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by Darla Lindauer Modified: September 6, 2013 at 10:05 am •  Published: September 6, 2013

1.  How sweet it is

By: Jessica – “Food writer, recipe developer and blogger. Obsessed with James Taylor. Hater of veggies. Liker of bacon. Lover of life.”

What blog is about – Healthy recipes, comfort food and indulgent desserts.”

Featured post –Football Food! [135 recipes for football season.]

This is the best list of foods I have found yet. I am sitting at my desk at work having just eaten lunch, and I feel like I am starving all over again. I was going to give you my favorite, but I cannot. I feel like I just walked into the grocery store hungry. Even a cracker would taste awesome right now! Instead, I will tell you my favorite categories: dips, snacks and crock pot. I am a huge addict to chips and dip; I could eat it every day. But my favorite dip of all time is my own recipe, which has sausage, cream cheese and Ro-Tel with a few little extras added. I would have to pass on the chickpeas and mushrooms, though. I just don’t understand how anyone thinks chickpeas are good. I have people tell me their children eat them by the bags. I tasted a chickpea one time. I thought I was going to be very sick. It was worse than taking a liquid medicine with no flavor! The rest of the list makes me think, ”Who needs football to eat?” I will be trying these recipes year-round. Maybe I can get it finished by the time a new list comes out! – Darla Lindauer

 

2. World Views

By: Max Fisher

What blog is about – World news.

Featured post –  9 Questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask

I will be honest in admitting that I needed this. I really do not know much about what is going on in Syria. I do realize this is just one person’s perspective on this. Either way, I know more than I did. I think my stance on this is more of an emotional response, rather than a political one. I am unable to see anyone as anything other than a human being. I am so sad for all the people, men, women, and children.  Just like the saying comedians use as a parody of beauty queens, I just want world peace.Darla Lindauer

 

3. Environmental Graffiti

By: The site is maintained by many contributors. The credit for this post goes to Simone Preuss.

What blog is about – Nature, travel, outdoor, art & design, people, technology, science and lifestyle.

Featured post – Exploring the Remains of Spain’s Creepy Abandoned Doll Factory

Yes, creepy, but much more! I am a huge fan of the abandoned. As I look at each picture, I try to imagine what it was like before the last person left the building. What did the people look like? Did they like their jobs? I see the broken pieces of the dolls, and it makes me think of all the children who did not get to love those dolls. Why did the factory shut down? Why did so much stuff get left behind? I guess all of these questions will never have an answer, but it does allow for my imagination to make it into the creepiest, saddest, exciting adventure I can. I asked friends of mine to look at it and asked them what they thought. When they looked at the pictures, their answer was, “It’s cool, kinda creepy.” I guess not everyone sees the same thing. I would love to see it in person. Love it!Darla Lindauer

 

4. CBS Boston

By: Kate Merrill

What blog is about – News, politics, opinions.

Featured post – Video Games Are Tearing Marriages Apart

The funny thing about this is, if you’re reading this and you do play an online game, you will think this is ridiculous. If you are reading this and it has happened to you, it makes you sad. It is the same way with any addiction. From knowing a person in this situation, I can tell you the one addicted will never quit unless they first realize it is an addiction and they want to change. Although it is true that online games are breaking marriages, so are a lot of other things. The same can be said about a person playing golf, shopping, hanging with the girls or guys, even working. Anything that removes you from your partner and family has the potential to be destructive if abused. No one wants to feel like they have been replaced with anything or anyone. I have heard my friends say they would like to take the computer and throw it out the window. Another friend would change settings on the motherboard, so her husband would spend the time trying to fix the computer instead of playing the game. Although to me that is funny, I do not suggest doing this. – Darla Lindauer

 

5. Things You Didn’t Know

By: There are a few contributors I see to the site. This post is by Eleanor.

What blog is about – Many topics on things you didn’t know.

Featured post – Did You Know That A Man That Has Been Late Fort Everything In His Life Has Recently Been…

I am so torn when it comes to reading this article! I have a daughter with Asperger’s, and I know at one point she would have been ignored and labeled as a troublemaker. So, I am very thankful for those who stuck with it and realized there is something to the whole autistic spectrum! I also am a firm believer in ADHD. I just think the diagnosis is very abused by doctors. I will not say this is not true, but on the other side, I cannot see any part of the spectrum where it is a medical condition that makes you late all the time. It is not a behavior; it is an action. Set the clock earlier, or set alarms to go off to remind you. I could see if a person got sidetracked and was late, but I would think, unless there were other issues going on, only being late cannot be a stand-alone diagnosis. Maybe I am wrong. I am the opposite. I cannot remember a time being late. It is in my nature to be early … always. I get very anxious and stressed out even thinking I could be late. I think that is my OCD. Who knows? I have often wondered if I was not an aspie as well. I tend to think of myself as organized and logical and very clean.Darla Lindauer

 

Compiled by Darla Lindauer. If you would like your or someone else’s blog to be considered for this column, email dlindauer@opubco.com

 


by Darla Lindauer
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Darla Lindauer, Data Team Manager of the News and Information Center, has been with OPUBCO Communications Group for six years. During this time, she has been successful in developing and implementing multiple strategic operations leading to a...
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