There is a midrash about Abraham that says he smashed the idols in his father's shop. Just as Abraham did, we need to evaluate our lives and smash any idols we find.
We must be made righteous if we are to stand before God; therefore, what does it mean ... to be righteous? How can we accomplish this task?
We must be made righteous if we are to stand before God; therefore, what does it mean ... to be righteous? How can we accomplish this task?
God has an eternal perspective. We can too. An eternal perspective will help you look at the difficulties you face in a whole new way.
As you think about your future, you may know you want to have a family of your own some day. Most people eventually marry, so these thoughts are normal. Although it may be many years from now before you consider getting married, it’s never too early to begin praying for your spouse.
But what does being set apart mean? How does one go about making it happen? Being set apart requires being different, being separated. But different and separated how?
Have you ever stopped and thought about what it really means to be unequally yoked? Have you thought about how it applies to you? You might be surprised how much it really makes a difference in your life, both being yoked equally and being yoked unequally.
God created us to have a relationship with him, but Adam and Eve's choice to eat of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil changed everything. Sin separates us from God. Still wanting to have relationship, God found another way.
Knowing that Adam and Eve would make the wrong choice in the garden, God created man anyway. He also planned for our redemption long before we realized we even needed it.
God commanded man to take dominion of the earth. Dominion does not mean domination! So, what does it mean?
Here is a listing of the devotionals I have written for the youth in my congregation.
Dry canning is a storage method that allows you to safely store dry staples and ensure that your food is safe from insects and moisture.
In today’s devotional, I’m going to share some of my thoughts concerning a story I read on Facebook. The story made me stop and think. It caused me realize that I take too many things for granted.
God created humans so that he could have a relationship with them. He walked with Adam and Even in the garden every day. But He gives you free will ... you get to choose whether you want that relationship.
The Bible starts out with these simple words, In the beginning God ... This devotional starts here ... in the beginning ... and moves to challenge you with some concepts you may have not thought about before.
When the medications used to treat the disease are almost as bad or worse, it's time to find new ways to fight high blood pressure. Learn how you can fight your HBP easily and naturally.
Lacto-fermentation is almost as old as life itself. It is a proven method of food preservation that provides nutritious and super-healthy food at times well beyond the typical growing season.
When old-time country cooks had a surplus of cabbage, they often made sauerkraut. They knew its sharp flavor would add a pleasing change of pace to their wintertime meals. It's easy using this recipe!
... to be or not to be a geek. Is being a geek as bad as it sounds ... or is not being a geek even worse? What is a geek? What is the opposite of a geek. A beautiful flower begins the discussion.
Ticks are nasty little creatures; plus, ticks and Lyme disease go hand-in-hand. Let's look at natural ways that can work to help keep ticks off of your property.
The Turkish Van cat, sometimes known as the swimming cat, originated in the Lake Van area of Turkey. It is seldom exported to other parts of the world, and is rare in its own homeland as well.
Looking for an elegant and easy one dish meal - try this Ham, Cheese, and Broccoli Ring or Braid. It will be sure to please.
Pasta salads are both economical and delicious. They can often be served hot or cold. The can be used as a light main dish for a meal or as a tasty side dish.
A one dish breakfast containing crescent rolls, sausage and eggs. This hearty breakfast is sure to please any day of the year, yet is elegant enough to serve to guests anytime.
Looking for an easy elegant dessert. This Easy Cream Cheese Dessert is the answer. Not only is this dessert really easy to make, it is delicious, easy to make and very elegant to serve.
There really is a reason to celebrate every single day of the month and year. Some are crazy but they all can be fun! If you want to enjoy life - celebrate it one day at a time! Let's make every single day special with some fun, unusual and strange holidays and celebrations. Enjoy the month one...
April is National Soft Pretzel month. Did you know that soft pretzels have been made since the 6th century, but hard pretzels were not made until the 19th century, and then only accidentally? This soft pretzel recipe is easy to make and tasty as well.
As more people become concerned with what is happening to our planet, more people are also becoming concerned with sustainable agriculture. So what is sustainable agriculture? Are we making the changes necessary to make it possible. Only time will tell, but in the mean time ...
Why not tend your relationship with your child while tending your garden? Gardens are perfect places to share many different things with your child, including a love for the great outdoors, and a love for each other.
Gardening with kids can create a love for nature, plants and gardening that often lasts a lifetime. It is also great bonding experience between parent and child.
Completing a 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge is exactly that - a challenge. It is a lot of work but can be very rewarding in so many different ways. If you find yourself easily distracted, or you work better under a deadline, then a 30 day challenge will help you get 30 hubs out quickly. But rather...
Stress is a part of life. Helping children to learn how to recognize, and then how to cope with it, will help them to grow up to be healthy and happy adults. What can the adults in a child's life do to help them learn good stress management techniques.
Helping a child figure out what is causing them to feel stressed is half the battle. Once you know what your child's stressors are, you can help your child deal with them.
Every day is a great day to integrate tongue twisters into your life. Tongue twisters are fun and educational.
We will travel into the magical world of birds through the use of macrophotography. Macrophotography will enable us to view details of birds that we would not otherwise be able to observe. See birds as you have never seen them before.
What is success? Success is many different things to many different people. Do you know what it would take for you to be successful?
Our brains continue to learn even as we age. Cognitive stimulation is as important to the health of your brain as physical exercise is to the health of your body. This simple fact is becoming more and more apparent as we grow older, and as Alzheimer’s and dementia become more prevalent. It's...
Here is an original recipe that I created when I was inspired by the taste of tomatillos. If you like Mexican inspired foods, you will enjoy this dish.
The easiest no-bake cheesecake you will ever make. And, it is even more delicious than it is easy.
Choosing to love your spouse is the best possible gift you can give them as well as yourself. What does it take to create a love that will last ... until death do you part?
March 23 is National Puppy Day! Celebrate the holiday by viewing lots of cute photos and videos. A must see for the puppy lover!
Children seem to be born knowing how to throw temper tantrums. And the first few times they do, we think it is cute. By the time we realize that was a mistake, the behavior has gotten way out of hand. Let me share with you how I handled this problem.
February 25 is International Sword Swallower's Awareness day. How is it possible to swallow one sword whole, much less 2 or 7 as shown in the videos accompanying this article. Also, through the use of X-ray Fluoroscopy, view a sword being swallowed as never before.
There are many fantastic blue holes that are vacation and diving destinations worldwide. The are all beautiful and some are notoriously deadly. Will a blue hole be on your next vacation itinerary?
The "Door to Hell", also known as the flaming gas crater in Darvaza, Turkmenistan (formerly USSR or Russia)has been burning for decades. Is it truly an entrance to hell? or an introduction?
With so many choices available, which type of canister set best serves your needs and desires? Would it be ceramic, glass, plastic, wooden, metal or a combination? Soooo many choices!
When do hot flashes become night sweats? This is a somewhat amusing story of how night sweats discovered me. At least I'm fairly sure...
What do you think a lion's roar sounds like? How about the roar of a lion cub? Is the lion's roar frightening enough to warrant the title of King of the Jungle?
This article covers the top 10 reasons you might want to consider the use of a word processing software, such as Microsoft Word, to create the verbiage for you hub prior to its insertion into a text capsule.
Words are fun to play with. Words can be used many different ways and can be disguised and encrypted many different ways. Check out the word play that has been sent through emails.
What is the Incredible Music Machine? The Incredible Music Machine by Animusic, also called the Mother of All Doohickeys in emails circulating the net, is a remarkable machine created from farm implement parts and it plays music. Or is it? Where can it be seen? How is it able to remain so precise...
You will travel into a breath-taking magical kingdom of fungi through macrophotography. Macrophotography will allow you to view details of fungi that would otherwise be hidden from view. You will see many different types of fungi - in a wide assortment of colors, shapes, and textures.
You will travel into the magical world of lichen through macrophotography. Macrophotography will allow you to view details of lichen that we would not otherwise be able to observe. You will see various types of lichen that come in a varied assortment of colors, textures and shapes.
Creating Christmas traditions are important for every family. By creating traditions your are also creating lasting memories. Create memories with your children that they can take with them into adulthood.
It is easy to forget the true meaning of Christmas and to be concerned with what you will be getting out of Christmas. In an effort to teach our adopted children who had learned to be selfish in order to survive in a very dysfunctional family, we created a tradition of giving back during this...
Most people bathe in the privacy of their home, but this has not always been the case. Bathing was once a public affair. And while bathing one could share the latest gossip or finalize a business deal with a fellow bather. Some bath houses were even able to accommodate 6000 bathers at one time.
We use idioms about cats everyday, and may not even realize it. Learn about 25 more of these idioms, and watch some funny cat videos.
We all receive those emails that we have to question the validity of. I received one and as I checked it out, I was pleasantly surprised to find that PING donates golf clubs to wounded veterans. Check out the full story!
These glass block presents are so easy to make. It can be an elegant gift or a festive decoration. Whether you make them as gifts, or make a few for yourself, everyone will be thrilled.
What is a Palindrome? What is a Palingram? A palindrome is a word, phrase, sentence or number that reads the same, either forwards or backwards. A palingram is a group of words, syllables or letters that can be read forwards or backwards and still mean the same. Experience the ultimate in...
Gift giving does not require you to break the bank. There are options for cheap gifts, inexpensive gifts, and free gifts. This guide will help make gift giving easy in this tight economy.
Bathrooms, restrooms, toilets, water closets or loos have not always been so handy, hygienic or private. Let’s look at the history of toilets through the ages. In our journey through history, we will even find an answer to the question of why a toilet is called “the john,” among other less...
We will soar to new heights through macrophotography of flying insects. Macrophotography will allow us to view details of flying insects that we would not otherwise be able to observe. You will see the delicate veining in their wings, the hairs on their bodies, their wondrous compound eyes and many...
Macrophotography of Dragonflies allows us to view their true beauty, that which is displayed in their colorful compound eyes, their delicate membranous wings, and their beautifully colored bodies.
Macrophotography of Butterflies, Moths and Caterpillars opens up a new world revealing these creatures in a way that the naked eye could never allow us to see. Come look closely at the fur on a butterfly's body, the feathery antenna of a moth, etc. Come face to face with a butterfly, moth or...
Spiders can be fascinating creatures. Yet for many, they can also be very scary. Therefore, there is no better way to experience the world of the spider than through macrophotography which allows you to see the spiders features with utmost clarity without seeing the spider.
Macrophotography of Insects opens up the door to these "aliens" among us we call insects. It allows you to see the insect kingdom in ways that you have never seen it before!
Macrophotography allows us to view flowers in all their magnificent details. Look at these flowers and you will see beautiful colors and details as small as a piece of pollen.
Macrophotography brings the world around you, up close and personal. Through the use of macrophotography you are able to see the hairs on the body of a fly, or a reflection in the eyes of a spider. Macrophotography allows you to view the world around you better than you would be able to do on your...
The rugosa rose began in emperors' gardens, but does well in anyone's garden. It is hardy and easy to care for. The flowers are fragrant and it produces many hips for you and the wildlife.
Cats can have very amusing reactions to things and situations. This article looks at cat idioms and also takes an amusing look at how cats react to mirrors. Enjoy!
Your bedroom should provide a place for you to find peace and solitude. If you use your bedroom to store all the things you don't know where else to put, consider storage options to change that trend.
The Antikythera Mechanism which lay hidden at the bottom of the Mediterranean for almost 2000 years challenges the scientific community to rethink their beliefs about the mathematical, mechanical, and scientific abilities of ancient peoples. Mechanisms that were thought to have been produced more...
Choosing the right color in your bedroom could determine if you are able to feel relaxed while in your bedroom, and could affect whether you are able to get a good night's sleep. Do you know what colors to use to create the sanctuary that you want your bedroom to be?
Decorating your Bedroom is very important. Since we spend 1/2 to 1/3 of our lives in the bedroom, it is important to make it an enjoyable place to be. See how you can use little things in your bedroom decorating scheme.
To create a bedroom that is distinctively you, and a special place for you to escape to, is something that only you can do. No one can do it for you. You know what is important to you; and only you know how different colors and objects affect you.
Bedroom decorating is often ignored, and considered to be unimportant, although we often spend half of our lives in this room. Consider creating your own special sanctuary and refuge.
A nebula is a conglomeration of gases and dust in outer space. It is in nebulae that stars are born, and stars die. With the advent of large telescopes we have a better idea of these wondrous clouds that can be found light-years away from Earth. View images and video of these magnificent creations.
Golf is a very different kind of sport. It's the one sport where you can dress awful and play professionally even when you are elderly. What kind of sport is that?
Giving thanks all year long can be a tradition that teaches an attitude of gratitude to us and our children. Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions? This might be one that you would like to start.
Astronauts spent 520 days in a mock space mission to Mars. Astronauts were cooped up without sunlight or fresh are in the confines of several Bus sized capsules eating only canned food as would be found on the International Space Station.
Magnets fascinate many people, young and old alike. Neodymium magnets / supermagnets make great gifts. Why not give a gift that allows someone to express themselves artistically and relieve stress all at the same time.
Can someone read your hub while you are editing it, and what do they see? It may not be what you think!
What happens if our first love moves on successfully, but we don't? What happens if our first love betrays us, but we still can't get past the feelings? This poem poses one such scenario.
More and more products are being developed to deal with the unique problems that caregivers face when caring for someone with Alzheimer's. 60% of people with Alzheimer's wander, and many times become disoriented and lost. When this happens, it is important to locate them as quickly as possible. New...
Alzheimer's disease is hard enough to deal with when t strikes the elderly. What happens when early-onset Alzheimer's strikes? It creates a new set of problems that have to be dealt with.
Chicken Spaghetti is a wonderful pasta inspired casserole. Not only will it help you save on your food budget, but it will please you and all that you serve it to. Try this one - it is pleasing to the budget and the palate.
If you like enchiladas but not all the work associated with making them, you will like this easy to make layered casserole. This healthy casserole has a lot of flavor at a very reasonable cost.
Looking for a quick, low-cost and delicious meal? If you like Mexican food, and you like salads, look no further, this meal will satisfy you.
If you like simply made Asian food that simply tastes good, this is a recipe for you. Make a meal with fried rice and egg drop soup for less than $1.00 per serving.
Discover homestyle chicken pot pie. Chicken Pot Pie is an unbelieveably delicious way to use up leftover chicken or turkey. Create your chicken pie using this flaky pie crust recipe included.
Nothing beats the taste of chicken noodle soup. It is especially good on a cold winter day, or when you are feeling under the weather. Using the batch cook method this soup is as economical as it is tasty!
This hub will guide you through the process of creating 26 servings of satisfying food, using 5 different recipes, and only 10 pounds of chicken legs and thighs. At 59 cents a pound that is an amazing deal. Come see how it can be done!
If you are looking for a spicy alternative to take to an upcoming potluck, this could be the answer. Depending on how long you allow the chilies to infuse the oil, you may knock their socks off with this one! Subtlely spicy! Addictingly good!
Can you think of a better ingredient in a dessert than cream cheese? A prize winning recipe that you will want to try ... sopapilla pie!
What do candy corn, peanuts, and PayDay candy bars have in common, besides being delicious? Here's a simple recipe that tastes very similar to a PayDay candy bar.
What constitutes a good meal? This meal is satisfying, good, inexpensive and utilizes the cooking talents of two hubbers. What more could you ask for? Check it out for yourself and see if you don't agree.
In todays hard economy many people are finding themselves needing to cut corners. But cutting corners at meal time should not mean that you can't eat well. Here is a meal centered around a deluxe grilled cheese sandwich.
Grammarly is an automated proofreader and a personal grammar instructor. Grammarly will proofread and correct over 150 types of errors!
Many times we are so focused on the things we should do that we don't take time to consider the things we shouldn't do! Looking at a list of don'ts for keeping goats.
Diane Rose is an amazing Texas woman. She lets very little stand in the way of her dreams, or keep her from being all that she can be! Her zest for life could be an inspiration to us all.
Amber Miller finishes Chicago Marathon just in time... Ms. Miller doesn't let many things stand in the way of reaching her goals...never say never!
Scientists believe dinosaurs existed millions of years ago. Many Christians believe the earth is only 6000 years old. They can't both be right, or can they?
You've done all your research, and have decided that you are ready to take the next step ... you're ready to get your goats. Now is a good time to take a step back and go through a checklist and make sure that you have considered everything. So let's look at the big picture together ...
There are 6 common breeds of dairy goats. All of them could be used on the homestead.
What causes Vitamin D deficiency? What are the results of this deficiency? What if you can't figure out what is causing it? I'll share my experience identifying the problem, discovering that the lack of it could have caused breast cancer, and what I do now.
What can you do with the 3-4 egg yolks remaining after using the whites in another recipe? How about a hollandaise sauce? Includes a great video showing how to easily master the Hollandaise sauce.
Are you a good writer? What does that even mean - being a good writer? Have you thought about this question before? This article explores the answers to these questions.
Take a chunk of crystalized salt, form it, add a light, and you have an attractive accent light for your home, but so much more. It's healthy too!
So you think you know what an egg looks like? Did you know that eggs can have more than one yolk or shell? Do you know what a cock egg is?
Coloring is an excellent activity for children of all ages. It can be a good activity for someone with Alzheimer's, as long as a few important issues are taken into consideration.
What do cinnamon, coffee, broccoli and insulin have in common with other? They may pave the road to a treatment or cure for Alzheimer's.
The Blonde Capuchin Monkey, Cebus queirozi, named for the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, was discovered in Brazil in 2006 and it is believed that less than 200 exist making it critically endangered. To find out more about one of the world's recently discovered mammals . . .
The Autralian Snubfin Dolphin was discovered in 2005. It's hard to believe that anything as large as a dolphin can go undetected, but this shy creature managed to remain elusive, and is now endangered.
Ushio Shinohara's interesting approach to art challenges both artistic and cultural beliefs. His performances literally explode with color as he attacks his canvas.
How can an animal as large at the Bornean Clouded Leopard remain undiscovered until 2006? New species are being discovered all the time, and this is one of them. But to think that an animal as large as a leopard was discovered as recently as 2006, is quite amazing.
You may think that adding images can be tricky, tedious, and time consuming. But once you get the hang of it, and see how much better it helps to illustrate things in your hubs, you will want to do it again and again. And it will help to generate traffic to your hub! A definite Win-Win!
What happens when someone takes a blank canvas, and through a two-fisted paint-flailing art attack creates a masterpiece . . . you have just witnessed a performance artist at work . . . using their skill, experience, inspiration, movement and senses to create an experience you will not forget!
There are many reasons that people have started keeping and raising chickens. Some of them might surprise you. But sometimes when you are backed into a corner, you come out keeping chickens.
There are so many stupid signs and warnings as people and companies try to protect themselves from lawsuits. Have you seen these before?
September has been designated as World Alzheimer’s Month. And September 21st is designated as World Alzheimer’s day. The day is being celebrated to educate the public about the early signs of dementia with its theme, “Faces of Dementia”.
An excellent way to use day old bread, especially French breads and baguettes. Makes a wonderful side to Italian dishes and salads.
We all need to take time from our hectic schedules to take our medicine, and they say laughter is the best, so here goes...
A factual and visual tour of the amazing squid. If you think squid are boring, you might want to check this out!
This is a great tasty easy to make ahead salad that can be served as a main course, or as a side dish.
A "fantasical" visual journey through the world of Christmas Tree Worms. Amazingly beautiful photos and interesting facts make this a must see and read.
The platypus is a very unusual looking creature. It could almost be described as a Frankenstein of the animal kingdom. It looks like someone took left over parts -- a duck’s bill, beaver’s tail, and otter’s feet (webbed) – and created an animal! Then to make it even stranger, even though a mammal,...
The shrew is one of the few mammals who are venomous or poisonous.
The Hispaniolan Solenodon (Solenodon paradoxus), also known as the Haitian Solenodon or Agouta, can only be found in Haiti and the Dominican Republic ... is one of the few venomous or poisonous mammals.
The loris is the only venomous primate. These unusual primates move slowly through the trees using long, slender limbs. Their most notable physical characteristic is their very large, round eyes.
Has communication truly progressed? Has technology progressed while our communication and social skills have digressed?
On June 8 of that year, a U.S. Navy submarine, the USS Barbero, launched a Regulus I missile traveling from Virginia to Florida. Unlike a typical missile, this one was not carrying a warhead. Instead, it carried 3000 letters as a test ...
A visual and factual tour through the world of the sea hare. Learn interesting things about another member of the mollusk family, the sea hare.
As Texas suffers through an extended heat wave and drought, a Lubbock man tried to provide some levity to the very serious conditions that exist. It has been unnaturally hot and extremely dry throughout all of Texas. Man and beast are suffering and there appears to be no relief in sight. In fact it...
A visual and factual journey through the world of the octopus, also known as the Devilfish. Using its color as camouflage, this animal is able to adapt its color to match its environment. Discover the amazing octopus through pictures, text, and videos.
A pictorial and factual article about limpets. Limpets are a mollusk, and a snail. They can be found in freshwaters and saltwaters. Also contains a video showing how to gather and cook limpets.
This article is a visual and factual tour of the chiton, a mollusk that lives in the ocean.
A visual journey through the world of Nudibranchs, or sea slugs. Amazing photos and interesting facts make this a must see and read.
We usually do not think about caregiving until...The answer to the question... is a resounding, “Yes!” and “No!” How's that for ambiguity!?!...you are the primary caregiver...hands on care...
I have been making this dish for almost 30 years, and it has never failed to please my husband or my guests. This version of 7 layer dip is by far better than anything that you get pre-made at the grocery store. Try it, and you’ll never look for a 7 layer dip recipe again.
Is getting your car hijacked while taking paper off back window real, or is it an urban myth. Email and comparison to Snopes.
Discusses ways to catch a lizard in a house without touching it, or harming it.
Is it feasible to use lizards for bug/pest control? Are people doing it by choice, or by circumstance?
Explores the differences between typical, blonde, red, and albino raccoons. Also has interesting tidbits about all all raccoons in general.
Silkie Bantam chickens are an incredibly unique breed of chicken, adorned with many fancy features. This article provides some interesting facts about the origins and characteristics of the Silkie.
US Postal History covering such events as mail being delivered by steamship captains, Ben Franklin and his envolvement with the postal system, penalties for mail theft, the gold rush, the pony express, etc. A detailed description of postal history beginning in the colonial days and ending in 1869.
US Postal History covering such events as experimental air mail routes, the last stage coach robbery, transfer of gold to Ft. Knox, V-mail, etc. A detailed description of postal history beginning in 1870 and proceeding through 1945.
Important events in the history of the United States Postal Service (USPS) beginning in 1945. This history contains information including the Citizen's Stamp Advisory committee, Missile Mail, Zip Codes, passports accepted, Jackie Strange, female federal agents,etc. A detailed description of postal...
Homemade beauty products are much better for your skin and your pocketbook than commercial products readily available in stores. Since you know exactly what is going into the product, it is especially good for individuals who suffer from allergies ... make an invigorating body scrub...arthritis ......
This article addresses how a wringer washer can be used today to save money. If you use a wringer washer or or are buying a wringer washing machine, there are a few things to consider.
This breed was first bred in Hungary and later perfected in Germany. Contrary to what some folks believe, the Naked Neck is 100% chicken—not a cross between a turkey and a chicken.
Pennsylvania was the second state to be admitted into the United States of America. It was twelve years later in 1799 that the General Assembly of Pennsylvania authorized the official state flag. Let's discuss some of the symbolism in the flag...
Before ZeroWater, I actually refused to drink water from our tap. Now, the ZeroWater filtered water actually tastes good, and I find that I drink much more water than I used to.
What if as a child and adolescent, your father spoke a blessing over you every single week, from the time you were born until the time you left home?... How different would your life be today?
Oklahoma's state legislature did not adopt a flag until almost four years after the state was admitted into the Union . Originally, it was an entirely red ...rising anti-communist ... new flag ...honors more than 60 groups of Native Americans.
The Texas Lone Star Flag that we see flying today was actually the 1839 national flag of the Republic of Texas. It was approved on January 25, 1839 in a bill signed by president Mirabeau B. Lamar. Although the flag ...
With so many chicken breeds to choose from, picking only 10 could be a daunting task...research to find the chicken breed or breeds that would be good for a homestead, I found that several characteristics were better for my homestead situation. I believe that these characteristics are important to...
...wildlife rehabilitation...What you don’t know can hurt!...Within a very short period of time, I was abruptly pulled from my computer screen by the sound of … What was that...What was I supposed to do...