The day I took my visiting family to the Shelby Gardens and passed one of the most beautiful days ever. Take a tour with us.
The lost art of independent thought. Welcome to critical thinking; what it is, how to do it and why you should.
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.
Who else could be voted People Magazines "Sexiest Man Alive" at the age of sixty? No one but Sean Connery. Here is a look at his life and his films -- ALL his films.
Okay, criminals may not be the sharpest knives in the drawer, but the actions of some beggar the vocabulary in trying to describe their stupidity. Just as we all use the internet, so do the criminally stupid. Here's a...
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?
The shortest day of the year, and even in South Florida, dusk begins at 4 PM. But it's so lovely, the best time of the year. Celebrate Winter Solstice, Florida style with me.
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...
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...
A sequel to the Hub, The Myth of Perpetual Growth, we take China as a case study and examine the COST of economic growth. A shocking look at the state of affairs in China.
All politicians call for improved economic growth. But perpetual growth is an impossibility. Here's why.
Today the last of my mastiffs, my best friend forever, Dick passed away. I am sad, but taking an opportunity to think of how much my association with this wonderful family of mastiffs brought into my life.
CNN recently did a special on child trafficking and prostitution. I think they missed the boat, and here's why.
The streets of North Port, Florida, often dubbed "Tree City" abound with wildlife. Here's some photos of the visitors to my home.
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...
“In vino veritas.” (In wine there is truth.) – Pliny, the Elder, 23-79 A.D. Number two in the Joy of quoting famous dead people looks at wine, and what folks have had to say 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...
An exploration of 'voice' in writing. Today's discussion: 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...
No other questions has been more pondered throughout the history of mankind than the title of this article, "What is death?" Please join me in a conversation with the Rev. Juliette Jones, Ph.D., and a life long student...
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...
Kevin Newell is using the latest in hydroponic technology to operate his organic vegetable farm. He shares his methods with us.
A few truths about publishing. Let's call it a look at reality.
One of Florida's best secrets -- Boca Grand, a small town on the southern tip of Gasparilla Island, with white sand beaches, blue-green Gulf waters and a long and exciting history. Come join me for a tour in words and...
There are five big questions the writer needs to answer in developing the point of view of his work.
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.
No skill is more important to the fiction writer than a mastery of the mechanics of good dialogue. Here are the ten most common mistakes new writers make and how to avoid them. The ten rules of dialogue.
An in-depth look at lawn maintenance Florida style.
Welcome to this, the second in our lessons on plot structure. We are ready to take our proposed plot and divide it into scenes -- and then build those scenes. Let's construct a novel.
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...
#5 in the series, Good Writing Is... deals with plots and how to develop the plot in fiction, whether short story or novel. Called plotting for beginners, we discuss the form of plot, how to map a plot and how to...
Here are the two pitfalls made by new writers, and a new way to look at telling a story.
This hub is dedicated to my pet ferns, and to Nan Mynatt who wrote an excellent article on the history and science of earth's oldest plants, and inspired me to share my lovely ferns with the rest of you. Enjoy the...
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...
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,...
Alberta has four times the population ratio of American residents than the rest of Canada -- can't tell you why, but if you're thinking of moving there or visting, here's my personal list of hints to help you fit in.
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?
You see them in the street everyday, these unsung heroes. They are so common we don't pay them attention. A tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of man's best friend.
You were all right -- I didn't get health insurance because I have rheumatoid arthritis. Here's how the doctors see it. Here's how many of us live with it. See the difference?
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.