The last time I’d seen Shannon was at a family gathering at our house, a couple of weeks before this gawdawful pandemic hit and we were forced into self-isolation.
As individuals we learn from our mistakes, pick ourselves up by the bootstraps and move forward in a positive direction. What the hell has happened to America?? Why can’t we come together as individuals to create a nucleus of progress and social integration?
Never judge a book by its cover. We’ve all heard it, right? But, have you lived it?
The next time you find yourself in a rut, take a walk and see what nature has to offer. Be inspired by what gardeners are doing to enhance our environment. Strike up a conversation. Take the knowledge you gain home with you. Create your own backyard oasis.
Whether you’re new to freelance writing or you’ve got it down pat and are raking in the big bucks, you’ve undoubtedly scoured the Internet for advice. To niche or not to niche? That's the question I hope to help you answer.
Gardening is a labor of love. It’s an extension of our dreams and who we are. Our landscapes reflect our personalities, philosophies on life, and are a tribute to Mother Nature.
Mac and cheese is an all-time favorite in the culinary world of comfort foods. I created this recipe years ago. It saves you the time of making a béchamel sauce and the precise measurements and constant stirring that entails.
It was the summer of 1966. Mom and Dad had left the city to let their spirits run free and live off the land. Mom was an artist. Dad was a musician. And both hated the Establishment.
I remember it well: the cozy one-story house that mirrored the clear skies with its blue hue, large four-paned windows outlined in wispy white, as if caressed by the billowy clouds that set my imagination free. I loved spending summers with Grandma and Grandpa.
As a newbie travel reporter for The Chronicle, my first assignment was to find an out-of-the-way destination, spend some time there, and tell my readers why the area should be a go-to for adventure, relaxation, and the perfect getaway. This is what I didn't expect.
I’ve been through this obscure meadow a thousand times and always feel sadness when I come upon the lone tombstone. Nancy J. Brayles, Born 1820, Died 1910. That’s all it says. Who was she and what is her story? How did she die? Why is she buried here all alone?
This is my first attempt at flash fiction, as response to a challenge
Pileated Woodpeckers are the largest and most majestic of their species. I was honored to document the making of a new family, which I share with you in this article.
Pileated Woodpeckers are fascinating birds. Here I share with you my personal observations of a family in the making.
I'd like to introduce you to a phenomenal artist who invokes, evokes, and expresses emotion through the universal reach of The Arts. What's unique about this talented man is he's color-blind.
One in five children in the United States lives in poverty. That’s 15.5 million children that have been dealt a losing hand! ! Kind of blows your mind, doesn’t it? The U.S, richest nation in the world, ranks fifth of all the developed nations in childhood poverty.
Tax time doesn't need to be a stressful event if you maintain records throughout the year. Follow these tips to make filing your taxes a breeze.
Nature can teach us so many life lessons. By observing wildlife, we can gain clarity and focus on what we want out of life and how to get there.
I just love a writing challenge, especially one driven by picture prompts. This is my response to billybuc's latest challenge.
We mustn't give up the fight when our content is stolen. Sometimes when you file a DMCA it is ignored. Here's what to do if that happens to you.
My intent is to give you some simple ways to avoid the most common grammar mistakes, whether you’re penning your words or speaking them. Here are some easy ways to check your grammar.
John Lennon is a musical icon who spread messages of love and peace throughout his career. But there was turmoil in his life from early on. This book gives us an insight into John Lennon, the person.
The magical sounds that come from the harmonica are nothing short of a mystery. How do they do it? This article explores some of the masters of this tiny musical instrument.
Life is full of challenges. The ones I appreciate the most are those that awaken my muse, cause reflection, and compel me to create. This is my response to a poetry challenge posed by Genna East.
Sawyer Fredericks has captured America's heart with his unique voice and old soul. Thanks to this young farm boy, folk music will regain its rightful place in the entertainment industry.
For a quick, easy, healthy meal try my Rockin' Peppers and Eggs recipe. I add more veggies and a little bit of Asiago cheese to a traditional sandwich recipe. It's rockin' with flavor!
Philly cheesesteak wars are a constant event between Pat's and Geno's in South Philly. My recipe has them both beat. Check it out.
Picture prompts are a great way to get your creative writing juices flowing. This story is in response to a writing challenge posed by Bill Holland aka billybuc.
Most of us prefer natural remedies over taking medication of any kind. If you suffer from heartburn, acid-reflux, or GERD, these tips are right up your alley.
If you accept guest posts on your website, follow these tips to maximize the advantages of guest posting. Those who are interested in submitting guest posts, make sure you get proper attribution.
As is true of most writers, I'm not comfortable talking about myself. However, as writers, we grow when we accept challenges and venture outside our comfort zones. Read on to learn what makes me tick.
With GMO based foods crowding our grocery store shelves and hydrogenated products clogging our arteries, America is becoming fat and sick. But there are alternatives, if you're willing to make changes
Writing prompts are a great way of keeping your creativity alive. This story is in response to a fellow writer's challenge. I hope you enjoy it and take on the challenge yourself.
Nathaniel had had a hell of a day and it wasn't over yet. He realized the news he'd learned about his mother raised more questions that needed answers. Perhaps Faith and Sarah held the key.
Nathaniel learned of his mother through virtual strangers. Now he needs answers and he confronts his father, who has never spoken of Nathaniel's mother. Why?
We can't expect to have world peace until we find peace within ourselves. Peace can only be achieved one person at a time. Are you at peace?
After lunch with Faith and Sarah and the presentation of Julie's ring, Nathaniel has many questions that need to be answered.
Earning a living as a freelance writer is not as easy as it sounds. There are rules to follow and terminology to know. If you're considering taking the jump into freelance writing, read this first.
Faith has determined Julie's ring should be given to the son she never knew. What will take place when Faith is once again in Nathaniel's presence? How will she react?
We can learn from our children and often it happens when we least expect it. When we realize that our kids are individuals, we can take them seriously. Don't think you always have the leg up.
Odd events were happening in rapid succession. It was time to try to put the pieces together in order to discover Faith and Sarah's purpose in the bizarre journey they now shared.
In today's world of online writing, the competition is overwhelming. Increase your rankings by optimizing the original photos you choose to accompany your posts. Here's how:
Now that the original owner of the child's ring has been identified, it's apparent to Faith and Sarah that everything happens for a reason. Sit tight as the girls' journey begins.
The vintage ring Faith found buried in the dirt sent shivers up her spine and stopped her in her tracks. A mystery was unveiled sending Faith and Sarah on an investigative journey.
Earning a living in the freelance world requires more than talent. By way of this article, I share what I've learned over the course of a year in hopes of saving you time, angst and frustration.
How do you become your own person and make a mark in the world when you are the child of an international icon? Is it a blessing or a curse? This is an issue Julian Lennon has had to face.
Mysteries were shrouding Faith's life where she once could sense what was coming. Had she lost this capability and why? Seek and ye shall find....
So many questions needed answers. Faith thought she would start with Daddy. Did he know the Baxter family? What would she learn from his answer?
Messages often come in the form of dreams. Both Faith and Sarah dreamed the night of Hope's unexpected appearance. Can two people share the same dream?
We are rapidly killing our planet and all life that depends on it. Hope is not yet lost. By making changes in our lifestyles and mindset, we can repair the damage we've done.
The events of the day were a bit overwhelming to say to least. Why was Sarah able to see Hope? More importantly, what did it mean?
Faith receives a gift that rekindles the memory of finding her mother dead 20 years ago. She finds herself transported back to that day and is beginning to learn what those events mean to her life.
Faith has a gift. She sees souls. However, a soul hasn't shown itself to her since Mama died years ago. That is, until today and she doesn't like what she sees.
We Americans owe our freedom to the men and women of the military who put their lives on the line. Often they come home physically and spiritually shattered. You can help. Here's H.O.W.
Writing in today's environment is very different from when I first started. Those who freelance must be capable of mastering their careers as if they are a multi-departmental organization.
Faith has talents most others do not. She sees souls. Join Faith in the life she leads and the consequences she endures. Follow Faith's story. You just might learn something about yourself.
Millions of Americans suffer from sinus conditions. In addition to medication, there are alternatives to coping with the discomfort. Read further to discover an unusual coping mechanism.
Faith was different from other children. She could see souls. She was labeled as a freak but she has a gift that will benefit the world. This is chapter II.
By supporting our local farmers and consuming organic foods, we not only improve our health, but the health of our community, local economy and hopefully, the world.
Wonder is the foundation upon which we build ourselves as individuals. Wonder leads to curiosity and a yearning for knowledge. It is wonder that fuels our dreams. Do we ever outgrow wonder?
Loyalty may seem to be a straight-forward issue, but in reality it is quite complex. Loyalty is a two-way street just as love is given and received. What is loyalty? It is give and give. Read why.
Faith was different from the other children but she wasn't aware of it until she discovered why she had no real friends. The grown ups didn't understand her gifts. Faith didn't understand why.
Beauty goes beyond skin-deep and what people see when they look at us. True beauty comes from within. It is that beauty that must be nurtured every day of our lives so we may share with others.
For anyone suffering from back pain and disruptive sleep, read this review. Serta Rest provides a quality product that delivers what it promises.
I love cats and they know it. I have indoor cats that I've invited into my home and outdoor cats that have invited me into their lives. Each cat has his or her own personality. It's a cat's life!
Looking at life with a positive attitude and seeing the beauty life has to offer is so important in today's environment. See the beauty of life and be a conductor. Be a rainbow through the clouds.
Depression too often leads to suicide. It's heartbreaking for the families and friends left behind. Is there anything we can do to prevent depressional suicide? Maybe. Read on to know the signs.
Pushing yourself to become a better writer pushes yourself to become a better person. You become more in tune with how people perceive you and what you have to say. You are always a work in progress
The Cheesecake Factory offers a beautiful atmosphere, impeccable service and outstanding food. In addition, they buy American, serve the community and are environmentally conscious.
A picture paints a thousand words and perhaps initiates looking into one's soul. This poem is the result of a picture prompt offered by my mentor, Bill Holland.
This is a short story based on a writing prompt posed by a very good friend who has a couple of blogs and is a successful writer. When Bill calls, I take the challenge.
Art is in the eye of the beholder. I'm not sure who is responsible for the quote, but this article desribes the most beautiful art form known to me: My son and his beautiful soul.
We must all find our writers voice. More importantly, we must find the voice that speaks from our souls. Join me on the journey. I invite you to go through these exercises to discover yourself.
Going through the exercises in this series will bring clarity to your writers voice and your image of yourself. You will be amazed by the strength of character these exercises bring forth.
Perform the following exercises to better yourself as a writer and a person. Learn to know yourself. You'd be surprised how much you discover about what makes you tick as you do this.
It's not often a book is so great that it sparks sharing with the world. This is one such book. Pick it up and you won't want to put it down. When you finish, you'll be begging for more!
Coconut oil shows promise of slowing and possibly reversing the effects of Alzheimer's Disease. Ketones produced by coconut oil are received by the brain and act as fuel, keeping the cells alive.
Rape happens to innocent people every day. It is a devastating act. However, you cannot let atrocity keep you from living life. This is my personal story about rape and survival.
Knowledge of worldwide strife too often gets in the way of living live to the fullest. I choose to live live with a smile, a dream and a heart big enough to share. What I don't know doesn't hurt me
God works in mysterious ways. Sometimes after searching for a lifetime to learn your purpose, you get knocked upside the head. It's when you don't seek that you indeed find. Or it finds you....
Loneliness is a state of mind. It differs from being alone. Circumstances can bring about loneliness, but choices are a factor also. Recognize the difference and feed your way out of loneliness.
Imagination is the key to our dreams. It is the stories our imaginations make for us that we need to hold dear and make our guiding light. Never let your imagination rest. It will lead you far.
As we age we grow. Especially we women grow in a way we'd rather not know! Be that as it may, I have this to say: like it or lump it or live in dismay!
Our society has become downright incognizant to the repercussions surrounding our actions. Wake up and look around! Make a change and ensure our planet doesn't erode away into nothingness.
Creative writing is a challenge. Creating a fictional story based on photo prompts is even more of a challenge. Thanks to Bill Holland, he has sparked my juices. This is my contribution to a very much welcomed exercise in creativity.
Regret and hope are a part of everyone's life. Which one you choose to take the lead in your life is entirely up to you. Turn regrets into hope by learning from your mistakes and becoming a better you.
H.O.W. is a community of writers diligently trying to change the current emotional state of the world. Reaching beyond HubPages to our local media is a way to send our message globally. Let's positively affect Humanity One World. We can do it!
Joshua Williams is proof that there is still hope for our youth. At the age of 5 he developed joshuasheart.org, a foundation giving food to the poor. His foundation as since progressed to education and there is more in his sites. This eleven year old boy has answered his call from God. Will you?
When is giving to our loved ones too much giving? We need to give our guidance in order to help them to stand on their own. If we give so much that they can't survive without us, we have failed.
Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. This is my gift to you and to Him
My Cherokee blood, although minute in my DNA, is key to who I am. It is my strength. It is my fortitude. It has carried me through the trials I have brought upon myself. It has made me overcome all that comes my way. It has deemed me Bravewarrior!
Going green should inlcude your animals, especially if they live solely indoors. Eliminate pet odors, especially those of cats by utilizing environmentally friendly kitty litte rthat truly, honestly absorbs odors! Save the environment, let your kitties love being indoors and ensure your guests...
Our world is experiencing more strife than ever before. Our children, born into this world are suffering more than we can image due to poverty and the lack of care raising a child requires. They are not at fault, yet they are doomed if we don't reach out. Please reach out to these immaculate...
Sometimes I get inspired out of the clear blue. It's happened a few times this week and I thank God for kicking me in the inspriational part of my psyche! Join me in this celebration. Whether Thanksgiving or not, this hub should bring warmth to your soul. Be sure and listen to the song I've...
Mother Nature surprises us all the time. Pay attention and learn! You never know what you dont' know!! See how Nature takes care of dead rodents and birds.
I was hit out of the clear blue sky this afternoon by this poem that struck my soul and governed mind to pen to paper. This is for my Mom and for Mother Nature, both of whom live deep in my soul.
In today's dog eat dog world, we too often lose sight of that which we are grateful. We neglect to show gratitude towards our loved ones and mankind as a whole. Step back, take a deep breath and look at your life from the perspective of gratitude. Make an effort to make it forefront in your...
When Mother Nature wreaks havoc we need to come to the aid of those who have been in her path. Offer a hand, a home, a blanket, a meal; offer to help mend their home. If you are not within physical proximity to help, send help via donations, clothing, building materials and/or money. Reach out...
Vanity can sometimes get in the way of your true perspective on life. However, vanity does have its place. Vanity, or love for oneself can be the driving force behind reaching towards your dreams and being the best person you can be. The key is to not let vanity cloud your judgment and cause you...
Sometimes life throws us a curve resulting in the loss of a loved one. God loves us and wants us to be loved. He offers a second chance. We must see and believe.
We often lose ourselves to what others expect of us. We must never lose site of ourselves and never compromise our true selves for who others believe we should be. Look into your soul and know her face. Close your eyes and hear her music. Be true to yourself and never, ever let the music fade!
You can go green in your kitchen by starting in the backyard. Growing your own produce and herbs saves money and the flavors are much more savory when not shippped in refrigerated containers before they have ripened on their own. Try your hand at it!
You can help the enviroment by living as green as possible. One way to do this is to create your own compost. Taking it a step further, you can make your own composter. Its cost effective and you will create a soil amenity through organic waste, thereby eliminating toxins from the ground, the...
Setting the world and your obligations aside, what makes YOU happy? When your 9-5 is over, food is on the table, the kids are in bed, laundry's done, bills are paid, what do you do for yourself?
I had the pleasure of getting to know and spending time with the Miccosukee Tribe when I lived and wrote in South Florida. It was a most freeing experience; one I will cherish forever.
The beach is a source of inspiration for me. God is ever-present in His wonder when witnessing the flow of Nature. I wrote this poem in 1979.
You can help build your body's immune system by adding tasty ingredients to your foods. Read further for tips. If prevention results in you coming down with a cold or flu, despite your efforts, rather than take over the counter medications, your can help your body fight with natural remedies made...
Nature has a way of lifting your spirits. Look to the sun when you're feeling blue, re-energize and celebrate life!
Too often we lose sight of what's important in life. We get wrapped up in climbing the corporate ladder, financial gain and acquiring status symbols. The most important aspect of life is nurturing the human spirit: yours, mine and our. Let us not forget the wonderful gift God has given us. ...
Life brings us new adventures every day. Just look at how Mother Nature's beings come to life each and every day! We all have a purpose and it starts with getting up out of bed each day welcoming the world.
Mother Nature provides us with many remedies to common ailments available in our backyards or produce section of the grocery store. Don't mask your condition with medication. Eradicate it!
I wrote this for a friend's birthday. She's newly divorced after living a long emotionally abusive marriage. This is my message to her and all who have grown to doubt themselves.
Yogurt can be substituted for sour cream. It offers probiotic health benefits and tastes the same as sour cream. Consuming yogurt daily aids in better over-all health. Do your body a favor!
Periodically we need to go inside ourselves and re-evaluate our life path. Be honest. Be true and be willing to follow the path to your dreams.
Oftentimes, the simplest statements speak volumes.
Eating healthy is more beneficial to your body and supports our organic farmers. Utilizing organic, non-processed acoutriments to your cooking will result in better health and will allow the natural flavor of the food to come forth.
Youth has a way of looking through starry eyes. Love is what makes the world go 'round, as the say. Love is hope and hope searches for love.
Family is who we are. We are all an extension of each other and of God's love. Be strong. Be kind. Be loving. Be who you are.
Stars in my eyes, rose-colored glasses, always on the search for love. Little did I know the love I was seeking was my love for myself!
Another way to save the enviroment, your wallet and your nose!
This was written in 2002. I can't remember who it was that nourished my soul, but I'm glad I had the experience and felt it strongly enough to express it on paper!
You can save money and the environment by using white vinegar and baking soda to clean just about anything. Vinegar even acts as an effective weed killer.
Today's environment is being depleted by chemicals. Incorporate items you already keep in your household to make your own cleaners with no toxicity, safe for pets and children and save money. A little elbow grease goes a long way!
Protect yourself and the environment from mosquitoes by making your own repellent. Don't add poisons to your body. With a few simple ingredients, you can enjoy your outdoor activities without the pesky pests!
I never feel so free as when I'm in the wind, whether on a boat or a motorcycle. The water is a glorious place of freedom and godliness for me. Florida offers that and more.
May you always have rainbows and dreams to guide your way!
this particular green tip is somewhat unconventional in that it doesn't tell you how to replace chemicals with "green" products. Rather, it talks about clearing your mind and soul of toxins and really being honest with yourself.
While this hub is Florida specific, it will give you sod alternatives for hard to grow areas. Check with your local extention service to see what thrives in your area.
True friendship is rare. It comes in all shapes and forms!
Organic pest control helps the environment and keeps your landscape pesticide free. Composting and companion planting, along with applying a layer of mulch is a safe way to control your garden pests.
I love gardening. At one point, I wrote weekly Green Tips for my work's website. It has since been taken down because I was no longer contributing. I now want to share with all who enjoy and promote eco-friendly gardening.
Life is beautiful if you look at Mother Nature and repel what Mankind has done to our Earth and our souls!
Eating whole foods is better for your body, less expensive in the long run and helps save the environment at the same time!
Ee Americans no longer speak out loud. We revert to the internet. Can we not speak up again with our voices? What happened to the music that spoke for us?
This was written in an era when I was discovering myself. I hope all who read this have or will go through the same process. We need to become strong and can only do so by determining who we are.
Eyes never lie. People do all the time, but look at their eyes to know the truth!
This is a story I wrote to accompany a sketch my brother did. He's not yet read it. Hope he likes it!
Always be true to yourself. Recognize when the problems you face come from within. Be strong, recognize the problem is YOU and fix it!
This was written as an addition to a birthday card I gave to a very dear friend. It has also been published. No matter what you write, if it touches someone, it's worthy of print!
This poem is written for all who support my creative efforts. You're all part of the dream!
I'm fortunate to have 2 loving fathers, neither of which resent my love for both. I've been raised with a lot of love and need my Dad (the one who raised me) to know how much I love him on his upcoming birthday.
This is a tribute to all who have, are currently or will be serving in the Military to keep our Nation Free and Safe. God Bless all of you!
Alarmingly many plastics contain toxins. Even if you're a scratch cook, you can still be contaminating your foods by using ingredients contained in or lined by plastic!
Sometimes a short story leads to dreams of a novel. This is what this story is all about.
I don't know if it's the Cherokee in my or the fact that I'm a left-over flower child, but is seems Mother Nature and Mother Earth give me the most positive inspirations to my poetry.
I had given up on ever finding true love. And I was OK with that. Then, fate changed my history, bringing me true love. A love like no other. Kismet. Fate. Destiny. Don't ever give up on love. God has a plan for each and every one of us. One of which we should never question, but embrace.
Looking for environmentally friendly cleaning and cosmetic solutions? They can be found in your pantry! Read further to learn how to save money and the environment.
Mosquitoes are a nuisance, to say the least, however, there are several ways to combat them without using chemicals. Read ahead for just a few ideas. There are many earth-friendly alternatives.
In today's troubled times, music can be the panacea for a troubled soul. Lift yourself to the music and let your spirit soar!
Life can be hard and it is hard, but life is beautiful. Look thru my rose-colored glasses!
I'm finding myself seeking my roots and knowing that's where I began. I hope Granddaddy is smiling in his current land, knowing he made a mark.
Our dreams get set aside in order to raise our children, pay the mortgage and put food on the table. How sad! Our dreams should be as viable a way of providing for ourselves and loved ones, as working for others' gains in order to do so. What ever happened to homesteading and the barter system?!
I am constantly amazed by the fortitude of love in my life. I was a difficult child, to say the least. I was angry and ornery. I was most ugly to my family. Their love for me today, emphasizes the fact that true love is in the blood!
I actually wrote this poem 8 years prior to the birth of my son. I'm sure it was a beautiful expression of Nature that inspired the poem. I now equate the sentiment to the birth of my son; the most Miraculous expression of Nature. Testimony that God and Nature are one.
This was written sometime in the 80's and "tweaked" in November 2012. I've always felt a special connection to God and my soul when in nature. It's a time of reflection for me; a time when society and it's monetary pressures don't exist. "Is It a Dream?" was not entitled until a few days ago, as...
This was written in 1982 at age 25. My heart had ached since I was a little girl of 6, after my mother divorced my brother's and my father. Although she remarried and gave us a wonderful, loving new dad, and later a sister, I pined for my natural father. Not having contact with him, my heart...
Bring the indoors out by creating a comfortable, attractive living area on your patio, even on a tight budget. Increase the value of your home while offering additional entertaining space, or a serene setting for me time!
I wrote this poem when my brother mentioned he'd not had a story behind the painting. I purchased this painting from him, called "Bridge to the Dream". It's only right I share it with you, as his mystical talent was my inspiration for the poem.
In today's busy environment, many of us succumb to fast food or pre-packaged foods, neither of which are as healthy as making meals from fresh ingredients. Don't be afraid to test your culinary skills! Your body will thank you.
Some people just don't understand the strong who take an active part in bringing their dreams to life. Even on the weekend!
When life continually doesn't go your way, you have to stop and ask yourself, "what is the common factor?". This is the result of that factor being me.
Eco-friendly solutions to doing laundry.
This is written for my friend Mary, in the hope it will help ease the pain in her heart over her mother's death.
Taking simple steps to maintain your septic tank, without chemicals, will save you money in the long run!
Make your own soil enhancement by using vegetable and yard scraps. Composting is eco-friendly and cuts down on waste. Use the money save to buy more plants and seeds.
If you see bugs crawling around in your compost pile, don't call the exterminator! You're actually doing something right. Bugs and even frogs, are integral to breaking down the individual components you've incorporated into the mix in order to result in the rich compost you need for healthy,...
Here's how to compost without breaking the bank. Make your own composter out of inexpensive materials and a little elbow grease!