Having a bad day? Here's a pick-me-up. We all need those, right?
A simple limerick about elves coming out in the woods after dark.
A limerick about Ella Fitzgerald and her famous ability to scat, taken lightly.
A limerick about an audience with no sense of taste for the music they're hearing.
Ever wonder who named some towns? Aren't you glad you didn't come from some of them? City founders, for shame!
Who doesn't love long, curly red hair that captures the light?
A limerick about a youth who probably grew up with his nose in books or owes his parents and teachers extra thanks for an extraordinary upbringing.
A simple Haiku about darkness and the eager wait for dawn to bring life.
A poem about the humble yellow pencil we've all used.
In honor of poetry month, a short poem about time. Or life and death?
Home-made kitchen and bathroom cleaner that works better and is far cheaper than store-bought cleaners. Environmentally and family/pet friendly, too!
This is a detailed method for creating effective, informative glossary definitions that your readers will be able to understand easily. Anyone can master this special type of technical writing!
Imagine all of your lists, up-to-date, and on one piece of small paper... This article shows you how to accomplish this and how to use lists to best organize your life.
"How To" projects that will make your daily life easier, better, and/or safer, including how to monitor your garage door status, clean your deck safer, iron faster, and opt-out of junk mail.
This is a product review of the Inland® USB optical mouse, model #337543. 5 out of 5 stars for this mouse! This mouse works great on multiple surfaces, it's full-sized, and it's right or left handed.
Use Adobe Acrobat Pro to quickly research a topic or create high-quality PDF files of web pages. Examples provided: a Google topic research and capturing your Hub Pages all in one file.
With the high cost of greeting cards, wrapping paper, bows, flowers, and gifts, why not try some of these alternatives to gift and card giving in your family?
Review of the Walgreens app for the iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, and iPad: 5 out of 5 stars for this well-designed and useful app! The competition doesn't come close!
A how-to article showing you how to turn a boring vase or jar into an elegant one by embedding a texture underneath foil tape. A quick, fun project with myriad variations you can use this same technique on. Perfect for holidays, weddings, table or mantle pieces, and more.
"Multipublishing" means publishing the same information in more than one place in a set of communication pieces. Multipublishing is very expensive to develop, maintain, update, and obsolete.
In this creative writing piece, I examine what can happen when I finish the sentence, "everything was fine, until I"...
Although mail-order pharmacies are very common, running out of medicine during the reorder period can be a problem. This article contains a method and calculator for preventing most re-order problems.
The vapur® Shades ½ L water bottle is definitely not your standard collapsing camping bottle. Talk about handy and durable! Made by Vapurin the USA. It comes in several colors and patterns.
A short poem about the nature of clouds, followed by a can't-miss video explaining many things about clouds and a quiz to see how much you know about clouds.
In part 1 of this report, we talked about how the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) can help consumers. In this, part 2, we visit the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Direct Marketing Association.
Thanks to the Federal Trade Commission, the Direct Marketing Association, and others on the Internet, it has never been this easy to receive—or stop receiving—large quantities of “junk mail”.
A can't-miss hit with ice cream lovers! Layers of ice cream separated by brown sugar and, optionally, topped off with whipped cream and a cherry. Super-easy to make and serve on short notice. Great for unexpected guests.
A poem about a bug, a rug, and the sound of footsteps. It's not quite a limerick, and it's perfectly Rated G, but it has that lilt and disrespect characteristic of limericks. And a dark side...
Possibly your pet's least-favorite thing, the BATH, described in detail to minimize trauma to the dog or cat. The Zoom Groom brush from Kong is key to that--it feels like they're getting a massage!
The two brushes that I usually use on my black Lab are the pricey, effective FURminator® and the rubbery, easy-grip Zoom Groom brush by Kong, maker of some of my dog’s most-hardy and favorite toys.
A Haiku poem about that dark time before dawn, when the sun gradually awakens and brings the world to life.
I've lost a follower. Now what have I said? So very like me ....all I want is to be appreciated for who I wish I was.
The physics of a waterfall are curious. The second law of thermodynamics says that things tend toward a more disordered state. Is the second law saying that destruction (erosion) wins over creation?
Many words are commonly misused in the English language, through ignorance, expediency, typo, or colloquial error. This article is in answer to a question asked by CWanamaker http://itiny.in/kq8IDz
"Creation" is both a process and its product. It is the process or state-of-being of something that never before existed, whether it came about by willful creation or by happenstance creation.
These Taco Roll-Ups are great party snacks because they are easy to make, convenient because you prepare them the night before the party, require no cooking or baking, and they're fun to eat, too!
The answer key to the HubPages-Themed Crossword Puzzle. Fun, not too hard (I think), and contains good reminders for all writers.
This crossword puzzle is all about writing HubPages articles, but writers in general will like it, too. How well can you do?
Have you ever had trouble putting on a bracelet or other piece of jewelry? Here are three tricks that might help you.
Add glamour to an old pair of shoes and save them from the landfill: apply micro-glitter and not only rescue but upcycle your shoes. It's easy AND fun! Use this procedure for many different crafts!
A Q & A with a 70+ -year-old woman who voluntarily gave up her license to drive even though she was of sound mind and body. Reactions from friends, neighbors, relatives, and, of course, herself. See how she gets around now using public transportation and tagging along with friends.
A fun, easy-to-make recipe for snack mix. High fiber and high-carb. Long shelf life and freezes well, too. Great after-school snack. Flexible ingredients for special diet needs such as allergies.
I found a cute little product for quickly touching up scratches on furniture—and it's mess-free. Just apply it to the scratch using a small stick and your scratch will usually disappear instantly!
Access most of those wacky-fun characters using your existing font! Keeps files small and easy to work with. Introducing The Character Map, which has been around forever it's just hard to find. (Don't worry, remember shortcuts? Put one right on your desktop and you're good to go.)
When Raymond Erven Googled his own name, he discovered that some nunataks in Antarctica are named after him, due to his meteorological work at the south pole in 1964 as part of Operation Deep Freeze.
This is a simple, quick recipe for thin, authentic Swedish pancakes. They're almost like crepes, and your whole family will enjoy them.
There are many reasons why you might want to cancel your landline service, and many reasons why you might not want to. This article discusses the main pros and cons and also surveys readers to see how many have or don't have a home phone line.
The American Dream has been distorted, and people are pursuing "bread and circuses" instead of pursuits that will add to the value of our country and lives. We think only of ourselves—and sports.
Do you forget and leave the garage door open over night? Do you have kids? Do you get up at night and check the garage door? Install an affordable garage door monitor--it's an easy DIY project.
In order to remove a stuck ring, all you need is a helper and some dental floss (preferably waxed). Wind up the dental floss then unwind it pulling the ring along for the ride. Easy! No cutting required!
Getting an energy audit was the best $60 I've spent in a long time, and I'll recoup the costs almost immediately. It was educational and instructive as well as helping solve air leakage in my home.
Save Your Life! "The Star-of-Life" on a medical alert ID bracelet, along with a current medical alert card in your wallet, might just save your life or the life of someone you know. FREE template for the alert card.
Gorgeous natural stone is beautiful, but expensive and heavy. This DIY article details how to get the real stone look without the weight or price. Simple, easy, and inexpensive as well as durable.
Ways of motivating yourself to write when you love writing but can't get started. First, eliminate the words/concept of "writer's block". Set goals and keep them. (Watch the video, try the apps!)
How to keep inexpensive jewelry from leaving green or black tarnish marks on your skin. This works for most costume jewelry, fashion jewelry, fake jewelry, wholesale fashion jewelry, and so on, but is not for fine jewelry.
Dogs behave differently around babies and toddlers than around adults. Close supervision or separation at all times is required for complete safety. Responsible parents and dog owners also make sure that the dog has a "get away"—someplace it can go that the baby/toddler/child can't—to relieve...
Technical writing is as different as writing fiction is from poetry. First, you need a technical AND a writing education. And, it pays better than most engineers/subject-matter experts.
Learn about many common separation anxiety solutions for your dog. Helpful, practical advice from someone who has "been there".
Cut your ironing time significantly by making a simple, custom ironing board to tackle a bunch of your clothes. A custom ironing board saves you time and you'll always look great in pressed clothes.
Computer spelling/spell checkers and grammar checkers are useful, to a point. Take advantage of your computer's abilities to help you write better, but follow-up with human editing for best results.
Teach your dog to eliminate on command with this simple training trick: separate "walks" from "potty." Then, you improve obedience, too. Now, you are fully in control of when the dog gets to "go."
Packing to move: what you'll need during and after moving, packing tips from Mayflower® moving company, and how to make it a successful, lower-stress move knowing you've got everything together.
Copyright notice: three or four things you need to put on documents, software, presentations, and anything else you publish, whether for yourself or an employer. Learn how to write a copyright notice.
How to store jewelry safely, tangle-free, and tarnish-free. Also, right-size and rotate your jewelry collection for variety. And, make sure your jewelry box(es) are big enough to hold your jewelry.
Simple, affordable, and fun window coverings you can do in an afternoon with no knowledge of sewing or drapery and without special tools (if a curtain rod is already there). Hang a mirror--decorate!
How can a person help someone with depression, especially clinical depression? There are many things you can say and do, and some things you shouldn't. This article describes many ways of helping.
Check out this article for information about the simple tools you'll need to get a good start in making chain mail for jewelry or armor.
How should you act around a service dog? A person's natural instinct is to pet and play with dogs. Unfortunately, we must all respect the vest or cape of the service dog and just ignore the dog.
My Samsung S860 is by far the best, easiest-to-use, camera/video camera I have ever owned. It's an 8.1 Mp digital camera with 3x optical zoom, takes AA batteries, SD cards, and has a tripod mounting.
Instructions on how to thread even the smallest needle with thread, fiber, or wire for your sewing or other craft projects. Includes information and a video on threading a needle for bead workers.
Baking soda to the rescue! Baking soda restores youthful softness to hands, feet—anywhere you have dry skin. It also helps remove adhesive residue, oil, and cooking (onion!) smells from your hands.
To dress for success in your job, study very carefully, from hair to shoes, how "they" dress. Who exactly are "they"? The people you want to become: your boss, a respected co-worker... role models!
Off-leash dog areas and other activities are plentiful around the Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA. Check out your options for fun in the Three Rivers Park District.
About the American Kennel Club's S.T.A.R. Puppy(sm) award and Canine Good Citizen (R) (CGC) titles.
One simple task--gathering all of your home appliance and repair information into a single binder--will help both yourself and future owners of the house. Especially when things go wrong.
These fast and free tricks will slow down your dog's eating pace in a snap.
Clean a bare cedar deck the green way: with biodegradable liquid dish soap that is flora- and fauna-friendly—safe for kids and pets, too! Just soak, scrub with a deck brush, and rinse. Works great!
Is your plastic slinky-type toy all bent out of shape and stretched out? Tangled or kinked? Bring new life to many such toys of all sizes and shapes. Maybe not perfect, but good enough to play with!
It's important to periodically count the pills you get at the pharmacy! Doing your own quality check ensures that you're getting what you paid for and that you won't run out of medicine early.
To write better computer "how-to" instructions or procedures, first put yourself in the user's shoes. Use the simple "given-new" formula to guide your readers safely and quickly through each process.
Stainless steel chain mail will eventually get dirty, if not grungy, and lose its sparkle due to numerous scratches. What can be done? Luckily, there are many ways to clean it.
A simple way to make classic chain mail for jewelry or armor. Well-illustrated in 3D. (Note: chain mail is often misspelled maile, maille, chainmaille, chainmail, European chain mail, and so on.)
An invisible disability (hidden disability), is any disability—something that significantly affects your normal life activities—that isn't obvious to an onlooker. Most disabilities are invisible.
Service dogs can help people with many kinds of disabilities, not just those with obvious physical problems.
A quick, cheap, and relatively painless way to improve your writing: read Strunk and White's "The Elements of Style". A writing quiz checks your knowledge of common blunders made in English writing.