Most Americans are turning their clocks back one hour, a sure sign that the long days of summer are far behind us.

Speaking of the seasons: Did autumn officially begin with Labor Day? Find out here.

This practice of advancing the clocks ahead an hour in the spring and adjusting them back an hour in the fall is called daylight saving time. But because daylight savings time is used so frequently, the term is also considered acceptable.

hyphen is part of the common spelling: daylight-saving time. Often the word “time” is dropped, making the phrase simply “daylight saving.” The acronym DST is also used.

In Italy, the practice is called ora legale, which means “legal time.” It is referred to as “summer time” in British English.

One reported consequence of this year’s time change is that certain alarms on iPhones won’t go off at the correct moment. We’re not tech experts, but we do know what the “I” in “iPhone,” iPad,” and “iPod” stands for. Learn the answer, here.

The controversial practice of DST has been around for over a hundred years. The details of the practice vary from place to place and have changed through the decades. One of the original goals of DST was to save electricity, but there are conflicting reports on how effective it is in actually reducing energy usage. Some states refuse to follow this practice: Do you think DST should continue, or is it just a hassle?

FED-UP DAUGHTER WANTS SIMPLE MEALS web site taco salad recipe

The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA) May 6, 1998 | Merri Lou Dobler Staff writer Written words from our children are gifts to treasure. And so, as this Mother’s Day weekend approaches, I share with you a brief essay my 10-year-old daughter wrote when she joined me at the newspaper for Take Our Daughters to Work Day.

May it help you remember with great fondness the Mother’s Day gifts you have received through the years.

My Parents and Food By Tulli Dobler My parents think they know everything, but they really don’t. They go to the store to get some food for breakfast, lunch, dinner and an after-school snack. But whatever they get, I often don’t like. I usually end up telling my mom what to buy for me at the store. If I didn’t tell her, she might choose sushi (for dinner), goat cheese (for lunch) and Fig Newtons (I hate Fig Newtons) for an after-school snack. They will ask me, “What’s wrong with this food?” Sure, I like nutritious food, but some sugar and sweets every now and then can’t hurt. For dinner, a nutritious pile of spaghetti, tacos or a slice of pizza sounds good to me. For lunch, a turkey sandwich with lettuce and a side of Jell-O, and crackers with cheese appeals to me. And for an after-school snack, chocolate chip cookies with milk and strawberries satisfies my friends and me. What really makes me mad is that my parents never learn! I tell them over and over again to buy foods I like, and they come back with tofu and tomato juice. They say that the foods I want are too expensive (like Ho-Ho’s, Twinkies and Nutty Bars). So I go to the store to see what is less expensive. I write it down and give it to my parents. But then they don’t read the list! Here’s a taco salad recipe that has cheese – but not goat cheese – and steers clear of tofu, sushi and fig bars. Taco Salad From “The New York City Marathon Cookbook,” by Nancy Clark (Rutledge Hill Press, 1994). 1/2 to 1 pound lean or extra-lean ground beef or turkey 1 packet taco seasoning 1 (16-ounce) can kidney beans, drained 6 ounces fat-free or low-fat tortilla chips 4 ounces (1 cup) shredded low-fat Cheddar cheese 4 cups shredded lettuce 1 cup sliced fresh tomatoes Optional garnish: salsa, low-fat sour cream, guacamole In a skillet, brown the beef or turkey over medium-high heat. Drain the fat. Add the taco seasoning and beans and heat through. In a 2-quart casserole dish, layer in order the tortilla chips, meat mixture, cheese, lettuce and tomatoes. Top with a dollop of salsa, low-fat sour cream or guacamole if desired. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 servings. Nutrition information per serving (using extra-lean ground beef): 425 calories, 13 grams fat (28 percent fat calories), 48 grams carbohydrate, 30 grams protein. in our site taco salad recipe

Merri Lou Dobler Staff writer


  1. Idiots R us -  October 1, 2013 - 2:51 pm

    I guess there are some idiots out there that think they cannot run their own lives and need the government to do it for them…….Max!

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