Grab Bag Cyber Student:
Check out this list of over 400 FREE courses you can take from some of the best universities (we’re talking Berkeley, MIT, Stanford, Oxford, Yale) in the world! I’ve mentioned this before, but the list keeps growing… it’s never too late to learn.
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Grab Bag LearnVest:
While we’re on the subject of learning, check out this site called LearnVest.com. Beautiful interface, great tools, lots of good information, all in the name of makings us all more money savvy. Savvy?
Grab Bag Genius in a Bottle:
My sis clued me into this brilliant bit from Lifehacker.com:
Make Salad in a Jar for an Easy Grab-and-Go Lunch That Stays Fresh for Days
Here’s an ingenious way to make sure you eat salad everyday: Make jars of salad on Sunday night that you can just grab to bring to work. If you layer the ingredients correctly, the salad stays fresh for up to four days.
Julia writes on the Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body blog that the most important part of the layering is keeping the dressing and the salad leaves from touching. She layers her ingredients with the dressing on the bottom, then onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, quinoa, and spinach. Naturally, you would adapt her salad recipe to your own tastes.
Adding to the convenience of this Secret Recipe Club recipe: When you’re ready to eat your salad, just shake the jar up.
Grab Bag Fear Files:
What are our fears? Are they justified? To be honest, when I ran across this visual presentation my thoughts were that media often creates our fears… we see days of coverage over one shark attack, yet nada about the thousands that died in those days from heart disease. This is a great reminder to mind the things that matter:
Grab Bag Lesson Learned:
Sometimes you live your life as an example, and sometimes as a horrible warning. Read the story from YouBeauty.com, burn the image in your mind… and wear your (click here for healthy) sunblock EVERY day:
Behold, the unfortunate case of a 69-year-old truck driver who spent the better part of 30 years on the big rig. As anyone who’s ever gotten a gnarly sunburn on one arm can attest, the left side of our body—the one exposed to the sun when driving—is particularly vulnerable to UV rays. Still, we can only imagine Northwestern University researchers Joaquin C. Brieva and Jennifer R.S. Gordon were beyond amazed to stumble upon this particular truck driver as a prime human specimen that exemplifies just how damaging these rays can be.
Due to his vocation, the subject experienced what the researchers—whose observations were recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine—noted was a case of unilateral dermatoheliosis. This syndrome, associated with photo-damaged skin, is what can happen when chronic UVA exposure results in the “thickening of the epidermis and stratum corneum, as well as destruction of elastin fibers.”
Grab Bag Brain Game:
Been here, done this, but this one really makes you sharpen your geography knowledge:
Grab Bag Funny Stuff: