Add some salt to your coffee
Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D.
You may have heard putting salt in coffee makes it taste
better, potentially making bad coffee palatable. Is it true?
From a biochemical perspective, adding a small amount of
salt to coffee does make it less bitter. Read the facts
presented by Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. for ThoughtCo
The art of lying by telling the truth
As Melissa Hogenboom reports, misleading by "telling the
truth" is so pervasive in daily life that a new term has
recently been coined to describe it: paltering. That it is
so widespread in society now gives us more insight into the
grey area between truth and lies, and perhaps even why we
lie at all.
Why are Erasers Pink?
You may not have thought to ask that question, but there is
a reason why an eraser is pink. Abigail Cain did some
research for Artsy.net and came up with her report about
that top end of your pencil.
• • •
Return to top
the start of another year. 2018!
Best wishes for a faith-filled year from the
Staff of the Secretariat of Education,
Recruitment & Formation.
Featured this month
opportunities for the month of June have been added at
In between pastoral responsibilities, numerous SVDs are
furthering their ongoing formation as noted at
On The Trail
Find out the purpose and value of submitting complaints
regarding offensive material at Child Protection
You can still review the minutes of the most recent OEFC
Find out more about Temporary Protected Status (TPS) at
Find out why middle age is prime time for creativity at
Health & Wellness
The link for Transit Visa information has been updated at
Moving ahead ...
January 15, 2018:
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
In 1983 President Ronald Reagan signed a bill creating a
U.S. federal holiday in honor of King. It was first
celebrated in 1986. Based on King’s quote “What are you
doing for others?”, the Corporation for National and
Community Service provides opportunities for volunteers on
this day—and throughout the whole year.
January 19, 2018:
March for Life
The 45th annual March for Life gathers in Washington, D.C. A
Trip Planner containing helpful travel information, maps,
event details, sponsors, and more is available for download
March 20 – April 15,
National Cherry Blossom Festival
This yearly spring celebration commemorates the gift of
Japanese cherry trees to the city of Washington (DC) by the
Mayor of Tokyo City, Mayor Yukio Ozaki on March 27, 1912. As
this year's festival draws nearer, you can learn more about
weather predictions for the anticipated blossoming at
April 15, 2018
Good Deeds Day
Good Deeds Day is an annual tradition of good deeds. All
over the world, in more than 93 countries, hundreds of
thousands choose to volunteer and help others, putting into
practice the simple idea that every single person can do
something good, be it large or small, to improve the lives
of others and positively change the world. Learn more at
• • •
Return to top