It's estimated there are 25-50 active serial killers in the United States at any given time. Who are they? Maybe a neighbor, coworker, or perhaps a family member. Most would prefer to avoid them.
Anxiety is a state of inner turmoil, often accompanied by nervous behavior. A few examples are, pacing back and forth, somatic complaints and feelings of dread like a feeling of imminent doom.
Relationships can be easily broken over trivial issues. Once broken, they can be difficult to mend. The reasons can be many and varied. Without knowing the cause, reconciliation can't occur.
Lack of sleep, widely known as insomnia, affects many. Fatigue, weight gain, mood swings, and difficulty in concentrating are all associated with it.
Emotional manipulation occurs when manipulating another is done on purpose and deliberately. There are certain ways people act when emotionally manipulating others.
What is self acceptance? Self acceptance is a difficult challenge no matter how much self improvement we’ve undertaken. Improvement requires understanding and knowledge our own character and habits.
There are many ways to escape stress. Some take the form of defense mechanisms. Others use sports, hobbies, travel, reading, movies and a host of other activities for short-term release.
A step family, or as some call it, a blended family, is where one parent has children not genetically related to the other spouse. Children of previous relationships can present unique problems.
ADHD is usually diagnosed in childhood, characterized by a pattern of impulsiveness, short attention span, and hyperactivity. Adult symptoms may manifest differently from those of children.
According to Wikipedia A lie is a statement used intentionally for the purpose of deception. A person who lies is referred to as a liar. Lies may be employed to serve a variety of purposes.
Domestic violence occurs in personal relationships between past or current partners, and spouses. It affects any race, or religion. But most victims are women.
Sometimes it's helpful to reconnect with our “inner child.” In popular and analytical psychology, our inner child is our childlike aspect including all we learned before puberty.
You can effectively influence a person's desire to change, not by what you say, but how you say it.
The tragedy of infidelity is how often it happens. It occurs more frequently than most would imagine. Why do people have affairs? There are a number of factors, but often it's difficult to pinpoint.
Many have a form of compulsive behavior. There's many types. For example: shopping, over eating, and gambling. They'are a need to calm apprehension caused by internal feelings a person wants to avoid.
Anger is an emotional response involving a hostile reaction to an imagined or real provocation. It usually happens when one feels their personal boundaries are being threatened.
We call them “the golden years,” those years beyond age 60, or thereabouts. For some they are. There is wisdom and peace. The “rat race” of career and competition are over.
Boundaries are safety zones we place around ourselves and family. They let us form healthy relationships and permit others to understand how they should behave.
Laughter is a fairly common occurrence with humans. But this doesn't make understanding it any easier. We love to laugh so much there are entire industries built around it.
Aggression is action motivated by angry emotions or hostile intentions, inflicting pain, intimidation, or emotional suffering on others. Acts of aggression intentionally cause pain or harm to others.
The traditional image of an addicted person is a skid-row drunk or stereotypical “dope fiend” who must have a periodic “fix” in order to fend off withdrawal. But recently, we have gained new insights.
What is “abnormal?” What is “normal?” The term abnormal psychology once referred to psychological behavior that was “deviant,” that is, significantly different from the norm.
Codependency can be defined as an addiction to people, behaviors, or things. A sense of control or lack of it, is central to everything a codependent does and thinks.
Burnout is a loss of, energy, and purpose. It's a state of mental and physical, exhaustion going far beyond mere discouragement. Many are so used to running on empty we don't realize it.
At one time or another most of us have dealt with some form of rejection. To be rejected is to be cast aside, thrown away as if having no value. There’s no way to sugarcoat it. Being rejected sucks.
Conflict is painful. It brings out anger, fear, and anxiety, and most try to avoid it. However, it can be a positive experience when handled correctly. It's a natural part of an imperfect world.
Insomnia affects many in our busy society. Fatigue, weight gain, mood swings, and difficulty in concentrating are problems associated with it. Insomnia can be defined as inadequate poor-quality sleep.
Many suffer from some form of compulsive behavior. And there's many types. For example: shopping, overeating, hoarding and gambling.
Many of us tend to assume single people are missing out on something.
There are many religions on this planet, most claiming theirs is the correct one. Which one is right, or can they all be right?
Many today believe in psychics, mediums, horoscopes, tarot cards, astrology, fortune tellers, palm readings, and seances. But what evidence exists to prove their authenticity?
There are many opinions on why bullies pick on others, But studies have shown envy and resentment may be close to the top of the list.
Savannah, Georgia is one of the oldest and most haunted cities in America. It’s no surprise the city boasts one of the most haunted places in the country…the Moon River Brewery built in 1821.
Memory loss is usually classified as either short term, Long term (recent) or Long term (remote). All have many of the same causes.
Many who lived there were said to have gone mad or died violent, unexplained deaths. Visitors today find it silent and strangely void of wildlife. There are many reports of ghosts and demons.
In the beginning God created human governments and we all know what happened after that. Old fashioned American humor.
Few of us would like to see our thoughts written out for all to read. We are fully aware of the evil thoughts that would be spelled out revealing our deepest, darkest secrets.
There’s at least one voice in America speaking out against immoral and negative influences bombarding our society.
This is Tailgating. At one time the term simply meant following too closely to another vehicle. Now it’s recognized as a social event held on and around the open tailgate of a vehicle.
Most homes in ancient Europe had dirt floors and the only way to keep a home clean was to sweep it out. That was done with a broom simply made of straw, herbs or twigs tied to a handle. Early brooms were called a besom and usually caused more of a...
The question of whether Christmas is a pagan celebration always crops up as the holidays approach. Some make the assertion it is, therefore shouldn’t be celebrated.
Emotion doesn’t solve issues of truth. Though they may be traditions; that doesn’t always make them right. Do not give uncritical allegiance to human authority figures.
You’re getting old if you remember when: All the girls had ugly gym uniforms. And wore tennis shoes not $200 Nike's! It took three minutes for the TV to warm up.
Spark plugs. We all know they are used to ignite gasoline and air mixture in an internal combustion engine. But there seems to be a bit of confusion concerning who invented them and when?
The growing popularity of laugh or humor therapy isn’t anything to laugh at. Or is it?
Colin Webb of once saw a wooden model toy in a store and decided he could do it better. And he proved it by building a life size Harley Davidson motorcycle made of recycled plywood.
The pint sized community had its own parliament, beach with midget lifeguards, theatre, stables with small ponies, Chinese laundrymen and a fire department that put out purposely set fires hourly.
Not so long ago, Children were told stories about sand dollars. They were pressed sand, or more colorfully, mermaid money. Sand dollars look like round white coins, thus their name.
Between 1922 and 1944 there were 221 Our Gang films produced. Out of the 176 actors who participated in the show only a handful gained star status in the comedy series. They became known as The Little Rascals beginning in the mid-1950s, when 80 of the original "talkies" were syndicated for...
Surprisingly, personal ads are nothing new.They began appearing in newspapers about 300 years ago. It’s thought the first personal ad was a matrimonial advertisement appearing in a British publication July 19, 1695. In the 18th century, most...
Some collect things as a hobby like coins, stamps and antique glassware. Others have taken the road less traveled and find some very unique things to collect, such as cigar bands. For many cigar smokers, the small paper band was just a piece of...
"Somebody just shot my kids!" was all Diane Downs kept screaming as emergency room staff scrambled to her assistance. Diane didn't give any answers right away, avoiding the identity of the shooter.
The Burrow brothers were enthralled by dime novels and tales of the daring exploits of famed outlaws such as the James Gang. It was said at the age of 15 Rube Burrow robbed a neighbor at gunpoint.
Barney Kemp Riggs was a not so well known Texas gunfighter who was said to have killed a man at the age of 18. The shooting was ruled as an accident. But there were some who doubted that decision.
Sam Brown was said to be the meanest, cold blooded killer ever to set foot in Nevada Territory. He was known to have killed between 15 to 20 odd men, some for absolutely no reason whatsoever.
Rudabaugh was a notorious cattle rustler, stagecoach and train robber during the 1870s and 80s. He was known to have ridden with the infamous “Billy the Kid” and some say, the only man Billy ever feared.
James Pierson Beckwourth was an African American mountain man whose exploits rivaled those of more well known frontier figures such as Jim Bridger and Jedediah Smith.
Anna Marie Hahn became the first woman to be executed by electrocution in the United States. Anna’s crime was murdering a number of elderly people with arsenic and other poisons. Her atrocious and heartless acts earned her the name of “Arsenic Annie.”
During the 1800's many pioneers braved the journey across the Western frontier headed for Ca. Many didn’t make it. The "Oatman Massacre" made National headlines.
Historians believe the very first log cabins were built by Swedish immigrants who brought their knowledge of log cabin building with them when they settled in Delaware around 1638. Log structures are also known to have been constructed as temporary shelters by soldiers during the Revolutionary War.
The first Scotch and Irish began arriving during the 1600's. Contributions of Scotch-Irish are many. Of note was fiddle-music which later became "Bluegrass. In America they could start over.
The 1988 horror film, Child’s Play featuring a demon possessed doll named Chucky, was inspired by a real one known as “Robert the Haunted Doll.” Some call him “Robert the Devil Doll” and claim it is the world’s most haunted object. The...
Many John Wayne fans may not be aware the character of Rooster Cogburn in “True Grit,” was based on a real person. His name was Calvin Whitson, the only one-eyed deputy marshal in Judge Parker's court. The evidence is mostly circumstantial but strongly indicates Whitson was the "real" Rooster...
Charles Albright is far from being the most notorious serial killer in American history. His list of victims only includes 3 women, all known prostitutes in Dallas, TX. What makes him standout was he committed his first murder at the age of 57 and...
In 1867, two years after Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, the Lincoln Memorial was commissioned. But, it would be many years before it saw completion. And not many are aware there are few mysterious speculations concerning its history along with a...
When it comes to the paranormal, occult and cases of demon possession there are three groups of people…believers, skeptics and those that simply don’t know.
Building customized vans became a popular fad during the 1970s and 80s. The van reigned supreme becoming the ultimate self-expression vehicle, especially with the younger generation.
The name Katie Elder was romanticized in the 1965 western "The Sons of Katie Elder," starring John Wayne. However, the fictionalized account of the deceased saintly mother portrayed in the movie bore no resemblance to the historical Katie Elder. The...
Arguments about who invented the bicycle have been a sticky subject for some time. But, after all the hollering and screaming is done, in all likelihood, it was John Kemp Starley of Coventry, England
The brick and mortar mansion once stood at 1129 Ridge Avenue, in the Manchester neighborhood of Pittsburgh and enjoyed the dubious distinction of being known as the Most Haunted House in America.
Cullen Montgomery Baker was without a doubt, one of meanest, cold blooded killers in the Old West. He once shot and killed a black slave woman simply because he didn’t like her looks and Cullen Baker did not like black people. At least a dozen dead men were left by him and those who rode with...
The Ozark Mountains of the 1800's were full of superstitions, some still remain. Practices and daily life in these mountain communities, today might be regarded as strange.
Doris May Fisher Stokes, a British spiritualist and psychic medium, claimed she could see spirits and hear their voices even as a child. Some people swear she was a gifted psychic, while others thought she was nothing more than a cold, calculating...
The first reference to a ghost hunt is found in 100 AD by Pliny, the younger,a lawyer, author and magistrate in ancient Rome. The story involved an investigation of a haunted house in ancient Athens.
The name of Jake Bird lies buried in relative obscurity amongst the pages of history. But his ghastly crimes mark him as one the country’s most prolific serial killers. However, it wasn’t until October of 1949 when he was captured in Tacoma,...
Building matchstick models is becoming an increasingly popular hobby, and it would be even more popular if people knew a little more about it.
Hairless dogs tend to be cleaner and don’t have the annoying odor of other dogs since they don’t have hair which can trap dirt. Additionally, they require much less grooming.
Orville and Wilbur Wright invented and flew the first airplane, right? No, the first successful powered flight took place in England and was demonstrated by John Stringfellow in 1848.
There are several variations to the Slaughterhouse Canyon legend. Although there are differences in the tales, the premise of the story is the same.
The Bird Cage Theater became known as one of the wildest places in the country. It catered to such characters as Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and Bat Masterson. More than 120 bullet holes prove that.
While the James-Younger and Doolin-Dalton Gang were stealing headlines there was another outlaw who robbed more banks than both of the gangs combined.
Cattle Annie and Little Britches are mostly forgotten in western history, but not in Oklahoma and Indian Territories. There, they were thee two most famous female outlaws ever to strap on a six gun.
Lavinia Fisher's was the first female serial killer in the America. Lavinia was beautiful and married John Fisher. Their chilling tale begins at their hotel in Charleston, SC, a house of horrors.
Molly B'Dam is probably the lady from which the stereotyped image of a Brothel Madame with a heart of gold was fashioned from. However, she was the real thing.
Elmer McCurdy’ wanted to become a famous outlaw. He did become an outlaw, but by no means rich or famous. In fact, he was a dismal failure. Compared to Elmer, Barney Fife of Mayberry was Wyatt Earp.
Life on a wagon train could be extremely harsh. These hardy souls arose very early each morning before dawn to prepare for the day. A normal routine would be to start the fire, prepare breakfast, gather the livestock, reload the wagon and hitch up the team. Around 7:00 a.m. they headed out.
Like many old west towns of the 1880’s Trinidad, Colorado has a rich, colorful history. Scouts, trappers and traders frequently drifted through the town. So did gamblers and outlaws who came to patronize the many saloons and gambling joints on...
Compulsive liars are people who lie even if there is no need of it. Most have run across one at some time or another. And they can be aggravating to say the least. What prompts a person to lie for absolutely no reason whatsoever? A...
On October 29th, thereafter known as "Black Tuesday," after nearly a decade of prosperity, the United States was catapulted into economic ruin.
CB's beccame popular during the 1970's. Partly because of the 1973 oil crisis and a nationwide 55 mph speed limit. CB’s were used to help truckers locate stations having fuel and avoiding speed traps
Arthur Flegenheimer, AKA Dutch Schultz, was a New York City gangster during the 20’s and 30’s. His profession, organized crime. Rumors abound Schultz buried millions in Phoenicia, New York
One of the all-time great internet hoaxes was the Bonsai Kitten Hoax, where a group of MIT students set up a fake website that fooled many. The website depicted methods for growing bonsai-style kittens.
The official version of the MLK assassination is a single man, James Earl Ray, committed the act on April 4, 1968 in Memphis TN.
The old West didn’t produce many women outlaws, but Sally Skull would fit the description. Sally was a horse trader, horse thief and rancher and a dangerous killer. .She dressed like a man
Perhaps you never heard of him. He was best friends with Wyatt Earp, witnessed the gunfight at the O.K Corral, a mayor of Tombstone, Arizona and captured Geronimo without firing a single shot.
The Ica stones are a collection of supposedly ancient rocks carved with images of dinosaurs and what seem to be people using advanced technology. The collection consists of approximately 15,000 stones of varying size…some as large as a...
The Massachusetts Bay Colony was an English settlement on the New England coast of North America in the early 1600’s. It was formed by Puritan settlers fleeing religious persecution in England around what is known today as the cities of Boston and Salem.
The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) was born soon after the Civil War in 1865. In actuality, it was the first true American terrorist group and since its beginning, has been an organization of hate and violence. The KKK originally began as a social club by a...
Eastern countries have long taught alternative medicine. However, until recently, most Western medical schools didn’t. But, it seems this attitude may be changing.
The practice of hypnosis dates back to ancient Egypt where “Sleep temples” were used for healing the body and treating emotional troubles. A high priest would put the afflicted to sleep and the person would receive a post hypnotic suggestion,...
More is known about outer space than the oceans on our own planet. This is because of tremendous pressure exerted attempting to submerge to the great depths needed for further exploration.
There are many myths and stories floating around about “Hotel California”. Very few, if any, have any substance. For instance, one myth claims the name refers to a mental hospital in Camarillo, CA.
Fort Courage is a modern Trading Post just off of Interstate 40 in Houck, Arizona that was inspired by the television show F-Troop. Supposedly, the Fort Courage Trading Post is the "Home of F Troop" from the 60's TV series. However, the entire show was actually shot on the Warner Brother’s back...
I guess you could classify me as a Yankee “transplant”. Where I live, that’s the term southern folks use to describe outsiders who come to stay.
As Americans, we look at foreign countries and sometimes find their customs a little strange if not amusing. That’s a two way street. Sometimes the things we do are just as peculiar such as square dancing. My wife, Tommie, was from Okinawa,...
There are many jokes about women and their driving. But is it true women are inferior to men when operating a vehicle? I’m going to give some advice. Husbands, let a professional do it.
When I arrived in Germany during 1968 as an American military dependent, I was in store for many adventures. I hadn’t wanted to go when my step dad received orders to report to Wiesbaden, Germany
On board a cruise ship making daily journeys along the Rhine river there is lots to see. Around almost any bend you’ll come across a castle perched high atop slopes revealing numerous vineyards.
Although it was the accepted norm of earlier times, many self proclaimed experts question the effectiveness of spanking. Some view it as a barbaric anachronism left over from an unenlightened era.
I was bitten by the love bug at age seven. Her name was Kathy Mundell and came in the package of a cute, dark haired, brown eyed beauty.
Lake Elizabeth, California. There were lots of fun things to do like barbecuing, fishing, and mining for gold. Please keep this a secret Richard.
Glasgow, MT may not be the coldest place. But I’d say minus 75 degrees is a bit on the chilly side and worthy of honorable mention. That’s how cold it got during the two years my family lived there.
They weren't just van drivers. They transported handicapped , disabled, wheel chair mentally retarded, blind, deaf, terminally ill and just plain stupid!
I suppose almost everybody has heard the story of the ugly duckling that grew into a beautiful swan. For me, the story holds special significance.
People can be cruel. Whatever happened to the “milk of human kindness”? I’m sure it still exists, but it seems to be getting increasingly rare.
We used an outhouse, got water from a well,.used coal oil lanterns washed clothes and took baths in a creek at the foot of our mountain. , a fireplace for heat, and wood burning stove for cooking.
Military families have to move frequently and ours was no exception. We rarely spent over a year in any one location. Because of this we were never able to put down roots anywhere.