Proof Positivity: Turkey Day Safety

Have A Safe Thanksgiving

From my family to yours I am hoping you have a safe holiday.  This holiday we will be putting up ornaments, eating, putting up more ornaments and getting ready for the Christmas holiday.

—  Stay in the kitchen while food is cooking.  Most fires in the kitchen
occur because food is left unattended. If you must leave the kitchen
briefly, carry an oven mitt with you as a reminder that something is

—  Do not try to hold your child in one arm while cooking with the other.
Holding a child while cooking is an invitation for a burn. Keep the
cooking area clear of clutter and keep your child out of the kitchen
while you’re cooking.

—  Keep your range top free of clutter. Don’t overload a range top with
too many pots and pans. Trying to cook all dishes at once could cause
grease to accidentally spill onto a range top and cause a fire. Only
cook with as many pots and pans as there are burners.  Also, never use
the oven cavity for storage.

—  Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of emergency and know
how to use it. Make sure the fire extinguisher is rated for grease
fires and electrical fires and read the directions carefully. The
acronym P.A.S.S. can help make sure you use it properly.

—  Pull the pin; Aim the spray nozzle low at the base of the fire;
Squeeze the nozzle to spray the contents; Sweep back and forth as
you spray the base of the fire.

—  Keep smoke alarms connected while cooking. It can be tempting to
disable smoke detectors, especially if they are triggered easily.
However, smoke alarms can save lives. Make sure smoke alarms are
installed and working.

—  Never put a glass casserole or lid on the stove or over a burner. If
the glass gets hot and explodes, it will send shards of glass in all
directions, which can result in severe injury.

—  Be extremely cautious if using a turkey fryer. Turkey fryers are not
safety-certified because they pose a number of distinct safety
concerns, including burn and fire hazards. If you do decide to use a
turkey fryer this Thanksgiving, be extremely cautious.

Tips from UL


Proof Positivity: This Week In History

November 23- 28

November 23, 1848     Female Medical Educational Society forms in Boston
November 24, 1869     American Woman’s Suffrage Association forms (Cleveland)
November 25, 1715     1st English patent granted to an American, for processing corn
November 26, 1789     1st national Thanksgiving
November 27, 1870     New York Times dubs baseball “The National Game”
November 28, 1943     FDR, Churchill and Stalin met at Tehran to map out strategy
November 29, 1877     Thomas Edison demonstrates hand-cranked phonograph

Proof Positivity: Craft Corner

Bird feeders

Pine cones
Peanut Butter
Bird seed

Place a knot in a piece of yarn to form a loop and wrap it around the pine cone.  Put peanut butter around the pine cone.
Then, roll the pine cone in bird seed and hang outside.

Proof Positivity: Going Green

Green Driving

Here are a few driving tips to make Mother Nature proud .


  • Drive sensibly. Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gasoline.
  • Combine errands into one trip. Several short trips, each one taken from a cold start, can use twice as much fuel as one trip covering the same distance when the engine is warm.
  • Replace clogged air filters to improve gas mileage by as much as 10% and protect your engine.
  • Get regular engine tune-ups and car maintenance checks to avoid fuel economy problems due to worn spark plugs, dragging brakes, low transmission fluid, or transmission problems.
  • Keep tires properly inflated and aligned to improve your gasoline mileage by around 3.3%.
  • Use the grade of motor oil recommended by your car’s manufacturer. Using a different motor oil can lower your gasoline mileage by 1%-2%.
  • Reduce drag by placing items inside the car or trunk rather than on roof racks. A roof rack or carrier provides additional cargo space and may allow you to buy a smaller car. However, a loaded roof rack can decrease your fuel economy by 5%.
  • Clear out your car; extra weight decreases gas mileage.
  • Use air conditioning only when necessary.
  • Using cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, will save gas.
  • When you use overdrive gearing, your car’s engine speed goes down. This saves gas and reduces wear.
  • Idling gets you 0 miles per gallon. The best way to warm up a vehicle is to drive it. No more than 30 seconds of idling on winter days is needed. Anything more simply wastes fuel and increases emissions.

My own tips

  • Take a bus if one is available in your area.
  • Walk.
  • Take a bike.


Proof Positivity: On The Science Beat

Bird Flu Pandemic Unlikely

With all the news about swine flu it’s time for a little good news.  The likelihood of a bird flu pandemic is slim.  To cause a pandemic you would need human to human transmission of the illness and to date that hasn’t happened.

“two genetic mutations would need to happen to the virus at the same time in order to enable it to infect the right cells
and become transmissible. At present, H5 viruses can only infect one of the two main types of cell in the mouth and nose,  a type of cell known as a ciliated cell. In order for H5 to transmit from human to human, it would need to be able to infect
the other, non-ciliated type of cell as well.”

“Our new research suggests that it is less likely than we thought that H5N1 will cause a pandemic, because it’s far harder for  it to infect the right cells. The odds of it undergoing the kind of double mutation that would be needed are extremely low. However, viruses mutate all the time, so we shouldn’t be complacent. Our new findings do not mean that this kind of pandemic could never
happen. It’s important that scientists keep working on vaccines so that people can be protected if such an event occurs,” added Professor Barclay.

Science Daily

Proof Positivity: The Yum Factor

Chicken Cordon Blu

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast
4 slices Swiss or Provolone cheese
4 thin sliced smoked ham
2 cups of corn flakes or bran flakes
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 tablespoon dill weed
jar of your favorite spagetti sauce
2 cups milk

Crunch up your cereal, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and dill weed together.
Cut a slit into your chicken and place your ham and cheese inside your chicken.
Give your chicken a milk bath and place in your cereal mixture.  Spray your pan with cooking spray.
Place your chicken in the pan Bake at 350°F for 35 minutes until juices run clear.
After cooking, place two tablespoons on each of your chicken breasts.

Proof Positivity: Proof Positivity

Ripple Of  Hope


At the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights on November 18  Bono and Wyclef Jean were presented  with the organization’s 2009 Ripple of Hope Award.  The award recognizes the bold leadership demonstrated by the two honorees on humanitarian issues.

“As champions of justice, Bono and Wyclef have brought the national spotlight to human rights violations, empowered local activists, and transformed the lives of millions of people living in poverty from Port-Au-Prince to Darfur,” said Kerry Kennedy, founder of the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights. “Their efforts evoke the spirit of my father and we are honored to recognize them.”

Jenni Williams, founder of Women of Zimbabwe Arise and 2009 RFK Human Rights Award winner, introduced Bono who was then presented the award by Ethel Kennedy.  Bono, the lead singer of U2 and co-founder of the advocacy organization ONE and (Product) RED, was recognized for his efforts in the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.

“Though we’re not usually that partial to Royals, growing up in Ireland in the 70s, the Kennedy family felt like an Irish royal family. Bobby Kennedy was a super-hero, an Irish scrapper who didn’t see any contradiction between hard-headed pragmatism and an idealism that challenged all of us to change the world. That’s why the Ripple of Hope award means so much. RFK was the blue print for our activism in the ONE campaign,” Bono said. “The image of Bobby that will forever be in my mind is of a man with his sleeves rolled up, hard at work and showing a hint of muscle. His life is an enduring challenge to all of us to do more, get beyond ourselves and send out our own ripples of hope to the world.”

Loune Viaud, who received the RFK Human Rights Award in 2002 for her work in Haiti, introduced her fellow countryman, Wyclef Jean.  Jean was recognized for his work to strengthen and inspire change in Haiti through his Yele Haiti organization.

“It is an honor to receive this award for so many reasons,” said Jean, who was also the evening’s musical performer.  “The Kennedy Family and Robert F. Kennedy have represented and fought for the rights of people around the world, and have paid the ultimate sacrifice for it.  I am humbled by their work, and use it as an example in the work I continue to do in Haiti, the United States, Africa and around the globe.  I look forward to working closely with Kerry Kennedy and the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights in Haiti as a part of our Yele Center.”

The evening was emceed by actor Peter Gallagher and included monologues based on the play “Speak Truth to Power” performed by Matthew Modine, Matt McCoy, Joey Pantoliano and Gloria Reuben.  There was also a special tribute to Senator Edward Kennedy, who served as a member of the RFK Board of Directors from 1968 until his passing this year.


PR Newswire