Is your personal best behind you, or just around the corner? And if it is behind you, what do you do next? Join me as I entertain thoughts about a personal quest.
In my office without windows, I sent a weekly email to my coworkers describing the lovely view I had that day out my "window".
I openly confess to overlooking and taking our friends, the mule for being such Americans whom we love.
Manual Labor. It's as if "this" mode of survival has all but been washed away with our Liquid Silicone shampoo and Copper wire that runs our cars. Manual Labor. I knew "it" years ago.
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?
Sad lines are found in novels, poetry and especially music. What's the saddest line YOU'VE ever heard? Or wrote? Join the "sad line challenge" and see if you can write a line that can make me cry!
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.
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...
Once a person gets published through contract, deadlines become quite a real thing. In my opinion, deadlines are the worst thing for a writer, and discourage the making of great literature.
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.
Sunglasses have and always been a Very Important part to any successful fashion presentation. Sunglasses are flexible and go with almost anything. But there those who cannot wear sunglasses.
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.
Talking about rats and their destructive behaviour, when they are allowed to come in our house. I believe that we should be on guard all the time and try to find ways how to stop them, if we can.
An account of my experience on a recent trip to Kauai. Having experienced Hawaii and other Islands before, and knowing what to expect still had me awestruck. I am thankful for this inspiring trip.
A novel. A blog. A script. A novella. A personal letter to someone. These are all great ways for you to start your journey, as our writer. Our writer? Every person wants to read your work - our-is-us.
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.
Humans also defend their beliefs and will argue till they win, or are proved wrong, or just walk away with the thought that it is not worth it. In the last case, nothing is solved
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!
By opposites are we ruled all our lives - light and darkness, day and night, Yin and Yang, Murphy and Phurmy …
Emptying your soul into the layers of papers with the sorcery of words beautifully painted over them is necessary in keeping one sane in such a mad world.
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?
The story of an unfinished life rings true of the struggle we face daily. It puts its finger upon the emotional tug-of-war I am engaged in.
The time comes in every writer's life when the question imposes itself about how much that activity is stealing from energy, effort, time, and other important factors of living a full life.
Diagnosed and still fighting cancer, I am dealing with the effects and emotions of my husband's illness. We all need a break and this is a story of my break to get air and think.
Love is a leap of faith and only those who are clueless or brave enough to jump are able to unlock it’s mysteries.
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...
Stereotype and cliché imply that all are the same. That's fine if we're talking about auto parts, but when applied to humanity, the result is a dead society. Oneness is unique people working together.
Sometimes, when I get hungry, I make-up Free Mental Games that I play while waiting on my food. Read and enjoy.
Social Media makes it easier for people to fall in a pseudo relationship that is typically unfulfilling for both parties; and it's not the person, but the social media that the feelings are for.
I learned long ago that watching a man's conduct on the golf course was a great help in determining his overall integrity .
On our Road of Life, we may meet over 10,000 people, but only Know a few. This one woman, "Mammy," doesn't fit into any category.
We're so concerned with what people think. It may be better than we perceive...or worse if you suck.
Every book and every movie has a main character. The lucky one. The brilliant one. We see them and we ask, "We want to see something about the normal guy!" But is that really what we want?
Reading between lines of someone's literary expression is not the same as their disclosing "where they are coming from"---hence this article.
Planning a funeral? Recently suffered a loss? Check out these observations about the whole process that might make you smile, even if only for a moment.
This personal narrative spotlights how our world's poultry and beef industries have been used for profit for way too long. This piece does bear you reading and thinking about the text.
In every life there is some one or some people who are living, breathing mysteries. You understand some. And some you don't. I am talking about a family who are STILL a living, breathing mystery.
Ever wanted to change the world? I know I always have, I've always wanted to 'make a difference' and change the world for the better. Maybe here I'll share a little on how you can change yours.
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 didn't like my Dad and he didn't want me. I think of him on Father's Day but I don't feel bad now that he's gone. I wrote this post for other people who won't be thinking all happy thoughts on Father's Day.
How would the world be different if superpowers were real? What would change if super powers were discovered?
Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by holding temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.
I promised myself I wouldn't do this anymore. However, I've found it necessary to remind everyone that amidst the scores of disagreeble people out there, there are truly good people.
A serious narrative about the One foe that stalked me from age seven and is still present in my life.
Question: If a bum or tramp were to meet you face-to-face, would you be able to know the difference? No? Then you best study this narrative.
This is a first for me. Maybe the last. When I was in high school, I lived in fear and dread of having to be our school mascot. You might want to sit down as you explore this soul-wrenching tale.
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.
A different thought process and spontaneity often combine to make a poem less attractive. Neither one's writing skill nor the readers' sensitivity responsible for it.
The history of the English language along with some interesting facts, weird words, and quirky features of English.
It's real easy to cross the line from being a helper to an enabler. Let's walk through how that can transpire and what to do if it does.
A thrill-filled, spine-chilling narrative about something that happened with the Huge Original Soft Drink Company.
Why do we insist in saying "Fish and Chips" rather than "Chips and Fish"? And why "in and out" in preference to "out and in"? Human conditioning is the key.
How do you encourage children to read? Especially these days when movies, TV and electronic games vie for all your children’s attention? Do you have ideas? Here is what I did.
Happiness is not just a frame of mind, it is an intentional part of our daily lives. There is enough negativity in the world to last a lifetime. Live with the passion God instilled in you and thrive!
If you are a dedicated internet junkie then you know as well as I do that for some reason some of the stupidest things attract so much attention. Even here on Hubpages it never ceases to amaze me when I see something that appears to be ridiculous...
Books are slowly being replaced by the electronic reader. But will they become obsolete? Let's explore this question.
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.
It is in the interests of all Insurance companies to keep you waiting and to not accept liability. That's their job. They take the money, but they don't like giving it back...
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?
Watch the next Classic TV western and you will see the cleanest teeth in the mouths of the show's outlaws and bush whackers.
This hub has taken me a very long time to write, edit, and publish. If there was ever going to be (a) hub that brings me a shove upward in popularity of Hubbing. Not that popularity matters to me.
I love those old mountains I call home. Take a journey with me as I guide you through a tiny part of Potter County, Pennsylvania.
I describe how I purchased, painted, and installed my little free library which I use to swap books with neighborhood visitors.
The word 'Amen' is overused because some people have a habit of saying 'Amen' to everything. Therefore, nothing stands out.
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.
This hub is all about the beauty of winter so if you are looking for ideas to make your winter season beautiful why not check out this hub. You will be glad you did.
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.
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.
LOVE-this four-letter word has the magical ability to take the whole world in its grasp without even making any effort. Can any of you imagine a world that is devoid of “love”? How would it look like?
It, the vision seen by just one person, is all it really needs in order for that one brief encounter to inspire a narrative like this one.
The ocean keeps giving long after the highest form of life on the planet chose to betray her. Read of the beauty, magnificence and generosity of the sea in contrast to the ugly behavior of man.
At Christmastime we celebrate the gift of the Son of God made flesh. Yet Jesus coming to earth as a baby is only the beginning of the story of God with us. He left the manger to fulfill His mission to redeem a people for Himself.
Jimbo Fisher, head coach of the Florida State Seminoles, but there's more to his name that meets the eye.
If you have EVER drank booze, gotten yourself drunk and I mean Blurry Drunk, then expect a Monster Hang-Over in the morning. Believe me. You do not want it.
If you have ever watched "The Walking Dead" or just a classic zombie movie, you likely asked yourself "Would I make it?" Well, here are some things that you would need to consider before you decide.
What would change if vampires were real? How would life change if vampires were discovered to be real?
Be advised -- this is a true narrative about (a) certain talk between my good friend, Randy Pearce, and I, during a break in high school one morning. I have only the truth about that talk.
This topic should have been presented years ago--and when you read it, I hope that you are enlightened as well.
When I was a kid Halloween meant trick or treating, lots of candy and good natured fun. Then the real "monsters" appeared and ruined it all.
My growing interest in wildlife and the garden is new and exciting. I'm observing all sorts of natural things since moving into the countryside.
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.
I've dreaded sharing this narrative about Charles Manson dying from natural causes. I did not like Manson. And was not sad of his death. Sue me!
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!
If you have a small creek or river near your home, then you are blessed person. Our small rivers and creeks are disappearing, so enjoy them while you can.
This article describes my personal take on a particular "harmless" song that I feel objectifies and degrades women, encourages men to abuse women, as well as potentially promotes peer pressure.
A broken tree on Mt. Petit Jean, golden droplets of resin could become pure amber in centuries. There's a common myth that artists, writers and people in creative professions suffer from mental illness. Specific famous artists like Van Gogh and...
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.
You don't see them anymore. Not even in our Saturday morning cartoons. Old Fashioned Burglars. Gotta love 'em.
We allow the illusions to imprison our lives and our dreams. It's time to let love break the walls of the prison that we have created.
I know you are scared and trying to protect me from the pain of a past that ended me. I Love you but it is my turn.
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?
Not everyone is perfect, but shopping during the holidays becomes easier if you remember two simple words: be kind.
Want to know if you’re a bibliophile? If yes, check the obvious signs I listed below and see if every sign applies to you.
This narrative deals with ME, and the Three Musketeers of Misery--Neglect, Shunned and being Overlooked. If you can understand this piece, thank you.
Did you know that us guys now have our own phrase? Yep. It's a guy thing is very popular. Even I say it. What does that say about me?
There was (a) time when people used the old two-wheel lawnmowers and life was good . . .for the moment.
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.
Everyone is entitled to exercise their right to freedom of expression. Freedom, however, should still be exercised responsibly and not at the expense of others' personal beliefs and convictions.
The simple fact that there are people around does not guarantee your safety. It's true that when we see a person in need, our first thought is to go help them. But we usually don't.
Many companies write that they do not plan to sell your email address, so it is safe to give them yours. But, what about the companies that don't promise, and the emails you receive from unusual place
The dashing star of Days of Our Lives, "Patch," is whom I wonder what work he claims to do--since I've never seen him do any work.
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 true narrative about the guys who hunt deer around my hometown. Well, not hometown, but in the woods.
A first-person narrative about how I would love to go back into 1972, my graduation night, and confront the people who made my life miserable along with those who were like me.
Being a parent not only changes one's perspective but also teaches one to be more sympathetic towards one's own parents. You will realize this when your child replicates you.
Some people play Candy Crush, others surf Wikipedia, I watched Youtube like it was my job AT my job.
In keeping with my hubs about what flies and other species of life say, this one is about frogs and their talking.
Cats are an animal that are like no other. You don't usually have a cat. No. If there's a cat in your house, it has a human. That's the difference.
There is a constructive side to denial which doesn't mean turning a blind eye on negative aspects of life - but rather focusing on the positive ones, which on quantum level produces positive outcomes.
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.
The years from age 18 to 25 is a crucial yet often trivialized age stage. This article provides information that may be helpful to those transitioning from adolescence into adulthood.
Several movies are out, or have been and will be, on historical subjects. They are still available in words, too.
It had to come out sooner or later. I am an American and an Alabamian, but I do not fish. You may read--but don't judge me, please.
Authors, you might think you are in control of your writing. In your mind, you control where the story leads and what words are formed to create the world for your reader. But the truth is that most of the time you are not. Okay, you never are. You...
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.
The gentle art of enjoying the present moment just as it is has become redundant. Today, everything lies ahead. Our search for happiness remains a search - a never ending search.
An author is merely limited by his imagination which really can be quite boundless. However, he will always be most comfortable in the world he knows.
They're all but gone now. Life seen, heard, and felt inside America's drive-in theaters. Us allowing these icons to disappear should be the shame of us all.
In 2015, a devestating virus decimated the Saiga antelope population, bringing them to near extinction. As Christians, it is our duty to care for the plight of all endangered species.
What are the similarities between the writing process of poetry and yoga? I'll discuss three of them--being mindful, relaxed and precise.
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...
Life has a way of making you feel worthless at times. Most people are lucky enough to shack that feel off. The unluck onces of this have this slef hatetter that pills on to life's tough moments.
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.
It's time to replace judgment with compassion, and start looking at each other with the same respect and love that our babies see in us. Let's look for the good together. It won't be hard to find.
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.
Valentine's Day. It's that day of love, life and valentines. It's candy hearts, chocolate bars and little colored envelopes stuck into shoe boxes. Or, it's a day filled with quiet repose, as well.
I am a mother of two,A writer,A critic,A speaker of inequality in our Society and Political Observer.Reading and Writing is my Passion.I cannot bear social injustice anywhere in the world.
I am in need of morphing these two words: love and compassion. Language is about expansion and limitations, simultaneously. I think the time has come to shift the meanings of Love & Compassion
It had to happen. Now it has. My wife and I encountered, not met, a Mississippi Parking Attendant, Randy. I did not get his last name.
Fictional manuscripts are deeply rooted in our society, so much so that people don’t even realize the size of the role they play in our civilization.
The cringe is just awful when you've just been witness to another lame and gut wrenching attempt of humor. But why do they subject themselves to such humiliation?
This personal narrative is True. But I thought it prudent to keep the name of this town in the topic and citizens' names kept free--besides, it's not really about them anyway.