We like to go to the beach every year, and over time, I’ve learned a lot of tips and tricks to make sure our list – and our rental house – are ready for anything that happens. Here are things to bring, things to find out, and things to check for when you go on a beach vacation.
What’s that, you say? ESY, Extended School Year, is a program available to disabled students who need more school days than are typically provided in a year. Get answers about who is eligible, what services it provides, and more.
Flash fiction is an extremely short story. Flash fiction is 1,000 words or less, but there is also microfiction (under 100 words) and a “drabble” (exactly 100 words).
She knew there was no such thing as vampires. No werewolves, no ghouls, no zombies, none of the things that went bump in the night were real. Everyone knew that. But doing all the pick-ups at dusk started making her nervous.
The five parts that make up a story are character, plot, setting, conflict, and theme. The first of these, character, is where so much of the story hangs. The characters have conflicts that drive the plot. They live in their settings, and all these things are supported by an overall theme.
Can’t write? It happens to everyone sooner or later. Come learn about what writer’s block is, why it might affect you, and how to get over it!
If you're getting a medusa piercing, you need to know how the piercer does it, the cost, what kind of jewelry you can wear, how long it will take to heal, how to clean it and swap it, to avoid issues like sinking or scarring.
Here's a step-by-step guide for designing your shoulder tattoo. Explore all the possible meanings and placements (clavicle, scapula, shoulder cap), with healing tips and ideas for men and women.
Whenever I travel , I’ve learned to check out AirBnB to find someplace interesting or weird to stay. This time, when I put in the zip code, something unexpected showed up in my list: a houseboat.
Moms like ink, too! I began getting tattoos before I became a mom, but having a child isn’t the end of inking up.
Anyone who's set up a booth for homemade goodies or mass-produced products deals with different types of customers. If you haven’t met all these customer types before, here’s a list to get you ready.
Writing a bio can seem like a daunting task if you’re just starting out, but it’s a place where you get to showcase your knowledge, experience, & connections.
When I started doing craft shows, I was excited … and completely unprepared. Here are the things I learned about getting ready to do a craft show.
It’s easy to get sucked into arguments on Facebook. Don’t let yourself fall into the vortex – know when to walk away.
To do lists can be your friends or your enemies. How you manage them is what makes the difference.
Last year I got a nostril piercing, and I wish someone had told me all about nose piercings before I had it done. Here are seventeen things to know about getting pierced and living with a nose ring.
People always ask about the secret to a happy marriage. They wonder how marriages last so long. It’s actually extremely simple. Be happy together.
Every writer hits a wall sooner or later. How can you break through the bricks that are stopping you?
Free advice is using worth what you pay for it. But how do you get people to stop giving it away?
If you’ve finally decided to join in and become one of the inked, here’s some advice to make sure you do it right from the beginning. This article includes tips for preparation, the tattoo itself, and aftercare. `
Is there really such a big difference between teaching adults and children? Examining four major theories of adult education let us see how close (or far) they may be from each other.
As someone who regularly suffers from migraines with weird symptoms, I have undergone a number of MRIs. Being claustrophobic makes it worse. So how do I get through these procedures?
Online games are all the rage, but they take up precious time and make us ignore the real world. Here are some tips for avoiding online gaming addiction.
Whether you’re in high school or college, essays can make you hit that dreaded moment in front of your keyboard with no way to start. If you’re stuck with no way to get started, you can try any (or all) of these six helpful pre-writing techniques to organize your thoughts and break out onto the writ
Making a foolproof packing list is hard, but following these steps can help pack at a moment's notice, and you won't find yourself wasting your vacation money on items already sitting at home.
Think outside the basket when it comes to making an Easter morning treat for your special needs child.
Parents debate if it’s best to let a child cry it out at night. If you’re on the side of not letting your child cry, here are alternate ideas to help get them to sleep.
When you think of a glamorous teaching job, community colleges may not be at the top of your list, but you may need to rethink your list. There are many good reasons to teach at a community college.
If you’re interested in teaching at a community college, you should know what they look for. The requirements vary, but there are some basics that hopeful community college professors should know.
Who says that horror and comedy can't go together? Here are the top 14 funniest zombie movies out there!
Stephen King & Shirley Jackson are considered masters in horror and Gothic fiction. There are striking similarities in their work, specifically King's 'Salem's Lot" & Jackon's "The Haunting of Hill House."
When it comes to New Year’s Resolutions or personal goals, making them is much easier than achieving them. But if you apply the business principles of SMART goals, you may be surprised at how your previous failures now become successes!
Ugly Christmas sweaters get more and more popular every year. Get some ideas of where to buy them and what to look for so you can show off your Christmas spirit (or lack thereof).
Satan is, perhaps, the most pivotal character in Milton's epic work Paradise Lost. His appearance in the poem often leaves readers wondering if they should feel pity or revulsion for this fallen angel.
Charles Dickens, Thomas Carlyle, and John Stuart Mills were products of their environments. They used their works, both fiction and non-fiction, to share their personal experiences and philosophies. By reading their works today, readers can gain a better understanding of the society that they...
I love Halloween. Every year, I can’t wait for it to roll around. I even splurge on the full-size candy bars—and, no, I won’t tell you where I live. But I don’t want to spend too much cash decorating. There are plenty of things you can do to decorate your house without going broke.
Secret shopping isn't really a secret. It's a way to get a little bit of cash and some free products (and food) sometimes, but it's a job, and if you want to be a successful secret shopper, you have to treat it as such.
Character analysis is an important part of any college freshman or sophomore literature class. But they aren't always the easiest things to do. Take some advice from an English teacher, and you'll be writing those character analyses in no time!
If you’re thinking about getting a tree tattoo, here are some interpretations of what they mean and photos and links to videos and resources for images to use to help jump-start your imagination when designing a unique tree tattoo.
Gothic fiction isn't just fun to read; it's fun to write. If you don't know where to get started, or if you get the dreaded writer's block, check out these ideas. Learn a bit of background on Gothic fiction to get your short story writing on track.
Of the four Greek virtues -- courage, moderation, wisdom, and justice -- Socrates spends the majority of The Republic discussing justice.So why does Socrates spend so long on this one virtue? There may be several reasons, but one of the central ones has to be the difficulty of defining it. ...
"Jerusalem’s Lot” and Salem’s Lot share a few plot points. Both have towns named Jerusalem’s Lot, both have vampires, both have “bad” houses, and within both, the abandonment of the towns of Jerusalem’s Lot play major roles to the stories conclusions. Beyond this, the stories deviate quite...
Even after three hundred years, arguments abound as to Milton's true proclivities towards the female gender. Is he a misogynist, a product of his time, or a closet feminist?
There are many variations between The Haunting, the movie directed by Robert Wise in 1963 and The Haunting of Hill House, the novel written by Shirley Jackson and published in 1959. Some of the differences are minor, but easy to spot, and do nothing to detract from the plot. Other changes,...
The sculptures of “David” that were created by Michelangelo and Donatello are so different that the only thing I can find in common with them is their title. Donatello’s sculpture is bronze, stands only five feet tall, and appears to be a young, possibly teenage boy. Michelangelo’s is marble,...
Two painters I would like to compare are Raphael and Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Raphael was an Italian Renaissance painter who lived from 1483 to 1520. Pieter Bruegel the Elder was a painter from the Northern Renaissance who lived from 1527 to 1569. The differences in their work can be easily...
The Prince endures because it speaks to our times. In fact, ever since it was written, it has always spoken to the “current” times. The lessons in it can be applied to ruling monarchs, businesspeople, or even parents taking care of their children. The big question is what he actually meant when...
Both Joseph II and Frederick the Great were enlightened despots who cared for their people. Enlightened despotism is an interesting phenomenon that still exists to some extent in politics today when otherwise educated and intelligent leaders feel that they know best for their people and pass laws...
The impact the numerous religious upheavals had on the arts and sciences during the sixteenth and seventeenth century was great. I could go on for pages and pages, but I will keep it brief and try to go over only the highlights of the issues that occurred.
The dramatic monologue is a poetic form that was used by Victorian poets to its fullest, especially by Robert Browning, now considered one of the most talented and prolific dramatic monologists. It worked as a tool to examine issues of the day that may not have been examined otherwise,...
Once upon a time, fairy tales weren't really fairy tales - they were "magic tales," and were not necessarily told to children. Their main purpose was to entertain, but they had a hidden agenda. The twentieth century was when the current fairy tales came to fruition. These tales were written for...
The ideas held by the founding fathers of America and the ideas held by Aristotle show a number of similarities—let's discuss them together.