DISCOVERING YOUR INTERESTS

If you’re worried that you don’t have any interests, browse in the nonfiction section of a library for five minutes. By then a book will catch your eye, whether it’s about baking pie crusts or Icelandic crust formation. – Carolyn Lloyd, 15-year-old student,, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

 



 

BUYING ANTIQUES

If antique furniture is painted black, don’t buy it. – Paul Polce, Ponzi’s Antiques, Trumansburg, New York

 



 

SIZING A SKYLIGHT

For kitchens, porches, and bathrooms, a skylight that takes up 15 percent of the ceiling will provide good illumination. Family rooms and bedrooms need 10 percent, while hallways and attics need as little as 5 percent. – Scott Parker, data specialist, Beaumont, Texas

 



 

APPROACHING A BIRD

The smaller the bird, the closer it will allow you to approach. – Thomas O. Marsh, writer and birdwatcher, Fairfield, Ohio

 



 

GETTING YOUR CAR SERVICED

The end of April is the best time to get your car serviced because it’s the slowest time for auto mechanics. The mild weather makes people feel more confident about their cars, and many can’t afford car repairs because they’ve just paid income taxes. – Steven M. Keisman, New York City high school resource coordinator

 



 

FINDING AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

If you’re looking for a prehistoric archaeological site in North America, look within 90 meters of water. – Thomas W. Neumann, anthropological archaeologist, wildlife ecologist, and field crew crisis manager

 



 

FORECASTING THE WEATHER

When apple blossoms bloom at night, for 15 days no rain in sight. – Steven M. Keisman, New York City high school resource coordinator

 



 

FEEDING CATS

Feed your cat as much as it will eat in 30 minutes, twice a day. – Ronald Newberry, retired, Cayutaville, New York

 



 

DRINKING WATER

If you’re thirsty, you’ve waited too long. To avoid dehydration, drink water ahead of time. Put another way: If you’re thirsty, drink water. If you’re not thirsty, drink water anyway. – Dean Sheridan, electronics technician and deaf actor, Torrance, California

 



 

RECYCLING NEWSPAPER

It takes 7 feet of binder twine to tie a 6-inch stack of newspapers for recycling. A 60 yard ball of twine will tie 25 stacks. – John Towle, Salinas, California