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The USA has many popular New Year’s Resolutions that most of the population makes year after year. Unfortunately, many of these resolutions are broken early on, during January.

The Top Three New Year’s Resolutions in the United States all involve controlling one’s weight and money. Both of sandwich-696417_960_720these elements have become big problems in American culture and they appear in broadcast news nearly every day.

Some of the other Top 14 have to do with eating and drinking as well!

Maybe this will be the new year in which America can solve some of the underlying problems that cause these scourges of obesity and poverty. Check out all 14 resolutions at:

New Year’s Resolutions – Fun Or Torture?

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Chicago, home of Second City and the First Family – the Obamas,  offers oceans of opportunities for career and education seekers. A very progressive city, it hosts green initiative projects with hundreds of green collar jobs and research opportunities, a respected tradition of criminology based in change through rehabilitation and prevention, cutting edge healthcare, famous architecture styles, amazing culinary training, and successful social services and women’s organizations.

During Welfare to Work (W2W) years under President Bill Clinton, Chicago agencies helped 100s of folks obtain a car to drive to work, rather than to sit home without transportation or a job. Right now, thousands of jobs are available – on average, 150,000 to 250,00+ each month since 2012.

Have a look —

via The Best Universities & Jobs In Chicago.

Some people enjoy bargain shopping and discount coupons. It’s fun!

Others like to save money they can use for other necessities, luxuries, and emergencies. That’s a good reason to bargain shop in the 2010’s – especially with national economic worries.

Still other people bargain shop because they cannot afford retail prices in grocery, clothing, restaurants, and other retail places – especailly upscale establishments.

I think all bargain shoppers can enjoy bargain hunting, even those that MUST save money to make ends meet. It should not be a mark of poverty.

Let’s acknowledge that our country produces and imports some cheaply made goods at both low and high prices. Avoid  both types. 

If consumers can resist Madison Avenue and media advertisements that urge and even trick them into spending money best used elsewhere, then they have a victory. Look a the article below for links to regional bargains and tips for finding even more in your own town.

via Shopping for Bargains without a Paupers Mentality.

Delicious and Beautiful!

Have you seen the 3,000 Plants That Are Black Instead of Green? – How About the Black Plant Scandal? It’s all at the link.

Great Lakes Heirloom Tomato Project – Best and Tastiest Tomatoes

Health Benefits and Best Recipes For Green Tomatoes

Pennsylvania Dutch Country – Simple, Fun Experiences and Heritage Seeds

Increasing numbers of free magazines, newsletters and eBooks are becoming available online as more people learn how to create them.

While some of these offerings are strictly sales literature, others are informative, entertaining, and fun to have. Even employment news and trade or business journals are available online these days.

via The Best FREE Hot Magazine Subscriptions

The City of San Jose is also a college town named to the Forbes.com list of Top 20 College Towns in America.

Such towns enjoy partnerships among colleges, businesses, and city/county agencies that work to increase incentives for business to move to the city, for residents to develop new businesses, and for businesses to create new jobs. Because of this, college towns often suffer less catastrophe during economic downturns.

At the end of 2009, over 41,100 job listings were active, bur jobs continued to increase through 2014. During March 2014, over 99,600 job listings were active for San Jose.

See which jobs are highest demand and well paying at:

via Jobs and Culture in San and Silicon Valley.

A strange name can saddle a child for life with the inability to succeed. This may be a reason behind Odd’s feeling that he is really not very important as a short-order cook. He may work at the Pico Mundo Grille all his life and since he is only 20, that’s another 50 or 60 years.

Will he save money and buy the grille or will h find something else to do? After all, he has special powers – like may people in the new Spring TV Lineup of 2014. For some reason, new movies and  TV series this spring show trending toward the supernatural. They star people with clairvoyance, psychokinesis, healing, and other powers on television and a dozen religious movies are set to appear in close succession.

And we still have the unique show The Blacklist, which must be supernatural, because so many people say they love it, even if they cannot figure it out.

As for names – Many of my former adult education students with unusual names have felt the inadequacies that Odd feels in Book One and his movie; but,  so have some people with popular names and high IQs.He can represent all of us at some crossroads in life.

Odd may be more usual than we suspected.

via Odd Thomas, the Book and Film.

The Film and Arts community in Detroit, Michigan is thriving, despite the loss of other types of businesses from the city. The restaurant scene is still full of good places to eat any meal.

To restore some of Detroit’s former economic strength, we need large and small businesses to come in and families to move into Detroit, likely with the encouragement of tax and mortgage incentives.

In July 2013, over 85,000 job vacancies and increasing were listed for the city – the most in several years. However, Detroit does not have the trained workers to fill them. Many of the jobs involve Heathcare, Engineering, and Technologies. New businesses are starting up with the helo of crowd-funding as well.

There is an answer out there somewhere!

via Detroit 1950 – 2020: Growth, Bankruptcy and Recovery.

I had a problem with some of the events on Paula Deen television shows regarding the food content of certain recipes and the whole concept of the “party” show.  Some episodes of Best Dishes I lived very much.

I also liked her volunteer work, but then became disillusioned. She seemed to be another story of a very hard life turned around to become too much spending, too much eating, and too much acting. 

My problem with Ms. Deen was her partnering with Smithfield Ham, which hired groups of undocumented workers and then turned them in to INS and hired more. They have since remedied hiring practices and I follow them on Twitter, but I’m still a bit irked.

Paul helped to provide what she called “protein” from Smithfield to poor children and families,  but the product was not ham, bacon or sausage — It was actually hotdogs and/or cheapest sausage made from pork byproducts/remains. It’s a dishonest and unhealthy thing. You remember the chicken commercial that lamented “parts is parts”? What pig parts were in that protein?

The pork-giving program to the poor may end with Chinese ownership, but perhaps Ms. Deen should not be dumped from FN because of Smithfield, racism, or pushing diabetes-exacerbating foods. All that can be pretty much fixed.

If Paul is being sued with her brother for running hostile work environments and discriminatory workplace operations, and she loses that lawsuit, then that is the reason to cancel her contract with Food Network. 

I was looking at winter vegetables tonight, because they will be on sale later this week, and was delighted at the varieties available .

All of the squash looks very good and is not as expensive as I had imagined. Many other winter vegetables are also being stocked right now: Kale, Carrots (all year), Cabbages of all colors, Broccoli, Cauliflauer, Beets, Fresh Peas, and several others.

via Best Christmas Menus: How To Prepare Winter Vegetables For Variety In Meals.

You may want to try growing some of these vegetables yourself, because parts of the United States are great for growing them right now in December and through to Spring. At any rate, you can find these delicious recipes at the link above:  1) Red Slaw and 2) Chicken and Broccoli Pie [or Ham and Swiss Cheese Pie!!]

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