As far as teaching college math classes goes, my favorite to teach is statistics. It’s one of those that I think I do a pretty good job with sharing my knowledge and real-world experience. Many students are hesitant to take the class or want to wait until their last year or semester. This is because so many of them are either afraid of the difficulty or have had bad experiences with an instructor in the past.
In my classes, I do my best to bring in interesting examples or least considerations. One such example is doing an analysis of data to determine if cellphone usage causes a particular type of cancer. Sounds morbid I know, I also am unsure if the data is current or even “real data.” However, the point that is made with the analysis is that those who use cellphones and those who do not use cellphones, actually get the type of cancer at the same rate. As noted, I’m not sure that the data is real and I hate cancer, but medicine and diseases give us a lot of data to analyze.
Are eggs good or bad for us? There are always altering opinions on this. I like eggs scrambled, fried, poached and boiled. I know about cholesterol and heart disease and I see all of the studies that say that the more eggs you eat, the higher your risk of this bad stuff happening. I suppose like everything else, eggs in moderation are probably not that bad for you.
My approach is to take/eat the recommended daily dose of fiber to fight all the bad cholesterol monsters out there and hopefully take care of my love for eggs.
As I have noted before, my community garden plot is at work and recently, a friend saw me out working and stopped by to talk. That is one of the time issues of having a garden at work, folks want to stop and talk. It’s also one of the nice things – having folks to talk to and share your common love of tomatoes, cucumbers or squash casserole.
As he walked up, I was down on my hands and knees, having just planted a tomato. Also on the ground with me was an almost empty dozen and a half carton of eggs. Of course he asked me what I was doing with the eggs in the garden. I told him that I was planting the eggs hoping to raise chickens. He just smiled.
Then I went on to explain to him how I read on the internet about folks putting an egg, a banana or both at the bottom of their hole they had dug to plant their tomatoes or other vegetables. I really hadn’t done that much research on it, I just knew that I liked eggs and figured my tomatoes would enjoy having them also.
It’s the time of year, when folks are thinking of the Easter bunny and hiding Easter eggs, so why not just bury them (makes them tougher to find). This is actually a tip passed down from generations of gardeners for adding calcium to the soil. As I noted, I love eggs and they are one of the most versatile foods for us to use in the kitchen.
You can also add crushed shells of eggs to your hole in the garden when planting. I’ve heard of folks burying fish heads and fish parts in the garden, which also makes good sense to me. They say if you ask ten different gardeners the secret to great tomatoes, you will get ten different, equally passionate and often strange answers.
Last year, I buried a few golf clubs in my garden so that I could not use them anymore. I will note that the plants that they were buried around and under did not seem to do as well. I took it as a sign to never pick up a golf club again.
I am “egg-cited” about the potential of my latest attempt for a perfect tomato and will let you know how it goes.
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