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  • Remembering the 1918 American Invasion of Russia
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    Remembering the 1918 American Invasion of Russia

    2 months ago

    In 1918, during World War I, some 15,000 U.S. troops took part in a now forgotten British-French led invasion of their former ally, Russia. The participating troops found themselves continuing to fight until pulled out 2 years after World War I ended & having failed to achieve their objectives.

  • Beautiful Monstrose Apple Cactus in Bloom
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    Beautiful Monstrose Apple Cactus in Bloom

    3 months ago

    TheCereus repandus f. Monstrosa or Monstrose Apple Cactus as it is commonly known is found in gardens in Arizona and for a month in the Spring each year produces beautiful flowers, each lasting one day, for about a month.

  • Rosie, a Rare and Beautiful Flower With a Sickening Stench
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    Rosie, a Rare and Beautiful Flower With a Sickening Stench

    4 months ago

    My wife recently witnessed a once-in-a-decade blooming of an Amorphophallus Titanum (or Corpse Plant) at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. It is a beautiful flower, but it smells like rotting meat...

  • Saving the Salt River Wild Horses
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    Saving the Salt River Wild Horses

    5 months ago

    The wild horse or mustang has been a part of the American West for close to 400 years. Because it is both loved by many and hated by others, it has struggled to survive. This is the story of one group of mustangs in AZ

  • Toadstools Trailhead Hike in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
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    Toadstools Trailhead Hike in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

    11 months ago

    An easy hike through some fascinating rock formations in Southern Utah's Grande Staircase - Escalante National Monument.

  • Arizona's Beautiful Canyon Lake
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    Arizona's Beautiful Canyon Lake

    14 months ago

    Despite its location in the deserts of the American Southwest, Arizona has a surprising number of beautiful lakes. The lakes are the result of the numerous dams found on many of the state’s rivers. Like dams elsewhere these dams were...

  • Arcosanti, Arizona: A 50-Year-Old City of the Future
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    Arcosanti, Arizona: A 50-Year-Old City of the Future

    19 months ago

    Halfway between Phoenix and Flagstaff along Interstate 17 is the partially completed futuristic city of Arcosanti.

  • Monuments to America's Veterans
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    Monuments to America's Veterans

    20 months ago

    From colonial times to the present Americans have relied on some of their fellow citizens to protect our cherished freedom and security. Our gratitude to these men & women is displayed in monuments t

  • The First Voyage of  Christopher Columbus
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    The First Voyage of Christopher Columbus

    3 months ago

    On August 3, 1492 Christopher Columbus along with the 88 members of his crew and their families attended Mass in the Church of St. George the Martyr in the Andalusian town of Palos de la Frontera on the southern coast of Spain. Here they prayed...

  • WW I Soldier's Letter to an Army Buddy
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    WW I Soldier's Letter to an Army Buddy

    2 years ago

    March 1919 letter from a WW I American solder in Luxembourg to his friend Walter Fraser with the U.S. Army 309th Artillery Regiment stationed in France. Insight into life of 2 combat veterans awaitin

  • A Winter Visit to the Grand Canyon
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    A Winter Visit to the Grand Canyon

    2 years ago

    Visiting the Grand Canyon in Winter when it is blanketed in snow is a memorable experience and great photography opportunity.

  • Arizona's 18th Century Presidio Santa Cruz de Terrenate
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    Arizona's 18th Century Presidio Santa Cruz de Terrenate

    21 months ago

    Sitting on a bluff overlooking the San Pedro in Southern Arizona are the ruins of the 18th century Spanish Presidio (Fort) Santa Cruz de Terrenate. Here is the story of the fort's history.

  • An Enjoyable Hike to the Historic Presidio Santa Cruz de Terrenate
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    An Enjoyable Hike to the Historic Presidio Santa Cruz de Terrenate

    2 years ago

    Arizona's climate and natural beauty makes hiking a popular sport. Here is an account of an easy and enjoyable hike to the remains of a fort that is as old as the United States.

  • Ostrich Racing at Chandler Arizona's Annual Ostrich Festival
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    Ostrich Racing at Chandler Arizona's Annual Ostrich Festival

    3 years ago

    While not a serious competitive sport, ostrich racing events are held at carnivals and fairs around the country. In Arizona the annual Ostrich Festival in the city of Chandler features ostrich races

  • Forces Behind Growing Demand for Tattoo Removal
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    Forces Behind Growing Demand for Tattoo Removal

    2 years ago

    Tattoos are currently popular among young adults. But as they mature many are no longer satisfied with their tattoos. This has given rise to a booming business in tattoo removal.

  • Tucson's Annual All Souls Procession
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    Tucson's Annual All Souls Procession

    2 years ago

    All Souls Day, celebrated on November 2nd, is an ancient Christian holiday remembering the dead. Since 1990 Tucson, AZ has celebrated the day to remember and mourn deceased family & friends.

  • Harlem Hellfighters - Distinguished WW I All Black Combat Unit
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    Harlem Hellfighters - Distinguished WW I All Black Combat Unit

    20 months ago

    The 369th Infantry Regiment, nicknamed Harlem Hellfighters, was a highly decorated, all Black U.S. Infantry Regiment that was assigned to and fought with the French Army in World War I.

  • Increasing Student Engagement in an Online Course with Pictures
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    Increasing Student Engagement in an Online Course with Pictures

    3 years ago

    Instructor's experience of using pictures of family dog to increase student engagement in online economics course. Surprisingly more students completed assignments and tests and fewer drops from cour

  • Gavrilo Princip The Teenager Who Started World War I
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    Gavrilo Princip The Teenager Who Started World War I

    2 years ago

    On June 28, 1914 a young man named Gavrilo Princip shot Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie when the car they were riding in stalled. Princip's action precipitated the start of World War I

  • Montezuma Castle:  History of a Pre-Columbian Cliff Dwelling
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    Montezuma Castle: History of a Pre-Columbian Cliff Dwelling

    2 years ago

    Sitting along Interstate 17 in Arizona' s Verde Valley between Phoenix and Flagstaff is an ancient Indian ruin known as Montezuma Castle. Here is the history from its origins as a dwelling to today's

  • Hawaii Tropical Garden Nature Preserve
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    Hawaii Tropical Garden Nature Preserve

    5 years ago

    Flowers bring beauty to the world . Tropical rain forests have many beautiful flowers and the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden near Hilo has an abundance of tropical flowers and plants from around

  • The Story Behind the Candle in the Window at the Garlock House
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    The Story Behind the Candle in the Window at the Garlock House

    8 months ago

    For over 80 years a candle has glowed in the window of the Garlock House at 211 N. Main St. in Canandaigua, NY. Supposedly in memory of a son killed in World War I, the son's name has been a mystery

  • War Hero Leonid Golikov
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    War Hero Leonid Golikov

    3 years ago

    Leonid Golikov (АЕНЯ ГOАИКOB) 16 year old Russian partisan in World War II. Killed 78 German soldiers in his 10 months of combat. Attacked and captured documents from General Wirtz. Died in combat

  • Exploring Arizona's Peppersauce Cave in the Coronado National Forest
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    Exploring Arizona's Peppersauce Cave in the Coronado National Forest

    21 months ago

    Peppersauce Cave in southern Arizona is relatively well known but not a tourist attraction. It's in a wilderness area on the north side of Mt. Lemon in the Santa Catalina mountains north of Tucson.

  • Peruvian Apple Cactus and Its Night Blooming Flowers
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    Peruvian Apple Cactus and Its Night Blooming Flowers

    5 months ago

    Arriving at work shortly after sunrise on a recent spring morning my wife noticed a beautiful white flower on one of the cacti in the gardens on the grounds where she works. Unlike many other species of cacti, such as the majestic saguaro or the...

  • What is the best airport for international layovers?
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    What is the best airport for international layovers?

    6 years ago

    Hubber GinnyLee has posted the question What is the best airport for international layovers? While I have had the opportunity to pass through and spend time in many airports in North America and Europe, I would have to say that Amsterdam's...

  • Are Right to Work Laws Good for the Economy
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    Are Right to Work Laws Good for the Economy

    2 years ago

    Right to work laws give individual workers the right to choose whether to join and union pay union dues or elect not to join a union in order to work and earn a living.

  • TheLast American Soldier Killed in World War I
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    TheLast American Soldier Killed in World War I

    4 years ago

    War is about killing and dying. Many soldiers die in wars and the pain to their friends and family is great. But even worse is a soldier who is killed by a bullet fired 60 seconds before the war end

  • Calling a Plumber to Fix a Broken Pipe in the Bathroom
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    Calling a Plumber to Fix a Broken Pipe in the Bathroom

    9 months ago

    When water pipes behind walls spring a leak it is important to call a plumber immediately. Left unfixed, leaking pipes can do serious damage to a building.

  • Professional Development for Hubbers
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    Professional Development for Hubbers

    2 years ago

    To be successful on HubPages and other online writing one needs to regularly spend time learning and improving.

  • Frank Luke Jr World War I Balloon Busting Ace
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    Frank Luke Jr World War I Balloon Busting Ace

    7 years ago

    Frank Luke Jr an American World War I Fighter Ace and Medal of Honor winner known as the Arizona Balloon Buster

  • Why Tattoos and Body Art Are Not Acceptable for Job Interviews
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    Why Tattoos and Body Art Are Not Acceptable for Job Interviews

    7 weeks ago

    First impressions are important. Failure to make a good first impression at a job interview will prevent your being hired. Visible tattoos and piercings do not make for a good impression at a job interview.

  • On the Fourth Day of Christmas Is the Gift a Calling Bird or Collie Bird?
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    On the Fourth Day of Christmas Is the Gift a Calling Bird or Collie Bird?

    9 months ago

    December 26, 2010 New Hubber, Mary Jane Danley, saw my Hub On the First Day of Christmas and sent me a request asking if the gift on the Fourth Day of Christmas was originally four colley (or collie) birds or four calling birds. In my Hub On the...

  • How much does it cost per day to travel in Russia?
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    How much does it cost per day to travel in Russia?

    19 months ago

    Russia, once distant and mostly off limits during the Cold War, is a beautiful and friendly country to visit. Here are some ideas to help you plan a trip to Russia.

  • San Jose de Gracia Church in Las Trampas NM
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    San Jose de Gracia Church in Las Trampas NM

    9 months ago

    Situated between Santa Fe and Taos along New Mexico's scenic High Road is the little village of Las Tampas founded by 12 Spanish settlers under the leadership of Juan de Arguello in 1751. While here, travelers can visit and attend Mass at the old Spanish Mission Church fo San Jose de Gracia that...

  • El Tiradito Tucson's Shrine to a Murdered Sinner
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    El Tiradito Tucson's Shrine to a Murdered Sinner

    5 months ago

    September 20, 2010 On South Main Avenue, a few hundred feet south of Cushing Street in Tucson, Arizona, there sits an odd little park known as El Tiradito. El Tiradito roughly translates into English as the castaway or the outcast and the...

  • Historic Cook Church in Sacaton Arizona
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    Historic Cook Church in Sacaton Arizona

    7 years ago

    It was my Father who instilled in me a love of history.  However, for him history was not an exercise in memorizing dates, names and places, but rather the story behind the dates, names and places. Told or written as a story, history comes alive...

  • A Soldier's Account of the End of World War II in the Pacific
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    A Soldier's Account of the End of World War II in the Pacific

    4 years ago

    On August 14, 1945 North Americans received the news that Japan had surrendered and World War II in the Pacific was over (the date was August 15, 1945 in Asia and Australia & New Zealand). That day was declared V-J Day for Victory over Japan Day. Here is one soldier's account of that day.

  • Arizona's Great World War II Prisoner of War Escape
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    Arizona's Great World War II Prisoner of War Escape

    6 years ago

    Movies like the 1983 Movie The Great Escape, portray Allied POWs escaping from Nazi POW Camps. But German POWs in a U.S. POW camp in Phoenix, Arizona also dug a tunnel and temporarily escaped their camp and attempted to travel to Mexico.

  • Tragic Life of Thomas Lynch Jr an Irish Signer of Declaration of Independence
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    Tragic Life of Thomas Lynch Jr an Irish Signer of Declaration of Independence

    3 years ago

    A third generation Irish-American, Thomas Lynch and his father, Thomas Sr. were the only father & son to serve together in the Second Continental Congress. Ill health forced Thomas Jr. to leave the Army. He was then sent to Congress where he signed the Declaration of Independence following which...

  • Finding an old Mao Zedong Clock at a Flea Market
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    Finding an old Mao Zedong Clock at a Flea Market

    4 years ago

    Viewing some old spring operated, Mao Zedong clocks at a flea market turned into a teachable moment as I showed my son what clocks used to look like and what China endured under Mao's dictatorship.

  • Honoring Dogs During Chinese New Year Festival
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    Honoring Dogs During Chinese New Year Festival

    5 years ago

    Dogs have long been helpers and pets for people everywhere. The Chinese recognize this by celebrating Day 2 of the Chinese New Year celebration as the birthday of dogs. Here is one dog's celebration

  • To Hell and Back on a Bus
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    To Hell and Back on a Bus

    5 years ago

    When visiting the British Caribbean island of Grand Cayman one must see spot is the town of Hell located 12.6 km from the island's capital, Georgetown. It takes about 20 minutes by bus to get to Hell

  • Publishing Advice for New Hubbers
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    Publishing Advice for New Hubbers

    2 years ago

    HubPages is a very successful site which is attracting more and more excellent writers every day to say nothing of the troves of new readers who are attracted to the site. HubPages offers people the chance to make money with their writing and this...

  • A Visit to the World War I Battlefield of Verdun
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    A Visit to the World War I Battlefield of Verdun

    6 years ago

    The area around the ancient city of Verdun, France was the site of major battles during World War I. Having had a great-Uncle who had spent time at Verdun during World War I and who had fought in other battles in that war I made a point of visiting the Verdun battlefield during a visit to France.

  • Air National Guard Offers Opportunities as Part Time Fighter Pilots
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    Air National Guard Offers Opportunities as Part Time Fighter Pilots

    2 years ago

    The National Guard offers men and women the opportunity to train and help defend their country while also having and home and civilian job. For some, the Air National Guard offers the opportunity to fly military aircraft and for a select few being a weekend warrior involves being a jet fighter...

  • Dining In An Antique Railroad Car in Willcox Arizona - A Restaurant Review
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    Dining In An Antique Railroad Car in Willcox Arizona - A Restaurant Review

    8 years ago

    Situated along Interstate-10 in Arizona just east of the New Mexico border and laying about halfway between Phoenix, Arizona and El Paso, Texas is the city of Willcox. Originally founded in 1880 as a minor stop for the Southern Pacific Railroad,...

  • Can True Love Still be Found in Today's World?
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    Can True Love Still be Found in Today's World?

    3 years ago

    True love is all around us but it is so common that we don't notice it. True love is more than the fiery romantic passions that draw two people together. As the fires of passion cool they are repla

  • A Bobcat in the Neighborhood
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    A Bobcat in the Neighborhood

    7 years ago

    With some older central cities being the exception, our modern cities with single family homes sitting on large lots and surrounded by wide swaths of green space or vacant land provide good habitat for animals as well as humans. While late...

  • Thanksgiving Through the Years in America
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    Thanksgiving Through the Years in America

    22 months ago

    The Pilgrims were not the first to celebrate Thanksgiving in America and this holiday's traditions have continued to evolve since the Pilgrims.

  • A Jobless Recovery
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    A Jobless Recovery

    2 years ago

    October 8, 2009 Just as the first tiny green buds appearing on bushes herald the end of winter and the promise of spring, the increasing sprouts of good economic news herald the the end of the current recession and hold the promise of good times...

  • Defined Benefit vs Defined Contribution Pension Plans
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    Defined Benefit vs Defined Contribution Pension Plans

    5 years ago

    Defined benefit and defined contribution are the 2 main types of employer sponsored pension plans. Risks and advantages differ for each. Learn here how each works and what to expect from your plan.

  • How Did the Roman Catholic Tradition of Eating Fish on Fridays Begin?
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    How Did the Roman Catholic Tradition of Eating Fish on Fridays Begin?

    18 months ago

    Roman Catholics have a long tradition of eating fish on Fridays. The Friday Fish Fry is still common, especially during Lent, at many Catholic churches and other organizations and restaurants in areas with large Catholic populations. Learn how this tradition began despite the fact that there is...

  • The American Revolution - A World War
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    The American Revolution - A World War

    2 months ago

    It is common knowledge that France was America's ally during the American Revolution. What is not so well known is the fact that Spain secretly funded both the French forces and American forces fighting against Britain in the Revolution.

  • The Island of Hawaii and Its Six Volcanoes
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    The Island of Hawaii and Its Six Volcanoes

    2 months ago

    Volcanoes, like their close cousins earthquakes, are responsible for both massive destruction as well as for the creation of many of the beautiful landscapes on our earth. The Earth as we know it today was created eons ago. The job, however, is...

  • Oldest House in America: Santa Fe's Casa Vieja De Analco
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    Oldest House in America: Santa Fe's Casa Vieja De Analco

    3 months ago

    La Casa Vieja de Analco in Santa Fe, New Mexico is a structure originally constructed by Pueblo Indians a century or more before Columbus arrived in the New World. Used almost continuously for over six hundred years, it is the oldest continuously inhabited house in the United States.

  • Fray Marcos de Niza and His Monument
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    Fray Marcos de Niza and His Monument

    6 years ago

    Driving south on Duquesne Rd in the Santa Cruz County sector of the Coronado National Forest in Southern Arizona one comes upon a broad, grassy plain which looks more like it belongs in the grasslands of the Great Plains rather than in the mountains...

  • How to Make an Omelet with an Ostrich Egg
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    How to Make an Omelet with an Ostrich Egg

    4 years ago

    A visit to an ostrich ranch where we purchased an ostrich egg and how we made an omelet with it.

  • Spring in the Arizona Desert: Cacti in Bloom
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    Spring in the Arizona Desert: Cacti in Bloom

    3 months ago

    The Sonoran Desert in Southern Arizona, while dry, is anything but a barren wasteland. Many plants have adapted to its arid environment. In the spring, these cacti and other plants burst into bloom.

  • Scot-Irish, the Other Irish
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    Scot-Irish, the Other Irish

    6 months ago

    While Ireland is a predominantly Catholic nation there is also a sizable Protestant minority whose traditions go back hundreds of years. Large numbers of both groups emigrated to the United States with those of Protestant faiths choosing to be known as Scot-Irish.....

  • The Evolving Traditions of St. Patrick's Day
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    The Evolving Traditions of St. Patrick's Day

    5 years ago

    Green Beer along with corn beef and cabbage are traditional St. Patrick's Day favorites. Learn how these come to be associated with a day celebrating the life of a saint.

  • How Teachers Can Automate their Grade Book Using a Google Docs Spreadsheet
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    How Teachers Can Automate their Grade Book Using a Google Docs Spreadsheet

    2 years ago

    Teachers can use the spreadsheet function in the free Google Documents service to easily create a grade book in the Cloud that is accessible anywhere at anytime. No more having to remember to carry your paper grade book or accidentally leaving a thumb drive with grades on a public computer.

  • How to File Income Taxes on the Part Time Income Earned on Hub Pages and Other Internet Marketing  Sites
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    How to File Income Taxes on the Part Time Income Earned on Hub Pages and Other Internet Marketing Sites

    3 months ago

    If you are regularly making money from HubPages or other online activities you are considered to be a small business owner and required to pay taxes on this income. Here is how to keep your business

  • Why do Women Live Longer than Men?
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    Why do Women Live Longer than Men?

    2 years ago

    Women in general tend to live longer than men these days. Here are some reasons why as well as some evidence that men are catching up in terms of longevity.

  • The Economics of Marriage and Divorce
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    The Economics of Marriage and Divorce

    16 months ago

    Since the beginning of time marriage has been a mixture of both love and economics with almost as many people down through the ages marrying for money as for love.

  • An Air Force Base Remembers its Veteran Pilots and Their Aircraft
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    An Air Force Base Remembers its Veteran Pilots and Their Aircraft

    3 years ago

    Sitting peacefully in the desert at the entrance to Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, AZ is park memorializing veteran pilots with descriptive plaques and the combat airplanes they flew in war.

  • Politics and Falling Oil Prices
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    Politics and Falling Oil Prices

    18 months ago

    The 2008 oil price rise came to a screeching halt when President Bush overturned executive order banning more offshore drilling. Oil prices had been rising not because of an oil shortage but because of a fear of an oil shortage.

  • Deep-Fried Rattlesnake Steaks
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    Deep-Fried Rattlesnake Steaks

    5 years ago

    A recipe for cooking a rattlesnake. Rattlesnake tastes somewhat like chicken and can also be purchased in some specialty restaurants if you don't wish to catch and cook your own.

  • The Majestic Saguaro Cactus
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    The Majestic Saguaro Cactus

    14 months ago

    Mention the word cactus and, for most people, the first thing that comes to mind is the mighty saguaro cactus. Thanks largely to western movies, the saguaro has become synonymous with cactus, despite the fact that, not only are there numerous...

  • A Deadly Duel and the Headless Ghost Left Behind
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    A Deadly Duel and the Headless Ghost Left Behind

    3 years ago

    A story about the headless ghost that haunts the 18th century Old Fort Niagara in western New York. Two young officers in a remote outpost, one beautiful young maiden and alcohol leads to tragedy.

  • Butterfly Day June 19th
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    Butterfly Day June 19th

    9 months ago

    June 19th is Butterfly Day, a fact that I learned when I went to an online greeting card site to send a birthday card to a colleague and discovered cards for Butterfly Day. I did a few quick Google searches to learn more about this holiday but,...

  • Jesse Palmer and Jessica Bowlin – A Tale of Love Postponed
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    Jesse Palmer and Jessica Bowlin – A Tale of Love Postponed

    2 years ago

    Jessica Bowlin was one of the twenty-five women that Canadian born football quarterback Jesse Palmer met and dated during his stint as the bachelor during thatseries fifth season in 2004. By the end of the series filming in the spring of 2004 all...

  • Mathew B. Juan – Native American Hero of World War I
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    Mathew B. Juan – Native American Hero of World War I

    13 months ago

    The story of a World War I American Indian from Arizona who became he first Arizonan and first Native American to die in combat in WW I. Mystery still surrounds his reason for changing his name to Mathew B. Rivers when he joined the Army.

  • How to Get Started Writing Grants
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    How to Get Started Writing Grants

    2 months ago

    In responding to a reader's request on how to fill out grants II would like to start with a question: are you looking for another source of funds for the business you mentioned in your profile or are you working with an organization or a school that wants you to help them in applying for grants?

  • How to Become an Online Class Instructor for a University
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    How to Become an Online Class Instructor for a University

    2 months ago

    Online instruction is a growing field. Here are some strategies for transitioning into this new and exciting area of education and training.

  • Cranberries – History and Recipes
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    Cranberries – History and Recipes

    3 years ago

    A brief history of this American berry along with cranberry bread recipes and links to other cranberry recipes.

  • For Profit vs Non-Profit Form of Business
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    For Profit vs Non-Profit Form of Business

    2 years ago

    Non-profit corporations differ from regular, for profit corporations, in that they are not owned by individuals and thus do not have owners to give the profits to. Instead, all earnings go toward growth and the expenses incurred in accomplishing their social service mission.

  • Edward O'Hare - the Name Behind Chicago's Famous Airport
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    Edward O'Hare - the Name Behind Chicago's Famous Airport

    3 years ago

    Chigago's O'Hare Airport was named after Edward "Butch O'Hare who, as a naval aviator during World War II single handily shot down five Japanese bombers preventing them from bombing the aircraft carr

  • Christmas in  a War Zone - From a World War I Soldier's Diary
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    Christmas in a War Zone - From a World War I Soldier's Diary

    2 years ago

    November 11, 1918, a date celebrated as Veterans Day, Armistice Day, Remembrance Day, etc., is considered today to be the date that World War I ended. People forget that what really happened that day was that the warring nations simply decided to stop fighting temporarily while diplomats tried to...

  • Father Christmas and His Assistant Père Fouettard
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    Father Christmas and His Assistant Père Fouettard

    21 months ago

    When Pere Noel, as St. Nicholas is known as in France, visits France each Christmas he is often accompanied by a ruffian like character named Pere Fouettard. While Pere Noel rewards good little children with treats, Fouettard becomes the disciplinarian responsible for punishing the children who...

  • Is It Good Or Bad To Tell Children That Santa Claus Is a Myth?
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    Is It Good Or Bad To Tell Children That Santa Claus Is a Myth?

    18 months ago

    Is Santa Claus real? This is a question on every young child's mind and dilemma for many a parent. But why destroy the fun and magic of Christmas in the interest of total transparency?

  • Some Smoking War Tales
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    Some Smoking War Tales

    3 years ago

    Cigarettes and war tend to go together as troops in combat find having a cigarette following a battle a way to calm their nerves. From WW I to Korea the U.S. issued cigarettes to troops in combat

  • The Candle in the Window
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    The Candle in the Window

    3 months ago

    Sitting at the corner of Fort Hill and North Main Street in the small City of Canandaigua, New York is a stately old home with a candle glowing perpetually in its right front window. An electric candle has replaced the original wax candle that a mother lit for her son when he left to fight in...

  • White Pumpkins
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    White Pumpkins

    2 years ago

    Ghosts and Jack O Lanterns are the most common Halloween symbols. This has led enterprising farmers to breed white pumpkins that allow people to create a Jack O' Lantern from a pumpkin that is a white as a ghost.

  • Old Fort Niagara – A Historic Tourist Attraction
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    Old Fort Niagara – A Historic Tourist Attraction

    5 years ago

    Old Fort Niagara a nearly three century old fort at the mouth of the Niagara River. At various times in the past it was fought over by England, France and the United States. Today it is a popular historic tourist attraction.

  • How to Apply for Emigration to Ireland from India
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    How to Apply for Emigration to Ireland from India

    21 months ago

    The recent liberalization of Ireland's economy has resulted in a demand for more labor which has made Ireland attractive to immigrants seeking a better life. With both India and Ireland being English speaking nations and both part of the British Empire in times past, Ireland has become a popular...

  • A Castle in the Middle of Rochester, New York
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    A Castle in the Middle of Rochester, New York

    2 months ago

    Part of the fun of travel is the surprising discoveries one can make when traveling down back roads and off the beaten track. On a recent trip back to Rochester, New York I came upon just such a discovery while touring an area of the city that was...

  • Millau Viaduct – World's Tallest Bridge
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    Millau Viaduct – World's Tallest Bridge

    9 months ago

    To me there are few things more impressive than being on a man-made structure, such as a very tall building or a bridge, and viewing blue sky above and clouds below. Of, course for this to occur the structure has be be rather high and the clouds...

  • Hugo O'Conor - The Irishman Who Founded Tucson
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    Hugo O'Conor - The Irishman Who Founded Tucson

    3 years ago

    Visitors to the city of Tucson, Arizona in America's Southwest are often surprised to learn that this city just north of the Mexican border was founded by an Dublin born Irishman named Hugo O'Connor. Read the amazing story of how this Irishman came to be a general in the Spanish army and founded a...

  • U S Navy NC-4 - First Plane to Fly Across the Atlantic Ocean
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    U S Navy NC-4 - First Plane to Fly Across the Atlantic Ocean

    9 years ago

    It has been 46 years, almost a half a century since the Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first person to cut the bonds of Earth and venture into space on April 12, 1961. A mere four years earlier, on October 26, 1957, the Russians had...

  • A New Twist on Bank Account Scams
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    A New Twist on Bank Account Scams

    6 months ago

    Two of my more popular recent hubs have been I Just Won the Lottery in which I described receiving a $2,950 check for winning a lottery which I had never heard of, let alone entered and Money Laundering Jobs Aplenty in which I described the process...

  • The Zimmerman Telegram
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    The Zimmerman Telegram

    2 months ago

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