Author Archives: Diane Osborne

St. Patrick’s Day Fun Facts

 

We all know that Saint Patrick’s Day is March 17th.  You may even know that it started as a religious observation.  Today it has turned into everything Irish.  Here are some interesting facts about this world renowned festivity.

 

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Cyber Security Journal Review

Cyber Security: A Peer-Reviewed Journal is a quarterly journal published by Henry Stewart.  You will find in-depth articles and case studies written by and for cyber security professionals.  Each issue features the current thinking and best practices in cyber resilience, cyber security, cyber-crime, and cyber warfare.  The articles depict practical experience in national crime infrastructure, government, finance, corporate, military, and not-for-profit sectors.

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For the Love of Books

Enjoy More Love in Your Life Through Books

Books hold a special place in my heart.  When I was growing up, there were two things that I enjoyed playing.  One was being a teacher and the other was being a librarian.  I loved to read and I had bookshelves full of books that I would “check out” to any of my sisters, or neighbor kids that would be willing to play library. Continue reading

Thyroid Awareness Month in January

What weighs about 25 grams or .88 ounces is about 4 inches long and an inch wide and can cause havoc with your whole body?  It is the thyroid or thyroid gland.  It looks like a butterfly found in the front of your neck, below the Adam’s apple.  The gland secretes three hormones: the two thyroid hormones- triiodothyronine and thyroxine, and a peptide hormone, calcitonin.  The thyroid hormones influence the metabolic rate and protein synthesis, body temperature and in children, growth and development.  It also controls heart rate, blood pressure, and weight.

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12 Ways to Have a More Sustainable Holiday Season

The holiday season is such a fun time of year. Friends and family meet to spend time with each other, cozy nights by the fireplace complete with hot cocoa, and giving gifts to one another. It is such a busy and exciting time of the year that we often forget to take into account the effects of our activities. Continue reading

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Through the Years

For many Americans, one of the highlights of Thanksgiving Day is waking up to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV. Every year, people gather to watch large balloons, beautiful floats, loud marching bands, and hear the sounds of the holiday. The parade was started by immigrants to celebrate their American citizenship. The parade is broadcasted live with musical acts, performances, and a lot of people on the streets celebrating the season.

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Halloween by the Numbers

The origin of the holiday comes from the night before the Christian day, All Saints’ Day or All Hallows’ Day. This is a day to commemorate the saints of the church, those who are known and those who are not known. The name Halloween derives from All Hallow’s Eve (the night before All Hallow’s Day), which in Scottish eve is even, and is often contracted to e’en or ‘een’. The reason for the ghouls and the skeletons is because this is the final night they have before they’re scared away by the saints.

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Why Is Fall the Only Season With Two Names?

 

Fall or autumn?  Both are correct, right?  What you call the season between summer and winter is really just based on preference, but why are there even two names to begin with?  I’m glad you asked.  I was curious too, so I began to search for some answers.

 

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