Whether writing, interviewing, or just having a conversation, everybody wants to get accurate answers to their questions. But the only way to get the right answer is to ensure you're asking the right questions. This article will discuss "leading" questions and how to avoid them.
When it comes to Faith, the abstract mind is able to grasp divinity with more ease than someone who's mind is more analytical. Yet even me, who questions everything, can find Faith and God in a way that still makes sense. This is my journey.
I had a dream about you last night, sweetheart ... You know that I often wished I could have died with you. Life here on earth seemed so meaningless without you. My need to be with you felt stronger than any desire to remain one second longer on...
Child sexual abuse is perhaps the worst offense a human being can commit. Given that strong statment, it is incomprehensible for mentally healthy people to believe that child sexual abuse is prevalent in society, and it has always been so. Some...
Clark was happily remembering the special date he had with a woman the night before when a man attacked him in the hallway of his hotel and attempted to cut him to ribbons. Clark fought back and fled to the safety of a nearby monastery where he learns that confession is not always good for the soul.
The flash-fiction fad has yielded up this form of writing: 5-sentence stories. It's a fun activity that I enjoyed as I composed the forty included here.
Warning, sexist humor! I love to write fiction based on true life. For this fictitious creation I've combined a couple of guys, one I observed standing on the freeway doing exactly what I described, and the other was a mystery man with a camo backpack walking downtown. Both indescribably gorgeous!
When a child dies, the parents left behind grieve in spite of well-meaning friends and family. Learn tips to make traveling grief of the death of a newborn child a journey with a reachable destination.
Once there was a lonely farmer who decided to go fishing one day. He wore a shawl around his head to save from being bitten by mosquitoes and other bugs and carried a long fishing net. When he reached the river, he cast his net but caught nothing....
I've written this article to highlight the qualities in other people that I most admire. Nobody is perfect, myself included (!) but just how fussy are we when it comes to liking others? If, for instance, they swore like a trooper - would it put...
Six titles seem adequate in a tribute to a good mother, one title for each letter in the word MOTHER. Find suggested words here, and make it a family project. Your creativity will make her proud.
The Bible records the stories of several women who were barren. That list includes Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, Hannah in the Old Testament and Elizabeth in the New Testament. Here is Hannah's story.
Three were chosen. Their task was to watch the cemetery and signal the vampire population should the fateful day come that would release a terror such as the world had never seen. (word count 1603)
Throughout the pages of the Bible, the word "bread" is mentioned. Bread is used to provide physical nourishment as well as a symbol for spiritual satisfaction.
This article gives thirteen Bible verses about birds, and it provides data about old and recent religions' views of feathered creatures.
Change is happening to everyone everyday. This hub is about change and includes a list of the top ten things that will always change in life and in the world.
Based off of the Norwegian fairy tale "The Three Billy Goats Gruff," this imaginative fractured fairy tale is a twist in perspective. Toll, the toll troll, tells his side of this short story. Showing the audience that things aren't always what they seem.
This is a fictional Journal entry written in the voice of a young woman on the trail of tears. The journal entry is fiction however, the facts in the entry are true.
Many years ago, the Daily Telegraph ran a competition to write a story or essay in exactly 50 words, no more, no less. Here are a few of my 50-word essays.
Recovering from the shock of a home invasion, couple Steph and Mark decide to join a house swap site thinking that a week in Paris will heal their relationship, only to find their trip to a nightmare
These are true funny littlie stories of making a transition from city living to small town living and loving it.
K'o and Rheca are aliens visiting Earth on Halloween. The peculiar behavior of humans baffles them as they observe an adult Halloween party complete with ghosts, corpses and jack-o-lanterns.
A restaurant server dishes some truths from their insider’s point of view on the jokes you should never tell them.
The last slave ship landed illegally on Jekyll Island in 1858. A short tale of one of its surviving passengers, still living on the island owned by the most exclusive club in the world.
Good and evil spirits affect the life of a woman who tends a chapel and graveyard. Who will win the battle? This short story has a basis in personal experience.
Courage and hope in the face of jeopardy, empathy and determination pitted against tremendous odds in a strange land where events are just as anomalous as they are unexpected.
Over years of reading and studying the Bible, Rev. Margaret Minnicks has compiled a simplified way of understanding the Bible. Read and try her methods and you will also understand the Bible.
The Internet forums, chatrooms, and writing sites are filled with challenges for creative writers. And most of them center around on one’s ability to write the shortest story possible. So, this writer decides to take the challenge.
How does the mind of a Mercury in Gemini Person work? It's a whirlwind of so many thoughts, it would leave another baffled. This is a smart communicator!
Two scientists venture to the ocean floor to research geological faults of the Baja Peninsula. High water temp forces them to abandon the mission but places them in even greater danger. 1000 words.
God is our Creator. Sometimes he allows pieces of our lives to fall apart. When we entrust ourselves to Him, He will put all the pieces of our lives back together, either now or in eternity.
Heyoka is the Lakota equivalent of a sacred clown. They were thunder shamans, representing the mysterious dual-aspect of nature and the cosmos. Their tactics were seemingly foolhardy and ridiculous, but they were revered by their people as powerful and wise.
Three boys, adventurers at heart, set out on a day hike in the coal mining region of West Virginia. The decision to explore a mine leads to a chilling encounter and a narrow escape. (1526 words)
Loneliness is one of the most pervasive plagues of the human condition. Yet, it is often one of the most difficult subjects for society as a whole to address. These stories focus upon sources of isolation
Understanding the nature of forgiveness might be the difference between letting go of unforgiveness, or keep holding on to it. With that in mind, here are nine Bible quotes about forgiveness that describe nine qualities of true forgiveness.
Orchid has been in and out of the life since she was a young woman. Of her many experiences, she has finally found some satisfaction and some peace. The following is a true account and her story.
Alexa and Lee seemed perfect for each other. They fell in love in grade school and beyond. Their love was tested and Lee failed miserably due to an accident that tore Alexia's world apart.
Felipe had a calling, but his current employment prevents him from getting it. That is until he turns a potential accident into a spectacle.
The road is rough and full of peril. But Jake needs to go through it to get to his destination. However, an old man is in his way.
The Flash and Captain Cold come to a mutual understanding--of the intimate kind. Slash. Fluff. Cuteness.
People always ask about the secret to a happy marriage. They wonder how marriages last so long. It’s actually extremely simple. Be happy together.
Controversial cockfighting still exists in certain cultures and countries, depite having been outlawed. This is the true story of one of those involved in the sport and the fate that he met.
Have you ever seen a common house gecko? This harmless little creature lives in the home and there's an interesting legend on why this house lizard is known for on kissing the ground just before sundown.
Roethke's villanelle is full of mystery and explores the nature of human identity. We think by feeling.What is there to know? Life is for living so learn by going where to go. A philosophical message.
Hyacinth has lived in the Bakersfield suburb of Oildale since the late 1990's. Upon her arrival, she managed to find an office job. After relapsing, her life took a turn and she found herself in turmoil. She shares her true story and some of the underworld elements of this California Community.
This short story is a creative writing exploration of life. The trials and tribulations of human development and growth are portrayed as a man’s self-awareness of life from birth to death unfold.
The popular saint Francis of Assisi created one of the most beautiful prayers of Christianity, a mediation on peace.
The toilet paper debate has been going on for many decades. Some say the paper should come under the roll. Some say it should go over the roll. Which is the correct way?
The fall of Jericho and the violence in the Old Testament can be troubling for some readers. Did God really order a Holy War?
The word "awesome" should be reserved for only God. Chocolate ice cream and God should not be described the same way.
The City of Anahora is a city plagued by a darkness that comes at dusk, a place where the living walks with care during the day and huddle, in fear, at night. For months, it has been this way. Then, one night, a star falls from the sky and with within it is a cosmic light. Hope shines brightly.
Can a world collapse through the lack of moral conscience? Can wars be started and food supplies ended because a moral conscience was missing? And can a moral conscience create an Eden on earth?
Cute wedding words of advice hand written in 1942 as well as the romance between two Drake University pharmacists and the short life they shared...
During a visit to Norwich, England, dragon statues were on display, the theme for 2015's charity fund raising. They provided entertainment, a sense of history, a tour of the city and a glimpse into mythology. Come with me on my Dragon Trail.
Almost all human interaction involves the use of promises and lies at some level. Many people make promises but not all intend to keep them. It is quite a skill to seperate the truth from lies.
A young insurance sales person receives an invitation in the mail, but it's too formal to be from a new prospect. Having recently lost her parents, she finds it an enlightening encounter, but the stranger has the most to gain.
666 at 3Am. Will you invite the devil in or are you just wasting sleep. This is my story of shouting 666 at 3 am .
Trevor goes to his high school as normal one morning, expecting to see his girlfriend and to go to football practice after classes. But another student changes everyone's plans that day when he brings a gun to school. Trevor wrestles with what to do. Does he risk his own life to save others?
Nearly every child undergoes a number of formative experiences before reaching adolescence. It is impossible to gauge which of these will impact, in an uplifting or dispiriting influence
This story is a tribute to my dad, who passed away from cancer. He will always be my teacher. This story is a blending of my waking life, the dreams I've had of him, and grand escapes from reality.
This is a story I wrote to accompany a sketch my brother did. He's not yet read it. Hope he likes it!
So much in this country gets moved by trucks. These truckers spend countless hours on the road. I often wonder where they are going.
Learn to look inside your dreams and try to grasp the messages they bring to us. An understanding of the many interpretations we can learn to come to terms with our subconscious mind.
Road signs are a great way to alert drivers to upcoming obstacles and changes to roadways. If there were signs to indicate major life events, obstacles, and which decisions were best for you, life could just get a little bit easier for you. Or could it?
Four fictional individuals are invited to share their opinions and feelings on President Andrew Jackson, who served from 1829 to 1837.
Trisha and Jim got married at a very young age. Trisha was only twenty and Jim twenty-one. They married not because they wanted to. They were forced into it because she was pregnant. She stopped earning and Jim’s parents provided them with everything - a mansion, an abundance of food, and other
People who have Venus in Aquarius need a lot of freedom in their relationships, as shown by my fictional couple. Check the link to see what sign your Venus is in!
There are three attributes ascribed to God and only to God. They are omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. Each one is different. So, how are the different?
It is difficult being me. I cringe at sloppy grammar & poor speech, so to seek the company of those who should know better, would lead me to attend dinner parties with "our sort of people". Yes?
A real story of a mountainous fairy encounter from the Appalachian Mountain region of West Virginia.
The story of my restaurant date gone wrong, plus tips for handling your own dining out issues, should they occur.
Many Christians use Psalm 46:10 as a type of contemplative prayer, but is this correct when considering the context? This verse can still be a comfort for Christians, but for the right reasons.
Psalm 23 is the best known and most popular of all the psalms. Many people know this psalm by heart. The psalm is loved by Jews and Christians alike, speaking as it does of God’s protection and care.
People spend far too much time trying to figure out how to make people happy and comfortable. Sure, you can get ahead by impressing people; but it is far more fun to get ahead using intimidation and other nefarious tactics to make people...
In this post-apocalyptic setting, Jim is waiting to graduate into the life and work that would be assigned to him. Graduating was everything to someone his age. Failure to graduate held immediate consequences. A young woman waits as well, and Jim challenges her to join him in doing the unthinkable.
We all make mistakes and sometimes those mistakes can get us down. These quotes can help us refocus on what's important and find a way to move past a mistake that may have gotten us stuck.
Post-feminist revolution, 1950's housewives carry a certain amount of hip kudos. Now that we have equality (or a facsimile thereof) we don't have to be on the defensive anymore. We can wear a stiff, full skirt, vintage aprons, masses of lipstick, absurd hair and play at having afternoon teas and being as ultra-feminine and retro as we want.
This fictional Venus in Pisces people are so romantic, they put the rest of the Zodiac to shame. Check the link at the bottom of the first paragraph, to see what sign your Venus is in!
Three flash fiction stories on the theme of war, exploring bravery, despair, resilience and consequences. Is battle as glorious as it is claimed, or merely a catalyst of destruction and human misery?
If you take every opportunity to ridicule your friend for her choices, it is likely that she will end her friendship with you.
Life is like a wild roller roster, some days we are up, and some days we are down. But sadly, for some, if not most of us, our days are filled with depression, defeat, frustration, and sorrow. But God is in control of your life, so here are 8 awesome Bible verses about joy to brighten your week.
Ever want to blame all your bad luck on a creepy haunted doll? Well I did and here's the letter to prove it.
Most people love receiving blessings from God. Did you know God gives two kinds of blessings? Do you know what they are?
Adriana was on the run. From what and to where she didn't know, but waiting around for the next round of assault by an evil specter was out of the question. (word count-1334)
More often than not, it is said that choices have consequences. The big question is; does this assertion stand or hold any essential truth? Read on to determine
When a seasoned criminal agrees to teach an underachiever the crime trade, he quickly realizes the novice is not cut out for a life of crime. In the end, he sees no other choice but to throw the poor boy overboard.
William Calcraft, best known for executing poisoner Mary Ann Cotton, became renowned for his ability to use the short drop method and prolong the hanging process for public entertainment.
Caring for the elderly is often defined as a vocation for the angelic, but the needs of both can nurture animosity and a disposition to deceive
Bunny lives in a hotel in California's Central Valley. Her story is one of abuse and turmoil. A young woman devastated by drugs who survivals doing what she must. The lives of childhood victims are not pleasant ones. She became a foster child and then entered the correctional system...
Jesus says Christians are the salt of the earth. However, if the salt loses its saltiness, it is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled by men, according to Matthew 5:13.
I'd like to thank Ann Carr for issuing the challenge to write about our favourite beach. This brought back fond memories and allowed me to share a little about the first place I can recall growing up.
Three were chosen. Their task was to watch the cemetery and signal the vampire population should the fateful day come that would release a terror such as the world had never seen. (word count 1334)
A look at a story drawn from Hindu mythology, concerning the benevolent goddess, Lakshmi, and her encounter with a clever washerwoman.
Are you looking for a story which will leave you smiling? A story full of warms and fuzzies? Read on about one adoption which worked out quite well.
Two short stories exploring the impact of bullying, both in terms of domestic domination and abuse about personal appearance
A judge presiding over a case in family court delivers a heartbreaking yet questionable ruling that pushes a mother, Hayla Henson, and her family to battle back in hopes to reunite with her daughter.
The "I am" statements of Jesus are listed as they are recorded in the Gospel of John. They are explained why Jesus used particular metaphors to emphasize who He was.
Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes in an operating room? This story will tell you about a typical day for a circulating nurse in the operating room.
According to Luke 15, there are four lost things and people. However, people often count only three of them. READ this article to see that you, too, could be lost.
Flash Fiction: Physicist Dr. Simon Morton invents a time machine and goes back to 1865 to prevent the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. He succeeds. Or does he? Sci-Fi time travel story.
Mason Anderson was a pioneer in spaceflight. His trip into space was designed to open the door on a new era of enlightenment in society.
An astral traveler finds the house of her dreams in her city, but knows they can't afford it. Then she can't believe her good fortune, or can she?
The strange and spooky tale of Nera at Samhain (aka Halloween), including folklore, history, and customs. Includes "The Hosting of the Sidhe" by William Butler Yeats.
The most evil people in history surely didn't think of themselves that way, yet they committed atrocious acts. What is it about human nature that allows this to happen?
Two men, war pals and fishing buddies, have a relationship cemented by one heroic act. Can the favor be returned when the enemy is unknown, hidden and very, very hungry? Word Count 1741
Charles and Foster ride a steam train across the US Great Plains on a desperate trip to California to find work. But drought, wind and Dust storms join forces to stop them and to destroy their hope.
People can walk in divine favor. Even so, it does not come automatically. There are some things to do to participate in your own blessings.
With the extreme sufferings of Paul the Apostle, it's mind-boggling to witness his extreme gratitude. Could there ever be a greater example to us of a life of gratitude?
Dr. Virginia Shepherd was Doug's doctoral adviser. She tried to direct his research in acceptable directions, but he insisted on going his own way, with tragic results. A Sci-Fi time travel story.
Addyson often has interludes with people from other places. She welcomes them, doesn't question them, knows they exist, although others say they don't.
A somewhat fiction tale of one reflecting upon his own weakness, struggles, and the "storms" of life, realizing through it all God's grace is all-sufficient.
A look at a story drawn from the myths and legends of China, in which the world is threatened by the rising of ten suns.
This annual celebration reminds us that happiness, peace, and love are gifts available to everyone. They only need to be opened.
What happens when a kind, generous, compassionate soul (who happens to have a naughty online alter ego) decides to enter into the filthy world of politics? She gets hacked into pieces by moralistic politics and fake news. Good is stronger than evil, and strong character isn't measured by derision.
If your husband had ever cheated, this is the type of letter you might receive from "the other woman."
A lot of Christians are waiting for the return of Jesus Christ. While it will be the second coming, the Bible speaks of three comings of Jesus. This article explains in detail.
An essay about one of the most important laws that are governing our thoughts, the Law of Substitution.
This is the heartbreaking story of a psychiatric patient from the careless days of electroconvulsive therapy which was used, quite often it seems, as a means of behavior control in mental hospitals.
Flash fiction is a creative writing form that's hard to define; in this article, I provide examples of flash fiction, including some analysis of how it's characterized by more than just its length.
Names are a symbol of one’s identity and are of deep significance to the bearer. They are an undercurrent in a variety of situations and evoke feelings that impact on interpersonal dealings.
How often in a single day, we take that seat, to relax, to ponder, to study? Can you imagine a World, with no chairs? Let’s thank the chair, for being there, to relax us physically as well as mentally
A fictional tale about two Venus in Virgo people, who wonder if a platonic relationship can successfully change into a romantic one. What do you think? I'd like to hear!
Navin was a drone. That is not to say that he was a continuous low hum or a remote controlled airplane but that he was a stingerless male honeybee with one purpose in life.
There are so many little things in the Bible with big meanings. We would be wise to pay attention to them.
I found this little pigeon in my parking lot all by itself — defenceless and vulnerable. There was no chance it was making it through the night there by itself. I brought it home. The next morning shocked me, yet also taught me a lesson I have always recalled.
This is a story provided by my Higher Self - which some people call God - to my little self in my book 'Divine Dialogue - How to hold a conversation with God. Done via Automatic Writing.
Part Six of my Fantasy Novella. Risa, Shenal and their children's dinner is disturbed by an unwanted guest.
Scores of people like nothing more than shopping at tag sales and antique shops. Everyone hopes to find a treasure hidden amid the relics of the past. Along the same vein, we can never know the true history of the item we are purchasing or what secrets it may be keeping.
This article corrects myths relating to the environment's effect on the happiness of gnomes and suggests 10 easy-to-follow rules to create a home environment in which gnomes are likely to flourish. Relying on recent research from The Gnome Project, we compiled this updated, guide for gnome lovers.
Craig, Ralph and Jonesy are best friends––most days. On this day, cheese is the topic of discussion, a subject on which Craig is apparently an expert, especially when it comes to hard cheeses.
This is a story about a woman who is unhappy with her life. She forms a strange relationship with her reflection in a very special mirror.
How do people with Mercury in Virgo think? They tend to be critical and exacting, but know what they want. But can they see the forest for the trees?
This is an uplifting Father's Day pass-time. It shows how a child values the time a parent spends with him or her, and even the forgiving nature of children after an oversight that hurts the child.
One day strolling through the park, Ellie met a handsome young man named Mark. She batted her eyelashes at him and he bought her flowers. They fell madly in love. "You must meet my beautiful daughters, Sophie and Emma," he said, "You will love...
The Book of Micah was written during a time of grievous sin and brutal warfare. Micah alternated between hope and despair for his people
Boys grow into men. Not all of them learn the lessons of life correctly, but some cannot help but see life differently than others. The Deep South in the 60's.
In the stories cited here, the children became illustrations in Jesus' lessons on five major Kingdom characteristics (mentioned in no particular order): humility, giving, prayer, inclusion and trust.
They look as if they're alive, flickering in the night sky. Where did the stars come from? Here is a Filipino legend on how the stars came to be the stars that fascinate us.
A man's home has been invaded by unknown prowlers. Unwilling to give up the ship, He chooses a hiding place with no way out. Word Count-936
The Best Man rises to give his wedding toast, and addressing his friend the Groom, he smiles as he warns: “Drink water from your own cistern and running water from your own well.” What does that mean?
Mercury in Aquarius people are unique thinkers and have ideas many others would not think of. Do you want to learn more? Read on!
The characters in our favorite fairy tales are not doing so well in the land of fairies. Time has passed and they have grown up to face all the trials that former nursery rhyme stars face. Jack and Mary are no exception, but they work together to find a way out.
A Dutch legend: "Near the mounds, in the mists of autumn you'll find them, the White Women, wrapped in their veils of fog."
This is a poem about keeping a positive attitude and not looking back but instead moving ahead to a bright and successful future.
Is a spit in the face of a rebellion, if you sit and watch in comfort? What is worth risking your world?
Rain is one of God's greatest gifts to mankind, since it brings the water we need to survive and thrive. This is a multi-media essay on rain.
Charles has cancer...for the 2nd and time. His son talks him into visiting a clinic in a restored castle. While there, Charles finds hope in visions from past inhabitants of the castle.
After a quarter century together, Ben and Kim find that their love has died. Their marriage is at a standstill and both decide on their own to seek love elsewhere. Individually, both desperate for change and wanting to find love, they each begin an affair.
The life which follows this one is shrouded in mystery. Some don't believe that it exists while others spend their time on Earth planning for it. In the end, we will all find out the hard way. Still, there are some among us who have looked into the abyss and it's a sight they will never forget.
Most Bible scholars overlook this, but Psalm 27 has two distinct parts. It is interesting to learn about these two parts and what is in each part.
In this short ghost story with a twist ending, a man, haunted by dark memories, spends forty years living alone on an isolated farm. One autumn day, he discovers another presence in his home that forces him to face the secrets of his past.
One of my favorite songs is Michael Jackson's "Man in the mirror." There was a time when I didn't like who I saw in the mirror. But today, all that has changed.
What is it about looking fat that upsets us so much? Why do we feel less manly if we do not have a six-pack? Who really cares as long as we're choosing that right? So yet why is that not the case ?
Flash fiction. The food baron specialized in love potions, but he definitely didn't appear available to a town a hungry women. But every man meets his match.
A lot of people don't realize that there are two separate feeding miracles in the gospels. There is the feeding of the five thousand in Jewish territory and the feeding of the four thousand in Gentile territory.
My childhood revolved around reading, making up stories and the knowledge of that opportunity equipped me in literacy, helped make the woman I am today. There is power is reading, and knowledge matters. "The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading." -David Bailey
The only opportunity she could jump at to study was when her brother was having Chinese lessons with the family tutor. My grandmother would sit quietly at the far end of the long rectangular dining table, across her brother and tutor, listening intently. In fact, this training taught her to read and write her Chinese upside down
Many times people sit beside others on the church pew and have no idea what is going on in their lives. Even people in the same household miss the signs that someone is in need.
This fictional tale describes what its like to fall in love with a person who has Venus in Scorpio, what are you getting into? A sexy, romantic, jealous and passionate ride! Read on!
An old woman pushes a shopping cart around the city and rescues the lost and discarded. She adopts them as her own and gives them a second chance at life.
We all enjoy a night out and dinner with friends, right? This is just a commentary on one such night, a bit of history.
A man is being pursued in the city, at night, after work. He tries everything to lose him, but in the end, he turns and becomes the pursuer. This crazy cat and mouse story will have you on the edge of your seat waiting and hoping.
Do you have a dream? Is there something that lies deep within your heart that you want to pursue? This is a story about hope, dreams and catching your star.
Many people desperately want to believe that the law of attraction is real because that way there's hope that they will achieve what they desperately want. But it's a lie - a hoax.
The story of a shotgun wedding back in the 1960s, before the days of Women's Lib:, when single mothers were made to feel ashamed of themselves but the males were not treated with the same contempt.
A short, fictional tale about two young lovers who knew they had been together in other incarnations. They felt a strange attraction from the minute they laid eyes on each other! But being together before did not solve all their problems, there was still work to do!
Do you need some money right now? Have you ever asked yourself what money is? Where did money come from? Why does almost everything we do center on money? Is the world controlled by money?