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Indiana Grown

by Miriam - July 29th, 2015

IN GROWN_BLANK_1.5x3" wideIndiana Grown is a membership initiative to recognize all the great things “grown in Indiana.”

Requirements for membership are to offer products that fall into one of these categories:

  1. 100% Indiana – Products within this category must be grown in Indiana and/or all ingredients must come from Indiana.
  2. Prepared in Indiana – Product ingredients can be sourced from anywhere, but 100 percent of the production must be done in Indiana.
  3. Partner – To be an Indiana Grown partner, a company or institution must assist in marketing Indiana grown products and members.
  4. Indiana Grown – This category applies to all other Indiana Grown members.

Find more information at the website:  Indiana Grown

I like quick statistics – here’s what Indiana AgriNews collected about Indiana agriculture:

Top 5 National Rankings

Top 5 Commodities

By Value of Sale

 #1 – Duck, Wooden Office Furniture
and Kitchen Cabinets and Processed Tomatoes
 Corn – $4 B
#2 – Popcorn, Ice Cream, Spearmint Soybeans – $2.9  B
#3 – Chickens Pork – $1.2 B
#4 – Eggs, Soybeans, Peppermint and Cantaloupes Poultry/Eggs – $1.1 B
#5 – Corn, Pigs Dairy – $660 M

Check out more information, and learn about the Indiana Grown program at:  Indiana Agri-News Take a Bite Out of Indiana.

5% – A guide to charitable giving from the Carroll County Community Foundation

by Miriam - July 20th, 2015

What is 5%? What can it do for Carroll County? Please take 2 minutes and check it out:

Assembly of a Wind Turbine

by Miriam - July 15th, 2015

Cool 5-minute video showing a 3-week time lapse assembly of a wind turbine by Mid American Energy Company.  Very interesting – a lot more more involved that I realized.

Giving and Need – Opportunity Index and Giving Ratio

by Miriam - July 10th, 2015

Giving and Need Map

This is a follow up to my post of April 15 regarding the comparison of giving and religious beliefs.

Also from the Chronicle of Philanthropy, check out the article and interactive map which compares an “Opportunity Index” with a “Giving Ratio.”  The overall conclusion is that more affluent regions have a tendency to be less generous in their giving.  Again, you find that the southern part of the US and the Rocky Mountain regions are more generous givers.

“Giving Ratio” for this article is the percent of income donated to charity, as compiled from IRS Schedule A itemized deductions (I’m not sure I want to know how they obtained this information).

“Opportunity Index” is a score assigned based upon the socioeconomic measurements of different locations.

Now, you should assume that these are very, very, broad brushstrokes.  The data is by no means comprehensive, and leaves a lot of unanswered questions.  However, it might be statistically significant enough to suggest a pattern, which is all that the article does.   The percentages are not disparate enough to provide much confidence in their conclusions (that wealthier people tend to give less, and vice versa), but it is interesting to see what the numbers say about different locations.  How does YOUR county fare?

A Mismatch Between Need and Affluence

The Happiness of Workers

by Miriam - June 24th, 2015

Good for workers, good for management.  Also works for small shops and self employed.

The Happiness of Workers from Management 3.0

Quick Packing Tips

by Miriam - June 4th, 2015

Yes, this is an understated ad for Holiday Inn Express, but still a quick and informative video that is worth the watch:

20 Misused Words

by Miriam - June 1st, 2015

Properly written documents can be compelling.  The same document, badly-written, can be dismissed, and the important message lost.

One of my pet peeves is a meme with a message full of grammar errors.  Even worse is a YouTube video rife with misspellings.  Below is a unfortunate production of an otherwise touching Memorial Day video, set to music of a popular Christian band.  The very first image we see contains four misspellings.Grammar Polic

Memorial Day – Casting Crowns Video

Not only is the message lost, but it is an extreme disservice to the Christian rock group, Casting Crowns, to have their music devalued by childish mistakes.

The LinkedIn article (“linked” below) by Travis Bradburry is a quick tutorial on the proper application of 20 commonly misused words.  I see examples of each of these frequently.  I won’t claim to have never misused them, myself, but I try to proofread carefully to avoid contributing to the global mangling of the English language.

Misused Words Make Smart People Look Dumb

Let’s be careful out there.

2015 Internet Trends Report – Mary Meeker

by Miriam - May 28th, 2015

How has the Internet evolved over the past 15 years?  How about since 1975 (slide 7)?  Mary Meeker is renowned as a data analyst, and presents a yearly report on internet trends.  Some observations:

  • More internet usage outside of the US than within.
  • Growth is in mobile technology.  TV and Desktop usage is static.
  • 51% of time spent on the Internet is via a mobile device – up from 12% in 2008.
  • Contrast with 42% of time spent today on the internet is via a computer (desktop or laptop), compared with 80% in 2008 – yet, the total number of computer users has remained somewhat stable (no significant growth).

There are 197 slides, but it’s worth perusing to see how the internet has evolved over the past 15 years, and where today’s major influences lie.

2015 Internet Trends Report from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Anti-Creativity Checklist

by Miriam - April 29th, 2015

Kudos for the idea and information.

Video found here:  An Anti-Creativity Checklist

I would have preferred a text version.   I could not relate to the video background as supporting the information, so I found it distracting.

Judy Garland and Barbara Streisand

by Miriam - April 21st, 2015

Lovely.  From an episode of The Judy Garland Show in 1963.  Their voices are wonderful together.

Charitable Giving in the US – Tie to Conservative Religious Beliefs?

by Miriam - April 15th, 2015

Check out this interactive map from The Chronicle of Philanthropy.  What intrigues me at first blush is that the darker areas (greater percentage of giving) seems to overlap areas of the United States where you will find more strongly held religious beliefs within the general population.

How America Gives

Does that mean that religious people are more generous?  Probably too little data to draw a conclusion, but worth exploration.

Below is a link to a Pew Research web page that shows the United States and location of various stages of religious belief, as compiled from a religious landscape survey (click on image to go to website).  There does seem to be strong overlap.

Relgious Beliefs and Practices

Passing of an Icon – Leonard Nimoy

by Miriam - February 27th, 2015

His Soul Was the Most Human

Evolution of Batman

by Miriam - February 11th, 2015

This is for Ben, who is Batman to me.

The Evolution of Batman in Cinema from Jacob T. Swinney on Vimeo.

Who does the “office housework?”

by Miriam - February 9th, 2015

Man Woman WatercoolerIntriguing article from Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant in the New York Times, “Women at Work” section, highlighting the differences between women and men in the office workplace.  Even when roles are equal – or when a woman is in a superior role – women either self-appoint or are appointed the “office housework” tasks more frequently than men.

The most obvious tasks are getting coffee, making copies, and such.  However, there are also the tasks of taking meeting notes, mentoring new hires, and planning office events, which seem to be assigned to women more frequently than to men.

The article not only points out how both men and women can fall into this rut, but also how to work out of the roles to provide more effective leadership and more productive results.

Where do YOU fall in this mix, and are you stuck there?

Madam CEO, Get Me a Coffee.


7 Productive Things You can Do in Class

by Miriam - January 22nd, 2015

Productive In Class

You should follow this blog. (Disclaimer – this blog is written by my daughter, so there is just a little Mother’s pride on deck. You should still follow this blog).

Cate is a college student, and writes from that perspective. That said, she has interesting insights into the world around her, a good head on her shoulders and a terrific writing voice.

Go and check it out.

7 Productive Things You can Do Instead of Paying Attention During Class.

For an adult, this can be applied to meetings.  Just sayin’.