Month: October 2019

What to Give on Halloween Besides Candy

        While my kids were growing up, the family home was on Washington Street in San Francisco. To call it “Halloween Central” would be an understatement. Ant-like ribbons of ghosts, goblins and all manner of creatures climbed the stairs, trick or treating well past dark. The last time I counted I had dished out 700 pieces of candy. I was the meany on the block, always asking trick or treaters to say “thank you” and take only ONE! A teal pumpkin indicates non-candy treats are offered. A teal colored pumpkin on the front porch indicates that alternatives to candy are being offered. This is a very thoughtful gesture for kids who don’t eat candy, whether it’s because of food allergies or other health concerns.  Since real pumpkins don’t come in “teal” here’s where you can get one: teal pumpkins. If you prefer not to give candy, here are some alternatives: I like to fill a big basket with a variety of things and let the kids choose. If you do a web search for these and want to stick to the holiday theme, precede your search term with “Halloween,” as in “Halloween pencils.” bouncy balls bubble wands […]

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Web Search Tips for Better Results

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Because I curate HabiLinks, the web guide associated with this blog, I spend a lot of time searching the web. When I created the guide, almost ten years ago, I didn’t know the tricks that help get better results. With eighteen lifestyle categories and an ever-expanding number of topics to cover, I needed help! Searching for “web search tips” delivered over a billion results! Among them were long articles I didn’t have the time or patience to read, poorly written articles and tips that were overly simple or complicated. I just wanted a simple, useful list I could keep at my desk. Here’s what I found: Printable web search tips to keep near your desk. Here’s the link to the web search tips. Maybe you know all of these tips. If not, print them to keep next to your desk. If you do a lot of web searches, the tips will eventually become second nature. In the meantime, they’ll not only save hours of precious time, they’ll deliver better results. I didn’t know you could use your browser’s search bar to do simple math, did you? Instead of dragging out the calculator, enter basic functions such as “4+7” or “30% […]

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