I really register in the overall picture of what is happening to our country is through my vote, and vote I do. It is an imperfect, cumbersome, ponderous process but I have yet to hear of a better one. I am not into governance by raw emotion, rage, intolerance, and contrived facts. There is enough of that in third world countries and we see where that gets them.


We have only a very limited ability to experience things for ourselves. The vast majority of what we know comes from sources we trust because they have some degree of authority. We believed the things taught to us in school, about history, science, mathematics, and more because we believed that our teachers, i.e. we held them in high regard with respect to their authority to present us with facts. This used to be true with news. We believed the news because we subscribed to the knowledge and objectivity, the authority of our broadcast journalists. At one time, we believed politicians, hard as that may be to fathom.

This dilemma applies to my own profession of medicine. Medical facts used to be just that. Now, objective research, data gathering, and critical scrutiny of medical claims has been replaced by economic considerations, marketing, and hyped claims for new products, procedures, or processes. For a physician, obtaining reliable, objective information with which to make decisions that impact the care of our patients has become a challenge of wading through a lot of worthless information, much of it promulgated by people and companies that want to sell me something, to find good information that I can use.

So, I do not pass on email chains without checking them out and neither should you. Before you waste your energy getting all hot and bothered about some obvious wrong, make sure of your facts so you don’t waste all that emotion on some falsehood. Good information is out there. You just have to take a little time to search it out.

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2017 Solar Eclipse Worksheet

With less than a week until the solar eclipse, I woke up this morning with an idea. Watching the solar eclipse is a big deal, and I want to help my kids remember the event so to commemorate the event I created a 2017 solar eclipse worksheet.

2017 Solar Eclipse Printable

Solar Eclipse Worksheet

Because we don’t have plans to travel for the eclipse, our big girls will be able Read more

Loaded Mexican Chicken and Potato Skillet

Loaded Mexican Chicken and Potato Skillet (Photo courtesy General Mills)

Loaded Mexican Chicken and Potato Skillet (Photo courtesy General Mills)

Loaded Mexican Chicken and Potato Skillet is a one-dish dinner that is on the table in less than an hour. Developed in the test kitchens, the recipe is a road map that can take many diversions. Beef, turkey or pork can sub for chicken. Sweet bell peppers can add color and nutrients. And a different spice blend can change up the entire flavor profile. Add a tossed salad on the side and call everyone to dinner.

Loaded Mexican Chicken and Potato Skillet

Yield: 5-6 servings

3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

1 (20-ounce) bag refrigerated cooked diced potatoes with onions

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

1 (14.5-ounce) Mexican-style diced tomatoes, undrained

1/2 cup cooked and chopped bacon pieces

1/4 cup chopped green onions

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1 (8-ounce) container sour cream

1 tablespoon Old El Paso taco seasoning mix (from a 1-ounce package)

1. In a 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil over medium heat. Add potatoes; cover and cook 12 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly heated (potatoes will not brown). Transfer to bowl; keep warm.

2. In the same skillet, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add chicken; cook 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink. Stir in potatoes and tomatoes; cook 2 to 3 minutes longer or until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle evenly with bacon pieces, 3 tablespoons of the onions and the shredded cheese. Reduce the heat to low; cover and cook 5 to 6 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

3. Meanwhile, in small bowl, stir sour cream and the taco seasoning mix until well blended. Serve skillet dinner with sour cream mixture and garnished with the remaining 1 tablespoon onions.


Caribbean Carnaval Buffet and Show at Sapphire Falls

Full disclosure: our meals were comped.

Caribbean Carnaval is a new buffet and floor show at theLoews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando. It takes place underneath an un-walled roofed pavilion in a cove accessible to guests down a long hallway past convention rooms, down a staircase and through a door to the cove.

The food is a buffet island dishes with fish, beef and chicken. Several side dishes were various exotic vegetables mixed in sauces. The highlight was the giant apple-mouthed whole-bodied hog sleeping on a table, its innards removed and replaced with piles of cooked pork.

The show is non-stop high energy island music. It’s set up like you’re taking a trip. The host bounces from island to island, with new songs inspired by each island. It’s a mix of pop songs with Latin themes all the way to Rihanna. The backup band is solid and the singers are fun. The stage is roaming with dancers. While there are only 4, the choreographer makes full use of them. They always seem to be coming from a different entrance and exiting through another corridor, all the while changing costumes from one color-splashed outfit to the next.

The show is FUN! Your kids will enjoy it. Old people will sit and watch and enjoy it. It never gets boring.

60 Years Of Dove Beauty Must Have Event

I’ve long been a fan of Dove products. From Dove shampoo and conditioner to Dove antiperspirants and, of course, Dove soap, Dove products have always been in my life. After years of relying on Dove products as part of my daily beauty routine, I still love them. As the mother of three daughters, I also appreciate Dove’s commitment […]

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Create a Blog

When: Saturday, February 11, 2017 – 12:30 AM – 1:30 AM

Where: South Trail Branch at South Trail – Computer Lab

Learn how to create an easy to use website where you can publish your thoughts, comments or pictures so you can share with family and friends. Recommended Audience: Adult

#tec101 #officetraining