Recently I learned the term ‘hacks’ from Wild Rose Press whose marketing director had authors contribute to a book of hacks as a gift to readers. These are life hacks as in short cuts or nifty tricks to make life easier. Since hacking earns a malevolent connotation these days (Russian Hacking, Target card hacking, etc.), I’ve had to make two camps for ‘hack,’ one positive and the other negative. Let’s stick to positive and pay some good hacks forward
Deviled eggs. Love them. Hate peeling all those eggs and wrecking half of ‘em. Guess what, if you steam the eggs for twenty minutes, they peel like a dream! I ONLY FOUND THIS OUT TWO MONTHS AGO! Think of all the time I’ve lost and stress I’ve suffered badly peeling eggs for half a century. (Oh sure, I tried adding salt or vinegar to the boiling water, peeling eggs under running water…don’t think I hadn’t tried every ding-dang method.) How did I miss the news about the steam method, which is so slick and sure, I’ll be deviling eggs by the dozen. Happily!
Waterproof mascara. Discovered that early on. No raccoon look…no dribbling gray stuff when tears come. Love it. 16 hour lipstick (Covergirl). I put lipstick on once a day. Done. Binder clips on the roll-up end of toothpaste. All perfect hacks that I’ve used for decades.
So all you have to do today is contribute a hack or two that makes life easier for you. And me.
Meanwhile, to take a look at a hackles life, enter my hero in CÉZANNE’S GHOST http://a.co/bQdl7jp He’s an American tour guide in Aix-en-Provence, France, and over the last months, three young women from the U.S. have disappeared on his watch. Where are they, and will there be a number four?
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