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"To me, every hour of the light and dark is a miracle." -Walt Whitman

Jaclyn is an avid reader and writer from New Jersey who loves life and indulges in all it has to offer. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, eating Italian food, watching movies, and taking naps. She is always looking for recommendations for new books, music and movies--anything that will make her think. Her other interests include tattoos and piercings, but ghost hunting and scrapbooking remain her all-time favorites. Check out  bluemoonghosthunter.com for some great photos and amazing EVP's.

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  • The Best Modern Lesbian Spoken Word Poets
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    The Best Modern Lesbian Spoken Word Poets

    4 years ago

    The women's lib movement has found a home in spoken word performances, and some incredibly talented feminist and/or lesbian poets have emerged over the past decade.

  • Where to Find Inspiration for Tattoos
    3

    Where to Find Inspiration for Tattoos

    4 years ago

    How many times have you thought to yourself, "I want another tattoo, but I don't know what?" I've found myself in that predicament many times since I first started getting tattoos. Everyone who has at least...

  • What to Expect When Bringing Home a New Puppy
    3

    What to Expect When Bringing Home a New Puppy

    4 years ago

    Raising a puppy can be one of the most joyful, rewarding experiences short of raising an actual child. But it isn't all fun and games, and it's important to be realistic about what to expect when bringing a new puppy...

  • Tattoo Ideas: Symbols and their Meanings
    5

    Tattoo Ideas: Symbols and their Meanings

    3 years ago

    Travelers obeyed the stars long before there were maps or GPS devices; a star guided the Three Kings to Bethlehem, helped navigators plot their course. I spent many hours of my childhood gazing at the stars, so maybe...

  • Do Deceased Loved Ones Visit Us in Dreams?
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    Do Deceased Loved Ones Visit Us in Dreams?

    4 years ago

    Our minds are trained to think logically. Our mantra is, I'll believe it when I see it (although a more accurate motto should be I'll see it when I believe it.) But when something truly spiritual happens, you can't deny...

  • Tattoo Ideas: Pet Memorials
    14

    Tattoo Ideas: Pet Memorials

    10 months ago

    There are many ways to memorialize the loss of a beloved pet. I had a friend who got her precious dachshund stuffed by a taxidermist after he was tragically hit by a car. He lived on her dresser. Some people prefer to...

  • Tattoo Ideas: Bible Verses
    2

    Tattoo Ideas: Bible Verses

    10 months ago

    Some Christians argue that it is against the word of the Lord to carve anything into your flesh; other Christians say, "Why not? Why not go crazy for God?" Instead of having to find a Bible and open to your...

  • Tattoo Ideas: Kurt Vonnegut
    6

    Tattoo Ideas: Kurt Vonnegut

    10 months ago

    "It came to me in a flash that everything that ever has been always will be, and everything that ever will be always has been."

  • Matching Tattoo Ideas for Couples
    12

    Matching Tattoo Ideas for Couples

    5 years ago

    If you and your significant other are thinking about getting matching couples tattoos, but are hesitating because you're wondering, "What if we're not together in the future?", then I encourage you to focus...

  • What to Do if the Skin Around Your Piercing Turns Gray
    15

    What to Do if the Skin Around Your Piercing Turns Gray

    10 months ago

    When the skin around the site of a piercing turns gray, this is known as "argyria" Is there a weird gray skin around your piercing? Here's what this means and what you can do: Low-quality jewelry. The...

  • Great First Date Ideas: The Palm Beaches, FL
    0

    Great First Date Ideas: The Palm Beaches, FL

    5 years ago

    When I first moved down to Florida three years ago, I was staying with my grandparent's in St. Lucie County. Because it was primarily a retirement community, there was absolutely nothing to do other than go to the beach...

  • Literary Tattoo Ideas: Poem Tattoos
    12

    Literary Tattoo Ideas: Poem Tattoos

    5 years ago

    The first poem I ever wrote, at the tender age of nine, was about a man and a woman standing in the darkness of their living room late at night, unable to sleep for reasons unknown, and the final sentence went something...

  • Literary Tattoo Ideas: Quotes from Books
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    Literary Tattoo Ideas: Quotes from Books

    10 months ago

    When I was little I used to beg the adults in my life to read to me. I'd approach my mother, my grandmother, my Godfather, with a book in hand and puppy dog eyes every chance I got; very luckily, I was blessed with a...

  • Harry Potter Tattoo Ideas
    12

    Harry Potter Tattoo Ideas

    10 months ago

    During my travels this past week I've been seeing a lot of billboards ominously proclaiming: Harry Potter 7, Part 2 -- It All Ends 7.15. Although I saw the first three movies and radically enjoyed the third one, I never...

  • Tattoo Ideas: 80's Cartoon Ideas
    4

    Tattoo Ideas: 80's Cartoon Ideas

    10 months ago

    Growing up in the 80's, we definitely didn't have the technology and plethora of options that kids have today. I regularly see my 12-year old brother playing Call of Duty on his Xbox, chatting away with other gamers...

  • Tattoo Ideas: The NeverEnding Story
    0

    Tattoo Ideas: The NeverEnding Story

    10 months ago

    If you were a child of the 80's and did not fall in love with "The NeverEnding Story", I don't want to know you. After my very first viewing of this 1984 adventure masterpiece, I was immediately hooked. I...

  • Tattoo Ideas: Symbols of Growth, Change, New Beginnings
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    Tattoo Ideas: Symbols of Growth, Change, New Beginnings

    10 months ago

    A tattoo can represent a new beginning. The phoenix, the butterfly, the never-ending worm Ouroboros, and the robin symbolize change and growth.

  • Tattoo Ideas: Ambigram Tattoos
    7

    Tattoo Ideas: Ambigram Tattoos

    10 months ago

    An ambigram is a typographical design where a word or phrase has a meaning whether it's viewed right side up or upside down. It can be the same word read either way, or it may be one word right side up and a totally...

  • Tattoo Ideas: Hebrew & Latin Bible Verse Tattoos
    8

    Tattoo Ideas: Hebrew & Latin Bible Verse Tattoos

    10 months ago

    The most beautiful thing I've ever seen entered my vision years ago when I came across a photograph of a girl who had tattooed 1 Corinthians 13 down the entire length of her back.

  • Tattoo Ideas: Japanese Tattoos
    3

    Tattoo Ideas: Japanese Tattoos

    10 months ago

    Japanese tattoos can be used to simply describe a tattoo that employs Japanese images. Typical Japanese images include symbols such as the following...

  • Tattoo Ideas: Quotes and Lyrics about Pain
    5

    Tattoo Ideas: Quotes and Lyrics about Pain

    5 years ago

     I've been through a normal amount of pain in my life: the pain of sickness, the pain of addiction, the pain of loss, love, disappointment, regret. There have been moments where I've felt I was on the brink of...

  • Tattoo Ideas: Lyrics about Love
    9

    Tattoo Ideas: Lyrics about Love

    5 years ago

    Love. The most powerful drug of all. Who in this world cannot say that at some time or other they've heard a beautiful song with a slow, rolling intensity that builds to a soaring crescendo and contains inspiring lyrics...

  • Tattoo Ideas: Tim Burton
    12

    Tattoo Ideas: Tim Burton

    10 months ago

    I was seventeen when my best friend introduced me to her favorite movie of all time: The Nightmare Before Christmas. She popped it into my VCR and sang along quietly while I watched enthralled for the first of many...

  • Tattoo Ideas: New Jersey Pride
    4

    Tattoo Ideas: New Jersey Pride

    10 months ago

    Ah, New Jersey. The land of all night diners and grease trucks, the Turnpike, the Parkway and I-295, where we enthusiastically pump our fists, not our gas. Mistakenly identified by the rest of the world as "New...

  • Tattoo Ideas: Signature Tattoos
    8

    Tattoo Ideas: Signature Tattoos

    5 years ago

    The people showcased in this hub did not hesitate; they, too, thought it best to honor someone's memory with a signature tattoo. Some proudly wear their mother's signature or the signature of a friend who died young....

  • Tattoo Ideas: Gargoyle Tattoos
    1

    Tattoo Ideas: Gargoyle Tattoos

    10 months ago

    When I was in high school some friends of mine told me about an abandoned mansion along a dirt road off Route 537 in Springfield. It was shrouded behind trees, opposite a corn field that came in handy for hiding a car...

  • Tattoo Ideas: Zodiac Signs -- Pisces
    3

    Tattoo Ideas: Zodiac Signs -- Pisces

    10 months ago

    Pisces, represented by two fish swimming in opposite directions but held together at the mouth by a cord, is the twelfth and last sign in the zodiac, which originates from the constellation of Pisces. The symbol of the...

  • Tattoo Ideas: Zodiac Signs -- Taurus
    2

    Tattoo Ideas: Zodiac Signs -- Taurus

    6 months ago

    Taurus is the second sign in the astrological zodiac and is represented by the symbol of a bull. It is an earth sign, and those born under this sign are ruled by the planet Venus (which also rules Libra). When...

  • Celebrity Tots: High End Luxury Furniture for Babies and Kids
    4

    Celebrity Tots: High End Luxury Furniture for Babies and Kids

    7 years ago

    Even if I saved every penny I earned for the rest of my life, I still wouldn't be able to afford most of the baby and children's furniture shown here. But it's fun to dream, and dreaming is what I do best, so I like to...

  • Illustrated Guide to Neck and Nape Piercings
    8

    Illustrated Guide to Neck and Nape Piercings

    10 months ago

    An ex-girlfriend of mine decided to get the back of her neck pierced in 2003. It was a spur of the moment decision, made mostly because she already had jewelery in her tongue and lip, and multiple piercings in her ears,...

  • Tattoo Ideas: Quotes on Religions, God, Faith
    94

    Tattoo Ideas: Quotes on Religions, God, Faith

    10 months ago

    After writing over two dozen hubs on tattoo ideas that showcased pictures as the majority of the content, I started noticing that a large portion of the comments were from people asking for ideas on what to say, not so...

  • Sleep Paralysis: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment
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    Sleep Paralysis: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

    3 years ago

    Sleep paralysis is a fairly common condition characterized by either partial or total paralysis of muscles. It occurs upon awakening from sleep or falling asleep, and can be quite frightening.

  • Tattoo Ideas: Quotes on Addiction, Sobriety, Recovery
    66

    Tattoo Ideas: Quotes on Addiction, Sobriety, Recovery

    5 years ago

    After writing over two dozen hubs on tattoo ideas that showcased pictures as the majority of the content, I started noticing that a large portion of the comments were from people asking for ideas on what to say, not so...

  • Tattoo Ideas: Quotes on Death, Heaven, Mourning
    5

    Tattoo Ideas: Quotes on Death, Heaven, Mourning

    5 years ago

    After writing over two dozen hubs on tattoo ideas that showcased pictures as the majority of the content, I started noticing that a large portion of the comments were from people asking for ideas on what to say, not so...

  • Tattoo Ideas: Quotes on Dreams, Hope, Belief
    25

    Tattoo Ideas: Quotes on Dreams, Hope, Belief

    10 months ago

    After writing over two dozen hubs on tattoo ideas that showcased pictures as the majority of the content, I started noticing that a large portion of the comments were from people asking for ideas on what to say, not so...

  • Tattoo Ideas: Quotes on Life
    690

    Tattoo Ideas: Quotes on Life

    10 months ago

    A collection of short, yet meaningful quotes that make for great tattoo ideas.

  • Tattoo Ideas: Quotes on Love
    58

    Tattoo Ideas: Quotes on Love

    10 months ago

    After writing over two dozen hubs on tattoo ideas that showcased pictures as the majority of the content, I started noticing that a large portion of the comments were from people asking for ideas on what to say, not so...

  • Tattoo Ideas: Quotes on Strength, Adversity, Courage
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    Tattoo Ideas: Quotes on Strength, Adversity, Courage

    10 months ago

    They say what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger and stranger, and if that's true then wouldn't you want a permanent reminder of the fact that you survived?

  • Tattoo Ideas: Breast Cancer Pink Awareness Ribbons
    118

    Tattoo Ideas: Breast Cancer Pink Awareness Ribbons

    5 years ago

    When I was in elementary school in the early 1990s I remember seeing neighbors tie yellow ribbons around the trees in their front yard. My grandparents told me it was in support of our troops, who were overseas fighting...

  • In Loving Memory: Memorial R.I.P. Tattoos
    488

    In Loving Memory: Memorial R.I.P. Tattoos

    19 months ago

    Memorial tattoos are a healthy way of expressing love and loyalty and honoring the memory of loved ones you have lost. This article discusses many design options and includes many photos.

  • Reincarnation: Recognizing Past Life Dreams
    36

    Reincarnation: Recognizing Past Life Dreams

    4 years ago

    My first girlfriend started breaking my heart in 2001 and didn't stop until five years later. Over the course of our two-year relationship and ten-year friendship, we played out a sick series of events involving...

  • Really Bad Quality Tattoos Part 2: The Sequel!
    24

    Really Bad Quality Tattoos Part 2: The Sequel!

    9 years ago

    Welcome all to the eagerly awaited follow-up to the notorious "Really Bad Quality Tattoos". At it's height, that hub was receiving in excess of 5,000 hits per day and fielding dozens of comments, both good...

  • Where to Buy Funky Clothes Online
    50

    Where to Buy Funky Clothes Online

    4 months ago

    A comprehensive guide to unique, original, eccentric, unconventional, and all around "funky" attire. You can buy such clothes at a number of retailers worldwide, but online shops are much easier.

  • Designer Diaper Bags
    12

    Designer Diaper Bags

    9 years ago

    Designer diaper bags are the latest in a line of products being made for parents who are now tapping into the "baby couture" trend. Sophisticated and stylish yet still practical and functional, designer diaper...

  • Scrapbook Furniture for Organizing and Storing your Supplies
    51

    Scrapbook Furniture for Organizing and Storing your Supplies

    7 years ago

    My very first scrapbooking area consisted of two sofa tables purchased from Ikea for $20 each, and a bunch of stackable plastic bins. I threw everything into one bin or another, trying to maintain some semblance of...

  • John Edward: Psychic Medium or Cold Reading Fraud?
    136

    John Edward: Psychic Medium or Cold Reading Fraud?

    9 years ago

    The title of this hub suggests that I am calling the validity of John Edward's mediumship into question. From a journalistic standpoint, indeed I am. I want to examine all available evidence and present an argument both...

  • Haunted Places: Winchester Mystery House
    0

    Haunted Places: Winchester Mystery House

    9 years ago

    In Stephen King's 2002 thriller "Rose Red", a group of gifted psychics are invited to spend the night in an ancient mansion that is said to be haunted. The former mistress of the mansion allegedly went crazy...

  • Home Remedies for Acne and Pimples
    17

    Home Remedies for Acne and Pimples

    9 years ago

    Persistent acne plagues millions of people each year, adults and adolescents alike. It can cause permanent scarring and low self-esteem if left untreated. Even those with otherwise clear complexions are prone to the...

  • Home Remedies to Brighten Dull, Dry Hair
    27

    Home Remedies to Brighten Dull, Dry Hair

    9 years ago

    Brutal winter weather and the forced air that comes from central heating systems can result in hair looking lifeless and dull. To help combat the wintertime effects, make sure you're shampooing your hair with a product...

  • Home Remedies to Reduce Puffy, Red Eyes
    46

    Home Remedies to Reduce Puffy, Red Eyes

    9 years ago

    Whether it's an evening of heavy drinking or a sleepless, restless night, fluid retention and stress can lead to red, puffy eyes in the morning. Also caused by allergies and changes in your hormones, puffy eyes happen...

  • Top 5 Best Ghost Photos Ever Taken
    33

    Top 5 Best Ghost Photos Ever Taken

    9 years ago

    It is very, very difficult to capture the actual image of a ghost on film. In order to capture a picture of a ghost, you would have to be in the presence of an apparition, and visual apparitions are extremely rare. I...

  • Lesbian Pregnancy: Pros and Cons of Using a Known Sperm Donor
    64

    Lesbian Pregnancy: Pros and Cons of Using a Known Sperm Donor

    5 years ago

    Unlike the majority of straight couples, lesbian couples who are thinking about starting a family are not going to have the easiest time of it. Unlike straight women, they don't have a built-in sperm donor in the form...

  • How to tell if you have Bipolar Disorder
    413

    How to tell if you have Bipolar Disorder

    4 years ago

    Bipolar disorder is a psychiatric condition characterized by severe disturbances in mood. People suffering from bipolar disorder, a term which has replaced the outdated ‘manic depression‘, go through...

  • Top 10 Adult Couples Costumes for Halloween
    6

    Top 10 Adult Couples Costumes for Halloween

    5 years ago

    Halloween is one of my favorite holidays because it gives me an excuse to wear corsets, wings and fangs dripping with blood (not all at the same time, although that would be an interesting disguise.) However, for the...

  • Tattoo Lettering Ideas:  Deciding what to Get
    3

    Tattoo Lettering Ideas: Deciding what to Get

    3 years ago

    Tattoo inspiration can come from a number of places. Here are a few options to get your ideas flowing.

  • How to Break Up with your Girlfriend
    469

    How to Break Up with your Girlfriend

    5 years ago

    Breaking up with your girlfriend is a daunting task because it almost always has ramifications. It's hurtful and nerve-wracking, it's painful for you, it's painful for her. She may have been your first love or the...

  • Tattoo Ideas: Famous Works of Art
    36

    Tattoo Ideas: Famous Works of Art

    3 years ago

    It's no secret that most artists are insane, or that brilliance borders madness.

  • Tattoo Ideas: Good Luck & Lucky Items
    4

    Tattoo Ideas: Good Luck & Lucky Items

    9 years ago

    Everybody has a different idea of what's considered lucky. Traditionally, the standard symbols of luck and good fortune are horseshoes, a rabbit's foot, the number seven, a four-leaf clover, diamonds and dice. There's...

  • Tattoo Ideas:  Banksy Graffiti
    16

    Tattoo Ideas: Banksy Graffiti

    9 years ago

    The works of graffiti artist only known as Bansky (an anonymous Englishman whose real name may be Robert Banks) first began popping up on city walls in England in the late 1990's. Allegedly born in Bristol in 1974,...

  • Tattoo Ideas:  Hello Kitty
    65

    Tattoo Ideas: Hello Kitty

    9 years ago

    My girlfriend's sister gave birth last year to a beautiful baby girl and named her Katherine in honor of a late aunt. The baby's nickname, however, also in honor of that relative, is Kitty. From day one, even before she...

  • How to Choose the Best Mattress for your Body Type
    34

    How to Choose the Best Mattress for your Body Type

    8 months ago

    The power of a good night's sleep should never be underestimated. As we sleep, our body's serotonin levels are restored, our immune systems are rejuvenated and our memories are sharpened. Because sleep is so integral...

  • Tattoo Ideas: Sparrows and Swallows
    146

    Tattoo Ideas: Sparrows and Swallows

    10 months ago

    First and foremost, let's understand the difference between swallows and sparrows. They are NOT the same thing. They are not the same bird and have vastly different meaning between them. The words swallow and sparrow...

  • The Sims Cheats, Codes, Tips + Tricks
    81

    The Sims Cheats, Codes, Tips + Tricks

    9 years ago

    I became addicted to "The Sims" computer games way back in the 90's when "SimCity" made you the mayor and charged you with building roads, developing communities, and putting out fires from a bird's...

  • Extreme Body Mod:  Surface Piercings
    82

    Extreme Body Mod: Surface Piercings

    10 months ago

    As opposed to a traditional nose or tongue piercing, a surface piercing has both entrance and exit holes that go through a flat area of skin such as the arm, leg or sternum. Corset piercings are one popular type of...

  • Tattoo Ideas:  Blacklight UV Glow-in-the-Dark
    57

    Tattoo Ideas: Blacklight UV Glow-in-the-Dark

    9 years ago

    If you don't know what a blacklight is, then either you didn't grow up in the seventies or you've never been to a Spencer's Gifts. Spencer's has a blacklight section at the back of all their stores, an area that is...

  • Digital Scrapbooking Freebies
    24

    Digital Scrapbooking Freebies

    9 years ago

    A list of twenty-five links to the hottest FREE digital scrapbooking sites on the web.

  • Tattoo Ideas: Blackwork Tattoos
    3

    Tattoo Ideas: Blackwork Tattoos

    9 years ago

    Blackwork tattoos, although commonly grouped together with tribal tattoos, are not to be confused with the markings that were originally worn by Native Americans to indicate one's belonging to a particular Indian tribe....

  • Tattoo Ideas: Angels
    4

    Tattoo Ideas: Angels

    9 years ago

    Appearing most frequently in Christianity and Judaism, angels are the spiritual messengers of God who serve as the guardians to mankind. In Catholicism, angels are physical manifestations of God's divine love, bringing...

  • Tattoo Ideas: Children, Kids, Parents, Motherhood
    144

    Tattoo Ideas: Children, Kids, Parents, Motherhood

    10 months ago

    The birth of a child is an important event, one that might deserve a tattoo for remembrance and celebration. Here, you'll find many examples for inspiration.

  • Tattoo Ideas in Elvish Script from The Lord of the Rings
    132

    Tattoo Ideas in Elvish Script from The Lord of the Rings

    10 months ago

    Get some ideas for an Elvish tattoo.

  • 9-11-01 September 11 Memorial Tattoos
    10

    9-11-01 September 11 Memorial Tattoos

    9 years ago

    One unremarkable day at my former place of employment, I was helping a member pick out furniture for his living room when I noticed a small tattoo on his inner wrist. This gentleman was a very clean cut, suit-and-tie...

  • Tattoo Ideas: Wedding Ring Finger Tattoos
    49

    Tattoo Ideas: Wedding Ring Finger Tattoos

    4 years ago

    When my ex-girlfriend and I started dating, she had a tiny black and red tattoo that haunted my days, though I'd try to convince myself otherwise. It was a tattoo of the letter "N", and it was the first...

  • Angelina Jolie's Past and Present Tattoos and Their Meanings
    15

    Angelina Jolie's Past and Present Tattoos and Their Meanings

    10 months ago

    Angelina Jolie is an actress best known for her lead roles in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Gia, Girl, Interrupted, and Hackers, her marriage to super-celebrity stud Brad Pitt, and the incident where she made out with her...

  • Lip Piercings: Labret, Lowbret, Madonna Pictures
    173

    Lip Piercings: Labret, Lowbret, Madonna Pictures

    5 years ago

    You may have thought that humans only have one set of lips, comprised of two separate entities, but lip piercings actually fall into eight separate categories. Lip piercing is an ancient body modification, still common...

  • Tattoo Ideas:  Greek Words & Phrases
    831

    Tattoo Ideas: Greek Words & Phrases

    10 months ago

    Greek is one of the oldest languages in the world; it has been spoken in Europe since the year 2000 BC. Several different forms of Greek have been spoken since then, including classical, Hellenistic (spoken during the...

  • An Illustrated Guide to Navel Piercings
    156

    An Illustrated Guide to Navel Piercings

    10 months ago

    A navel (belly button) piercing passes through the rim of the navel. While they are typically done just above the navel on the top ridge, they can also go anywhere around the outside of the navel, wherever there is a...

  • Guide to Nose Piercings: Nostril, Septum
    48

    Guide to Nose Piercings: Nostril, Septum

    9 years ago

    When you hear about a nose piercing, chances are you think of a nostril piercing, which is the most common, or a septum piercing, which is the second most common and looks like a bull ring between the nostrils. You'd...

  • Illustrated Guide to Eyebrow Piercings
    22

    Illustrated Guide to Eyebrow Piercings

    9 years ago

    The earlobes and cartilage are not the only places that can be pierced on an ear, the center is not the only spot that can be pierced on a tongue, and the eyebrow is not the only place that can be pierced on, well, an...

  • Illustrated Guide to Tongue Piercings
    49

    Illustrated Guide to Tongue Piercings

    10 months ago

    You might be surprised to know how many different ways there are to pierce your tongue. So, before going in, check out this illustrated guide and learn what your options are.

  • Tattoo Ideas: Italian Words + Quotes
    1189

    Tattoo Ideas: Italian Words + Quotes

    10 months ago

    Great ideas for Italian tattoos, including pictures, quotes, and translations.

  • Tattoo Ideas:  Gaelic Words + Phrases
    647

    Tattoo Ideas: Gaelic Words + Phrases

    3 years ago

    Scottish and Irish tattoo ideas, including Gaelic quotes, pictures, and translations.

  • Latin Tattoo Ideas: Words, Phrases, Quotes, and Photos
    1391

    Latin Tattoo Ideas: Words, Phrases, Quotes, and Photos

    19 months ago

    Latin is a language we can all relate to, as many modern words are derived from it. It's a dead language now, but was once spoken throughout Europe, and it's still widely used in tattoos.

  • Tattoo Ideas: Arabic Words + Phrases
    483

    Tattoo Ideas: Arabic Words + Phrases

    3 years ago

    Although it is not uncommon to see Arabic lettering tattoos in the United States, many people residing in Middle East countries like Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia (particularly followers of Islam) are staunchly against...

  • Tattoo Ideas: Hebrew Words + Phrases
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    Tattoo Ideas: Hebrew Words + Phrases

    5 years ago

    The Hebrew tattoo craze exploded once mega-celebrities such as Madonna and Britney Spears began practicing Kaballah and Victoria Beckham and her soccer superstar husband, David Beckham, got matching Hebrew tattoos as a...

  • Truth vs. Myth About Methadone Treatment
    246

    Truth vs. Myth About Methadone Treatment

    7 months ago

    The stigma surrounding methadone maintenance as treatment for opiate addiction is strong. This hub seeks to dispel some of the myths related to MMT.

  • Drug Addiction Treatment:  Suboxone & Subutex
    232

    Drug Addiction Treatment: Suboxone & Subutex

    5 years ago

    For a long time, methadone detox or methadone maintenance coupled with Narcotics Anonymous meetings was the only way to treat drug abuse long-term on an outpatient basis. Clients with a bed at an inaptient rehab...

  • Tattoo Parlor Etiquette
    26

    Tattoo Parlor Etiquette

    9 years ago

    In a recent hub I explained how to go about getting a tattoo for the first time, discussed the decision-making process and reviewed how to be assertive with your ideas. But I only touched briefly on tattoo shop...

  • A Guide to Different Ear Piercing Types and Their Positions
    386

    A Guide to Different Ear Piercing Types and Their Positions

    9 months ago

    The human body can pretty much be pierced virtually anywhere that there is skin, and the ears are no exception to this rule.

  • Tattoo Ideas:  Words & Phrases III
    50

    Tattoo Ideas: Words & Phrases III

    3 years ago

    In the form of words either done in English or translated into another language, lettering tattoos can be words, names, dates, phrases, lyrics.

  • Getting Your First Tattoo
    70

    Getting Your First Tattoo

    5 years ago

    This past weekend I had the honor of taking my best friend to get her first tattoo. I planned on taking her and her girlfriend (who was going to be getting her second tat) to my favorite parlor, "Il Bacio" in...

  • How to Make a Good Collage
    14

    How to Make a Good Collage

    5 years ago

    I was introduced to the art of collaging when I was thirteen-years old. A friend of mine was spending the night at my house and asked if I had any old magazines I wouldn't mind cutting up. Of course, at that age, I...

  • Haunted Places: Waverly Hills Sanatorium
    32

    Haunted Places: Waverly Hills Sanatorium

    5 years ago

    There is always something eerie about insane asylums and historic hospitals. And haunted or not, there is something even creepier about abandoned insane asylums. But an abandoned mental institution that is also...

  • 15 First Date Ideas:  Philadelphia
    17

    15 First Date Ideas: Philadelphia

    3 years ago

    Cleaner than NYC, smaller, and so much easier to navigate, Philly offers a wealth of places perfect for use as first date ideas.

  • 20 Fun First Date Ideas:  New York City
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    20 Fun First Date Ideas: New York City

    5 years ago

    A first date should be a memorable experience. It is a starting point, a jump off into eternity, and a day that might just determine your destiny. A first date can lead to fifty years of bliss, or it can end after...

  • Ghost Hunting 101: Using a K2 milliGauss Meter
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    Ghost Hunting 101: Using a K2 milliGauss Meter

    3 years ago

    A K2 (or K-II) meter is a handheld device that picks up Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs). It locates and tracks energy sources, and picks up on fluctuations in electromagnetic frequencies.

  • Tattoo Ideas: Hands, Fingers, Palms
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    Tattoo Ideas: Hands, Fingers, Palms

    9 years ago

    How many times have I seen the words "love" and "hate" tattooed across the knuckles of each hand? Honestly, I've lost count. It's fairly common placement for a fairly common phrase, and although it...

  • Tattoo Ideas: Face, Neck, Head, Ears
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    Tattoo Ideas: Face, Neck, Head, Ears

    5 years ago

    Have you ever seen footage from a prison yard or a black and white mugshot photo of a man with a black tear tattooed just below his eye? This is a common gang- and prison-related marking. The number of tears you have...

  • Tattoo Ideas: Words & Sayings IV
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    Tattoo Ideas: Words & Sayings IV

    4 years ago

    The other day I was watching a documentary on VH1 called "RockDoc: The Last Days of Lisa Lopes". Lisa Lopes, better known as "Left Eye" from the all-girl hip-hop group TLC, was killed in a car crash...

  • Understanding Men: Dating Body Language
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    Understanding Men: Dating Body Language

    9 years ago

    Body language makes up 55% of our communication with others. The movements our bodies unknowingly and subconsciously create speak volumes about the way we're feeling mentally and emotionally. When a couple is in the...

  • How to Read Body Language on a First Date
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    How to Read Body Language on a First Date

    3 years ago

    Body language makes up 55% of our communication with others. The movements our bodies unknowingly and subconsciously create speak volumes about the way we're feeling mentally and emotionally.

  • Tattoo Ideas: Geeks (Video Games, Math, DNA)
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    Tattoo Ideas: Geeks (Video Games, Math, DNA)

    9 years ago

    The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines geek as: "an enthusiast or expert especially in a technological field or activity". Wikipedia, on the other hand, offers a slew of definitions, particularly focusing...

  • Great Lesbian Movies: Foreign Films
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    Great Lesbian Movies: Foreign Films

    9 years ago

    This highly controversial German film from 1931 is the original tale of lesbian love between teacher and student, detailing a crush that is overwhelmingly intense and unfortunately unrequited...or is it? It's hard to...

  • Haunted Places: Charlie Brown's Steakhouse, Hackettstown, NJ
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    Haunted Places: Charlie Brown's Steakhouse, Hackettstown, NJ

    9 years ago

    In 2006, my mother and I attended the New Jersey Ghost Hunters Society annual ghost conference in Hackettstown, NJ. In addition to visiting the Washington Theater (abandoned for thirty years but recently restored to...

  • Haunted Places: Eastern State Penitentiary, PA
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    Haunted Places: Eastern State Penitentiary, PA

    4 years ago

    If you've ever seen the episode of "Ghost Hunters" on SciFi where they visit Eastern State Penitentiary, you'll recall the shadowy figure they caught on video up on the catwalk. Apparently this particular...

  • Tattoo Ideas: Music + Bands
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    Tattoo Ideas: Music + Bands

    5 years ago

    Music themed tattoos come in several different variations: band logos, music notes, lyrics, and musical instruments. I'm going to tell you something right now. Getting a band's logo (like the Hatebreed logo and AFI...

  • How to Measure Window Blinds
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    How to Measure Window Blinds

    9 years ago

    When I worked at the wholesale club Direct Buy, one of my jobs was to help our members order blinds for their home. It was the members' responsibility to provide me with the exact measurements of their windows,...

  • Understanding Body Language
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    Understanding Body Language

    9 years ago

    I'll never forget a scene from my sophomore year. A group of friends and I were part of a peer counseling group led by the school social worker. Two girls out of the five of us had serious problems--family issues,...

  • Ghost Hunting 101: How to Avoid Getting Arrested
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    Ghost Hunting 101: How to Avoid Getting Arrested

    3 years ago

    Ghost hunting can be a fun and exciting experience--just make sure you don't get caught.

  • How to Relieve Stress:  Facial Relaxation
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    How to Relieve Stress: Facial Relaxation

    9 years ago

    I used to work with a guy who had a permanent furrow in his browline, just over his eyes. He had been at the company for twenty years and had been feeling the debilitating effects of workaholism for nineteen and a...

  • Weird but True: Strange and Unusual Tombstones
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    Weird but True: Strange and Unusual Tombstones

    7 months ago

    As a Catholic who is also a firm believer in reincarnation, I do not think that our final resting place is a hole in the ground at a plot in a cemetery -- and yet I have always been drawn to these locations. Maybe it's...

  • How to See Auras
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    How to See Auras

    4 months ago

    If you are unable to see auras before practicing the tips outlined in this hub, do not fret -- try instead to sense the aura. You probably already do this all the time without even knowing it. Have you ever walked...

  • How to Find the Right Hairstyle for Your Face Shape
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    How to Find the Right Hairstyle for Your Face Shape

    9 months ago

    Whether your face is round, square, long, oval, or heart-shaped, there's a hairstyle that will look great on you, and a few things you might want to avoid.

  • Great Lesbian Date Movies:  Coming of Age
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    Great Lesbian Date Movies: Coming of Age

    5 years ago

    Oh heartbreaking, adolescent, closeted lesbian days of yore. Once upon a time you were twelve-years old and didn't understand what you were feeling; or you were thirteen and couldn't comprehend why all your girl friends...

  • Great Lesbian Date Movies:  Heartbreakers
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    Great Lesbian Date Movies: Heartbreakers

    9 years ago

    In the land of Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock, "tearjerkers" or "heartbreakers" are defined as films, usually of the romantic genre, which prompt one to cry their eyes out over the tragedy of love...

  • America's Most Haunted -- Gettysburg, PA "Devil's Den"
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    America's Most Haunted -- Gettysburg, PA "Devil's Den"

    3 years ago

    On July 1, 1863, Confederate General Robert E. Lee led his troops from Northern Virginia up to south central Pennsylvania, to a small, rural town called Gettysburg. He was confronted there by Union General George G....

  • Tattoo Ideas: New School vs. Old School
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    Tattoo Ideas: New School vs. Old School

    3 years ago

    I've been struggling for weeks to come up with a way to explain the difference between old school and new school tattoos, and I have finally figured it out! The Old School style of tattooing seen in the earlier half of...

  • Tattoo Ideas: Words & Shelley Jackson's SKIN Project
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    Tattoo Ideas: Words & Shelley Jackson's SKIN Project

    5 years ago

    Although certainly not a new concept, the use of typography (lettering) in tattoo designs has exploded in popularity over the past decade or so. Shelley Jackson's "Skin" Project, Ineradicable Stain, is a...

  • Top 5 Myths About Ghost Hunting
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    Top 5 Myths About Ghost Hunting

    4 years ago

    Ghost hunting can be a fun and intriguing experience that blends spirituality with science to create an interesting investigation.

  • Gay Nightclubs in Philadelphia, PA
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    Gay Nightclubs in Philadelphia, PA

    5 years ago

    Ahh, Philadelphia: the City of Brotherly Love -- at least it was known as such until it became the brunt of one too many gay jokes, at which point it was changed to Philadelphia: the City That Loves You Back. Despite...

  • Feng Shui: Charms for Money & Wealth
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    Feng Shui: Charms for Money & Wealth

    9 years ago

    To improve wealth and prosperity, these Feng Shui items are to be placed at the workplace or in the home office, on the North end of the desk or near the cash register.

  • How to Control Curly, Frizzy Hair
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    How to Control Curly, Frizzy Hair

    9 years ago

    My hair is naturally very curly, like everyone else in my family. I never really paid it much attention--until I entered middle school, and looks began to matter. It was the mid-1990's. Alicia Silverstone, the...

  • Feng Shui Decorating: Front Door Entrances
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    Feng Shui Decorating: Front Door Entrances

    9 years ago

    In feng shui, the main door is the most important aspect because it allows the energy, or "chi", to enter the home. It is the "mouth" of the house, taking in positivity and nourishment. The...

  • Feng Shui Decorating: Colors & the Bagua Diagram
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    Feng Shui Decorating: Colors & the Bagua Diagram

    5 years ago

    Once you've learned the basic principles of feng shui, it is time to start obeying the almighty bagua. The bagua is a diagram divided into nine sections that guides the practices of feng shui placement. Each segment...

  • Feng Shui Decorating: Basic Principles
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    Feng Shui Decorating: Basic Principles

    9 years ago

    Feng shui (pronounced fung shway) is an ancient Chinese practice dating back over 7000 years that, literally translated, means "wind-water". Used primarily in architecture, landscaping and interior...

  • Tattoo Ideas: Portraits
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    Tattoo Ideas: Portraits

    9 years ago

    If you've ever watched the show "Miami Ink" on TLC, you'll be familiar with renowned tattoo artist Kat von D, who specializes in portrait tattoos. Customers seek her out when they want a facial reproduction...

  • Tattoo Ideas: Religious Symbols
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    Tattoo Ideas: Religious Symbols

    5 years ago

    Although religious symbol tattoos are fairly commonplace in many parts of the world, there is debate among Christians as to whether or not they are an abomination of the body. Leviticus 19:28 states, "Ye shall not...

  • Tattoo Ideas: Chinese Kanji Characters
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    Tattoo Ideas: Chinese Kanji Characters

    5 years ago

    Kanji are Chinese characters used in a modern form of Japanese writing. Although they have recently exploded in popularity among Western civilization, kanji tattoos are practically unheard of in China and Japan. ...

  • New Body Piercings: What to do When Something Goes Wrong
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    New Body Piercings: What to do When Something Goes Wrong

    9 years ago

    Modifying your body with a piercing is a little more tricky than modifying it with a tattoo. Although a piercing is a quick pinch that's over in an instant, the pain and discomfort afterwards lasts much longer than the...

  • Really Bad Quality Tattoos
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    Really Bad Quality Tattoos

    10 months ago

    The only thing that qualifies me to be an authority on the subject of what makes a bad tattoo is that I have thirteen myself and think they're all pretty cool. Granted mine are small and pretty hard to mess up. ...

  • Compatibility Between the Elements
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    Compatibility Between the Elements

    9 years ago

    Most people are familiar with the zodiac and how their sign defines personality, dictates days or determines compatibility with other sun signs. There is also a moon sign to tell you which house of the zodiac the moon...

  • Kurt Halsey Fan Tattoos
    5

    Kurt Halsey Fan Tattoos

    9 years ago

    Kurt Halsey Frederiksen, who looks an awful lot like the characters he creates, is a 29-year old pencil, pen and ink artist from Portland who I discovered through his LiveJournal fan base. His drawings are simple and...

  • Banksy's Amazing Street Graffiti
    10

    Banksy's Amazing Street Graffiti

    3 years ago

    The works of Bansky, an anonymous English graffiti artist whose real name may be Robert Banks, primarily litter the streets of London but have made appearances in the U.S. and Israel as well. Possibly born in Bristol...

  • Reading Your Aura Color:  Yellow
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    Reading Your Aura Color: Yellow

    9 years ago

    STEP ONE: What is your Life Color? Click the link to take the test to discover your "Life Color". Auras are composed of many different colors that may change from time to time depending on your mood or...

  • Reading Your Aura Color:  Magenta
    3

    Reading Your Aura Color: Magenta

    9 years ago

    STEP ONE: What is your Life Color? Click the link to take the test to discover your "Life Color". Auras are composed of many different colors that may change from time to time depending on your mood or...

  • Munchausen by Internet:  Faking Death Online
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    Munchausen by Internet: Faking Death Online

    9 years ago

    With the advent of the Internet there came an insurgence of new and unlimited possibilities--you can connect with loved ones across the world in the blink of an eye, meet new people, join communities. But there also...

  • Tattoo Ideas: Wings (angels, butterflies, fairies)
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    Tattoo Ideas: Wings (angels, butterflies, fairies)

    5 years ago

    Butterflies represent freedom, fantasy, and flight; change and transformation. A caterpillar surrounds himself in a self-made cocoon only to emerge as a beautiful butterfly free to fly wherever his heart takes him. ...

  • Tattoo Ideas: Words & Phrases II
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    Tattoo Ideas: Words & Phrases II

    5 years ago

    To me there is nothing more beautiful than the written word personified, inked permanently onto one's skin as a necessary wound that is not meant to heal. Images are lovely as well, a properly done tattoo can evoke...

  • The Pick Up Artist's Worst Enemy
    1

    The Pick Up Artist's Worst Enemy

    9 years ago

    This morning while getting ready to start my day, I picked the book up and leafed through it. It was written in 1971 and although the preface startled me, I found other parts amusing. It was pretty funny. But as the...

  • Tattoo Ideas:  Stars
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    Tattoo Ideas: Stars

    5 years ago

    Stars are, by far, one of the most popular trends in tattoos today. So popular, in fact, they will probably go out of style soon. Oh well, they rock for now, and there are so many to choose from...

  • Tattoo Ideas: Words & Phrases
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    Tattoo Ideas: Words & Phrases

    10 months ago

    Written by: Jaclyn Popola Of the thirteen tattoos I have permanently inked onto my skin for all time, four of them contain words or phrases. There's a single word on my lower stomach that hails from the Elvish...

  • Drug Abuse: Cough and Cold Medicine
    6

    Drug Abuse: Cough and Cold Medicine

    4 years ago

    In the 1960s and 1970s, we had the marijuana plant and hallucinogens like LSD. In the 1980s, crack cocaine infested much of the United State's urban areas. In the 1990's, MDMA (ecstasy) and methamphetamines (crystal...

  • Reincarnation: How to Heal from Past Life Heartbreak
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    Reincarnation: How to Heal from Past Life Heartbreak

    9 years ago

    Written By: Jaclyn Popola When my mother was a little girl three years of age, she remembers riding her tricycle on the sidewalk in front of her house and saying to herself in Spanish, "Andale! Andale...

  • Don't Regret Your Next Tattoo
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    Don't Regret Your Next Tattoo

    10 months ago

    Written by: Jaclyn Popola Some common arguments against getting tattooed are "How do you know you're going to want that there forever? Tattoos are permanent. What if it's just a phase? What if you don't like it...

  • Haunted Places to Visit in New Jersey
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    Haunted Places to Visit in New Jersey

    4 years ago

    The Garden State, like all the others, is full of weird and unusual buildings and legends to go along with them. Abandoned orphanages and mental hospitals and elementary schools, the Port Monmouth "Spy House",...

  • Ghost Hunting for Beginners
    12

    Ghost Hunting for Beginners

    9 years ago

    With the recent release of movies like "White Noise" and television shows such as "Ghost Hunters" on SciFi, the field of ghost hunting is receiving a great deal of recognition and has become more...

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