Online education may be less expensive than traditional education, and it provides educational opportunities for busy, working students and those living in remote areas who might not be able to attend school otherwise. However, despite those and other strengths of online education, in the end, is...
Women are naturally beautiful at any age. Instead of fearing aging as a period when one loses one's looks and becomes "invisible," mature women should choose healthy, natural means to strengthen their spirits and bodies, enhancing their beauty and embracing life every day.
Practicing hatha yoga in the evening creates healthy, enjoyable evenings and promotes deep relaxation and restful sleep. Yoga can be practiced by people of all ages and levels of health, and can be practiced at home without expense or complicated preparation.
In the business world, as in most other areas of human society, customer service is central to success. Have we lost touch with manners, respect, and quality service?
Astrology is an ancient field of human spiritual study, which seeks to interpret human life and destiny. With what viewpoint do astrologers counsel people, however? Using a positive, affirming view should become the norm, in contrast to often dark, limiting, traditional interpretations, in order...
Can women safely take ginseng, or is this powerful tonic only for men? What are the benefits, and are there risks? Can taking ginseng help women during menopause? Who should not take ginseng?
It is important for every human being to nourish and care for his/her body, mind, and spirit. This can be done most easily during quality time spent alone.
Here are some strategies to help readers plan small, healthy meals to carry with them when away from home.
Food should be one's friend, not the enemy. Learning to eat frequent, moderate-sized meals and snacks made from natural foods can restore one's healthy relationship with food.
If you find yourself alone during the holidays, realize this can be a time for greater self-care, a time to reflect and deepen one's spiritual practice, and a time to engage in hobbies that need concentration, like writing. Enjoy and care for yourself during solitary time, but remember to balance...
Why has the Equal Rights Amendment not yet been passed and made part of the U.S. Constitution? Americans and people all over the world need to understand the basic equality of all human beings, regardless of gender. We need to assert that equality and protect it legally as we work to realize it...
This poem is about my late mother, and tries to show her faithful and resolute efforts to maintain positive traditions, despite personal and family troubles. Doing laundry symbolizes making clean, righteous choices here.
Sarah is a sad story with a hopeful ending. Everyone has a story, even those homeless and on the street.
Here is a poem about dreaming of food that I wrote while dieting. Food, glorious food! However, too much indulgence has its price, as I felt compelled to discuss in the rest of this article. Sweet dreams!
Despite controversial subject matter (religion and the ongoing conflict in the Holy Land), this short story is a plea for peace in the Holy Land and everywhere.
Here are four original Haiku and some discussion of each. Writing Haiku well is much harder than it looks. I am merely a beginner in writing in this beautiful, time-honored form.
Sometimes love just hurts, especially when it's only infatuation or obsession. Such less-than-ideal love can make one simply miserable, as shown in this short poem.
These three poems begin to express the heart of a flutist. Playing music can make one feel in touch with the beauty of the world, as well as the beauty inside one's own soul.
This short story portrays two young volunteers fundraising late into Christmas Eve, in icy-cold Minnesota. It explores the nature of such dedication and the meaning of charity.
Here are three original poems about Dance, with notes by the author and assorted supportive links.
This unabashedly romantic short fantasy is simple and sweet, a Paleolithic Cinderella story. With due respect to author Jean Auel, who inspired me with her Earth's Children series, and to the many other wonderful fantasy writers I've read, I hope readers of my story enjoy this brief tale of soul...
Both spiritual and physical love and affection are crucial for happiness and fulfillment in life. Once mature, humans need to share their lives in loving partnerships, though in this world that is often more of an ideal goal than a reality. Caring for one's partner is one of the most important...
Ayn Rand is a highly controversial writer; people love her or hate her. Although one may not agree with her Objectivist philosophy, her passionate defense of human integrity in her novels, specifically, Atlas Shrugged, must be respected. In this novel, Rand shows the necessity of finding and...
This essay takes a scientific look at how the human larynx and respiratory system support vocalization, specifically singing.
It is possible to eat healthily and stay on budget. Understanding the value of whole, natural foods and preparing food at home; eating regular, small meals; and eliminating junk food and processed foods will help one attain those goals.
Ang Lee's 1995 movie version of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility uses music as a symbol of love, feeling, the senses, and fruitful expression. This review traces the use of that symbolism throughout the story.
Tracy Philpot's 2001 poetry collection, Distance from Birth, examines intense human issues using metaphors of animals and nature, including her home in Alaska.
We all need and crave a place to call home. Here on the Earth, we find homes within our bodies, within our houses, within our communities, and within our nations. However, many people all over the world do not have homes, for various reasons. Those who are luckier often turn away scornfully,...
This short fantasy portrays the tests a young man endures as he seeks to find his destiny. By experiencing love and loss in a dream state, he makes a foundation to create success in love in real life.
Completing college earns one more than a diploma. College can change one's life powerfully; that's why it's worth the investment. In that case, how can one succeed in college when returning after a break (as a re-entry student), particularly if it's been a long break and one is no longer young?