It occurred to me that a Hub such as this might be helpful as I perused a few topics in the Forum featuring posts and threads from new Hubbers. Some of these included comments and concerns that, as a veteran Hubber I hadn't considered for some time. Read my advice for those new to HubPages, as I am...
There was nothing I was more excited about than a wedding. When my ex told me that he thought we should break up, I was shocked and devastated. However, I saw that there were a lot of opportunities that I could now take again as a single girl. I couldn't be happier with my life right now, and I...
How to replace your mirrors more cheaply than going to the body shop.
Kiwanis is an international service organization that aims to build communities and make the world a better place. There are clubs in 80 countries around the world that perform 150,000 projects and raise more than $107 million each year to support their projects and communities. It may not be as...
I'm a girl - so I should get along better with girls, right? Nope. Here are my reasons why I think so.
City Year is an international non-profit organization comprised of young people from different backgrounds who are determined to make a difference in the lives of children as tutors and mentors. Read about how this non-profit follows the "psychic prison" metaphor of organizations and organizational...
Politicians should be willing to get their hands dirty in the public interest as they are of a unique position to use the power vested in them that the general public does not have. Political leaders must be willing to break the rules because their line of work frequently involves dilemma for which...
Ron Kluvers said that an important aspect of accountability is information. Therefore, it's vital that government offices be able to create and distribute press releases to share information about their affairs with the public. Government press releases differ from those for private companies in...
In order to ensure that an organization functions effectively and efficiently, managers must be able to determine and assess performance levels of both an organization and its individual employees through an appropriate system of measurement. In his article “Employee Performance Appraisal in the...
The idea of social/public goods is derived from ancient Greek ideas of community and polis, with people working together with synergy to achieve a common good for society. With polis, there are public interest issues including private benefits and actions of government that come at a public cost,...
San Jose was ranked in 2009-10 as the fourth-safest large city in the nation, with a low homicide rate and despite recent budget issues in the city. There are a lot of factors that contribute to this level of safety, including effective law enforcement and city planning, and increased regulation....
Why do some fads flop when others “tip”? How is it that one little change can make all the difference? People have spent much time and resources trying to discover the secret to the “tipping point”, as it is relevant to nearly all aspects of society. Malcolm Gladwell’s novel "The Tipping...
A lot can happen in a few moments- especially in a fast-paced classroom. What if you missed the first few minutes of instruction in a class you are already having difficulty in? Chances are that you won't feel so hot on a class that you're not doing well in, so you'll come in late and do even...
View this lesson plan on procrastination to help students understand how it can affect impact their schoolwork and other areas of their lives.
Throughout history, the fate of women has been greatly shaped by domestic work. The strongly embedded mindset that women should be primarily responsible for work in the home has affected the activities in which women have been able to partake. Education and work outside of the home have been realms...
When I first moved to San Jose, I had no idea where to look for apartments. I looked online and tried to find some advice, but I felt pretty much on my own when I set out for housing. I didn't really know anyone in the area and had never really been there before, so driving around was pretty...
In many nations, patriarchal religion is the primary type of religion. Cultural and social beliefs pervade faiths and work to oppress females, and certain religious practices keep many women from fulfilling their potential or from living with privileges that other women may have. Nonetheless, women...
We've come a long way in the struggle for equal rights and treatment for men and women. However, the media and advertisements reveal that there is still headway to be made. See the ads in this Hub for examples of how common gender roles and stereotypes are reinforced.
The Big Five factors are the main areas of personality: openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism (or OCEAN). These trait clusters are used to describe people and determine their interests, constitutions, and inclinations. When using these trait clusters to describe...
It's an issue for anyone to get what they need these days, let alone a costly car. They're expensive, and once you even procure one, you have to worry about insurance, maintenance, gas, and more. However, even with effective public transportation, bikes, and other forms of transportation, it can be...
An interesting statistic indeed! Read more information as to why I believe these numbers are true based on facts about the American population and comparisons with the rest of the world.
The role of the African or African-American feminists is unlike that of any other woman. While they may share traits and duties with other feminists in the world, there exist characteristics singular to them. A combination of history and socio-political factors create a very different situation for...
Decision-making is integral to success at work, but it can also result in failure if the conditions aren't right and if everyone isn't on the same page. There must be commitment, knowledge, and objectivity. Learn about the parts needed successful, efficient, productive decision-making in the...
For anyone who hasn't seen Lee Mun Wah's film "The Color of Fear," it's a truly eye-opening experience. The film shows eight men of various ethnicities discussing the issue of race together. They are all of different backgrounds, which makes their discussion quite interesting, and very heated at...
In the film "Crash," there are a wealth of interracial interactions on many levels that you see develop throughout the film. Interracial friendships can improve race relations and are a real predictor of “other-group” orientation, and allowed for more comfortable interactions with other races....
Antimiscegenation laws are laws that were in place to keep people of different races from marrying... and they were still in place less than 40 years ago! Black people couldn't be with White people... It was taboo. These laws and how long they were enforced set a social precedent for what kinds of...
Sharon Hays, who wrote the 1996 essay "The Cultural Contradictions of Motherhood," described "intensive mothering" as being self-consciously committed to child rearing. It involves being dedicated to her child to the point that she takes much better care of her child than herself —children come...
While cultural identity development is something you may only learn about in multicultural psychology or communication courses, it is extremely relevant to the lives of anyone in a multiethnic society. Microcultural identity development is that of any minority that comes in contact with a...
According to Anna Leon-Guerrero, the sociological imagination allows us to connect personal, lived experiences with the world around us. Therefore, we view problems differently because we come from different backgrounds and circumstances, which shape our perspectives as well as the issues we may or...
There aren't necessarily rules when it comes to writing an opinion/editorial (op/ed) piece. Unlike other journalistic articles, you don't need a nut graph, an inverted pyramid, or other things. If anything, it might look more like an essay or letter than a typical news article. However, there are a...
Though Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldua were of Latina heritage, they framed their homosexuality in disparate ways as a result of the variances in their lives, including the colors of their skin, their childhood and parents, and the way they were viewed and treated by society. While they...
View this lesson plan, "Everyone Can Be A Hero", to teach students about how they can make a difference in the community and help others.
Men and women are not the same. They may be equal, but they are not the same. There are biological differences. Also, all women are not the same, as all men aren't either. Overall, men and women should be treated with respect to their biological differences, but not ones that society creates. The...
It's difficult for me to conclude that divorce is more difficult for people of one gender or another because the disadvantages a gender might face may matter more or less to certain people. Also, one difficulty can't even be carried across an entire gender. Learn more about the impacts of divorce...
Read about my experience learning about social norms and cultural prescriptions concerning gendered verbal communication, and how masculine speech differs from feminine speech.
Have you ever heard of power feminism? Two women, Katie Roiphe and Naomi Wolf, say that society doesn't oppress women because women are powerful enough to control their fates. Women who don't have the mindset of a victim, and they need to get over that mindset and take charge. This is a very...
Do you ever wonder how the miles between cities are calculated for freeway signs? There are a lot of questions that go along with this idea, like what do the distances measure? When a sign says, for instance, that you have 10 miles to drive until you reach St. Louis, does that mean to the center of...
The Segal Award is AmeriCorps' way of thanking you for your service and encouraging you to continue your education. Some of you may have student loans to pay off, some of you plan to go to college after your year of service... and some of you may be done with college and have no plans to use your...
Why don't more commercials include biracial couples and/or families? What about adopted children? Interracial and intercultural marriage are all around us today... the majority of the couples I know are of different backgrounds. And yet all we see on commercials are couples - and families, for that...
The Leadership Compass is based on the Native American Medicine Wheel, or Four-Fold Way, in which each direction has a main "human resource" from which to draw for support and strength. The point of the Leadership Compass is to identify the different types of leading one may follow. The Compass can...
Did you ever have a penpal? I made penpals in many ways, including through school. I still keep in contact with two of mine; it was a great experience that I would never give up. Now that I'm older, I can see that there can be much more to being a penpal than just sending letters back and forth....
After receiving a carpool ticket, I went to the traffic court to contest it and got off without having to pay the citation. Read these tips and suggestions that I learned from the experience in court.
Adopted children may tend to feel more ashamed - even guilty - about losses, failures, or fights. You think deep down inside that your adopted parents might regret having chosen you for a child, that maybe things would have ended up better if they could have had their own children. Maybe they would...
Cluck-U Chicken is a restaurant chain, with locations throughout the United States. One thing the chain is known for, however, is its knowledge of how to spice things up, with such spicy sauces ranging from Mild, Atomic, Nuclear, Thermo-Nuclear and 911. And then there's the 911 sauce. Read about...
When filling out the W-4 form, make sure you have the information you need to know how many allowances to claim to keep the money that belongs to you while also truthfully sharing the necessary information to the government.
Learn about the different types of catapults, which type suits your needs best, and the steps to build a small catapult.
"Celebrity breakdowns" may have existed as long as the star system but are now investigated and exposed to a degree arguably considered excessive. In this digital era, it is not difficult to find information about celebrities, no matter how personal. Broadcasts containing information potentially...
Learn about artificial food colorings and how they can affect your health and behavior. Also, see how you can avoid foods with artificial color.
How much should an engagement ring cost? One rule states that it should cost two months worth of wages. In reality, a couple should work together to decide how much an engagement ring should cost. Learn about a few considerations to keep in mind while making such a decision.
What are the pros and cons of living in a big city versus a rural country town? Read my thoughts after experiencing both worlds.
There are many issues facing schools in third-world nations, including disease and teacher pay. It only costs $8,500 to build a school in a third-world country. Learn more about this option and consider the reasons for helping students overseas in this way.
Read my thoughts on turning 21 years old as I reflect on my life up to this point and realize that this birthday isn't much different than those that came before.
I respect those who are serving or who have served in the military almost more than any quality. There are so many characteristics involved in dedicating yourself to such a position - loyalty to your nation and its people, passion, strength, courage, ambition, a love of adventure, commitment, and...
While it may be fun to shop on occasion for oneself, there are a wealth of benefits to you in donating to a non-profit or other worthy cause. Your donation could help such an organization in ways you couldn't have imagined yourself, and possibly more efficiently than if you tried to offer your...
Does your man snore, take over the bed, hug to death, or otherwise make your ability to sleep nearly impossible? You're not the only one!
So why do you want to remove text from images anyway? Don't be stealing images! A lot of times, artists will add text over an image called a watermark to make it more difficult to use that image without permission. If there is a good reason to remove that text, you can read tips and information on...
The ideas revolving around the assassination of Julius Gaius Caesar seem to be rather prevalent. Many of the details and opinions are shared by Caesar enthusiasts worldwide, throughout time. The differences are that there are selected information in one and some in the other. The facts agree well...
I admit it: I love Spongebob Squarepants, the little poriferon whose laugh is based on the noises made by a dolphin. Though a lot of people might know who Spongebob is, what channel the show is on, and that he lives in a pineapple in Bikini Bottom, I hear that most do not understand the allure of...
Taking the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) is needed to earn a teaching credential. It's a little different from other tests you may have taken, but it's a little similar to the SAT subject tests. Learn about the CSET subtests, and my tips for passing the exams.
In college, I became anorexic and am thankful to have overcome that condition. Learn more about my experience so that you can learn from my mistakes.
Designer handbags are expensive. With that said, how frustrating would it be to be told that your purse is actually fake? In some countries, like in Europe, it's against the law not just to sell a fake purse, but to purchase one as well. You'll want to avoid buying a fake either way; you don't want...
Learn about possible job options for felons and read comments from others who understand the difficulties of finding a job with a record.
There are more differences between the United States and Japan than conflicting values during World War II. Cultural and societal differences between the two nations and its peoples shaped beliefs and perceptions and thus interactions within those societies and between them as well. Learn more...
France was ruled by absolute monarchy for much of its history. The Enlightenment of the late 1600's and 1700's, however, impacted many Europeans, and therefore led them to discover that they themselves were much more than they could ever imagine. They deserved more than they got. Therefore, the...
You've likely heard about virtual pets to an extent, but why should you adopt one? What can you do with your pet once you create it? Where's the best place to adopt from? This HubPage will provide you with everything you need to know to adopt a pet, care for it, and raise it to be the best it can!...
Communication is "at the heart of intimate human relationships." It is the way humans create and share meaning; a successful relationship, especially intimate ones, are based on it. Unfortunately, it is not as simple to express one's thoughts and feelings accurately or appropriately. Oftentimes,...
Learn why it is important to have a classroom management plan, the most important elements that your plan should include, two key assumptions that are critical for a comprehensive classroom management system, and more.
With so many barriers standing between people and their dreams, it's difficult to maintain the motivation to necessary to overcome those obstacles and prevail. Read about how my college professor motivated me to pursue my goals.
Few would initially consider the characters of Emilia and Desdemona of Shakespeare's "Othello" to be similar. One is the wife of the play's tragic hero; the other is betrothed to one of the greatest villains of all time. Pious Desdemona is a senator's daughter and lover of a noble Venetian captain...
Written by Luis Valdez, "Los Vendidos" attempted to highlight Latino stereotypes and their effects on society and on those stereotyped. The Mexican characters in the play symbolized each label cast against the race, allowing readers to fully analyze and comprehend the prejudices they may very well...
CBM is just one type of progress monitoring to help see if your instruction methods are effective enough for your students. Read about three advantages of progress monitoring over annual achievement tests, two key differences between mastery measurement and CBM, and the six-step CBM process.
How much does a lip ring matter in a job interview, or at the workplace? How much should it matter? I say don't judge a book by its cover.
Prisoner David, a former inmate at the California Mens Colony, describes himself as a comedy sketch writer. He is now incarcerated at the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad, Calif., and while he maintains his innocence and attempts to prove it by researching at the prison library, he has...
Thanks to developments and discoveries in science, we are more aware of the dangers of exposure of your skin to the sun, so we can wear our summer clothes with more comfort of mind. Read some tips to remember when going out for a summer day.
Fat cats may be cute, however, if a cat is too overweight, it may result in health problems and your cat may not be able to enjoy his or her life to the fullest. Learn more about why your cat may be overweight and how you can help to improve your cat's health.
Many people can say that an apple is a fruit and a pepper is a vegetable, but what scientifically is the distinction between the two types of foods? The answer is based on the parts of the plant involved. Basically, fruits are developed from flowers, vegetables aren't. Learn more about the...
Congratulations! You're on the way to creating your own business and you want to form an LLC (limited liability company)! They're great for smaller companies with fewer owners than larger businesses. Read about the benefits of forming an LLC and how to go about doing it online.
Palm reading, also known as palmistry, it is one way to find both the future as well as a healthy human spirit. While many see this as a form of entertainment, many practice it themselves for serious spiritual and beneficial reasons, for comfort or genuine interest. Learn more about palm reading...
Brochures can be a very important part of your business or organization as far as publicity. Thankfully, the World Wide Web offers some alternatives to high-cost brochures. There are plenty of tools you can use online to make some good brochures for free.
It may seem impossible to go out to eat while sticking to a low-carb diet. What's the fun if everyone else is eating buttered bread? It's possible to stick to your diet and still have a good time out.
Psychic ability is something that is craved by some and doubted by many. The ability to predict and understand things most of the population can't get a good grasp on is tricky and hard for a lot of people to believe. The desire for many to possess this power has lead to the creation and...
You have a new home? You want a change around the house? Not enough space? Inherit some new pieces of furniture? Sometimes home improvement and interior design can be intimidating. It can be difficult, time-consuming and even expensive to use your space wisely and arrange things in the most...
Choosing a tattoo can be stressful because it's so long-term; a tattoo is so permanent. Making the wrong decision can be painful, costly and inconvenient. There are so many factors to consider before making the final decision, including size, color, meaning, style and placement of the design as...
Whether or not you perceive global warming as a real or even partial threat, there are things you can do to stop its potential onset. At the very least the steps you can take to prevent global warming are good for the earth and oftentimes your pocketbook as well. Learn more about global warming and...
Candles make great gifts and can have a myriad of uses, whether for illumination, spreading scent, celebration, setting a mood or for decoration. Conveniently they are one of the simplest and cheapest crafts to do at home. There are a variety of different kinds of candles to make, including beeswax...
First impressions are so important for a job interview. There are a few do's and don't's that men should be aware of when it comes to attire and appearance before the big moment.
Congratulations! You want to make a difference in the world and serve our nation's youth as a Teach for America educator. Now you just have to apply. Learn more about the process by reading about my experience applying for TFA.
Art is not just a way to express oneself - art therapy happens to be a great therapeutic tool and practice, as psychotherapy for the very disturbed or even the average troubled soul. Learn about its benefits and how you can lead an art therapy workshop.
Learn what causes goosebumps, how much hair grows, and other facts about human skin, hair, and nails.
Over the years as I've developed my own drawing style, I've tried a variety of mediums and have discovered the pros and cons of each. Read about my experiences with pencil, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, and ink.
If you are considering where you should get your piercing, read this page for opinions on the pros and cons of each location, including ears, nose, eyebrows, and belly buttons.
Read about the experiences of me and others as to why some facial and body piercings close up and and some do not.
Indie is more than just music... it's a scene. Abbreviated from "independent," indie has become an entire genre that includes music, movies, clothing styles, and other facets of culture. It is characterized by its separation from commercial institutions and mainstream lines, and is often considered...
What is a retaining wall? Do you need one? A retaining wall holds back earth materials such as rock, sand, dirt and even water, and keeps them in place to prevent erosion or displacement. Learn more about retaining walls and how you can construct one yourself.
Really, tying a tie seems easy, but once it's around your neck and you have to tie it, it's pretty tricky. There are four main types of tie tying: the Windsor Knot, the Half-Windsor, the Four-in-Hand Knot, and the Pratt Knot. The Windsor is the most common and that's the type that this Hub will...
Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, King of Italy, was a general during the French Revolution, the ruler of France as First Consul of the French Republic, Emperor of the French, and was briefly restored as Emperor from March 20 to June 2 1815. Napoleon is my hero. He always has been. I'm not...
Get ideas on how to ask a girl out!
A great place to have a scavenger hunt is on a college campus. There are plenty of places to see, with every campus having some secret (or not-so-secret) facts and fun tidbits about the area that every student should know... and what better way to find them out by going on a scavenger hunt?
Some girls are suckers for a guy who will use a terribly terrible pick-up. Maybe it's because they're bold (or shameless) and friendly (or desperate). Either way, here is a place to start your search for the perfect pick-up line.
So you're miserable, alone, despondent, and you may or may not have any idea why - all you know is you need to get her back. Now what? Learn some next steps that you can take at this difficult time.
Portraiture is one of my passions, and I am happy to pass on any tips or advice that I can to those who want to learn more about drawing portraits.
Christmas holds different meanings for many people. For me, it has always meant family, memories, togetherness, and much more.
Marmosets are some of the world's smallest mammals and are also one of my favorite animals. Learn more about these primates, their behavior, fun facts, and what they are like as pets.