Author Archives: Chris Armstrong

HBR Guide to Dealing with Conflict HD42.G33 2017


Having a hard time dealing with conflict? Want to learn some strategies to cope? This book is filled with scenarios and suggestions of how to deal with conflict. Learn the process to prepare you for that conversation. Learn how to assess a situation, find your way of dealing with the conflict, and come to a resolution.


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National Meditation Month

I bet you didn’t know that May is National Meditation Month. If you haven’t tried meditation, take the time to learn and develop your own meditation routine.

What is meditation exactly? What do you actually do when you meditate?  Is it sitting with your legs crossed, hands on your knees with palms up and eyes closed? This is one way to meditate but not the only way.

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Research Assistance Program: The Personal Touch

Research Assistance Program?

Haven’t heard of it?

The Research Assistance Program (RAP) was launched on September 24, 2018.  It was formerly the “Personal Librarian Program.”   Why change the name?  The reference team wanted a better description of the program so students would know what they were getting.

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A to Z World Business Database Review

Want to market your business or deal with a business in a foreign country? Asking yourself, “Where do I go for information on how to do business with that country? Which one shall I choose?” A to Z World Business could be the database for you. Choose from over 100 Country Business guides on 120 topics, plus 77 global market tools that cover subjects like business information, import/export, compliance and taxation. Continue reading

National Diabetes Month

Are you aware that November is National Diabetes Month? It is a chance to raise awareness about diabetes and encourage people to make health changes. The symbol is a blue circle. Blue represents the sky and the circle is a symbol of unity. National Diabetes Month was actually established in 1975, although Congress and the U.S. presidents didn’t start passing proclamations recognizing November as “diabetes month” until the mid-1980s. American Diabetes Month was trademarked by the ADA in 1997.

November 14 is World Diabetes Day which marks the birthday of insulin co-discoverer Dr. Frederick Banting.

Here are some interesting facts about Diabetes from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases as of 2015:

  • 3 million Americans or about 9.4 percent of the U.S. population are affected
  • 1 in 4 adults have it but do not know it
  • 1 million Americans have prediabetes
  • 9 out 10 adults with prediabetes do not they have it

The International Diabetes Federation says:

  • 199 million women with diabetes
  • 313 million by 2040
  • Leading cause of death among women
  • 2 out of 5 women with diabetes are in reproductive age
  • 1 in 7 births is affected by gestational diabetes

Chances increase for type 2 diabetes if:

  • have a family history of diabetes
  • over age 45
  • overweight
  • are not physically active

What is diabetes? It is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose (blood sugar) is too high.  Glucose comes from the foods you eat. Insulin is a hormone which helps the glucose get into your cells.  Sometimes your body doesn’t make enough, or any, or doesn’t use insulin well. Glucose stays in your blood and doesn’t reach your cells. Over time too much glucose can cause health problems. There is no cure for diabetes, but you can learn to manage the disease.

Types of diabetes:

Type 1 diabetes – your body does not make insulin. Your immune system attacks and destroys the cells in your pancreas that make insulin.  Need to take insulin every day to stay alive.

Type 2 diabetes – your body does not make insulin well. Occurs most often in middle-age and older people. Most common type.

Gestational diabetes – develops in some women when they are pregnant and most of the time goes away after the baby is born. Having had gestational diabetes increases your chances for developing type 2 diabetes later in life.

Other less common types: monogenic diabetes which is an inherited form and cystic fibrosis-related diabetes.

Health problem associated with diabetes:

  • heart disease
  • stroke
  • kidney disease
  • eye problems
  • dental disease
  • nerve damage
  • foot problems

Check out the NIDDK website for more information and to take the Diabetes Risk Test and learn more.

More information is available from the American Diabetes Association:
There are many ways you can help spread the word. Check out the following websites to see how you can help spread the word and prevent diabetes.

Ten Ways to Observe National Diabetes Month:

10 Things You Can Do for National Diabetes Month:

It’s Your Life. Treat Your Diabetes Well:

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Oyster Mushrooms

Ever hear of oyster mushrooms? They almost look too cute to eat.  Oyster mushroom caps can vary from dark grey, green, pink or yellow depending on the seasons and species. You can find them at farmer markets. I found these at the Saturday Omaha Farmers Market. They can sometimes be found in supermarkets.  Size ranges from 1 to 6 inches in width. They have a soft and slightly chewy taste. Some say they taste similar to Morel mushrooms and that they can develop a slight aroma of anise.

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