Licorice anti-inflammatory effect

Self-tutoring about home remedies: the tutor inquires about licorice.

My wife mentioned to me that licorice can have anti-inflammatory effect. I looked up the idea for confirmation.

From the NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information, United States) point of view, licorice has observed anti-inflammatory effect.

Source:

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

Ronald Reagan and ice cream

Self-tutoring about history and dessert: the tutor shares a find about Ronald Reagan.

I was a kid while Reagan was in power in the United States. Times were heady: the Cold War was reaching its climax. Most people probably recall Reagan as the tough president who wouldn’t back down from the Soviets. He earned their respect, and mine as well.

Reagan loved the American way of life. In fact, back in ’84, he designated July as National Ice Cream Month. More specifically, July’s third Sunday would be National Ice Cream Day. He recommended Americans come up with fitting ways to embrace the occasion.

Reagan was always smiling. I regret I never got to share a bowl of ice cream with him:)

Source:

www.idfa.org

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

Can you substitute lard for butter?

Cooking self-tutoring: the tutor experiments substituting lard for butter.

A scones recipe calls for butter…what to do if you haven’t any? Normally I use margarine instead.

Today, hoping for scones that would be a little more crumbly, I used lard instead of margarine. It worked.

Source:

cooking.stackexchange.com

Here’s the scones recipe in which I made the substitution:

www.canadianliving.com

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DHL

Self-tutoring about corporations: the tutor shares a few finds about DHL.

I noticed the phrase DHL shipping, so looked it up.

As I understand, DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. Its central headquarters are in Bonn, Germany, but it operates in more than 220 countries, and employs 360,000 people. Apparently, it delivered 1.394 billion parcels last year.

DHL was started in 1969 in San Francisco by Adrian Dalsey, Larry Hillblom and Robert Lynn. Deutsche Post gained controlling interest in 2001, and owned all outstanding shares by the end of 2002.

Source:

www.dpdhl.com

www.logistics.dhl

wikipedia

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

US deficit compared to gdp

Self-tutoring: old-time economics students like to track certain relationships. The tutor mentions the US deficit vs GDP.

For 2018, the US deficit is estimated at $804B, while its GDP is around 19.4T.

In percent, the deficit to GDP is 804 000 000 000/19 400 000 000 000 or 4.1%.

Back in April, the Congressional Budget Office offered 4.2% to estimate the 2018 deficit/gdp.

Source:

www.cbo.gov

tradingeconomics.com

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

Make-do vs make do

Tutoring English, subtleties are always interesting. The tutor mentions the distinction between “make-do” and “make do.”

make-do (adj): improvised.

make do (verb): get by with less resources than might be typical for the context.

Source:

Mish, Frederick C (editor). The Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Springfield: Merriam-Webster, 2004.

Gilmour, Lorna (editor). Collins Essential Canadian English Dictionary and Thesaurus. Glasgow: HarperCollins, 2006.

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

Do you use your agenda?

Self-tutoring in psychology: the tutor reflects about organizational habits.

My wife and I use a common agenda to coordinate schedules, including the kids’ activities. It’s used not only to remind us, but just as much to prevent double-bookings.

When my thirteen-year-old brought his school supplies home last week, he left them on the dining-room table. In solitude, I examined his 2017-2018 agenda.

His name is written on the front, by my wife. Inside he makes one entry: “Lecture”, printed for Tuesday, September 12.

My son’s year was successful…he obviously didn’t need to use his agenda beyond that single entry. All those empty pages, those empty boxes that represent days he spent at school, offer mysteries of what actually happened.

I don’t use organizers nearly to the extent of some people, yet in some contexts they can suddenly be very important. Hence, I will be happy to provide him with an agenda for the coming year, whether he needs it or not. I need to provide it to him, because it will represent another year with so many days which may, individually, need organization.

As for his agenda from this year, empty but for one word, and dated 2017-2018…I’ll keep it:)

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

Psychology: what is monomania?

Self-tutoring about psychology: the tutor mentions the term monomania.

monomania: fixation on a single topic.

Source:

Mish, Frederick C (editor). The Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Springfield: Merriam-Webster, 2004.

Gilmour, Lorna (editor). Collins Essential Canadian English Dictionary and Thesaurus. Glasgow: HarperCollins, 2006.

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

Are dandelions an invasive species?

Tutoring English, one is interested in definitions. The tutor examines the definition of invasive species in connection with the common dandelion.

The common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is from Europe, rather than native to North America. Although it seems to be virtually everywhere, is it an invasive species? Perhaps not.

An invasive species is able to enter nature and displace native species. Yet, the dandelion grows in the human footprint. Some wonder if, truly, the dandelion lives in wild nature, outside of human influence. If not, it’s not invasive.

Source:

bangordailynews.com

Pojar, Jim and Andy MacKinnon. Plants of Coastal British Columbia. Vancouver: BC Ministry of Forests and Lone Pine Publishing, 1994.

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.