Rule of Thumb

07/22/18

FINDING A GOOD RESTAURANT

If a restaurant displays favorable newspaper reviews in the window, then it is neither really bad (no reviews available) nor …

07/21/18

SQUEEZING AN ORANGE

One orange will make half a cup of juice. — The Lansing Methodist Church Women’s Society

07/20/18

WINNING AT HORSESHOES

In a game of horseshoes, avoid opponents sporting either a glove or a tattoo. Especially avoid those with both. — John …

07/19/18

PROTECTING YOUR HEARING

If you have to shout to your date at a concert, then the noise is destroying your hearing. — Gerry M. …

07/18/18

MANAGING A WOOD LOT

A properly managed wood lot in a good location will produce about two-thirds of a cord of hardwood per acre …

07/17/18

TEACHING CHILDREN

The more rules you have in the classroom, the more time you’ll spend enforcing them. — Cookie Ohlson, teacher, Prospect Park …

07/16/18

REPRESENTING AN AUTHOR

A prospective client for a literary agency who begins his letter of application with the words “My name is…” should …

07/15/18

BUILDING STAIRS

Build steps that are seven inches high and ten inches wide. — Harry Pate, builder, Camden, New Jersey

07/14/18

RULES OF ROMANCE

Women are last in and first out of romantic relationships; men are first in and last out. — Thomas W. Neumann, …

07/13/18

TRAVELING BY CAMEL

A good camel should be able to travel 80 to 100 kilometers per day easily. — Lauren Stockbower, photo-journalist, in Empire/Pan …

07/12/18

LISTENING TO BIRDS

When the birds – especially the bluejays – seem to chatter more than usual, expect a storm within 24 hours. …

07/11/18

ESTIMATING THE NEED FOR CHEMICALS

Sixty to 90 percent of the chemicals sprayed on crops are used only to make produce look better. — Paul A. …

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