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.
It's time to get real, rough, and true. Fox or Possum Hunting, the names alone is enough to make me get the chills. Read and find out about these events.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How can one know there is a God? What are some of the things I can deduce regarding a creative mind who dwells beyond this material abode and who is able to produce such a place as this universe?
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.
Minimalism can be life changing and it is important to discuss it pros and cons. This hub discusses the pros and cons of minimalism in detail.
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!
My regular morning bicycle commute took me along the Black Canyon Freeway, where I would ride the gravel shoulder south along the exit ramp until I reached Union Hills Drive.
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.
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 had a company change and cheapen one of your favorite products? Know that frustration? This happened to two of my most dearly loved items!
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.
This is an article showing some of the interesting faces in nature, whether they are in the clouds, in trees, in the snow, along a water's edge even. They are around us, always. And not only faces, fully developed whole beings as well. as you will see.
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.
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...
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...
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
Helping other writers spread their wings to fly in new horizon is very difficult task to do.But not impossible.Lots of patience and a kind heart is required to get the job done.
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.
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.
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?
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...
This narrative deals with ME, and the Three Musketeers of Misery--Neglect, Shunned and being Overlooked. If you can understand this piece, thank you.
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.
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.
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.
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 little girl in the ladies room.
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 word 'Amen' is overused because some people have a habit of saying 'Amen' to everything. Therefore, nothing stands out.
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 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...
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.
Reading between lines of someone's literary expression is not the same as their disclosing "where they are coming from"---hence this article.
Take a little journey down the rabbit hole with me as I ponder why some shoes have such exquisitely bizarre names.
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.
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?
By opposites are we ruled all our lives - light and darkness, day and night, Yin and Yang, Murphy and Phurmy …
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?
Family are very important and it is good to spend time together: bonding through conversation and interaction as families should. Just don't invite me.
What is it that makes mother's special? Is it the material things they provide? Is it the extraordinary experiences they allow the kids to enjoy? You'd be surprised to know that when time comes, the ones that matter are those which at first may have seemed insignificant and worth nothing.
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.
Memories of the Newbridge Inn which was located North Bellmore, New York. Pizza, beer, airplanes, and bar fights. A personal recollection.
How would the world be different if superpowers were real? What would change if super powers were discovered?
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.
There was (a) time when people used the old two-wheel lawnmowers and life was good . . .for the moment.
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
I openly confess to overlooking and taking our friends, the mule for being such Americans whom we love.
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?
Diary of an adult ballet student in Hong Kong - how it all began and how she gets addicted to ballet.
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.
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...
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?
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...
It only takes a change of our looking at all those obstacles to a state of inner peace for them to evaporate in our laughter over waiting for so long to do it.
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.
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.
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.
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...
What are the similarities between the writing process of poetry and yoga? I'll discuss three of them--being mindful, relaxed and precise.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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?
The barn loft has to be the most-overlooked and under-rated of all farm-related places. Talk about sad.
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.
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.
Dating used to be such fun. Until. Yeah, until. If you are a farmer and want to date a woman, you can. Just read.
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.
The history of the English language along with some interesting facts, weird words, and quirky features of English.
When I turned 14 in 1971, my Dad offered me the opportunity to study in the US. Although I returned home to the Philippines, I am grateful for the friends and loved ones I have met along the way .
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.
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.
This article chronicles an elderly woman's gradual descent into Alzheimer's dementia, which eventually kills her at the age of 78.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In every trials and hardships that we encountered you have to know that "God is in Control. " As the Psalmist says “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” Psalm 55:22
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.
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.
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 grew up with a passive aggressive parent, you were affected in many profound ways that you may not realize. You dealt with a mom or dad who avoided direct communication. As a result, you might dislike assertive people, distrust relationships, and feel uncomfortable with intense emotions.
Water is a precious resource and we need to pay attention to it. In our daily lives we often take it for granted, especially in large cities where water is wasted and polluted without regard for
The winter months can be miserable months to other people but not me. I love the winter months especially when the snowflakes start to fall like presents from the heavens which comes like showers.
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.
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.
What would change if vampires were real? How would life change if vampires were discovered to be real?
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.
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!!
Books are slowly being replaced by the electronic reader. But will they become obsolete? Let's explore this question.
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.
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...
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!
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.
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...
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.
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!
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 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
In my office without windows, I sent a weekly email to my coworkers describing the lovely view I had that day out my "window".
We're so concerned with what people think. It may be better than we perceive...or worse if you suck.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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)
This rendering is from my heart of hearts and it is all about my best friend, shelter, and defender when the world was against me.
I'm writing some thoughts about the relationship that I shared with my beloved mother, Catherine Stewart. She was extremely dear to me.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Everyday home and public technologies can really be lame. They can make a Hubble telescope but they can't make a hair dryer cord that doesn't curl up in knots.
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.
A death of a child leave such a void in a parent's heart, no matter the age. God led me to design western jewelry in memory of my son to receive peace and healing.
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.
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.
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...:)
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.
I describe how I purchased, painted, and installed my little free library which I use to swap books with neighborhood visitors.
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!
I promise to not bore you. I can summarize this commentary in one easy sentence: unless you are wealthy, you need not visit.
Does love really have many faces, shapes, and sizes? Maybe this narrative might show you something (outside of the box) about love.
To live freely, is to live a life for Christ. To love as Christ loves is life changing. Be who God has called you to be. Do not live by the standards of this world, it will only let you down. Instead live for Christ and find everlasting life, find the true beauty and joy of living abundantly.