The day I spent with family at the Shelby Gardens was one of the most beautiful I've ever had. Take a tour with me and see why it was so special.
Recently a New York Times editor asked if it was a reporter's job to challenge dubious assertions made by newsmakers they write about. You mean they don't already? Eegads -- silly man, the answer is YES.
Welcome to Florida, land of foreclosures. 25% of all foreclosures in the United States last year, took place in Florida. What has this meant to our neighborhoods?
I've long avoided watching Black Hawk Down. I hate war. I hate movies about war,particularly movies that glorify war. I had just spent several weeks in research preparing to write a paper on the tragedy of Somalia, so this time, given the opportunity I watched it.
A morning trip to Fort Ogden in DeSoto county, Florida, with my guide, Mrs. E, a woman whose memories are ravaged by Alzheimer's. Come along for the ride.
The unfunded liability of Social Security is a hot topic for all political debate. Yes, it's a problem. But do they tell you how it got that way?
Dana had a medical appointment at 12:45. She asked, 'Could we do brunch instead of lunch?' I hadn't seen Dana in over a month, so despite the fact my digestive system wants nothing but coffee until at least noon, I agreed. 'Joe Crackers patio at...
All politicians call for improved economic growth. But perpetual growth is an impossibility. Here's why.
CNN recently did a special on child trafficking and prostitution. I think they missed the boat, and here's why.
Another FBI/local law enforcement agency initiative has recovered a number of child-victims of the sex trade. This time the media took notice. But some of the information given left me uneasy. Here's why.
This article is dedicated to “Girls Rule,” a pair (I think) of twelve year old girls who contacted me through my website. With mother's permission and involvement, they took my on a guided tour of the world of the 21st century twelve-year-old-girl. Join us and learn from these remarkably wise girls.
Wine is called the elixir of the gods. Let's take a look at what famous thinkers, writers, and poets have said about wine since the beginning of time.
A look at quotes and all the joy of quoting famous dead people: why do it; when to do it; how to do it; who to quote; and all the benefits therein.
Have we forgotten this time-worn phrase? It seems more and more of us have lost the ability to see both sides of an issue. We have fallen victim to the vice of blinkered vision. Why is this? Inspired by recent events here on hubpages.
This is an exploration of 'voice' in writing. In this article, we'll discuss writing from the child's perspective and the challenge of writing in the child's voice.
In 30 years as an outreach worker helping abused children, I've never once interviewed a single perpetrator. I decided to rectify that, and with the help of local law enforcement, set out to interview four convicted sexual predators. This is my background research which opened my eyes, and brought...
Many of you saw my garden last swaddled up in old comforters, blankets, flannel sheets, old towels and anything else that came to hand in my hub Freezing in Florida, I have complaints. Then you may have visited again in February with My Florida...
Kevin Newell is using the latest in hydroponic technology to operate his organic vegetable farm. He shares his methods with us.
Society looks at ways to control sex offenders, and finds not real workable answers, as recent events prove. A front line worker in the child protection field writes about the problem.
Don't fall for this "literary agency" scamm -- Writer's Literary Agency. Avoid them like the plague. Here's why.
Welcome to the first in a new series, Bad Writing Is..., dark natured doppelganger to Good Writing Is... Today we look at the best of world class bad writing -- winners of the Bulwer-Lytton contest. (AKA the "dark and stormy night" contest.)
This article deals with plots and how to develop one in fiction—whether for a short story or novel. Called "plotting" for beginners, we discuss the form of a plot, how to map a plot, and how to prepare the plot for writing.
Here are the two pitfalls made by new writers, and a new way to look at telling a story.
A history of the United States National Debt, from 1788 to 2009, in text and pictures. Ponder the true foundations of this $12 trillion and growing debt, the changes in policy and values along the way, the personalities involved and those major events that precipitated such cost.
Seasons greetings to all (not restricted to Christians, Jews or any other religous traditions celebrating at this time, and with due regard to the sensibilities of all,regardless of race, religion, age, ethnic origins, sexual orientation, political affiliations ....
What's it like to homeless? This homeless, working couple talks about their lives.
It's an ongoing debate. Does television accurately reflect our society, or does society reflect television?
Today the FBI announced 52 children recovered during a crack down on the child sex slave industry, according to CNN's computer streaming healines on line. Did any of you hear about it? And why not?
For thirty years I worked in child protection. It became a driving force of my life. Today I share a small part of this experience.