This is one of my cupcake creations after being inspired by 'Cupcake Wars'. Just as the name states, it has something that everyone will enjoy: chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla. It's a winner!
Anxiety is an actual emotional and physical response to negative anticipation. It affects people of all ages, including teens. Here are some tips on how to handle anxiety before it overwhelms you.
I enjoy eating and cooking Thai food because it is a perfect blend of flavors-sweet and spicy. If you are interested in cooking Thai food, this directory of information may be helpful.
Did you know that esophageal cancer affects more males over the age of 50, than females? Here are some of the common precursors of this disease, as well as suggested treatment.
Valentine's Day can be a special when honoring friends with an afternoon tea. This article is filled with scrumptious food ideas that are easy to make and elegant to look at. Photos included.
Adding cranberry to an orange muffin recipe creates a wonderful marriage of flavors. This recipe includes cinnamon, cloves and ginger. It's perfect for breakfast, brunch, or an afternoon tea.
Adding ground pistachios to this basic scone recipe creates a flavor that is truly enjoyable. The wonderful 'sweet rose frosting' on top makes it perfect for a brunch or afternoon tea.
Parents, if you have a teen who is asking for a laptop, here is a guide that offers helpful hints for them-from communication style, to setting up a meeting.
Gumbo is a Cajun dish that includes meat or seafood and vegetables. This easy, one pot recipe is both tasty and filling. Serve with rice or bread and you have a complete meal.
If you've ever been curious about where Ava Gardner was born a visit to Smithfield, North Carolina might offer answers. The Ava Gardner museum is opened seven days a week and has a delightful collection of Gardner's memorabilia.
An elegant Valentine Cookie that uses cinnamon, cloves, and jam. This is an easy recipe to follow, that is just right for an afternoon tea or Valentine's party.
Many people are allergic to perfume. Here are some suggestions on how to handle a strong fragrance in a small, confined space.
If you are interested in learning how to make pottery you may want to invest in a private lesson. Here are some facts that will help you learn the basics, and make a clear decision if wheel throwing is your thing.
The Boston Cooler is a soda fountain drink created by James Vernors in Detroit, Michigan. It's simple to make and has just two ingredients.
Similar to BBQ sauce, Char Siu is a sauce with Asian Spices that is applied to meat such as pork or chicken. It is easy to make the marinade and the results are delicious.
The Polar Express soundtrack is a delightful mix of music for everyone. From unique numbers like the fast paced, 'Hot Chocolate', or the beautiful 'Believe' sung by Josh Groban, to the traditional Christmas songs like: White Christmas, and Silverbells, adults and children alike will relish this...
If you're in a hurry to go out and don't have time to wash clothes, follow these proven tips to make dirty clothes smell clean (and fool those standing near you!).
Does your teen help with household chores? Here is a simple guide to help teach your child the fine art of washing dishes by hand. The secret is to know what your expectations are before you begin.
A simple dessert that is similar to a s'more in pie form. Add crushed candy cane for a delectable dessert that is perfect for the winter holidays.
Find out the history behind the candy cane. Curious about what holiday candy keeps coming back? Read on for facts about holiday candy.
If you've wondered what minerals, animals, plants, gems or birds are native to North Carolina, the Museum of Natural Science is the place to uncover the answers. While you're visiting, be sure to check out the dinosaur bones!
This simple recipe is elegant enough to serve at a dinner party. The pomegranate glaze is a flavorful blend of sweet and tart that is sure to please your guests.
Do you want a great enchilada? Put your leftover turkey to work and try this exceptionally flavored enchilada.
A walk through the Waterfowl Park is a trip you won't want to miss. If you are anywhere near the vicinity of Scotland Neck, (about 1.5 hours east of Raleigh, NC), be sure to take a tour. You won't regret it!
If you enjoy a good cup of tea you may be interested in how tea became so popular. Read the history, health benefits and other fun facts in this hub.
What is the best way to slice an apple? Do you know how many varieties there are? Or, who produces the most apples? Read on for more information.
Bigelow tea is an American tea company and it owns the only tea plantation in the United States. Read on to discover why I prefer Bigelow and how you can tour the Charleston Tea Plantation.
Have you ever experienced 'fondue'? If not, the Melting Pot Restaurant is a great place to hold a special celebration. The food is tasty and the dining experience is unique and fun.
When it comes time to bake a cook needs the most efficient tool there is. With the Pampered Chef mixing bowl you get everything you hoped for and more. Read on to discover why.
If you have a fussy eater try making a game at mealtime. This simple recipe offers healthy nutrition while teaching the ABC's of fruit.
What's special about Domino's Pizza? Service and taste are two of my ratings for this pizza delivery chain.
Heart healthy foods are important if you have high cholesterol or other cardiac problems. Here is a tasty breakfast recipe using egg substitute.
The Rival Roaster Oven is my favorite Rival product and a 'must-have' for holiday and large group entertaining. It is convenient, cleans easily and frees up space. You won't be disappointed.
American author, Edgar Allan Poe was many things: literary critic, master of suspense, poet, and creator of the detective genre. The Poe Museum is filled with interesting information about his biographical life in a setting that references his literary works.
Being a senior in high school holds many memorable moments and many expenses. Buying a class ring, having senior photos taken...these are some of the expenses.
Halloween can bring out the best and the worst of us...here is a true scary story about a scary movie and its effects on my husband.
Homemade chicken noodle soup is the antidote to a variety of physical and emotional ailments. Here is my version of this delicious, year round, soup.
A healthy salmon recipe filled with tasty ingredients and lots of protein, vitamins, minerals, and omega 3 fatty acids. Easy to make, too!
This is an easy, meatless alternative breakfast. A combination of two kid favorites: pizza and peanut butter and jelly. In my research I was pleased to note there did not appear to be any semblance of my creation of 'Breakfast Pizza'. Add the fruit and nut toppings for extra nutrition and...
This is an easy, but delicious, dessert recipe using a box cake mix and fresh or frozen berries.
Here is a delicious recipe just right for fall football season: Southern Living's Sausage, Bean, and Spinach Dip. What makes my recipe even more special is the secret ingredient I've added.
Depression affects millions of people every year. Without treatment it can lead to suicide. Here are some statistics about depression and suicide and ways to treat this mental illness.
Do you know the difference between good customer service and excellent customer service? Have you been dissatisfied, in general, with the health care service you receive? Read on...
We spend a lot of our time in our bathrooms so why settle for a dull, dingy environment? These simple solutions to add color and storage in small spaces, will have positive results.
Peaches are a great summer fruit that can be used in a variety of dishes. In this recipe, I've combined peaches with pecans and brown sugar to make a scrumptious dessert.
The use of a conveyor belt system to ease our lives has developed over the years since the 18th century. Read how the invention of the conveyor belt has taken us from a simple pulley and belt system of manuel labor to high speed digital production. Grocery stores, airport baggage centers, coal...
French Toast has a new look: one made with another breakfast staple: orange juice; the other made with an all time breakfast favorite: cereal. Read what makes these Dairy Free French Toast recipes a hit.
If you love seafood be sure to read this dish that is perfect for anytime entertaining. Shrimp, mussels, and scallops mixed with a light vinaigrette dressing.
Easy appetizers are fun to make and to eat. Summer brings an abundance of great fruit and vegetables to offer family and friends when entertaining.
Pork Stir-Fry is an easy and budget friendly meal for families. It's fun to prepare together and takes less than 30 minutes to make.
The omelete is a breakfast food made with eggs. A variety of omelettes exist throughout the world. Here is my favorite omelete recipe: The California Omelete: avocado, bacon & cheese. Enjoy!
Checking your brake system should be completed approximately every 30,000 miles. Do you know how to do this? This hub will help guide you.
Rabies is a deadly virus that kills thousands of people each year. Learn about this disease, how it is transmitted, and the vaccine that can save your life if you are infected.
Anniversaries are special times of celebration. I've offered newbie hubbers 3 tips on how to improve their writing skills. Included in this article are some highlights of my second year at Hubpages with goals I've set for the coming year of writing.
The Heimlich maneuver is a technique used in an emergency to aid a choking victim. Would you know what to do if you were a first responder offering a first aid rescue on another person? How about if that victim were yourself?
The new trend in cosmetic surgery is 'chin implants'. Read this article to discover the skinny on the chinny.
Daughter of the Universe is a poem written in response to the question, "How would you best describe where you live in poetry?"
Answering the question: What is your favorite topic to write about, I offer you my view. Included are 12 resources to find writing prompts.
Young kids don't have the same earning opportunities that older teens or adults have. Here are 20 possibilities for some cash while learning skills.
How does a woman find balance between work and motherhood? Here are a dozen helpful hints.
What makes 'Summer' summer? Here are my 10 best reasons to enjoy the season. It's time to have some fun!
What is humor and how does slapstick tickle our funny bones? Here are a few anecdotes of humorous moments in our family.
Are you witness to miracles in your life? Read what my definition of a miracle is and perhaps you will discover that you have been the recipient of a miracle on more than one occasion.
Do you know what your birth flower is? The meaning of each birth flower is explained in this hub, along with some very, interesting facts.
If you are in a hurry to prepare dinner check oiut these two fish recipes for the family. Tilapia is a very versatile fish. Here are two recipes which have only a few ingredients and are simple to prepare.
There is a special relationship between grandmother and grandchildren. Grace is my youngest granddaughter and since I could not be with her for her birthday, I wrote an acrostic poem.
Teach your child the fine art of letter writing, specifically, how to write a 'thank you' note through these tips. It's never too early to start!
Graham crackers are a versatile food-satisfying, a quick snack, and easy to keep. Here are 7 ways to use graham crackers for a sweet treat or holiday decoration.
Having to work the night shift, otherwise known as the 'graveyard' shift is not easy, however, it is important to take care of yourself during this time. Here are several tips to help.
A mother's love for her child is precious. Each birthday I like to share with my child her story of birth. This year I wrote a poem to share with my first born.
I like day shift, but I am in a midnight shift position. Is this the more productive shift or is it a ploy of management?
Do you know the difference between cats and dogs? Here are three important reasons to have a cat as a pet.
You never know what life has in store for you and at times, there is just no preparing. Going with the flow is what makes life interesting and entertaining. This hub is about friendship in the most unexpected ways.
Looking for a quick and nutritious meal for your family? Chicken Enchiladas are easy to make, healthy and fun to eat. Ole' make it Mexican today!
Haiku, Limerick, Nonsense Rhyme and a new form emerging...these are the variations of poetry I experimented with in this hub titled: Variations of Poetry.
Cleaning tip #1: if you can get someone else to do it, it frees you up for other things. This hub explains the reasons why Maid Service is a good investment.
Fictional thriller about love, lust, and infidelity. What one discovers over a late, night snack...
This poem captures my travels to Giverny, France on a very special trip. If you have not been to Claude Monet's Gardens in Giverny, it is a 'must see'.
Do you worry when you have to find a new babysitter for your children? Here are four tips to help you in the selection process.
How would you describe loneliness...or passion...or a spiritual awakening? Here are five poems that I have written about the soul's view on life.
This is a lyrical poem about how delightful it is to be absorbed by the adventure of a good book. Children need to be read to and adults need to be good role models.
Christmas brings many opportunities for lessons of life. Here is one story of how a little girl learned about the beauty of simplicity.
Do you have any family traditons? I'd like to share with you a few of mine that we enjoy each Christmas.
The Pearl is an inspirational poem about the Soul. Based on my spiritual path and the writings of A.H. Almaas in 'The Pearl Beyond Price', this poem evolved from a spiritual retreat I attended.
Who is fooling who when you look in the mirror? Is it your self or is it an image? This poem talks about the illusion of 'Smoke and Mirrors'.
Grandparenting is so much more fun than parenting was! Here is a photo gallery and introduction of my four grandchildren and their individual interests.
Written in response to a heart break, this poem rose from pain to mirth. It is shared here on Hubpages as part of the Patron of the Arts contest.
Bella Luna Inn is a lovely Bed and Breakfast located in Northern California Wine Country. There are many things to do in Healdsburg, in Sonoma County, such as attending the June Jazz Festival; and of course-taking a wine tasting tour.
How to prepare for a hurricane and what to do if caught in one. Photos of damage from Hurricane Irene, 2011.
Hearing the news that my husband's cancer was terminal gave me the opportunity to experience love and compassion in the face of death. October 1st is the anniversary of his death in 2005.
If you like Thai food this is a delicious and simple recipe using leftover shrimp and fish. Add a loaf of bread and salad and you have a hearty, nutritious meal.
Wondering who had the sexiest Catwoman costume? From the 1960's to today there is an undeniable appeal of this DC comic book creation.
Have you ever wondered what your ideas of being spiritual are? Perhaps you feel it is an unattainable goal. We suffer because we forget that we are love.
Setting challenges for yourself keeps you motivated. My sister and I set the goal of running our first 5K. This hub gives the details-be sure to watch the video!
When you are tired of your exercise program and want a new challenge try running a 5K. Here are some tips I've used from my own training experience.
A simple equation holds the key to successful weight loss-eat less calories than your body burns. If you are serious about losing weight read the information that you may already know, but have forgotten.
What drove mobs of people in London to riot in 2011? Was this an isolated incident based on the killing of Mark Duggan, or is there a link to the socioeconomic factors that London, and the world, face today?
When my husband died of cancer I did not think I could bear to carry on without him and each August brings back a flood of emotion due to the memory of his impending death. As the anniversary approaches a sense of doom and melancholy prevail.
Irritating skin rashes can stem from the summer heat. Cool clothing and Anti-monkey butt powder are products on the market that help decrease skin friction and keep you comfortable in hot weather conditions.
The economy has suffered; adults are unemployed; how does a teen hope to find work with the cards stacked against him? Here are some positive ways that a parent can help ease the process of searching for work.
What is so special about boardwalks? Is it the amusement rides...the beach...or the food? Maybe it is all of that. And, what are the most popular boardwalk foods? Read the hub to find out.
Who can forget their own experience of summer camp? Here are 12 tips for parents when choosing a summer camp.
Addictions-no matter what form they take, can hold one back if we remain in denial about them. Can you name an addiction that is actually good for you? How about writing?
Do you have memories of a favorite stroll down a boardwalk? Here are some top Boardwalks that you may want to visit this summer.
Do men or women apologize more often? What is the most effective way to apologize? Here are six tips to help ease the process of apologizing.
Canoeing can make for some great adventures, stories, and memories. This hub is about the spontaneous canoe trip that created problems along the way.
A great place to vacation with the family: Lake Cumberland State Resort in Kentucky. Rent a houseboat or discover which type of boater you are through this hub.
Beachcombing is a wonderfully relaxing pasttime; sometimes it can even be profitable. Here are some basic beachcombing tips to enhance your experience.
Childhood obesity has tripled in the past 3 decades-as a nation, we are failing our children. Here is one way you can participate in battling the bulge of obesity.
Showers are celebrations of new beginnings, whether it is a newly engaged couple or brand new parents. Here are some nontraditional gift suggestions for those being honored.
Ever have one of those moments when you realize that your toilet will overflow? Worse is when it becomes clogged and stuck. Here are 6 simple tips on how to unplug a clogged toilet.
Do you live a passionate life? How do you know what your passion is or if you even have passion? Here are my thoughts on the subject.
Summertime is such a fun season. But, what can you do when your child is bored before school is back in session? A neighborhood street fair may be just the solution.
Harish Johari (1934-1999) was a multi-talented young Hindu who sculpted, painted, led many to meditate, and created the delightful game of Leela. Read more about the life of this interesting man.
Family game night could include a hot game of Trivial Pursuit. Read about the inventors Chris and Scott and how T.P. was created.
What is Leela? It is an ancient game similar to Chutes and Ladders-but, preempted C & L This hub explains the fascinating game that takes the player on a journey of self discovery.
Aggravation is a fun, high energy family board game that can take any amount of twists and turns. A race to the finish will keep you on the edge of your seat!
Childrens books that teach and encourage positive growth are special to read. Here are several of my favorites that I like to share with my grandkids.
Reading to children is a delightful pasttime. Choosing great childrens books to read is an important part of that. Here are 3 main tips to help you choose a children's book that you and your child will enjoy together.
Jack Kevorkian: a pioneer in human euthanasia. Was he a hero or a misguided leader? Read how his work helped people stop physical suffering.
How to protect yourself if you are involved in a work related conflict; what to document and who to talk to.
Even bosses bully-what you can do to protect yourself. Know your rights; know how to document your case; know when to alert human resources and what their role is.
Completing my first year at Hubpages was reaching a milestone. In fact, it inspired me to reflect back on what I learned along the way...and the wonderful Hubber friendships I made. Many lessons here...
We are spiritual beings on the earth we inhabit. We learn from each others-all are students and teachers. Here are four influential spiritual teachers that have been important to me.
There is a creative story about the community of Hubbers in this hub about 'stay at home' vacations. Read it to see if you recognize your fellow Hubbers mentioned here.
A spiritual retreat can be experienced alone or with a group. It can have a set purpose with goals or be open ended. Here is additional information about what to expect when attending a spiritual retreat.
Two things I love are writing and eating soup, no matter what the season. Here is an easy soup recipe that is simple and nourishing. A quick meal to fix while you are busy writing your next hub!
Gasoline prices have risen steadily, but you can help economize in many ways. Here is a list of 30 tips for gas saving.
No one can take the place of an effective teacher and we all have memories of teachers who have changed our lives. Here are some ways to thank your child's teacher during Teacher Appreciation Week.
A fun hub looking at the number 8 and its significance in our lives.
What is your favorite sound-the cry of a newborn baby...the whisper of a loved one...the door closing at home after a long day at work? Here are a few of my favorite sounds that I enjoy.
What is it about trees that make them so special? Walk through a forest and feel their majestic presence. This Hub explores the spiritual side of trees.
At age 13 Bethany Hamiliton was on top of her mark in surfing competition until a freak shark attack took her arm. Read how this extraordinary teen overcame her handicap.
Why not treat your family like company and whip up a delicious chocolate cake or brownies that is sure to be a hit? When a 'Choc attack' strikes, these desserts are guaranteed to appease.
The Wolves is no ordinary children's book. Written by science teacher and author Brian J Heinz, it takes the reader into the world of survival from a naturalist perspective. The beautiful watercolor painings enhance the storyline.
Salads can be a side to an exciting meal-or the main dish. Here are three favorite salad recipes to enjoy, which are simple to make and healthy.
Nursing is one of the top 'most trusted' professions. Do you know a favorite nurse? Well, tell him or her 'thank you' during National Nurses Week.
While many of us suffer from periods of meloncholy, a person who is clinically depressed may not be able to function in several areas of his life. Read more to discover the types of depression, what to look for in your self or others, and where to turn to for help. You, or a loved one does not...
There is a huge market hitting the tween age group. But, you can choose products that help them to grow into responsible future leaders. Here are some suggestions.
Beautiful wildflower photos combined with reasons why wildflowers are important to our land.
Having a tea party is a fun activity to share with your grandchildren, or favorite kids in your life. While it may not be a usual birthday party, it is a great theme for a mixed age group.
Mental illness is a difficult and devastating situation to face. When the one you know is a family member the results can be even more emotionally draining. Read this hub for some additional information.
Rocking chairs can be a simple remedy for many of life's needs for comfort and healing. Being soothed in a rocking chair may have been one of the best memories you have as a child. But, here are several reasons to remind us we are never too old to experience positive effects of rocking chairs.
As human beings friendship is something that we all need, and never outgrow. Whether it is one or many friends, making friends is a skill that can be developed. Here are six tips on how to cultivate adult friendships.
What do you do if you are a single mom with a teen son ready to shave for the first time? Here are several resources to help you through that process.
A totem is a natural object that has special meaning for that person. Butterflies are a favorite totem for many people. Read more to find out about butterflies and the meaning of their colors.
The Mourning Dove, with its soft, gentle coo, is a favorite bird of many people. Here is some identifying traits and general information about them.
Sisters can be fiercly competitive, decisively loyal, or a little of both. This hub explores the relationship between sisters.
Hospice is a form of assistance to those who are dying. How hospice can help is described in this hub, along with views of death by different cultures.
Aloe Vera is a household plant that is known for it soothing gel. Read on to discover about its medicinal qualities.
How ugly is UGLY? Read this hub about the world's Ugliest Dog Contest for the answer. No, Phyllis Dillar is NOT part of the contest!
Intention is what starts the goal making process, focus is what carries it through-especially if it is a long range goal. Here are 3 important steps to remaining true to your goals.
Favorite Easter stories for young children from childrens authors. Jan Brett, Beatrix Potter, and Margaret Wise Brown are a few of the famous authors that are highlighted here.
Some people enjoy trying new dishes; some people do not. Here are some tips to help family members ease out of the old routine into sampling new flavors and menus.
What type of love is yours: mature? Simple? Unrequited? This hub explores the many ways that love shows up, along with beautiful poetry and video snaps.
Groundhog Day is a fun way to break up the winter blues. Here is an entertaining hub about the 'holiday' and where to find Gobblers Knob and Punxsutawney Phil.
Interested in participating in a writing challenge but not sure where to start? Read this hub for links to hub challenges as well as tips on how to succeed.
Have you ever thought of who influenced you as a parent? Have you considered the type of parenting you use? This hub explores the topic of early influences on parental style.
My grandkids love to cook, although they are all under the age of 11. What will spark your child's interest in cooking? Here is a list of some useful cookbooks geared for child chefs.
Songbirds are the delight of anyone who enjoys the sweet melodies they share. The Northern Cardinal is one of the most delightful birds, by song and color, that bird lovers will enjoy.
When your child expresses an interest in dance what should you look for? If you are like most parents you want your child's first experience to be a positive one. Here is a list of several points to consider before making your final decision.
Bartering is as ancient as time...how to barter effectively is a talent. Here are some tried and true tips to help you barter better.
What food evokes feelings of warmth and security for you? These foods are identified as 'comfort foods' and each of us has a different list depending on our own childhood experience and culture. Here is my list.
Delightful chile recipes that is enjoyable anytime-especially in the cold, winter months.
What is comfort? Is it food; spiritual substance; or an emotional boost? Discover the many ways of comfort through this hub.
If you think that 'budget' is a bad word then check out the useful tips in this hub. In just three easy steps (aren't they all?) you can teach your teen or yourself better money management. Important info in today's economy.
How do you teach a teen to learn the art of clean clothes? I have practical teaching tips to help your teen move towards independence.
Don't equate 'frugal' with cheap. In today's economy saving money is a necessity. Here are tried and true tips for effective family budgeting.
Do you know when the best time to shop for optimal savings is? Read this hub to find a calendar of monthly savings throughout the year.
Relax and unwind is the key to a fun vacation-so why have to return to work knowing you blew your budget on a good time? Here are some tried and true tips to enjoy and stay within your budget so you can have a worry free vacation.
The hottest chile pepper ever grown is the Bhut Jolokia, and the Chile Pepper Institute in New Mexico has a method of measuring the intensity of heat in this and other chile peppers. This hub offers interesting facts about the Chile Pepper Institute and chile peppers.
Making the transition from writing as a hobby to the passion and right to write is often difficult without positive influences and support. This hub explains how I came to a place of writing with confidence.
Useful tips on effective ways to select a cookbook. Additionally, this hub offeres several suggestions.
Part II of The Encounter takes Jack to the side of his victim...will she take the bait or walk away? Read on to find out...
This is the third part of a 3 part series involving Jack, a guest at a wedding who meets a delightful woman. Be sure to read the first two parts to find out how this adventure began.
Was Jack just looking for a good time with an easy pick up? This hub is the beginning of a story about a man's escapades at a wedding.
Use these 4 easy to follow tips to get greater financial results. Simple tips to understand your relationship with money.
How important is imagery in poetry? What images do you sense when you read these two poems to yourself and then aloud. Do you know how to interpret these poems?
Have you, or someone you know, considered bankruptcy? Here are some important facts when dealing with this financial crisis.
Zumba-the hottest dance fitness craze from Brazil. Grab your friend or go solo and head for the nearest gym. What you will find is a class of high energy exercise and fun. No dance experience is necessary, but the results are amazing!
Read this beautiful, original poem and the story that preceded it, to discover that the kindness of strangers does still exist.
There is probably no other material than money that affects our lives for good or bad. A belief system of 'lack' reinforces lack...a belief system of 'abundance' reinforces abundance. Early financial lessons are important, but you're never too old to learn new financial management tips.
How do you know when difficulty falling asleep has turned into insomnia? What should you do to bring on a good sleep? Here are some helpful tips for conquering insomnia.
It is easy to lose sight of where you are going by merely stating a resolution. This New Year's Eve, try setting concrete goals to guide you to success. Here are some tips to help you along your way.
For Hubbers who have not taken the 30 hubs in 30 days hubchallenge, read this hub first. It will give you valuable information before starting-how to organize, how to stay focused, and where to get ideas.
This hub will take you on a perilous journey of air travel in inclement weather, unwavering airport security agents, frustration, loss and the humanity that ties us all together. A true life adventure with an unknown ending. A perfect story of the Christmas Holiday.
The nuclear family has dissolved into a society of distance-physically, emotionally and geographically. Here are some solid tips on how I stay connected with my grandchildren that I'd like to share with grandparents and estranged relatives everywhere.
Do you hold a secret desire to lose weight? If so, be sure to read this hub to focus in on ways that you can inadvertently sabotage your weight loss goals.
What is a Russian Tea Cake? It is a delicate cookie that shows itself during the holidays-a favorite treat for my family and I. Here is a little background and the recipe for these delicious cookies.
Do you have a family holiday tradition? Special movies, recipes and memories are shared in this hub.
Gratitude is a daily practice, however, Thanksgiving is the time to focus more closely on this virtue. Here are some of the things I am most grateful for in my life.
Autumn poetry brings up a smorgasboard of sensory experiences. This hub holds a Fall poem as well a memoir of growing up in Michigan in the '60's.
The historic Biltmore Estate, located in Asheville, North Carolina, is just one of the main attractions in this wonderful state during the Christmas holidays. The Biltmore was the home of G.W. Vanderbilt III, completed in 1895 and built on 125,000 acres of pristine land. Now, open to the public,...
Bells ringing; colors swirling, and fragrances of sugar and spice fill the air during the holidays. Here are some decorating ideas that are sure to please all of your senses.
What is silence and the deepest experience of it? Meditation will sometimes bring us to places that our ordinary mind will not. Here is a recount of one of my meditation experiences.
Do you, or anyone you know, have a gambling addiction? What starts out as a simple night of fun playing cards with the boys can end up with distasterous results. Here is a flash fiction piece about Gambling with a video of Kenny Rogers singing, The Gambler.
Halloween is supposed to be fun! Read this hub for some all around safety tips for trick or treaters.
Baskets filled with a variety of goodies is such a fun gift to give. It's even more special when you put it together yourself. Here are some tasteful ideas for gift baskets.
Love, truth and narcissistic relationships is expressed through the writer's inspirational poetry.
Losing a spouse is never easy. Grief can return as 'anniversary grief'. Here is my experience with this emotion.