Sometimes you have a brief chance encounter with someone, but it makes a lasting impression. This story is about one of those times, the time I “almost met” a baby in a swim class.
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...
Some people marry their high school sweetheart and they live happily ever after. It took me years to realize had I married my high school sweetheart my life would have been miserable.
What are the similarities between the writing process of poetry and yoga? I'll discuss three of them--being mindful, relaxed and precise.
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.
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?
Sometimes a brief chance encounter makes a lasting impression. It can even be life changing. This story is about one of those times, the time I “almost met” Lily at the pool.
A true account of how I was miraculously healed and cured of illness by none other than the Lord Jesus Christ himself... but was it really Jesus? Or was it someone or something else?
Memories of the Newbridge Inn which was located North Bellmore, New York. Pizza, beer, airplanes, and bar fights. A personal recollection.
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.
This is a true story about how my mom was taken from me. This story is as me, my sister and cousin remember it. This is part one. The link to part two is below.
A simple car camping outing presented me with a critical choice. Would I use good sense or throw caution to the wind and go on with my plans. A silly mistake and a foolish decision afterward could have put me in a life threatening position.
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...
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?
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...
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.
In an interesting manner, I received guidance that my Sadhana should be to see God in all and realize the God within. Though the Sadhana seems esoteric and fantastic, there are practical problems. How can I see God in someone I don't like or someone I detest?
Going camping as a child was always one of my favorite summertime activities. Campfire stories, lots of food, and exploration. Always fun, exciting and sometimes scary, just like the night in this story.
The history of the English language along with some interesting facts, weird words, and quirky features of English.
"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.
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.
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.
This article chronicles an elderly woman's gradual descent into Alzheimer's dementia, which eventually kills her at the age of 78.
"I'm not going to fight your battles for you. Get thicker skin!" My former boss said that to me. My crime? I told him that a female in a different department was bullying our department and asked him to speak to her boss about it. He was a...
I love my friends so much, yet even I had the misfortune some years back to have a friend who was so high maintenance that I had to get rid of her as she refused to do anything other than rely on me. This is my story of what I did when a friend became a nuisance....
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?
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.
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.
Diary of an adult ballet student in Hong Kong - how it all began and how she gets addicted to ballet.
extreme UK weather, Victorian explorers and literature, and what they can tell us about ourselves ... this article has also been published today on my research blog (see profile for details)
When life gives you lemons, don’t just make lemonade. Sell it man!! How the negative actions of a thief in the oilfields led me into a full time career as a nationally known Master Craftsman in Branson Missouri
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.
Not everyone can be a mother, and that is just fine. Here, I am attempting to look at Mother's Day with different eyes to all those who may never become a mother in this life.
This piece is not a piece about gangbusters, sharp humor, but how one guy impressed me so much without saying so many words.
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.
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.
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.
If ever living thing is important, then so are trees. I had a tree, Mr. Oak was his friend. He was very wise. He is the inspiration for this hub.
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 promise to not bore you. I can summarize this commentary in one easy sentence: unless you are wealthy, you need not visit.
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!
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?
A new pet dog means changes in how the household runs, in schedules, and in how we use our free time. A dog can bring much needed companionship, and a sense of safety. Here is an account of my first week with Darby, my Border Collie mix.
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.
In the words of John Mayer, I didn't even know if I was a bad songwriter, until I at least tried to write a song.
People find love in many places--the supermarket, the clubs, dating services, etc. But I found love playing Scrabble on-line from a game called Wordfeud.
Are you an introvert, extrovert, or ambivert? Read this to find out, and take our easy quizzes to see which label fits you best.
The second part in my true story, "My Mother Was Taken From Me". This story is written as I , my sister and my cousin remember it. Part three is a work in progress. Thank you for your patience.
From what I have learned, being a supportive role for President Trump would not have been that tough for me to go with him for this historical meeting with North Korea's Supreme Leader, Jong-un.
Books are slowly being replaced by the electronic reader. But will they become obsolete? Let's explore this question.
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?
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 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.
The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market sells indigenous village arts and crafts to increase economic well-being worldwide. Here we describe the fair, showcasing crafts with water themes.
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?
Dr. Maya Angelou dared to dream. To hear her voice in person is to experience poetic grace. She recited a poem in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at a luncheon for women civil rights leaders.
People who do observe unusual things are afraid to tell about them, especially in this day and age, when modern science has made medications that will cure those tendencies. Are we rectifying a mental health issue, or just dulling our senses? I think it's probably a little of both.
Accommodationally challenged after a disastrous foreign trip in 2007, CJ Stone was forced to take refuge with his parents. It was the first time he’d lived with them since his teens, and he was surprised to find himself in a war zone. Following are CJ’s bulletins from the front line in the eternal war of age and sex.
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 a homeschooling mother of two children. I was nervous about homeschooling. What if I fail at this? What if my children don't learn anything? What are my in-laws find out? What am I forgetting? I recount the good, the bad, and the wonderful in my first year of being a homeschooling mom.
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.
In Hawai'i today, the only legal way to capture lobsters is by hand. Hawaiian Odysseus fondly recalls a time when net fishing for lobsters was a cultural norm, not a prohibited activity.
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.
How can you know if the right person for you has come along? Sometimes it's instant, sometimes it takes time, but if you're looking for some input on how to know if you should marry the person you're with, here's what my friends and I have learned over the years about picking the right person.
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.
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.
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
A tribute to Michael Jackson. I miss Michael Jackson and mourn his death. I was looking forward to his comeback tour and am sad that he's gone.
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...
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.
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!
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.
This article highlights the importance of books in our academic and social lives. With the advent of electronic books and internet the superiority of books is being challenged.
I have a one track mind, and it is always on horses.Today I'm reflecting on how much they have taught me, not just about horsemanship, but about myself. I wish I could be more like my horses!
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...
As I have gotten older I often like to think about my childhood. Growing up in the 1960s was considerably different than now.
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...
The death of a child, even an adult child, is always traumatic. It's even more so when that death is a suicide. This is a mother's story of her adopted daughter's life for as long as we knew it.
My experience with learning to accept my new normals while rehabilitating from a TBI and dealing with Post Concussive Syndrome.
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.
We all have that one solitary moment that we could never forget...when we go off-the-grid it changes us and it makes us long for that moment again especially nowadays that everything has turned digital..well, here's my story.
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.
Indigo Child Definition (courtesy of Wikipedia and Nancy Ann Tappe): A group of children supposedly possessing special traits; beliefs about the traits vary from paranormal abilities (e.g., ESP) to simply being more confident and sensitive.
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.
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...
Parental alienation is often a topic that is ignored and many stories go overlooked and quickly forgotten. As a child of parental alienation and a mother robbed of motherhood, I share my story in hopes to bring awareness to the silent crime no one wants to speak about.
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.
Believe in yourself in order to awaken the dream that resides within you. Listen to the tiny voice inside you and know that God has given you a gift to inspire others. For it is written that "A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men." Proverbs 18:16.
Even though your country may not officially be at war, your soldiers still can face dangers in thier everyday executions of their duties and assignments. One former Peacekeeper's experience...
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...:)
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.
How would the world be different if superpowers were real? What would change if super powers were discovered?
Is is weird to meet couples who are obviously not the same age? Ever find yourself considering such a relationship? In this hub I share my story of finding true love with an older man.
Words you speak casually, words you think are harmless, may prove just the opposite to the hearer. If you don't think so now, read my story and tell me what you think afterwards.
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.
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!!
The word 'Amen' is overused because some people have a habit of saying 'Amen' to everything. Therefore, nothing stands out.
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.
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!
Much like the aftermath of the 2011 Joplin tornado, this tragedy has left me struggling to make sense of what has occurred. In my mind I know this may never occur, but still...I struggle to find some meaning.
We all have our own outlooks on a true Alpha male or female, but it may be simpler than we think. Keep this article handy whenever you need a motivational boost, and a reminder of who you really are.
Everyday technology for the average person can be baffling, or we use it improperly, or it has a mind of its own. It can drive you crazy or you can make it crazy.
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...
When young guys began the Sagging Pants Showing Their Underwear Fad, America loved it, so to speak. But what went wrong with women who didn't want to partake of this fad?
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.
According to European folklore, some wells were called Wishing Wells because it was believed that any wish spoken near them would be granted.
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
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.
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.
In the recent Red Hood & Outlaws, Jason and Bruce square off. Jason appeared to have murdered The Penguin; removed a criminal of Gotham and what does Bruce do? Fights him.
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.
I'm writing some thoughts about the relationship that I shared with my beloved mother, Catherine Stewart. She was extremely dear to me.
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...
It had to happen. Now it has happened in and out of Hollywood. Look at the celebrities on TV--and their Useless Eyeglasses that do NOT work, but the "stars" wear them anyway.
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 kids have begged me for years to write about my very unique life, which they, as well as my wife, parents, relatives, friends, and many others, have been involved in. Now, I feel this is the time, so please follow me on a journey that even you may be involved in. It will be a book someday.
How do we age gracefully? Youth is more a state of mind than a number and we are as young as we feel. This article helps put the aging process into perspective, giving you the freedom to feel young and vibrant at any age.
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.
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?
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.
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.
What does a woman want in a husband? More than looks and finances, she wants to be secure in his love and devotion and she wants to laugh. That's what I think and what I tell about my husband and our relationship.
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 is a true story about a UFO 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.
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.
Following my friend's advice, I began teaching Japanese online. It was the last straw to overcome my life's setback. Trust in uncertainty, with diligent work, led to an amazing teacher-student collaboration on a music video for Japan. A true experience of God's working mysterious ways in our lives.
This is a story of one person's experience of loosing a baby. If you have experienced a loss or know somebody who has, this article may be helpful in understanding how to heal and the long journey.
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.
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.
In my career as a mobile locksmith I met many people in strange situations. Here are a few of my experiences.
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!
"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...
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!
This personal essay expolores how reading is a journey of self-discovery. This essay explores the impact texts such as Frankenstein, Metamorphosis, and The Thing Around Your Neck has impacted my reading experiences. It also Franz Kafka, Castano & Kidd, and Romain Rolland's perspectives on reading.
Learning the wide difference between success and arrogance can cause us to lead a more thankful life.
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.
Dealing with feuding friends, self attention seeking posts, and having several of my social media accounts hacked and sending out spam several times; the thrill of "connecting" became more of a nuisance.
We're so concerned with what people think. It may be better than we perceive...or worse if you suck.
This is a true story about the true story my son will tell in the near future. He set out nearly a year ago to keep a promise. In the next few weeks he will accomplish that goal. Come read as I describe how he is preparing to tell this story himself.
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.
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.
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...
If I could go back in time, would I change some aspects of my life? My answer is unequivocal yes and no! My kids have begged me for years to write about my very unique life, which has involved them, their mother and many others. Now, is the time; to follow me on a journey that even you may be in.
Despite the negative things about winter that people don't like, there are still things about winter that I like and enjoy. I know that winter can be miserable and bleak but I do enjoy the winter time when it comes. I like the whiteness of everything that is covered in snow.
Remember "that" special moment when your school term came to an end and your summer school vacation started? I hope that you relive "that" same feeling in this hub.
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.
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.
Not knowing the abundance of our true nature we massively resort to mental beggary, escaping from our undiscovered resources in a hope that others may give us what we have failed to give to ourselves.
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.
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.
How many maids are enough in a middle class household? Although now rare in the western industrialized world, servants, as used in the olden times, are still a principal part of a family’s home in many countries.
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.
Take a little journey down the rabbit hole with me as I ponder why some shoes have such exquisitely bizarre names.
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.
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.
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.