There are some things that are nagging me about the current political climate and I just can't keep quiet any longer. Voting is our right but we must be responsible.
Living with low vision or the effects of macular degeneration isn't easy but with each new challenge comes an opportunity to learn how to the things you love in a different way.
Each morning I listen to the news and I wonder where all these haters came from in my world. I can't imagine what caused so much hatred. Then I ask myself if there is anything I can do to change it. The answer is always the same. I have to try.
Sometimes the things we value the most turn out to be the least important. Christmas traditions may change over time but the real spirit of Christmas is found through giving from the heart.
I am old enough now to remember when the only things that flew in the night sky were the bats on a summer night. Boy have things changed
The rumor is that you can make money on Hubpages.com if you are dedicated to writing quality articles. Is there a secret to how all those impressions, page views, and accolades make it happen?
I woke up really grouchy this morning. Fed up with all the craziness in the world and feeling helpless to change it, I heard myself say "Dear God, could I have just a minute?"
The Woman on the Mountaintop is more than she appears to be. She is the past, the present, and the future. She's a little bit crazy.
What is justice for a family whose teenage daughter ha been raped or murdered by a monster and left like garbage in the woods? Our system may punish the monster but there is no justice.
The years speed by like horses on a fast track. "The Bucket List of a Middle Aged Woman" is about looking at life in simpler terms and changing values. It's about revising your bucket list.
It’s not a nice world out there anymore and we need to talk about reducing the risks for young women who think bad things can’t happen to them. Rape and murder do happen but they don’t have to.
I wanted to understand the conflict in the Middle East but the more I learned, the less I wanted to know. When a people are divided, there can be peace. It's not too late for the United States, yet.
Summer brings delicious fresh peaches to the local farmer's market. This is a simply delicious, fresh peach cobbler you can serve up with a touch of love. Your guests will love it.
It's simple, it's delicious, and it's a nice twist on a summer favorite. It's a simply delicious macaroni salad with a twist.
It’s a blessing to have some place to go when you’re old and need a little help but there is no place like home. Assisted living is necessary but it’s far from perfect.
If you are one of the billions who use texting to communicate, you could be helping to re-write the English language.
Let's face it. No one likes to talk about dying. Bu it's going to happen, isn't it? If you've chosen cremation, you can also choose your final resting place. The options are limitless.
How many times have you heard yourself say it? “I should have done that”. “If only I could have been there”. “I would have but…”. You can fill in the blank with whatever excuse you used. We’ve all done it.
You've heard it. Opinions are like ass-holes; everybody has one. So why is there so much drama on social media? Can't we just agree to disagree?
Sweet Sadie, an Italian Greyhound, found her way to me in spite of my resistance. This is the story of our amazing experience with animal rescue.
We called it an "estate sale" before we realized that we didn't really have an "estate:, What we had was a home full of the stuff memories are made of. We learned it's true value the hard way.
There are magical moments every Christmas when I am just stopped in my tracks; moments that take my breath away and make me realize the absolute infinite power of love.
When you need to feed a breakfast crowd and don't have much time, this Easy Cheesy Breakfast Casserole will make them smile. It's everything breakfast in 30 minutes or less. It'simply delicious.
You don't have to live in fear. Project Lifesaver is the answer for anyone who lives with an adult or child who is at risk for wandering away from home.
The Route 29 corridor in central Virginia is getting a bad name. There seems to be an epidemic of young women who were last seen there before they were reported missing or, were found murdered.
Southern Rock music of the 70's had a way of making you feel good. Whether listening to a CD or the radio, southern rock has a way of just making you tap your toes and sing along.
Nothing beats a warm, sweet dessert when the weather turns chilly and the days are too busy. This delicious bread pudding is spicy, sweet, and simple to make. It's comfort food at its best.
Southern Rock music of the 70's had a way of making you feel good. Whether listening to a CD or the radio, southern rock has a way of just making you tap your toes and sing along.
Growing old doesn't mean that we stop learning or that we aren't reminded of what we have already learned. Even in old age, we are reminded that love is all that really matters.
It's not easy being perfect. In fact, it is impossible to achieve. So, why not make life more simple and find the joy that comes with being an imperfect being in an imperfect world?
Stress, worry, and anger can turn us into monsters or they can be a catalyst for positive change. I have both a positive a negative attitude battling within. Which one wins is entirely my choice.
Many of us are facing the challenge of providing care for our aging parents. Are you prepared to make the hard decisions? This can be an exciting time for all involved with just a little effort.
The world has changed but we don't have to let it change us. A recent encounter taught me that sometimes we just have to throw out our fear and take a chance in order to do the right thing.
This love affair with my city always catches me by surprise. It happens every Spring, when overnight the grass turns green and flowers pop with color. It's a renewal of life and hope.
If we truly desire to create a healthy world for future generations, we must become more tolerant of our differences and less tolerant of any act that harms others for what they choose to believe.
Sometimes a writer just needs to write in order to reveal the most important lessons in life. Come along for the journey into the musings of an amateur writer who just needs to write.
People in our society today are too quick to judge from first impressions. If we could learn to look beyond the surface, beyond appearance, we might discover beauty and talent in unexpected places.
Italian Greyhounds aren't for everyone—but if one chooses you, be prepared to learn some important lessons about love. This is the story of my beloved Luna.
When Alzheimer's disease progresses and your loved one can no longer live independently, preparing for assisted-living can be daunting. You can pack up all those old memories and make new ones too.
He only wanted to be noticed but instead, he was overlooked. A product of poverty and a broken home, his rage is building. Will we stop it in time?
Words sometimes appear out of no where; coming to teach or inspire. They are unexpected gifts. "Comfort" is the word that came to visit today and this is what it taught me.
Most of ys know that there is a price to pay for the choices we make. What makes some willing to pay a higher price than others? How can we salvage the futures of our children before it's too late?
In nature, all things are relative and the colors of the seasons are evidence of the beauty and balance of those relationships.
Pointing fingers and blaming each other or government for all that is wrong in the world must stop. There is enough blame to go around for all of us.
Words sometimes appear out of no where; coming to teach or inspire. They are unexpected gifts. "Simplicity" is the word that came to visit today and this is what it told me.
God exists in all things, all the time, and in every place. God is an artist, a poet, a counselor, and a musician. We can be students of God and God-Things by choice.
We are human magnets. What we project into the universe returns to us. This is the the Law of Attraction. If you are not happy today, maybe a change is needed.
Alzheimer's Disease forces families to make many difficult decisions. "End of Life" decisions regarding resuscitation are important. Have the conversation and know the laws in your state.
There are too many young people in our society who have grown up in homes devoid of love. They learn quickly to survive but are headed down a path of self-destruction. They need help but reject it. What can do we do?
People watching is a risk. If you are willing to learn something about yourself, just sit back and watch the next time you're in a crowd.
There are many benefits to writing here on HubPages.com but some may not become apparent until you have been here for a while. After a recent assessment, I realized the numbers are insignificant.
Never let anyone tell you that Internet friends aren't real friends. In fact, sometimes they are the best of friends and, the most real friends you'll find.
Alzheimer's Disease is painful and no matter how hard you try, love doesn't ease the pain. I come from a family who loves each other - a lot. Alzheimer's disease has tried to destroy that love. We won't let it win. But some days are better than others. This, is about the bad one.
I wanted to learn to track animals but what I learned was more important. The class on tracking taught me to see, to see with the mind's eye. The lessons I learned were not what I expected. They were even better.
I ant blessed to have an awesome little brother that is the man that every girl wants to marry, every mother adores, and all men respect. He's handsome, smart, kind, and a talented artist too.
My home is surrounded by mountains that speak to my heart. There are stories in these mountains and if I listen, they will share theme. It's a slower way of life here and it's good.
There are advantages to being a dreamer. In our dreams, we can dream of a future where there is no more pain and suffering and where all people find joy in the simple things. I am a dreamer and I believe we can create a better world.
An open letter to Speaker John Boehner and the 112th US Congress. I am outraged that an elected official would turn their back on the human suffering that resulted from Hurricane Sandy.
How do you measure your success as a writer? Is is the number of page views, earnings scores, comments, followers, or, the company you keep? Are you making a difference in the world? Yes, you are!
The time comes when the fire begin to fade in a loved one who has Alzheimers disease. It helps to know that you are not alone. It is a journey that we must share; to help others and, to be helped.
I thought that Time was not my friend. And then, Time came to visit. When I was having a pity party, thinking that time was my enemy, Time revealed its truth. I, was wrong. Time is my friend.
No one said it would be easy to care about others, to feel the raw human emotion of love and compassion. Some think it is unnatural or unhealthy to cry. It is not. They are wrong.
When our hearts are shattered by violence against the innocent, it is easy to blame guns and government. But, the root of violence in hate and anger. What are we going to do to turn hate and anger into love and peace?
This life, this moment, is all we are guaranteed. Unpredictable events can disrupt or change those familiar and beloved traditions. Make some new ones. It's easy to do and fun too.
CNN News is subject of The Rant: A Monday Morning View. CNN is my media choice but it's not perfect. Want to know what I don't like about CNN? Come on in.
Children are our future and yet I wonder what kind of world we will leave them. It may be the most important social issue of our time. How many have to die in school shootings before we make a change?
No one will argue that there are many social issues that need our attention. Although our society is made up of individuals. we have a connection to each other through consciousness and awareness. Our paths cross when we make room in our hearts for compassion and hope. The meeting becomes the...
A homemade Christmas card is a gift from the heart. Add a special message to your cards with a Christmas quote and male the holiday eve more special for those you love.
Walmart may be a corporate giant but all is not as it appears at this big chain store.
A medical emergency, accident, or fire can change lives forever. When they occur we depend on the dedicated and skilled first responders. They are real heroes.
Do you know me? I mean, do you really know me? Have you stood in my shoes? Walked a mile in my boots? No? Then don't judge me. First impressions can fool you.
I am made of flesh, blood but I am also a soul, trying to live life with purpose. I am a free spirit who wants my days on earth to matter.
The Rant: A Monday Morning View - Save a Tree is all about Christmas trees. With so many alternatives available, let's save some trees from unnecessary deaths at the hands of commercialism. Let nature sing!
Real love requires a commitment for a lifetime. Generations before us understood that but in this modern world, it is all top easy to give up and walk away. What price are our children paying for the choices we make? Are we really able to commit?
The winter holidays are upon us and there is joy in the air. But, not for everyone. Some are hiding their misery behind a mask. They may be sad or lonely. Reach out. They need you.
One of the social issues in our world today includes the abandonment of both humans and animals. This article, Stray Rescue, contains more questions than answers. The human species often seems to be more caring and compassionate to animals than we are our own species. Have you ever thought...
They are simply delicious. Simple to make and big on taste. It's a simple recipe for lima beans that adds an element of rich decadence to any meal. Enjoy!
Caring for at loved one at home is difficult and can quickly turn a care-giver into one who needs care. With just a little help from friends or neighbors, care-givers can remain healthy too.
The Rant: A Monday Morning View this week is about the potato and how retail giants are playing games with our feeble little consumer brains.
They said it was "just a tree" but it was so much more. It was the keeper of secrets, the shelter from life's storms, a source of comfort for a little girl, and more.
Alzheimer's Disease will eventually affect you or someone you love. With the help of friends and family, you can make the hard decisions, face the fear, and deal with the grief.
With so many social issues needing to be addressed in our world, a new movement has begun. H.O.W. - Humanity One World, is organizing writers to promote positive changes that anyone can make that ultimately result in a better life for others. Get on board with us and help us make a difference.
The practice of thanks- giving enriches and magnifies all the best and most important things in life. It is about finding peace and joy every day and paying it forward.
Ever wonder why mainstream media doesn't report on the news from our American Indian communities? Could it be that the United States is so ashamed of its history that we are still trying to hide it?
To change this world, we have to begin with ourselves. We all want our children and grandchildren to have a bright future. If we do not want to live in a war-torn country, the work has to begin now.
What do you know about Thanksgiving? Chances are, what you have been tall is far from the truth. Let's take a look at the real history of Thanksgiving.
Sometimes our life lessons are painful, even when the acts that invoke them are acs of kindness. This is the story of life teaching me to be kind to others even if it hurts.
Pain and pride go hand in hand for the wounded warriors of the US Military. Many just need a warm hug, a smile, or an encouraging word to begin their recovery. Don't we owe them that?
The Rant: A Monday Morning View is about the rude and dangerous behavior caused by the cell phone. Will our abuse of the cell phone result in the end of a civilized society?
Do you have a plan to protect your digital files during a disaster? How about your household possessions. Are they documented? It's not that hard to do and may be a lifesaver one day.
Since 1921, we have recognized the men and women of the United States Military on Veteran's Day on November 11th. Thanks to their sacrifice, we are still free and we owe them our gratitude.
With the change of seasons I find myself wanting to be outside in nature and am reminded that I have the freedom to do so. But what is freedom and what does it really mean?
Chessie, the Chow Chow, was the dog of a lifetime. She found me when I needed her most and she left me when her work was finished. This, is Chessie's story.
The Rant - A Monday Morning View is a series that allows me to vent my frustration over, well - anything that bugs me. This one is written because I've reached the limits of my tolerance for being harassed by political campaigns.
Men - listen up. The girls got together and we've got something to say to you. We want to make life easier for all of us and since you say you don't understand us, we're here to help. We're going to help you become the perfect man.
The vacations of my childhood are some of my most precious memories.We didn't have a lot growing up but we had more than we needed. Even those budget friendly vacations were full of fun and love.
With so much tragedy all around me in our society today, it is hard to focus and so I turn to my place of comfort - gratitude for my own life. It inspires me to do something to help our planet and, the real people in this world.
Hurricane Sandy has destroyed millions of families, businesses, and entire cities. People need our help. Will you meet my challenge and use the power of your voice to raise awareness and to provide a helping hand?
Do you struggle to read small print on food labels? How about restaurant menus? The Rant: A Monday Morning View, is a series. In this rant, I advocate for baby boomers with diminished eyesight.
Humans talk too much without considering the meaning of words. But words are powerful and if we really listen to what we're saying, we can learn a lot about life and, ourselves.
There are special people who come into our lives for a reason or, a season. They come to touch us or teach us in ways we cannot explain. Then, it is up to us to pass it on; to become the teacher.
The unknown can be frightening. We worry about storms, politics, death, and disease. We are stronger than we know. We will weather the storm and grow even stronger and, more compassionate..
The 2012 Presidential Election was riddled with problems that could have interrupted a fair and legitimate result. Will we learn from the experience and be better prepared for future elections?
Voting is a constitutional right but also a moral and social responsibility. If you care about the future, you have to be involved in the political process, even after an election.
A writer can develop a thought, propose an action and then cast that thought into the digital world where the message can reach an immense audience. Thoughtful, responsible writing can make a difference in the world.
The Rant: A Monday Morning View is my series that lets me vent or let loose on things that bother me. This one is on pet food, marketing, and pet health. It's for those who love their pets and want to keep them healthy.
Autumn is a time and season of transition. The rapid pace of summer leaves us and we begin to mentally prepare for winter. It's a time to pause and enjoy the colors of the season and the cooler temperatures too.
The coveted Lollipop Award was created by Chris in Hawaii to recognize writers who embody the goodness of hubpages and give more than they take. It's a virtual award shared from peer to peer. See who the winners are.
The Power of a Word is a challenge for all of us. Words have the capacity to change us, motivate us, and inspire us to be kinder, gentler, and more accepting of those who are different. Will you rise to the challenge?
The mockingbird or, mocking bird outside my window is fighting a battle he cannot win. His opponent is his own reflection. Is it possible that even nature's creatures have demons of their own?
Romney vs Obama, Round 2 doesn't excite me. It will be little more than fodder for the media to crucify the candidates. There must be a better way for the voters to see the real people behind the media portrait.
Choosing healthy food for our families is getting more complicated. Let's learn a little about GMO's, the genetically modified organisms being used to grow the food you're eating?
Will the world end according to the Mayan Calendar, the Bible or some Conspiracy Theory? Who knows. We can chose to live in fear or, in the moment. I've made my choice.
I have collected inspirational quotes on gratitude for many years. But, as a human, I sometimes forget to practice being grateful. When I do, the universe comes to remind me. Share with me how the reminder came to me today.
Writers can be activists too. It's true. The written word can change attitudes. It can become a voice for those who have none. Writers can make a difference!
Grocery stores use some very creative marketing techniques to make us buy the most expensive and least healthy products. Their strategy is only keeping us toxic and financially imprisoned.
HubPages.com isa place where new writers can set goals and reach them if you are committed. This writer has reached a milestone, the writing of her 100th article. It's been quite a journey.
When did I become like my mother. I am not aware of when it happened; only that it has happened. As a rebellious teen, I swore I wouldn't let it happen and yet, it has. And now, I'm glad.
Are we a culture of excess? How much is enough? Is there such a thing as too much? The theme of excessive living has been thrown in my face too many times in the last few days. I have to talk about it.
In Native American lore, the wolf is a teacher. Wolf teaches us that although we may be different, each of us is responsible for the well being of the pack. When one fails, we all fail.
Alzheimer's dementia can create legal issues for your family. Learn what you can do to prevent your loved one from getting arrested and, how you can prevent Alzheimer's from robbing your family of your dignity and resources.
The Rant: A Monday Morning View continues with a rant on eggs. That's right. Eggs. You won't believe where this one is going. I promise it won't take you any longer to read this than it does to boil an egg. Enjoy!
A wildlife rehabilitator is an expert in taking care of injured or displaced wild creatures. They are a wild animal's best chance for finding its way back to the wild. Read about Pickles the Opossum.
Come take a trip down memory lane, to revisit some of the toys of my childhood, the toys of the 60's.
Men and women are different for a reason. Those differences can become obstacles or, when understood, can become the foundation for life-long, beautiful relationships. It's up to us.
Sometimes I think mankind is turning into rodents. Our behavior mimics them more than it does a civilized society. During a recent visit to the post office my eyes were opened to what we are becoming. It's sad but we can turn it around.
Living with age related macular degeneration presents some challenges. It is the "invisible" disability that changes the way you live. Let's discover some of the effects of this disease that steals your independence as well as your vision.
The Rant: A Monday Morning View - Chemical Exposure and Human Health targets the industry that brainwashes us into thinking that a toxic chemical is the answer to all our problems.
The United States of American should take care of it's own first. In times of economic crisis, why are we still giving money to charities who feed, clothe, and educate international citizens? Why are we not doing the same for our own?
Nature has a way of turning the extraordinary into the spectacular when Fall arrives in the Blue Ridge Mountains. If you haven't been, it's worth the trip.
Captain Alan R. Trent was a young pilot in the Air Force, flying combat missions in Vietnam in 1970. He was shot down inside Cambodia and his family still waits for answers. Was he killed on impact? Was he captured? Is he a POW, MIA, or KIA?
His accuser recanted her story but the court refused to overturn his conviction because of an antiquated law. Will he die in prison because the judicial system failed?
You wrote a great article but it's not getting much attention. It's time for a little housekeeping. Here are some quick and easy tips to give those older articles a fresh start.
Social issues continue to plaque our nation. The world has changed but our government is still trying to squeeze us all into a neat little box. Our stories and circumstances are different but there is a place for each of us.
St. Paul's Mission has a special place in the hearts of the Monacan Indian People of Amherst County in Virginia. They celebrate each Fall at the Annual Bizaar when The People come home to remember.
The sordid history of eugenics in the Commonwealth is rising from the darkness. Read the story of one man's courage to tell of being forcibly sterilized by the State.
It is difficult to get a healthy breakfast away from home if you're a diabetic so why not start the day with a healthy breakfast at home? It's simple, less expensive, and much more yummy too.
Sometimes I sit in the silence and talk to the universe as if it were sitting with me. I ask why things are so bad in the world and what I can do to change it. This is one of those conversations.
As the population of elderly grows, each of us will eventually lose someone to Alzheimers Disease. There are ways to help your loved one retain those memories and find joy in them one more time.
A lot of socially responsible music was produced during the 80's. It is sad that history will repeat tself if the people do not change their attitude and respect the price of war. A song written by Jackson Browne in 1986 drove that message home for me recently.
Even dummies can impress. It's easy once you learn some basic tips of computer file management. Come on, let's get organized.
There is too much hatred in the world; too much pain and suffering. When it all becomes too much, I pray for healing.
My personal memories of my grandmother are the things dreams are made of. Every child should have a grandma who loves her grandchildren like mine did.
Have you experienced writer's envy; when you read something you just would give your soul to have written? It happens on HubPages. This is a story about one writer's experience with writer's envy.
An unexpected and most unusual personal gift awakened me to how those we know and love perceive us. If someone you know painted a picture of your life, would it make you proud?
He loved submarines, the US Navy, God, and family. He said he loved family first, but if you listen carefully when he speaks, you can't help but wonder.
911 - The attack on the World Trade Center. the Pentagon, and an airplane. It was an attack on our a country and none living will ever forget September 11, 2001. the day that changed us forever.
The Native American Drum represents the heartbeat of Mother Earth. Native American legends can entertain us or teach us to live in more harmony and balance on Mother Earth. This is a legend from the Abenaki People - The Legend of the Drum.
As a child, I grew up under the shadow of Dr. Jerry Falwell, Thomas Road Baptist Church and Liberty University. I resented hem all. Now, as an adult, I see how they have positively influenced life in our city of Lynchburg, Virginia. They have become the economic foundation of the city.
The Navajo have a long tradition of weaving beautiful rugs from the wool they have raised and processed. The weavers are keeping tradition alive and preserving the art for future generations.
Alchemy is defined as the power or process of transforming common things into special things. The writers I have met here on Hupages are the epitomy of alchemists. They amaze me with their ability to create while encouraging new writers to excel.
It has been said that less is more. As a writer, sometimes we just hit a roadblock, unable to find that creative space. However, inspiration for the next creative piece can come from the most unlikely places. Perhaps we try too hard to find that inspiration. Read how I was inspired by staring at...
Tony Black Feather was my friend. He was an Oglala Lakota, living in the community of Wolf Creek on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakpta. He was a tireless activist for his People, represented them at the United Nations, and dedicated his life to a better quality of life for the future...
I am not prepared yet to ask my aging Mother to give up the home she loves so dearly but the time is fast approaching. I have practiced the conversation in my mind often and it is still bittersweet.
Little is published in the history books of the rich and diverse cultures of Indians in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Here, you will be introduced to eleven tribes who are currently recognized by the Commonwealth.
Selling on Ebay doesn't have to be complicated. There are some tricks to keeping it simple, saving shipping costs, and maximizing your earing potential.
Tammy Duckworth is a hero. A patriot who sacrificed her limbs for the freedom we enjoy, she continues to serve her fellow Veterans.
I became a fan of the Washington Redskins for one reason - I wanted to share a common interest with my brother. It was that simple. Now, I'm a Redskins fanatic and a loyal fan of the NFL.
The Leonard Peltier story could be anyones story. It is the story of Tribal governments in conflict. It is the story of a government that has forgotten the definition of justice. And, it is the story of racism and oppression against people of color - The American Indian.
Reflecting on your life is good for the soul. Age creeps up on us and the process becomes a journey of self-discovery. Throughout our life, circumstances will come to teach us and help us discover who we are and what matters to us. Come along with me on my journey.
Breast cancer took her from us but it never defined her. I promised I would tell her story so that others women could know that you do not have to be a victim of breast cancer.
Old barns intrigue me with their unique shapes, colors, and placement on the land. This is the second in my series about the stories that old barns will tell if we just stop to listen.
The time comes when we lose the people we love the most. When Alzheimer's disease took my father, I was lost until I touched those beautiful silk ties I had given him and saw the quilt.
While wondering about the topic of what our music collection says about us, I did a Goggle search and found a couple of music personality tests. I'm not sure they really defined my music preferences but they nailed my writing style.
I was born of love, the love of two people dedicated to family, values, and committed to providing their children with a childhood that prepared them for the world. They were simple people who knew the meaning of real love and instilled its value in their children.
After watching the coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention, I couldn't resist sharing my thoughts on a few of the speeches. I was reminded of the song by Judy Collins - "Send In the Clowns". In fact, the clowns were the only thing missing from the circus.
I know there are Angels around us. I have seen them and often they appear to us as quite ordinary people. Come, let me tell you how I know there are Angels here on earth.
Are we going to teach Americans how to fish or keep feeding them? An old Chinese Proverb tells us that if you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. What will it take for our policy makers to see that?
How often do we say "good morning" to someone without believing it is a good morning? Are we just making noise or do we believe it is a good morning? What do our greetings really say about us?
Contemporary Native American musicians are making music history today and finally getting the recognition they deserve. Here you will discover a sampling of some of the best talent around.
Old barns call to me from the hills and valleys of the countryside. Like people, they have a voice and stories to tell, if we will only listen.
I an blessed with solid childhood friendships that have lasted for over five decades. I credit my parents and extended family for my early lessons in conflict resolution, team building, and trust.
The first in a series called "A Childhood Remembered". I an a child of the 50's , My parents built a strong foundation under my feet and created memories that will remain with me forever.
The death penalty or legal killing of another human being should stir some feeling of conflict in all of us. This author struggles with the issue. Do you?
All the demographic data in the world won't really tell the story of your family history. If you want your ancestors to live on the memory of future generations, you have to make them come alive by telling their stories.
Hubpages.com is a community of writers who support and encourage each other to become better writers. It's a place where you can write about your passions, share your knowledge, and feel at home.
The job market for an honest, hard-working baby boomer is diminishing. The values that make us an asset are also a liability to prospective employers. What do we do with all this experience?
Getting paid an adequate wage isn't as easy as it once was. When you get an offer for the perfect job, there are some things you can do to negotiate for the wage you want. Don't settle for less than you are worth.
Italian Greyhounds are just too busy to worry about their own safety, so their well-being is up to you. Do it well and these little clowns will fill your life with love and laughter.
More of us are looking for an alternative to commercial, chemical laden food. Canning food is a lost art that will keep you eating healthy all winter and save you money too.
If President Obama wants to be effective, he needs to put more "we" and less "I" in his vocabulary. This is an open letter to the President telling him why I have a problem with his vocabulary.
This is the story of Jesse, a victim of forced sterilization during an era of eugenics in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is a story of tragedy and hope. It is a story you will not forget.
Respect for Native American culture is key to enjoying a Powwow. There are some general guidelines for Powwow etiquette that will help ensure that your Powwow experience is wonderful.
There are common mistakes we all make when documenting our family history. Your records are your legacy to future generations and may be the only written record of your family. Do it well. Learn how to avoid the mistakes.
Politics drive me nuts and yet I am fascinated by the process of elections. Are we we being brainwashed by mainstream media? Owned by very wealthy people, media has enormous influence on elections.
Arlo Guthrie is one of the best folksingers and storytellers of our time. He is also an activist for humanity. This is a tribute to Arlo Guthrie. Sit a while and enjoy some of his work with me.
Is your life challenging and stressful? Escape into the beauty of nature with a trusted friend who accepts your imperfection and shares your love of nature. It's the perfect recipe for stress relief.
We are a nation of Immigrants. There is no standard for what we are supposed to look like. So why are so many killed for their race or religion? Our diversity should make us strong. But does it?
A Family history doesn't evolve overnight. It takes years of research and a serious investment of your time. Don't risk losing it to a computer virus, fire, or an extreme weather event. Let's talk about the ways you can preserve and protect your hard work and why it's important.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is an eye disease that steals your vision like a thief in the night. What is it? What are the symptoms? Learn more about this silent thief.
Pop--ups have taken over and my web browser won't go where I want it to go. I've been hijacked my malware. Read on to see how I solved the problem.
As Americans, we often taken our freedom for granted. Our worst days are better than the best days for many around the world. Is anything more could be more precious than freedom?
The US government rewards apathy by ignoring abuse of the welfare system. We need welfare reform in the United States. How can we ensure that those who need help get it while stopping the abuse by those that don't?
Is an Italian Greyhound the right dog for you? They aren't for everyone but if they fit into your lifestyle, you'll never find a better companion who loves like an Iggy.
My great grandmother was Native American in a time when it was dangerous to admit. This is the story of my search for my Native American roots.
A review of the documentary "Homeland" that highlights the stories of four Native American Tribes who are fighting big energy companies that are polluting their land, destroying their food sources, and violating treaties to steal Indian lands.
This is a true story; a story of two spiritual philosophies coming together and finding common ground. It is the story of the Monacan Indians in Virginia and the Council of Churches.
For reasons unknown, in each generation of a family there is a family historian; someone who carries the torch of researching and recording the family history. Is it you?
If you're over the age of 50 and unemployed, you've faced the challenge of finding meaningful work that pays a living wage. There are tricks to writing a great resume to help you get that interview.
You have the right to vote but it is also a privilege. When you exercise your right to vote, you contribute to creating a better future for the next generation.