On his first birthday, my grandchild faces a great future. With no control over that future, wishing is the least that we can do. Here are five long-term wishes for him. See the significance of five.
Each and every person in this world is afraid of something. And one of the most common is the fear of failure. But to achieve success we need to overcome our fears and be confident in ourselves. With self-confidence comes success.
The creative side of me has been yearning to break through for a very long time. As a young girl, I kept notebook sized diaries in which I would record everything that went on in my household. And, there was plenty material to draw from since I am...
In the late 1960's/ early 70's we didn't celebrate Halloween with sparkly shop bought costumes, nor with pumpkins or trick or treat! So how did we liven things up at Halloween all those years ago?
If I had to choose two words that define the ethos of the hillfolk I met during my brief sojourn in Kandbari, they would be simple and contented. This is the fifth in a series of ten Hubs on a holiday in Kandbari. Beauty abounds in the hills of...
My husband died suddenly two months ago. It was so very cold that night and we had just gone to bed. I was snuggled safely beside him, my hand on his chest and his arm around me. Then his breathing changed. I could not wake him. I called to...
Remember Woodstock, those "three days of music and peace?" Although I didn't go, but if I had took to hitching it, I would have been hauled to jail.
What is it about an attractive or intriguing woman that turns an ordinary man into a creative whirlwind? What magical process enables him to invent, to sculpt, to paint, to write or to compose a masterpiece out of thin air simply by concentrating on...
For many years, I was a man of the right. Recently, I switched to the left. This is an introduction to my story with the hopes that it will encourage many of you to make the transition.
Mothers show their love differently. This is a story of 2 mothers who are OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) and have sacrificed something just to prove their love of family.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if a zombie outbreak happened? Will we be able to survive it or will the human race be pushed to extinction?
I was the top student at junior school and was expected to fly through secondary school without a hitch. But I found my all girls' private school too rigid in its discipline and I started to rebel.
I spent 40 years of my life trying to find Christ in Christianity. It was only after embracing Buddhism that I began to see Jesus as he truly is, free of the theological blinders imposed by my lifelong religious misconceptions.
A review of the interesting journey of reading The Bible as a book, start to finish, but with the books (even the verses) in the chronological order most scholars believe they were written.
See your mind's eye to a new identity. Find yourself away from the rat race built of your own accord, but easy to leave and start over again. Take the steps, see were you end up, let me know.
There is no wrath like a mother whose son has been scorned. The fury that I felt from the heart break that my son experienced was quite unexpected. And I couldn't heal his pain.
Things I realized that I need to accept, in my significant other, as a woman with jealousy issues and many insecurities.
Just a couple of cloth items that together, can hold a diesel truck fast. Or could save a mountain climber, God forbid, with their combined strength. But sadly, these items have taken a beaten and neglected since their invention.
Rochelle Frank’s Hub called Survival in the 1930's is an eye opening account of survival that many people born after 1960 probably cannot imagine -- Unless they were born into the poverty of the poorest Appalachian regions, the most destitute part of a rundown inner city, or a third world country. I have only a few stories to contribute.
"There is no greater love than that of a man who lays down his life for his friends." John 15:13. It means something different to everyone. 32 years ago I discovered what it means to me.
Memories of "Duck and Cover" drills done in schools back in the 1950's and early 60's. Many people have vivid memories of these drills and at the time there was a cartoon film shown in schools called "Duck and Cover."
I went to elementary school in a two-room schoolhouse. In one room, students were in grades 1-3. In the next room, students were in grades 4-7. Habits were formed then that are part of my life today. This is an interesting read even if you didn't go to a two-room schoolhouse.
Standing up and placing a hand on one's heart when Old Glory passes is a tradition that respects America and her possibilities, and honors service men and women. A reflective essay...
Knowing that everyone must die and everything is temporary, the real purpose of our lives should not be achieving success or getting rich. It also is not eating, drinking, and being merry. In preparing for life after death, our purpose of life should be to love and worship God and love one another
Nothing annoys a smoker more than being approached by a goody two shoes trying to lecture them on the dangers of smoking. How do you deal with them.
People get really tripped up when they come across hypocrites and pretenders. I almost lost my Faith when I saw it on my Christian College Campus. Should we bar hypocrites and Pretenders from the Church?
An awe-inspiring sunset has much to say about life and the ways in which we should live. Don't let another breathtaking moment pass you by!
After 15 years of being a devout Christian and having impenetrable faith, I share most of my life story of how I came to lack belief in God.
I met my second husband in high school, we drifted apart, and met again after 28 years. This time, we fell in love and got married, and are grateful that we found each other again. This is a great story for people who want to look up a love from their past.
My Christian friends tell me it is unusual for older people to become Christians, so I've decided to explain what led me to this. My story starts with my many years of truth-seeking, starting at age 7.
You and I have been conned for years about the true, blue friend of (almost) every western scene shot in the ghost towns when tumbleweeds go rolling in front of the camera are very calm and collected. You may shudder when you read this piece.
Much of the time, people cannot seem to eloquently state logical advice, and instead reach in the bag of horrendous inspirational quotes. This adds nothing to the discussion. Let's explore examples.
Have you ever had a company change and cheapen one of your favorite products? Know that frustration? This happened to two of my most dearly loved items!
Daughters are precious and as parents and grandparents, a valuable gift we can offer are life lessons and tips to help them do well in life.
Lost is the art of rushing to the mailbox for physical mail, as digital communications are the way of the world. I sometimes still long for the simple days of getting a letter from a friend, rather than a text message.
Omar's Rubaiyat is one of Alex's poetic and artistic illustrations of the deeper philosophies of mind and body. He delves into the work and gives it his love and praises.
Christ's Resurrection is the central event in human history and without it we would have no reason to celebrate. If Christ is dead then our hope of resurrection is dead as well and we are still in our sins. But God be praised, Jesus Christ is truly Alive!!
This is a story of one person's experience of loosing a baby. Read about how the Japanese hospital dealt with the loss and the emotions involved. If you have experienced a loss or know somebody who has, this article may be helpful in understanding how to heal and live through the long journey ahead.
How we choose to live each and every day to the fullest in hope & love, knowing tomorrow is never promised for anyone.
There's been a lot of talk over the past few years about so-called alterations to the scriptures because of the "Mandela Effect." Join me in examining what's really going on.
Traditions, as we mostly know, are the stories, beliefs, customs and routines that were passed on to us from older generations. Without a doubt family traditions are important.
I'm writing some thoughts about the relationship that I shared with my beloved mother, Catherine Stewart. She was extremely dear to me.
The most inimitable place to be, besides in my husband’s arms, is Harrogate, Tennessee. The rolling hills, clean crisp air, and spaciousness all surpass the city life. The memories and joy I experience when I am there will always...
My best friend and I have been friends for 45 years. This article is about all we have endured together through all the years of our friendship, and a celebration of our life long friendship.
In the late '80s, I volunteered as a "buddy" to five different men who had full-blown AIDS. Other than a short poem, I never wrote about them because there was too much emotion attached to even consider it. When I began writing on Hub Pages, I decided to try. I would like to think that writing about each of them would give them a bit of immortality. They all deserved better than they got in their last days here on earth.
I came to a remote place where nature thrived and man, if he stayed, would have to survive. There was plenty to please the eye and challenge the mind, but to get there was a challenge to the whole being. In the end he was not king of the hill, but an attentive student, an inspired artist.
I have my superstitions and this is my little tale of a certain New Year's Eve superstition which I stumbled upon as a child and one which there unfortunately seems to be absolutely no way to forget.
According to European folklore, some wells were called Wishing Wells because it was believed that any wish spoken near them would be granted.
Back in 1987 I overheard my present boss talking to the Diocese regarding him leaving his position as Supervisor of Maintenance in a Catholic High School, to taking on a position as Manager of a 32 acre cemetery is Trenton, New Jersey.
This is a true story about a UFO and alien encounter in the Nevada desert that was related to me many years ago. Only this UFO sighting has a rare distinction from other UFO reports as the visitors explained the meaning of life and death. We all have a purpose for being here.
The staircase has been the subject of poems for centuries, some mystic, some mundane. Titles include "The Winding Stair" by William Butler Yeats, rapping and dancing poems, musical poems, even Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven"...
While texting and messaging is a convenient tool to keep in touch, it can often creates daily stress in our lives. Texting allows us more control over talking on the phone and allows us to establish communication boundaries.
A hike up St. Mary Peak in the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana give me an occasion to consider my own personal struggles and those of the world around me. May we gain hope and courage from one another
This is the story of my experience of living with a control freak. I hope it inspires others in the same kind of abusive relationship to get out of it as fast as they can...
This now funny punishment threat of being given to a rag man worked for a time. My mother saw real rag men when she was growing up. They still exist in places & help to recycle old cloth into new.
The personal impact of a simple in-flight movie and how the compassion of total strangers made this an unforgettable ending to our perfect adventure.
It is very difficult to watch somebody we care about suffer emotionally through a difficult situation. Often times we do not know what to do or say in this situation, and nothing we can think of seems to help. There are things somebody who is suffering does and does not want to hear.
Supermarket shopping in modern times can be an extremely frustrating business. Do you ever find yourself mentally and physically drained after a simple visit to the supermarket? This page takes a tongue in cheek look at some of the issues we are likely to encounter on a daily basis at the supermarket.
We had to say goodbye to my 18 year old cat in February. It was probably the hardest decision I ever had to make in my life.
My Hobbies Life without a hobby is like food without the salt. It is a hobby which makes living interesting. It is a pursuit outside one’s regular work. A hobby gives one joy and pleasure; one does not get tired of it. It is a pastime, relaxation...
These Christmas stockings still remain in honor of the 26 lost in the Sandy Hook tragedy. My son reminded me that many parents had probably already brought holiday gifts for their children. healthylife2 My desire to perform 26 random acts of...
A happy-go-lucky dog and his overly-anxious-for-a-weekend-adventure owner embark on an afternoon hike that quickly becomes much more than they had anticipated. The scenery of the western Montana wilderness enhances this story of an afternoon walk which quickly becomes a struggle to stay alive.
My personal love of rock hounding is paralleled with spiritual lesson and application in this lesson. Rocks do truly cry out the praises of the One who made them.
Yes, you were told to make your bed after you get out of it in the morning. Scientists have given a very good reason why you should not make your bed every morning.
My evening run traversed through a maze of ball fields loaded with kids learning about rules, teamwork, favoritism, and the discomfort of athletic cups. It hit me with brut force, the memories of my 20 years as a sideline parent, causing me to stop my run and jot down my memories as a sideline mom.
When travelling, bed and breakfast places are great for gathering information about the locality and for meeting other guests who have a wealth of stories.
A consideration of what it's like to live without the technology so many have come to depend on. Could we as a people survive and if we did, how would it change us? Do you think you would make it?
If you suffer from a water bottle addiction or obsession, you are not alone. Please join me as I try to beat my addiction and give you tips on overcoming your own water bottle obsession.
As soon as we made our way into the tower mall, I immediately felt this strange wave of oppression. From the pit of my stomach came this feeling and it traveled to my heart, and I felt a huge burden, and one that I'd never felt so powerful before.
Every year right before summer,we have a migration of turtles arrive at our pond, well over 100 of them. I have grown quite attached to these wild animals. I wanted to share something special about them that I discovered after their first summer here.
Some of my favourite childhood memories are of my visits to relatives in Easton, a lively multicultural area in Bristol, England. Banksy's graffiti career began there.
Things were a little different on Halloween back in the 1950s. If you were a kid back then this may jog your memory. If you weren't then maybe you would like to see how different it was.
This is the confession of a 31 year old millennial that doesn't feel like he's matured, has trouble fitting in, and can't seem to grow up.
The world has changed since the 1970's, even our bicycles. Sometimes it's worth a look back to remember how things used to be.
I'm a girl - so I should get along better with girls, right? Nope. Here are my reasons why I think so.
My personal struggle with trying to hang on to a ridiculously handsome, charming man that has many, many female friends on Facebook, Instagram and in person. The struggle is read, the struggle is riddled with anxiety, and the struggle lives on as I try to hold on to love and our castles in the sky.
If you hate football, you will be looking for something else to do on Super Bowl Sunday. Here are 25 things that are guaranteed to be more fun than the game — for non-football fans, that is.
We all want to live longer, healthier lives. But how do we face middle age and beyond with grace, dignity and good health. Reflections on Fifty helps you focus on what's truly important and not worry about the little stuff. And it's all little stuff.
I couldn't help but notice. No—really. I couldn't help but notice because it's dark outside, your blinds are wide open, and all the lights in your entire house are on. My eyes are drawn to the light—and thus to you—like a moth to a flame.
Turtles, tortise, and terrapin's go about their way slow and unincumbered by life when it turns chaotic. This is why I love them.
This is my personal experience with hookup culture on my college campus. I willingly entered hookup culture without knowing the effects or how I would be treated once I entered it. I faced problems trying to leave, not knowing how to leave without socially isolated myself from my peers.
I grew up in a community in Ringgold, Virginia known as the Sonshine Farm. "The Farm" had a lot of notoriety in the Ringgold and Danville area, many people believing it was a cult. While it was not a cult, it was started by a group of Christian...
So often, many spend countless time chasing things and people that defeat their purpose without considering the consequences. The purpose of life should be to seek the significance of each day. To prevent chasing waterfalls, you need to know which dreams to follow and what illusions to let go of.
When you sympathize with others, the feeling is temporary as the feeling goes once the problem is solved.But empathy means seeing problems from other people's shoes and you share their viewpoint.
An article which is framing all the scenario of how it is to be in social media. With reference to the story of the writer of this article. Speaking out the truth of a common people in social media.
Without thinking, I drove my car into the nearest gas station hoping that someone would help me pump the gas since I was all thumbs. The rest is a bad memory.
Reading for pleasure and writing in a journal can have a positive impact on your health and well-being. Learn more about what researchers have discovered about reading and writing.
As a child, I was known for being odd and a bit difficult. The fictitious rabbit Fiver was my hero, as he used his strange traits to everyone's advantage, and never lost sight of his dreams. His far-sight and determination still inspire me.
Although poetry is one of the oldest forms of literature and written expression it is also perhaps the least appreciated. In this article, I try to explain how poetry should be read and enjoyed.
Read about my experience learning about social norms and cultural prescriptions concerning gendered verbal communication, and how masculine speech differs from feminine speech.
My boyfriend's dog is the most needy, most clingy animal I have ever met in my life. Here's why I generally don't enjoy her presence. P.S. Their names are not really Stumpy and Ears.
What are the similarities between the writing process of poetry and yoga? I'll discuss three of them--being mindful, relaxed and precise.
It's not that I should not tell my stories of abuse in churches, because I never should have had these stories to tell of spiritual leaders gone wild. Your Creator and hopefully your spouse don't ask you to be on call 24/7 but your guru, cult leader, pastor does. This is a serious red flag.
In my lifetime, I have visited countries in North America, East Asia, and Southeast Asia. Now retired, I still have states and countries on my bucket list to see.
What are the joys and pains of being an adolescent? What did you miss most about being a teenager, or are you glad to have transitioned into an adult?
The word 'Amen' is overused because some people have a habit of saying 'Amen' to everything. Therefore, nothing stands out.
Last summer, my husband and I were riding our four-wheelers through the woods in Arkansas when he hit a tiny fawn that was lying in the trail. In the span of just a few hours, our hearts were captured by the gorgeous little character and it was very, very hard to say good-bye.
"If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic, hand him your cloak as well." (Mt. 5:40) As I was listening to the homily last Sunday on the Gospel Mt. 5:38-48 where apart from the verse above, Jesus was also quoted saying, "When someone...
Grandparents become preoccupied with the expectation of a grandchild. Too excited to wait, I began my conversation with my unborn grandson a few weeks early. Here are five promises I made to him.
How many of you have seen Animal House? That wonderful scene where Kevin Bacon is attempting to join the fraternity and is "willingly" receiving swats to prove his worth? Why do we do the same thing?
Life is sometimes easy to read. Then sometimes life is a huge, mystical puzzle in which no one can answer or understand. This piece is about the latter part of life.
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
If I could wave a magic wand and change anything about my beloved field of art and illustration, I would change many mistaken attitudes about art and illustration. Here are just 5 of those things.
Trying to overcome a loved ones addiction by monitoring and controlling their behaviour is a fruitless and exhausting way to survive living with an addict.
As a volunteer firefighter we feel the burden of so many things. In this installment we will look at how we can improve our department and ourselves.
I grew up in the late 80's-90's. Perhaps that's why I miss so much about the 90's era. It was a more innocent time, with lots of wholesome TV shows and good music. Sometimes I wish we could go back!
Body Dysmorphic Disorder is an obsessive mental illness that can cause people to believe they are so ugly they try to kill themselves, or have extensive plastic surgery with weird results!
My husband and I both suffer from borderline personality disorder (BPD). Contrary to what you might think, it's the best relationship I've ever been in.
Also known as Motel Drive, Golden State Served as the major highway between southern California and Sacramento. Now in preparation for the High Speed Rail, much of the area is being razed. These are some images of the old Highway 99
If there’s one thing I never expected to witness in my life, it's an act of terror. I certainly didn’t expect to witness such an act just minutes after I crossed the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon.
A humorous look at growing up on Long Island in the 1970's, highlighting the role that the Long Island Oak beach Inn played in that process.
Holy Scripture does not specifically say where the “lake of fire, or hell” lies. This article attempts to place the location of hell. Readers should use their own wisdom in making their determination.
I grew up with lots of cousins, most of them older than me. Some of my teenaged cousins told me scary stories when I was very young. Those stories made a life-long impact on my tolerance for scary movies.
Throughout history creative pursuits have been male-dominated. Where were all the female writers, artists , musicians and inventors? They are few and far between.
If we live long enough, each of us will experience the heartbreaking loss of someone we love. The sudden void is made all the worse by the knowledge that we will never see that person again. That is, unless they find a way to let us know that they have made it to the other side and are at peace.
This article is a satirical approach to the practice of cryonics. It discusses the various ways in which the idea of preserving your body after death is a terrible idea.
A number of entries in an autograph album, 1910-11, follow particular themes, such as Christian and Moral, Friendship and Funny. The album includes illustrations in some entries, a number of signatures and addresses from people living in the Daylesford and Chewton areas of Victoria and also in Melbourne.
I am not FAT, I'm a survivor. We often assume the brokenness of another, however, we are all survivors, instead of guessing we should seek someone's truth.
When you stand in familiar surroundings do you get a sense of place, a sense of history, a sense of belonging? This is an exploration of what you have around you.
This hub and poem is me diving deeper into who I am as a person. Discussing my personality traits and the way I think about life. The personality test link is posted at the end if interested...:)
Monsters are real. They don't hide under our beds nor inside our closets. They are always with us wherever we go and whatever we do. Interested? Check out this hub!
Can one person do anything to impact the whole world? In this essay, I look at three major crises facing the world and how individuals can act to help change the situation. Don't expect a comfortable little chat.
At age sixty my goals had turned into to-do lists. Did I lack ambition and motivation? Was I lying in wait for some fantastic opportunity to grab me, shake me awake and restart my life full of adventure? Curious minds wanted to know.
My mother, bless her heart, is with The Lord right now and what a time they are having. I am publishing this piece as a gesture of due appreciation to her and her life of service. I just hope that I did her justice.
Life throws you a curveball. How do you respond? What is the right thing to do? Did you make the right decision? Do you sometimes wonder how things could have turned out if you’d just…?
A relationship is a work in progress, how we can make a pearl from a parasite that seeks to destroy.
"Oh, I thought we were friends..." Has this thought ever crossed your mind when you were interacting with a friend whom you trusted? Perhaps that friend was unresponsive to what you had said or done or was unexpectedly cold and distant. At any...
I just want to share how I dealt with a sudden death when it happened to my family. I hope my tips will help others cope better in times of sudden death. It is very hard indeed to deal with sudden death but staying strong and positive helps a lot.
I have been so offended when people tell me art should be free without thinking about the artists who created that art and how they should be able to pay their rent. Here are a few of the unthinking statements to artists that people need to rethink.
Revisiting past decades boosts our sense of appreciation. The brief reflections will encourage us, as well as those who have passed seventy, to embrace the privilege of future birthdays with joy.
I have survived wearing glasses, contact lenses, LASIK surgery and a cataract operation. I am forever grateful to modern science. technology and the amazing people who made this possible.
May 31, 1985 would prove to be the deadliest tornado outbreak in Pennsylvania's history! Sixty-three would lose their lives. There are many stories, most much more tragic - but this is ours.
A universal love story that tells the tale of two women finding themselves, through each other. An honest glimpse into the fluidity of sexuality and identity.
Aging can sometimes be difficult for anyone, but it is a harsh reality. This creative article is about my 30th birthday, with a list of the top 5 reasons why I dreaded celebrating my 30th birthday.
Dreams have always been mystical and symbolic and a lot has been written and recorded about them. Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba says that one cannot dream about Him unless He wills it.
In times of deflation, America seems to find "heroes" in outlaws. Here is a look at the past heroes, or outlaws, and a look into why we glamorize these people.
In my career as a mobile locksmith I met many people in strange situations. Here are a few of my experiences.
One of the best accidents that can happen is an exploding can of soda pop. I have had this happen more than once. Sometimes I laughed. Sometimes I grew angry. The next time I got another soda—to not take chances.
Memories of the Newbridge Inn which was located North Bellmore, New York. Pizza, beer, airplanes, and bar fights. A personal recollection.
My name is Margaret, and I want people to call me by my name. People who knew me when I was growing up still call me by a nickname that I have long outgrown.
Arizona. I've just begun a contract job here, and I am enjoying the land and the people. Join me as I share some of the places I've visited and one of the interesting people I have met along the way.
I think about death and dying all the time. I am not afraid of death. I don't want my friends and family to mourn my death because my soul is ready whenever God calls me home.
Times have changed. Today's average woman in her seventieth year is still becoming old, although her grandmother at that same age was already very old. We look briefly at some issues in her new world.
Books are slowly being replaced by the electronic reader. But will they become obsolete? Let's explore this question.
Weddings for the most part, are a happy event. A life-changing event. Every wedding participant knows their responsibility. Then there is the Best Man and Maid of Honor, what happens to these two after the wedding. You may be crying when this piece is over.
9:25 am, March 30th, 2009, my life as I know it turned upside down! With the sudden death of my child my perfectly healthy three year old daughter Savanna who passed away in her sleep. I'm making this article to maybe help others that may find then...
Why do intelligent people drink and drive, and risk DUI/DWI arrest? Do people think they have to be stumbling and slurring their speech to be too impaired to drive?
Focusing on your blessings, instead of obsessing over your problems, can help put things in perspective. Remember to pause and reflect on the little things.
On Friday, December 14, a shooter walked into Sandy Hook Elementary school and killed 20 innocent children and 6 staff members. I live less than 15 miles away, and all morning I received a continual stream of emails and texts regarding the police...
For my son's birthday, I wanted to give him a special gift - some words of wisdom that he can reflect on as he grows. I know he's too young to understand it all now but one day he will.
As many as 1 in every 100 individuals might be asexual in today's day and age and yet no one really knows about us. We live in the shadows. Read one asexual's musings about others, the dating world, and the meaning of it all.
Want to find your true love? Maybe you've looked into online dating. In this article I talk about how I found my true love online on the game World of Warcraft.
This is my second marriage to a wonderful man. This article explains the 12 reasons why I love this man who gives me unconditional love.
Some call it the ugliest daffodil in the world, but others think it is beautiful. How did this once thought extinct native of Wales get into the Tennessee hills in the USA?
The history of the English language along with some interesting facts, weird words, and quirky features of English.
Relating my experience after I had a panic attack triggered by an existing situation involving my personal jealousy and insecurities.
They're everywhere and sometimes we just can't avoid them, like taking medicine that tastes like rotten eggs. But who among is unlucky to be this stinky?