Amanda Gleason Rider

Writer and Editor

JCPenney Associate Donates Hair Despite Cancer Diagnosis

The first time Syamala Samanthula, an analyst on the JCPenney Customer and Supply Chain Engineering team, donated her hair to children with cancer was by chance. Having moved to Fort Worth, Texas, from Portland, Oregon, in 2000, she quickly discovered that Texas heat and her below-the-waist locks weren’t compatible. “It was too hot for me to manage my long hair,” she laughed. While at the salon, a hairdresser asked if she’d be interested in donating her 17 inches of hair they’d cut off, and she

5 Winter Energy Hacks

Drinking steaming hot chocolate and wearing several layers of clothes may be the most obvious ways to keep warm, but did you know there are also simple adjustments you can make around your home that can help slash your heating bill? Consider these five energy hacks as the temperature continues to drop. It’s a common mistake to forget to change your air filter during the winter months, but a dirty filter will reduce air flow and force your heating system to run longer. Keeping it clean may help

Great American Smokeout: The Perfect Time to Quit Smoking

In 1977, the American Cancer Society (ACS) launched the Great American Smokeout program nationwide, designating the third Thursday of every November as a day to encourage smokers to finally give up the life-threatening habit. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of death in the United States.

10 Unique Ways to Recycle

As a Keep America Beautiful initiative, America Recycles Day is celebrated each year on Nov. 15 as a way to promote the benefits of recycling and encourage people to cut back on the amount of waste they produce. (The average American generates 4.4 pounds of trash per day. At Oncor, we make an effort throughout the year to leave this planet a little bit better than we found it. Thanks to the company’s commitment to recycling, Oncor diverted nearly 24 million pounds of waste in 2014, including mor

The Science Behind a Home Run

With baseball season now in full swing, the return of Josh Hamilton to the Texas Rangers and the in-season call up of phenom prospect, Joey Gallo, baseballs are leaving Globe Life Park at a blistering pace. As the Rangers make a run at securing another division championship, we had questions about the science that goes into smacking a home run. We turned to Jessica Liken — lead educator of the physical science and chemistry programs at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science — for answers. Even better? Liken is a huge fan of the Rangers and the Boston Red Sox (we’ll let that slide).

Bring the Sun Inside this Rainy Season

Combine the recent bout of wintry weather that swept through North Texas with the rainy season coming up in April and May, and it’s easy to see why many Texans feel like sunlight is harder to come by this time of year. Fear not: light therapy, which is widely used in treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – a type of depression triggered by changes in season – can also be useful for kicking the blues that can accompany long stretches of overcast days.

What Would It Take To Go: Back to the Future?

In 1989, big hair, break dancing and Paula Abdul reigned supreme, and moviegoers flocked to see Back to the Future Part II. As the second installment of the cult film trilogy, this memorable movie transports Doc Brown and Marty McFly to a futuristic 2015. Now that we’re in the magical year that director Robert Zemeckis imagined, we wondered just how much his filmmaking team got right, and even more exciting for us, what energy it will take to get there. Here are our top hits and misses from the classic film.
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