When you begin to learn another language, you can really improve your listening and speaking skills by watching telenovelas. The following series are great for Spanish practice.
The first year of teaching entails so many new experiences. Make it a little easier by using some or all of these strategies to make the ride a little smoother.
Bighorn Medicine Wheel is located at Medicine Mountain. Rocks and stones make up the wheel and line up with the equinoxes. It is a magical place.
Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Deadwood, SD hosts many colorful characters. Not only that, Seth Bullock himself probably touched my shoulder when I passed by his grave.
Road trips have a number of benefits. From getting you out of your routine to discovering new places, there's something for everyone in taking a trip.
If you know the most common verbs in Spanish, then you're a long way to understanding the language. Here are 100 of the most common verbs with some different expressions of usage.
Learn a little Spanish for free - words from nature. Download flashcards, try the quizzes and learn common vocabulary to help you speak better Spanish.
Get that teaching job of your dreams with these tips and tricks from a teacher who's been there and done that. Learn about portfolios, resume tips and much more.
Teachers everywhere want their students to succeed. Many of them also wish they could say certain things to help students be more successful, especially to parents.
Learn some Spanish and express yourself better by understanding tener expressions. Try some exercises, make some flashcards, and take a quiz to test your knowledge!
It's fun to learn about winter vocabulary in Spanish. Study 14 words and new phrases to express yourself in the winter. Included are images and worksheets to help you make flashcards and practice!
Have you always wanted to learn the Spanish numbers? Look no further: you'll find the numbers 1-100, as well as practice exercises and a quiz to help you learn your Spanish numbers.
Learn some greetings in Spanish to help you interact with native Spanish speakers. Study the greetings and then take the quiz to see what you learned!
The dragonfly has many meanings. If one comes into your life, it might signal change or a few other possibilities.
Making and stretching your own canvas doesn't have to be difficult. It's actually an art in itself. Learn how in this hub.
Art is a creative process that is at once therapeutic, stress-relieving and incredibly beneficial. Read the author's personal take on the importance of creating art.
Hiking in Western North Carolina near Asheville offers majestic views, fun adventures and historical significance. Paint Rock is about 1 hour and 15 minutes from Asheville near Hot Springs, NC.
Organizing your photos doesn't have to be a daunting task or even that difficult. It just takes a little time and a willingness to organize your photos by date and subject. Here are five easy steps to doing just that.
Have you ever tried selective coloring to make a single color "pop" in an image? You can use your DSLR to do it or you can use GIMP (or another photo editor).
Learning a language is fun, but there's an ideal time, method and lots of reasons for doing so: when you're younger, it's definitely easier.
Do you use Creative Commons photos? If so, are you familiar with the different licenses? While you're at it, enjoy some free Christmas-themed photos as a gift!
You can have lots of fun doing photo editing on free photo editing websites. I highlight six free sites and provide examples of some fun edits that you can do with these websites. Using one photo, I manipulated the...
Photo projects can be great fun, help you improve your photography skills and lead you to bigger and better projects. In this hub I also discuss some amazing and famous photo projects to help with ideas.
What do you do with ricotta cheese that you have unused after making a dish like lasagna? You make easy, cheesy pasta of course! Find out how to make a delicious, warm dish that rivals macaroni and cheese any day!
Which do you use? Site, cite, or sight? How about their, they're and there? So many words and so many choices. Check out this fun guide to help you never forget which one to use.
Capturing photos of the fall colors doesn't have to be a challenge. In this hub, take a look at some of the images I've taken and find out some easy ways to take fantastic fall photos.
The constellation Libra has a mythological history, just like all the constellations that circle the zodiac. Find out about how "scales" relate to Libra and see what stars make up this constellation.
Do you ever have problems getting a fire started in the fireplace or wood stove? Have you ever experienced the wonderful scent of crackling pinecones in a fire? Why not try making pinecone fire starters? You can use...
Black walnut is a great tree to have around. It yields beautiful wood, great tasting nuts, and the hulls have medicinal properties. It has a wonderful taste and you can use it in cooking. Find out more about this...
Use your doodling skills for good! Create a beautiful table using black Sharpies to make a work of art! The table will be useful and you'll have art to look at that is pleasing to the eye!
You really can make fun designs on your pumpkins! It requires some work and patience - but it's worth it!
If you've always wanted to make stained glass art, but don't have "stained glass" you can use Sharpies! With an old window and some Sharpie markers, you can create your own "stained glass."
Do you like flowers? Why not paint some abstract flowers on various objects or walls to spruce up a drab room, your porch or living room. Included in this hub are step-by-step instructions to paint flowers, a video...
If you're thinking about using wood heat or need to brush up on your wood-chopping skills, you'll want to check out this article on chopping wood by hand.
The constellation Virgo is one of the oldest-named constellations. It has a great mythological history and hundreds of galaxies and "Messier" objects within its boundaries. Find out more about the...
Hummingbirds are the world's smallest birds, but that doesn't mean they can't accomplish the impossible! They can fly fast, migrate thousands of miles and still bring happiness your way.
Perfect for autumn and the holidays, these three pumpkin recipes are winners. Use pumpkin bread for breakfast, pumpkin soup for lunch or dinner, and the pumpkin cream cheese brownies for dessert.
I share 10 inspirational women. From Elizabeth Edwards to Emily Dickinson, each woman featured in this article has had an impact on my own life. I share a bit of their biography and how they've influenced me.
Owls are at once mysterious and stunning. Learn more about what they symbolize and how they have been revered in some cultures, and feared as a sign of death in others.
Take a motorcycle tour and walk through American history at the Museum That Runs. I share some interesting stories and highlights during a visit to the Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, NC.
Do you know the history of Leo the Lion? Can you locate it in the sky? Find out the answers to these questions and learn some interesting facts about this ancient constellation.
If you're looking for a fun, challenging all-day hike in Western North Carolina, Shining Rock is the place to go. The views are superb, the rocks are a snowy quartz, and the hike isn't too bad.
The constellation of Cancer has an interesting mythological history. It was "cast" into the sky by Jupiter. It also has lots of double stars, and a very interesting star cluster called The Bee Hive. Read on...
Pollux and Castor are the two brightest stars in the constellation Gemini. They have quite the mythological history. Pollux was immortal and Castor was not. Read to find out how they ended up in the sky!
Whether you're visiting or you've lived in Asheville for awhile, Bent Creek is a great place for recreation. It's also a place to hone your mountain biking skills. I take you to the Lower Sidehill trail and you can...
Here are five "weeds" that are beautiful, edible, and have medicinal qualities and uses that you never knew! They grow in my yard.
The Blue Ridge Parkway offers breathtaking views for the driver, biker, and hiker alike. If you want to take a quick hike, hop on this short trail for an afternoon of fun.
On a hot summer day, nothing beats a chilled meal that you don't have to cook on a stove. Gazpacho and cucumber gazpacho are two of my favorite cold soups to have in the summer. They are nutritious and delicious and...
Blackbeard the Pirate had made his mark during the last 18 months of his life. Not much is known about his life before that. But his reputation and antics spread along the eastern seaboard and throughout the...
If it's too hot to bear outside, find some relief in these sweet mixed summer drinks: horchata, sangria and mojitos. Quench your thirst and relax on the porch with these yummy drinks.
If you haven't tried arroz con leche or polvorones you're in for a treat! Bascially, arroz con leche is rice pudding and polvorones are Mexican wedding cakes. Try them! They're easy to make!
Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs has beautiful sandstone rocks with an incredible history of formation and erosion. I frequented this park often when I was young and its beauty enraptured me. Read more to find...
Do you work at a computer more than 4 hours per day? After reading or writing for extended periods of time is it hard to focus? You may have eye strain. Luckily, you can use a number of home remedies to help.
Try a different kind of burrito - oven baked with veggie crumbles! This recipe is delicious with melted cheese and tangy taco sauce. Bake in the oven and enjoy.
Riding your bike along the Blue Ridge Parkway is a wonderful way to see the mountainside. The views are incredible and it's great exercise. Many scenic treasures await you if you decide to cycle, drive, camp or hike...
Do you pay too much for your auto insurance? What about liability insurance? I only carry liability insurance on my cars. Read on to find out why.
Many of us don't like spiders - it's hard to tell which are friendly and which aren't. I don't like them either - not crawling on me anyways. I will not kill them, however. I truly believe they have a place and I...
Don't kill your weeds, eat them! Have fun learning to identify the weeds in your yard, then picking the edible varieties to make a salad. You'll also find a yummy vinaigrette recipe in this hub.
Read this humorous, if not slightly crazy, account of my biking escapades and what I've learned about first aid. If you're particularly accident prone, you might want to read this.
If you like to tell stories and don't mind being in front of people, storytelling might be a fun hobby or profession. You can affect the minds of children and adults alike with enchanting stories that will captivate...
If you want a fun and creative Earth Day project to do, why not make a t-shirt? I created a design by making some sketches and then drew my design on to the t-shirt. The end result is a fun shirt that works well for...
Confused as to when you're supposed to use lay vs. lie? You're not alone. These two words have to be two of the more difficult ones to get correct all the time. Read this humorous hub to help you remember, and see if...
Looking for an easy meal to make for dinner? Make some yummy lasagna. Preparation is minimal and you can get on to other things while it's baking in the oven. Pair it with spring mix baby greens and some vinaigrette...
The decimal system isn't the only way to do math. The Mayans used a system with base 20. With only 3 characters, they could write any number they wanted. Their number system was intricately tied to their calendar and...
Making your own hand sanitizer has some great benefits: you can use it for a lot more tasks. From cleaning glasses to using on camping trips, you'll find plenty of reasons to make your own.
If you're looking for recipe ideas for the campsite, look no further. This hub has recipes for the propane stove, the campfire, and even using the Dutch oven. You'll find breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert...
Take a brief history tour of the three lighthouses located on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. I made a quirky home video of the Cape Hatteras lighthouse, and how it was an engineering feat to move it 2,900 feet...
The Jobell Flower, sometimes spelled Jobellflower, grows all over the sand dunes, shores and roads in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. They have a story; it is one of true love. Find out about Joe and Josephine Bell...
Did the Spanish really find El Dorado? Some say the Chibcha people held the key to the City of Gold. Learn about the Spanish quest for gold and the Chibcha legend of El Dorado. You might just find a hidden treasure.
Do you ever wonder when to use "a" and "an"? Mortimer and Horton do. Embark on a little journey with them to Utopia and learn how to use "a" and "an" while they find themselves...
Learn the legendary story of where chocolate comes from, as well as some interesting facts about cacao beans and Quetzalcoatl. You'll also find a yummy recipe for Mexican Hot Chocolate.
Many parents love to display their children's artwork. They want to cultivate that inner artistic genius. Sometimes, though, all that artwork can really add up. Find out some creative and fun ways to display your...
Did you know that Native Americans contributed up to 3/5 of all cultivated foods to the world's table? Did you also know that corn has no known ancestor? Scientists aren't sure exactly where it came from. Find out...
If you're looking for ways to save water, look no further. With lots of suggestions, pictures and hints, you'll learn fast and easy ways to conserve water in and around your home. You'll also save on your energy...
Looking for a good read? This list offers great book titles that are not only great for summer, but they are great for anytime. Some are lighter reads than others, but one thing is for sure: you'll put a book down...
Mrs. Twitches explains the rules for using WHICH and THAT. You might find yourself scratching your head at her rhymes and uncommon explanations for which and that and their respective clauses. But, you'll also find...
Here are 6 rules to help you write emails. You want to put your best foot forward, right? You can use these tips to present yourself in a professional manner. By following these rules of etiquette, you can be...
Did you know that the Easter bunny - as well as many other symbols of Easter - originally came from Pagan traditions? The Easter bunny has a long and varied history leading up to today.
The cell phone is a great tool to use for emergencies. But, EVERY phone call is not an emergency. Frankly, we don't all want to know about your personal life, either. Find out four simple rules to keep your sanity...
When do you use "I" or "me"? If you've ever met "Jimmy," you'll be begging to use personal pronouns just so you won't have to hear Jimmy talk about himself in the third person all the...
Have you ever wondered what's going to become of the English language now that we have BFF's and LOL's running rampant in text? Maybe it's a good thing...maybe not.
How do you use quotation marks and quotes? What are quotes? Find out in this humorous hub that identifies an evil twin at work...or is it just trickery?
These books will touch your heart, make you cry, make you laugh, fill your heart with love, and make you walk away perhaps looking at life a bit differently. These books have touched my own life and I am a better...
Do you call that alien a he, she or an it? How about a group of people? Is it proper to use the masculine pronoun when referring to a group of people? Is "they" appropriate to use in all circumstances? ...
Asheville's art scene featured Jocelyn Reese at Montford Books on Friday February 10, 2012. Check out this hub to see glorious works of art, and a jewel of a bookstore.
St. Patrick's Day is March 17th. Find out why it's celebrated on this day, and how to make your own celebratory green beer.
Do you know how to use the word "myself?" Be honest. Check out this hub and find out if I need to commit myself to a mental institution because of how many people commit such grammatical atrocities. ...
There are a lot of eco-friendly products out there that SAY they'll clean effectively, but then after spending the money, I find out they're sub-par in their cleaning abilities. I finally found a dish soap that not...
Millions of people watch TV every day, sometimes for hours a day. But did you ever stop to think what all that TV-watching might be doing to you, or to society in general?
Lady Semicolon is at once elegant and intimidating. Many a writer will avoid her, but a few bold souls will invite her to their dinner parties. Will you invite Snooty Semicolon to your literary circles? She awaits...
That little mark, so like the apostrophe in its looks causes some writers to NEVER use it. But, we need Mister Comma and he's here to tell you all about his wonderful job description - from the and's and the but's to...
Does the apostrophe trip you up? It's hard to know when exactly to use it, but this concise hub will give you the story of Señor Apostrophe's job description so that you'll always remember when to use him. He...
If you've ever wondered how to make a great hub, you just might find the answers in this checklist. Filled with information on SEO , layout, and links to other hubber experts, you'll be on your way to a great hub.
Max Patch is a beautiful place to visit and hike in Western North Carolina. There are a number of options for hiking. You can also just climb to the summit - about 1/2 mile - and enjoy the 360-degree views.
Why go out an buy leather cleaner when you can use natural products in your cupboard? A little olive oil and lemon juice will go a long way in helping to clean your leather jacket.
Given that the US is a left-brained society, and I'm a right-brained person, I've had an interesting journey "making it" in society. The road has always been interesting. It's been funny and curvy sometimes,...
Have you ever noticed that the US is a numbers society? Or have you noticed that Americans are quite business oriented? It's not a coincidence. It's part of my argument that the US is a very left-brained society.
A number of different ways to save money also involve being "green." It's not expensive and some of these suggestions may surprise you.
Do you want to learn some Spanish and learn it with your child? You can with this easy, fun tutorial that covers the alphabet, numbers, greetings and more!
Do you have old cell phones laying around? How about old computers or laptops? Perhaps you want to get these things off your hands. This hub offers great websites and places that will help you take these items and...
The International Day of Peace is September 21st of each year. Many around the world gear up for this day in many ways - there are many ways to celebrate!
In Part I, I talked about the first six values Americans live by and how we can use our ideals to propel us into a Green Revolution. This next hub deals with the next seven values and ideas to help us exist on a more...
What are our American values? Can we use our values to propel us into a Green Revolution and help the US to once again become a model of innovation? Can we successfully move from an oil-based economy to a green,...
Are American and Chinese ginseng similar? If they are, what other similarities exist between the East and West? Find out about pyramids, hieroglyphics, and other connections between cultures.
Marriage can be one of the most wonderful things that you ever experience. However, like anything, it takes mutual companionship and work to make something good even better.
Sure, you can do dinner and a movie. The ol' standby. Though your significant other will almost certainly appreciate your efforts, why not get creative and really show you care? Here are some fun and different ways to...
Ravens and crows are so alike, yet different. They have interesting symbolic value and are such curious creatures. Read more about ravens and crows and what it means when you see them frequently.
If you have ever had a pet with fleas, you'll know the ensuing nightmare of baths, flea medications and combing fur to pick them off. It's awful! Diatomaceous earth can help solve that problem.
Raspberry bushes are part of the rose family. You may know that rose hips are high in vitamin C, but so are raspberry leaves! They are found as native plants in North America and in parts of Asia. Many Native American...
I love treasure hunts. For me, there's nothing more satisfying than finding a new item at a rock-bottom price. Here are the confessions of a Goodwill junkie.
If you love soup, and if you love crockpots, you might just love lentil soup in a crockpot! Nutritious and yummy, you can substitute different ingredients and get delicious results. Read on to find out facts about...
Mountain biking is challenging and fun. Make sure you're prepared and ready to go with these simple explanations and pictures. It's a duty to have fun, and it's fun to have an adventure in nature - written especially...
Mother Teresa, Rigoberta Menchu and Deganawida all have something in common: they were peacemakers. Learn about what made them so influential and incredible. Though quite human, they always remained faithful to their...
What are the most common ingredients in hand sanitizer? Find out what they are and if they are harmful to your health.
Think you're prepared for an emergency? Even when you think you are, you may need to check your list twice....
Do you know all of the reindeer names? How about the 10th reindeer name? Join me on this fun adventure to learn all the names and to get an inside peek at all the reindeer personalities.
Do you ever wonder where your electricity comes from? If you have ever witnessed mountain top removal using dynamite, it's for the coal needed for electricity. Maybe there's another way.
Having a wood stove in the home has so many benefits. From lowering the electric bill to releasing stress, the wood stove should be an important consideration when considering the type of heating you would like to use...
The traditional Christmas holiday is expensive and not very "green." I have a few suggestions on how to make your holidays more earth-friendly while creating some new and fun traditions. From using rosemary...
It's hard to know what to do with all the wrapping paper leftover from the holidays. Here are some ideas that will help you to be more eco-friendly.
Do you have allergies? Or do you want to be kinder to the planet? Why not make your own household cleaners? It's easy and you can use things that are in your kitchen cabinets.
If you want to lower your electric bill and save money, there are many simple things you can do. From changing light bulbs to taking shorter showers, you don't have to do much to drastically reduce your energy...