Some fictional characters take on a life of their own. Check out Kevin Capricorn Wang IV's poetry and musings.
These two poems deal with the feelings one experiences while caring for a dying loved one.
An atheist answers questions about what atheists would do regarding words with religious origins, celebrations that have been co-opted by Christians, and references to God in historical documents.
Rejoin Cap, Kevin, and Guido as they learn more about what's going on back on earth from data collected in the "matter transmitter" they interrupted to get a copy of Kevin's mind to earth.
Do you have difficulty recognizing faces? These tips and techniques may help you learn to correctly identify people when you meet them again by using a variety of cues and memory-reinforcing methods.
Some aspects of life tend to remind us of mortality in very powerful ways. Here are three poems about things that make me think about how deeply death and dying are intertwined with life and living.
If your friend or family member with high-functioning autism seldom calls you on the phone, it might leave you wondering why. Find out what one autistic woman has to say about why phone use isn't fun.
Atheists don't believe in God. It doesn't seem like anything that would be up for interpretation but it turns out some believers think that everyone, including non-believers, thinks God is real.
A poem about how words can be used to put ideas and concepts into our minds or to trigger memories to create a new story. Some people use this power without even realizing it.
Someone asked me why I bother writing if my audience isn't enormous and few remember my words. I wrote this poem in response to her. Find out what my writing does for me, even if no one ever reads it.
This is an experiment in writing and reader interaction. It will become what its readers want it to be. It's a beginning that will either grow or fail to sprout. Its genre is science fiction.
Learn to make this smoky marinade designed to bring out the umami deliciousness in your meats, fish, poultry, and seafood with natural glutamate-rich ingredients and Maillard reaction helpers.
These three poems were written by a formerly homeless woman to express a little bit about the way living without a home so many years ago permanently changed the way she sees the world.
Lindy held the sonogram in trembling hands. She was 72 years old; there was no way she could be pregnant even if she hadn't been celibate for the past 7 years. But the image clearly showed a fetus.
Does Megan dare use her power to help people knowing it has a side-effect? Is her relationship with Mark even real? Find out what happens next in part three, The End of the Beginning.
Megan has broken all the rules that keep her safe and her secret is out, at least to Mr. Walker. Will his knowledge help or harm Megan's quest to share her good fortune without being destroyed by it?
Megan's dreams are full of floating bubbles of blood and her origin is unknown, but her life has been completely ordinary up until now. Strange new abilities awaken her curiosity about the past.
Some poetry is crafted to make you feel, some is written to make you cry. This isn't that kind of poetry. I hope you enjoy "Anonymity like Wine," "Self-Righteous," and "The Day the Keywords Died."
Learn how to attract and keep writers who produce quality content for your website while improving their productivity, all without paying them any more money, while improving your reputation, too!
Moving a large home aquarium can be a tricky proposal. Learn how the author moved a large curved glass aquarium down three flights of stairs and up two without even breaking a sweat... or a fish tank.
Rich T Anderson, also known as RTA, is a Grand Rapids, Michigan singer, songwriter, musician, and independent filmmaker. Learn more about this little-known American artist and see him in action.
Rejoin Kevin, Cap, and Guido and find out what happened with them when Kevin Bob had his adventures on 22nd century earth. This serialized science fiction novel is free to read online at HubPages.
How can you tell if someone is homeless? There's no sure way but there are a lot of clues that may add up to homelessness when taken together. Knowing them can keep people living on the street safer.
Catch up with Kevin Bob and his life-and-death struggle in chapter 17 of this serialized sci-fi novel. Gift of the Gruldak is free to read online at HubPages.
Menstruating isn't considered fun by anyone, but having your period while being homeless sucks in its own special way. Learn how you can help women dealing with both homelessness and periods.
Learn how to take care of your skin when you have lupus. Reduce malar rashes and other skin irritations by following a few common-sense precautions, as well as your doctor's instructions.
3D Printing is rapidly changing the face of modern science, art, medicine and even our economy. Learn some of the ways this technology is changing our world.
Vanessa was depressed because she had a mind made for genocide and a body built for strictly platonic cuddling and naps. She hadn't even tried attempted murder in almost a week. What was a girl to do?
Catch up with Kevin Bob and his friends as the plot deepens when the deadly robotic Butlers arrive to try to blow them into tiny pieces and stop the revolution in its tracks.
Learn what I do to make writing a headlong rush down the page my fingers can barely keep up with that feels like flying and jumping off a cliff at the same time. Isn't it time you got high on words?
This tutorial explains how to make a cake that looks almost exactly like a real pepperoni pizza using fondant, melted white chocolate, and a bit creativity plus your own artistic skills.
This is a work of fiction about the spaces between, the things unseen, and the missing parts that leave two young people broken. Some parts may be triggering to abuse survivors.
Overtly religious condolences offered to non-believers during times of grief may feel fake, meaningless, or even rude. Learn how to deal with those feelings and understand what those sentiments mean.
Will Kevin's presence on earth make a difference? Is there enough toilet paper in the shelter? Will Kevin have a nervous breakdown? Find out in chapter 15, Fun with Interior Design for Compact Spaces!
It can be hard to decide what to write in a sympathy card or on a funeral arrangement enclosure card. This page shares ideas for brief non-religious condolences and secular sympathy sentiments.
Find out if Kevin-Bob and his friends find shelter from TransMatters' mercenaries in chapter 14 of Gift of the Gruldak, a serialized sci-fi novel you can read free online only on HubPages.
Learn my answers to the questions from Availiasvision's self-interview challenge. Find out my favorite swear word, discover my biggest turnoff, and read about how crazy high I get on science.
The corporate goons are coming and this time they have firepower. Find out what happens next in chapter 13 of Gift of the Gruldak, a science fiction novel that's free to read online at HubPages.
If we make self-aware machines will they be real people and treated as such or will we repeat past mistakes in a new and high-tech way and enslave them? Weigh in with your opinions!
Join Kevin as dedicated caregivers fight to return his stolen powers of speech in chapter 12 of Gift of the Gruldak, a serialized science fiction novel you can read online for free.
The corporate goons have got Kevin now. Find out what happens next in chapter eleven, Bubbles Within Bubbles. Meet Hal and Jake, the incompetent hired help from TransMatters.
Join Kevin in his new body on 22nd century earth in chapter 10 of this serialized science fiction novel. Minor errors lead to deep trouble.
Find out how the rollerskating robot army is faring on earth and learn about the world's reaction to their vitally important messages in chapter 9 of this serialized science fiction novel.
Childfree and childless people often find themselves the recipients of a lot of judgments regarding their reproductive choices. Here are ten unselfish reasons people choose not to have children.
Join Kevin, Cap, and Guido as they struggle with computers that can't talk to each other. Meet the alien robot army invading earth to save humanity from itself. Learn the dangers of cleanliness.
Read chapter 7, Heartless, and catch up with Kevin, Guido, and their newest family member in their quest to save lives in this serialized science fiction novel that's free to read online.
Join Kevin as he greets his grandpa's doppelganger and gets his world turned upside down once again in chapter 6 of Gift of the Gruldak, a serialized science fiction novel you can read free online.
Find out who Guido has made to keep Kevin company and join them in their quest to save earth. Don't forget to read the first four chapters of this serialized science fiction novel first.
Join Kevin and Guido in their quest to save earth in chapter 4 of Gift of the Gruldak, a serialized science fiction novel you can read free online.
Learn more about the Gruldak and why they need Kevin in chapter three. Set in the near future, Gruldak is a quirky serialized science fiction novel you can read online for free, only at HubPages.
Welcome to chapter 2 of Gift of the Gruldak, a serialized science fiction novel about what it means to be a person. Don't miss out on Kevin Wang's adventures;read Gruldak free online only on HubPages.
Learn how to make your own delicious and attractive smoked salmon pies while exploring a little bit how choosing to write has improved my cooking and my life.
Follow the step-by-step instructions of this photo tutorial to turn your favorite digital images into a cute and clever hanging mobile display that moves and spins with the lightest of air currents.
Eight tips to help writers discover how to write what they write best from the mind of a wacky oddball with a little bit of viral content to her name.
Learn how a mediocre writer like me keeps getting views to seasonal and holiday content all year round.
Remember Engagement Chicken? If you've fallen a-fowl of some such behavior-modification poultry, this recipe for delicious Breakup Chicken may be just what you need to break the spell. Serves two.
Follow one child's mad plunge into head-over-heels love with science and the world of the very, very tiny. Find out how it shaped her life and inspired her to write possibilities and far away worlds.
Gruldak is a serialized science fiction novel about humanity, aliens, survival, passion, strange technology, and coming of age for a second time in a game-changing reality. It's free to read online.
Learn how to make a custom, heart-shaped ice-cream cake that looks a bit like a Valentine's Day conversation heart candy.
Floral tape is used extensively in the craft and floral industries. Find out what it is and how it is used.
Learn how you ought not to try to make crisp rice and marshmallow treats.
If you aren't a person who buys a lot of things you can still write for product review websites. Learn what you can review using personal experience even if you aren't into consumerism.
Step inside and learn my two step method for online promotion. Learn why these methods can improve your chances and why sharing them can improve your Internet neighborhood.
Grave of the Fireflies is a powerful, animated film about Japanese children affected by World War II. Studio Ghibli creates amazing films about childhood and this is one not to be missed.
Learn why this trendy urban super tool is running neck and neck with my Swiss Army knife for my favorite multi-tool. It has proven very useful, especially when moving house.
Learn how to use cheap foam shoe inserts to accommodate mismatched shoe sizes without pinching your toes or rubbing your ankles when you have two different-sized feet..
Art is the method by which I remove emotions from inside myself and decipher the ones I don't understand. I use pencil, pastel, paintbrush, and most often keyboard to make sense of what I feel.
Tips for dealing with anxiety from a PTSD sufferer.
Science fiction is something I find especially enjoyable to write. Spend some time with me as I try to explain what I find so enchanting about it.
An autistic woman talks about her favorite times growing up in the seventies.
Basic crunchy crackers made with only three ingredients, flax seeds, cheese, and a bit of oil for the pan. Delicious alone or with dips or spreads, this simple recipe is toasty, cheesy, and seedy.
Sleeping in the rough or sleeping outdoors while homeless is not particularly safe or healthy, but if you have no choice, these tips might help you do it just a little more safely.
This page was written by an atheist homelessness activist to answer an odd question that keeps popping up in searches that lead readers to articles and editorials on atheism and homelessness topics.
Learn how to make photo-realistic sugar-sweet bacon from fondant or gumpaste with the instructions in this step-by-step tutorial with photos.
This simple dish combines silky yolks, warm and creamy avocado, and tender egg whites infused with delicate and savory earthy flavors. It looks impressive, but it's as easy to make as it is delicious.
You might think a homeless person's troubles end when he or she gets into stable, permanent housing, but the emotional scars can last a lifetime. These tips may help with recovery from such damage.
Winter brings out the worst in aches and soreness for many people suffering from chronic conditions. The good news is that you can do some things in your own home to make cold weather less of a pain.
It can be dangerous to be seen with things some unstable homed people don't think you should have or things others may wish to take when you are visibly poor. You can protect yourself with these tips.
Breathe Right strips are great for opening your nasal passages for freer breathing, but if you leave them on too long, they can be hard to remove. Learn how to easily remove them without hurting yourself.
This is the story of an epiphany felt in a time of grief, intended to help others learn to see the parts of their lost loved ones they still have.
This is a list of gift suggestions created by an adult tomboy. Please just consider it a place to get ideas and not a Bible. When in doubt, just ask her what she wants!
Learn to make a weird-looking, rubber-band propelled creature that zips across smooth floors and tables using rubber bands, an old spice container, chopsticks, bar soap, and a few other odds and ends.
Learn how to make a clever and attractive charm bracelet with this eco-conscious craft tutorial. Includes step-by-step instructions with photos.
If you are looking for a craft project that produces impressive result for something so easy a six-year-old could do it, collage plus decoupage may be just what you'd like.
This is the story behind a short video inspired by a record cut off a box of sugar cereal in the seventies.
Learn how to make cute, poisonous-looking mushrooms from sweet and delicious fondant with this step-by-step tutorial with photo instructions.
Follow this step-by-step tutorial to create a photo prop fake monocle of any size you like. The project is extremely easy; the materials are very inexpensive. Make one for your cat, kid, or costume.
Step-by-step instructions (with photos) on how to make reusable creepy bloody window decorations with dirt cheap materials you can buy at the grocery store.
I've loved Swiss Army knives since I was a little girl. Learn why that relationship has been such a long and happy one through the lens of reminiscence.
You've got the home care instructions from your doctor's office but they just usually cover medical details rather than suggestions on how to get by at home. These tips are here to help with that.
The fern seemed innocent enough, but its hitchhiker was another story. Tangled between its leaves lay green obsession more tempting than any squiggly bit of string to a ginger cat.
This step-by-step tutorial with photos and text instructions shows you how to turn a few bills of any dollar denomination into a pretty flower that makes money fun to give as a gift for any occasion.
Seeing a baby locked in a hot car can be a shock. If you've never thought of what you'd do if you were faced with such a situation, this page may help you to be prepared for it.
Learn 5 things you can do to help your high-functioning autistic friends or family members feel accepted rather than just tolerated. Learn how people with Aspergers must accommodate other people.
Find some insight about what it's like inside the head of a rocking autistic person and learn why one woman with Asperger Syndrome thinks she does it.
These nine prompts can help you produce share-able writing, interesting stories, and useful tutorials while getting your creative juices flowing. They also help fight writer's block.
A recipe for basic grilled asparagus plus three wonderful variations on the theme. WARNING: You may find yourself addicted to grilled asparagus!
Are you an herbicidal maniac? Do you long to kill a few nice plants in the comfort of your own home or office? Read the article to learn effective, florist-recommended houseplant killing strategies.
Learn why you should care whether other peoples' children are vaccinated or not even if you and your children have been vaccinated.
This page is intended to help teens and young adults decide whether or not coming out of the atheist closet is right for them and safe for them.
Whether you stay in or volunteer in an emergency homeless shelter, these simple precautions can help you avoid getting or spreading bed bugs when they try to hitch a ride on your belongings.
This page presents a theoretical question intended to get writers to think about how much writing means to them emotionally, spiritually, and socially.
This editorial answers the question of why I waste my time on art and explains why I think the attitude that spurs such a question is faulty.
A few pieces of equipment, some emergency supplies, and a plan of action can save your reef aquarium fish and corals if the power goes out in hot weather.
If you have hearing in one ear only or suffer some form of unilateral hearing loss, you may find it hard to find mono earbud or headphones that provide good quality sound. Here are a few ideas.
What would you or should you keep if you found out you were losing your home? This list is intended to provide ideas for people who may need to become a lot more portable in a hurry.
Many claim homelessness is caused by (and only caused by) making stupid, destructive , and completely avoidable choices. This page examines some of those poor choices. Have you ever made any of them?
Share these twelve gift ideas and the reasons behind them plus some tips for giving presents to homeless children to make giving easier and more fulfilling.
If you've decided to add a little water volume in the form of a refugium to your saltwater aquarium, a hang on unit is simple to install, easy to use, cheap to light, and very compact.
Have you heard the term agnostic atheist and wondered what it meant? Learn what the phrase means and why it makes sense as written by an agnostic atheist.
Learn how to prepare your home aquarium to survive a cold-weather power outage. A few simple preparations and a kit of emergency supplies can keep your fish and coral alive during blackouts.
If you are an atheist with Aspergers or just don't know what to say to religious loved ones when they are suffering loss, this page may help you find the right secular words and condolences you need.
Some of my opinions as to why so many people in America seem to have no empathy for homeless people despite being mere paychecks away from the circumstance themselves.
Is Thanksgiving a Christians-only holiday or is it allowable for people of other religions or none to celebrate it as a giving of thanks to those who help and support them?
An atheist's thoughts on Christmas as celebrated in America plus a six hundred and sixty-six word satire directed at people who believe there's a war on Christmas.
Learn how to make sugary, cute little pumpkins, squash, and gourds with this easy to follow step-by-step tutorial with photos.
Learn about some of the causes of the myth that vaccines cause autism.
Learn some of the most common stereotypes, myths, and misconceptions about homeless people in America. Weigh in with your opinions in the comments.
Most people get back into a secure living situation in less than a year after losing their homes. Learn at least 11 ways people get trapped in homelessness for longer periods of time, even for life.
Insider florist's tips to get the best flowers, service, and arrangements the next time you order from your local or out of town florist for a holiday.
Learn about the advantages of using artificial wedding flowers and reception decorations above and beyond the price advantages one can reap with careful silk bridal bouquet choices.
Peoplewatching may help you to understand the meaning of many puzzling, but normal human behaviors. I learned I'd been flirting when I did not intend to! Imagine the awkwardness that saved me.
The cost of funerals has become so high, many families can't figure out how to pay for them. Learn about how you can afford to have a meaningful final goodbye that won't leave family paying for years.
Learn how to save money on your prom flowers or corsages for other occasions using these professional florist tips that work around some of the aspects that make such arrangements costly.
Artificial flowers can make or break your wedding budget. Find out how, and learn how to make budget-friendly choices that won't make your decorations look cheap.
Learn to make the most of your grocery budget with these fourteen dollar-saving tips and share your advice on how to keep healthy food on the table when money is tight.
I don't really think poetry needs formal interpretation to be enjoyed; it needs a bit of active listening and a willingness to feel emotions shared by the poet. This editorial explains my rationale.
Step-by-step instructions for baking a browned and bubbly casserole with sliced red potatoes, fresh asparagus, and tangy, gooey, creamy cheese.
Learn why Valentine's Day flower prices are so high when the product quality is often so much lower than usual. Find out what the holiday is like for florists and learn how to get the most out of it.
Learn how saltwater, crayons, electricity, a hair dryer, and a bit of creativity can be used to etch a candy tin with the step-by-step text instructions and photos in this craft tutorial.
Simple-to-execute tips for stretching your wedding flower dollars while creating a lovely setting for your special day taken from the expertise of a professional floral designer.
Just like humans, cats can live longer, healthier lives with proper care, exercise, and nutrition. Learn a few practical ways to naturally extend your feline companion's health and lifespan.
Looking for free or really, really cheap fun? Try out these nineteen suggestions for having a good time on a tight budget.
It is a surprisingly common myth that atheist charities don't exist. Human feelings like empathy are not exclusive to the religious so, in fact, many secular charitable organizations exist.
Have you ever wanted to help homeless people but have no idea what to do? This page gives some suggestions to help you choose how you can make a difference.
Answers to seven reader questions about homelessness. Have a question of your own? Feel free to ask it in the comment section and it might be chosen to be answered on the page.
Have you wondered why people living on the street don't just get jobs and stop being homeless? Learn about homeless employment statistics, the barriers to employment they must overcome, and share your solutions in the comments.
Want to help homeless people? Don't have much money of your own? Learn how you can make a difference without giving money.
Some businesses require their female employees to wear make-up. Do you feel that, in the 21st century, this is a good or bad idea? Weigh in with your opinions!
Fourteen small and inexpensive gift ideas that many homeless people would appreciate. These thoughtful gifts can make life a tiny bit more bearable, mostly because they show you care.
Learn some of the ways I've used to cope with life as a person with Aspergers as well as some of the added issues created by non-autistic peoples' inability to understand people different from them.
Six ideas to help end homelessness and an invitation to share your solutions to the problem of so many Americans being homeless. So many are veterans, children, elders, and disabled people.
Why do homeless people seem to avoid using emergency housing shelters? Here are some of the reasons.
Have you ever wondered why people become homeless? This article explains just a few of the most common causes of home loss for people living in the United States. Some of them may surprise you.
This is a small collection of poetry written by the author as a form of catharsis in response to horrible life events. Some may be triggering for some readers who have survived violence or abuse.
Three short stories written for flash fiction contests including two brief dystopian stories and a quick faux Native American myth.
For some reason, many still think the world can hold an unlimited number of people. They also deny that humans have any effect on the environment despite overwhelming scientific evidence.
Learn to make one of the tastiest extinct sea creatures from fondant or gumpaste using this step-by-step tutorial with photos and free printable trilobite template.
I'm an odd person I suppose. Some have said my love poetry is also quite odd. If you enjoy things that are a bit strange that have to do with love, perhaps you'll enjoy these poems.
Learn how to make this cake with fondant starfish and seashells on it using these step-by-step instructions with photos. It includes links to photo instructions for making the sea stars and shells.
Learn how to make fondant or gum paste seashells of an assortment of types using this step-by-step tutorial with photos and text instructions.
Learn how to make three different kinds of starfish from fondant or gumpaste. These sea stars are easy to make and make wonderful cake decorations.
See the fun an amateur can have making fondant cakes for friends and family along with photos of twenty or so of her silly, sweet creations.
Step-by-step instructions and a printable template for making a cute skull cake with rolled fondant decorations.
Have you ever had a question you'd like to ask an atheist? Here are answers to 13 reader questions. Ask your own and it might be selected to be answered on this page.
Do you like silly and photogenic orange cats? Well, you're going to love Rupert. I hope these photos of the little marmalade clown kitty make you smile.
If you're homeless and trying to figure out how to spend a small amount of money to best effect, this list may help. It has also proven useful to charities creating care packages for homeless people.
Porcupine puffers are fun saltwater pets that require specialized care. Before bringing your fishy friend home, take the time to learn what he needs. This is a good place to start.
These ten tips can help you stay cool for less money while being a little more environmentally responsible.
Our pets count on us to keep them safe even when we're busy having fun. A few simple precautions can keep harm from coming to your furry, finny, feathered, scaled, and smooth companion animals.
Learn the benefits, costs, and limitations of these ten popular wedding flower varieties so you can get the best look and quality on your special day and save yourself from common floral frustrations.
Learn to make wedding bouquets and elegant candle centerpieces using gorgeous and inexpensive tulips. These instructions were designed to be easy by an award-winning professional floral designer.
Homelessness left marks on me that can't be easily seen except in my writing, which exposes painful, damaged parts to the sunlight, sometimes through poetry and fiction.
Instructions for making homemade rolled fondant in the microwave with ingredients you can buy from the grocery store. It's great for smoothly covering cakes and modeling 3D decorations and toppers.
Some people have some pretty odd ideas about what evolution is. This page explains some of the things evolution is not.
Learn how I fell in love with using home made marshmallow fondant on cakes for people I love.
I learned some important things about life and American society while living without a home. This page touches the tip of that iceberg and invites readers to explore further.
This page attempts to explain a few of the views of one agnostic atheist. Its purpose is to spread understanding and tolerance through knowledge and interaction.