Thursday, September 25, 2003

Cheese-Q Answer: How'd You Do?

In 1802, a small cheesemaker delivered a 1,235-pound wheel of cheese to President Thomas Jefferson to impress the main man. Onlookers were so amazed by the wheel, they called it "The Big Cheese" and the name stuck as a nickname for da boss. Get more information at

I can’t go outside when the sun is shining someone always follows me

I don’t know who she is or where she came from but Anne Applebaum has written the most common sense piece I have ever read in the Washington Post. It is a “must read” and I even sent her a thank you. Here is my favorite excerpt but read the entire piece here.

Finding things to Fear

This week children in Washington were not allowed to go to school for a whole day because streets were blocked by fallen trees and power lines, and because traffic lights at some intersections weren't working. A previous generation might have walked around the fallen trees and looked both ways before crossing the street, but the children of this generation clearly live in a much more dangerous world than did its parents, and we need to protect them.

Or maybe a previous generation was simply better at calculating risks than this one is. Consider this: In 1996 British scientists claimed, on fairly flimsy evidence, to have established links between mad cow disease in cattle, the human consumption of hamburgers and a fatal brain disease called CJD in humans. "We could virtually lose a whole generation of people," one scientist infamously intoned, predicting a CJD epidemic of "biblical proportions."

Nebraska Fur Harvesters

On Friday evening I will address those gathered for the Nebraska Fur Harvester’s Annual Convention in Valentine, NE. What a great group. I am really looking forward to spending time with them again this year. Get more information by clicking here. These may be some facts you haven’t considered:

Fur is a renewable resource (naturally replenished), a product of long traditional use, valued by many for its beauty, durability, insulative and natural qualities. Fur is only one of many values that people ascribe to furbearers. People have continuously used furbearers in North America for clothing, food and religious ceremonies for the past 11,000 years.

You might also be interested to know that there is a “fur bikini style show” on Saturday evening!

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