Remote learning has benefits

Flipping channels is still one of my favorite pastimes. I find it very enlightening while others find it annoying.

Without a handy remote, I wouldn?t have learned that people who have dogs live longer than people who have cats.

How is this, you ask? Well, most people don?t walk their cats, so it is the side benefit of exercise while walking a dog that enhances the longevity.

I caught a cardiologist speaking on PBS late the other night, and I usually watch when the subject of coronary heart disease is discussed.

The specialist on the show, who?s name I can?t remember, agrees with what my cardiologist recommends. So I am doing everything I can, without being fanatical about it, to prolong my days above ground.

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We had remote controls before the remotes we use today. It was called a kid. ?Hey Johnny, turn it to Channel 12.?

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?The Bathroom Reader? has some interesting stuff in it. Like the following epitaphs: ?Once I wasn?t. Then I was. Now I ain?t again.?

Or, since advertising is in my blood: ?Here Lies Jane Smith. Wife of Thomas Smith marble cutter. Monuments of the same style, $350.?

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Congratulations to the Hillsboro and Marion girls? teams that are going to the state basketball tournament this week.

When I looked at the brackets, I noticed that half of the teams in the Class 3A girls field also played in the Hillsboro Trojan Classic in January.

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I believe it?s time to mention the 3/50 project again. It?s about saving the local economy three stores at a time.

Here?s how it works. Stop at three local stores you would miss most if they were gone. Go in and say hello. Pick up a little something to buy. You are what keeps these businesses around.

If just half of the employed U.S. population spent $50 each in independently owned businesses, their purchases would generate more than $42.6 billion in revenue. Imagine if three-fourths of the employed population did this.

The number of people it takes to start this trend is one: you.

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Kim Frantz sent an e-mail to tell me about unclaimed property that exists in the state treasurer?s office in Topeka. The property includes a little bit of everything?dividends, refunds from magazine and catalog companies, insurance payments, stocks and more.

Frantz said she obtained a refund for $35 related to a transaction with a magazine company. She researched unclaimed properties for our county and came up with the following stats: Antelope 0, Aulne 0, Burdick 32, Burns 104, Canada 0, Cedar Point 54, Durham 30, Florence 162, Goessel 71, Hillsboro 569, Lehigh 41, Lincolnville 39, Lost Springs 19, Marion 345, Peabody 270, Pilsen 0, Ramona 29 and Tampa 32.

To check it out, call (1-800 432 0386), e-mail (dondie@treasurer .ks.gov), or mail to Kansas State Treasurer, 900 SW Jackson Suite 201, Topeka, KS 66612-1235. Or go online: kansasstate?treasurer.com and click on the unclaimed property link.

They had nothing for me, but I did recognize many names who had items listed such as dividends, premium refunds and royalties. Hope this isn?t a wild goose chase, but maybe you can find a buck or two. It won?t cost anything to check it out.

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