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Published: Fri, 28 Oct 2016 11:09:52 -0500


An Open Letter To My Parents

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:23:31 -0500

It is an open letter to the parents who showed the world in a way that was unbelievable. if you are blessed enough to give birth to a baby, then it's entirely your responsibility to be their best guide and guardian. A child will never follow your advice or instruction, he will always follow your path so don't you think you should lead by an example?

What Do Butlers Really Do in 2016?

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:18:21 -0500

Have you ever wondered what butlers do in the 21st century? The role of a butler is far from its historic origins, so you might be surprised to find that household managers are now more involved in juggling smartphone to-do lists than silver plates!

3 Tips to Make Your Back To School Routine Transition Smooth!

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 14:43:22 -0500

Fall is almost upon us and it is already time to go back to school and begin our steady routines. The days will become shorter, the nights cooler, and the colors more vibrant and majestic as the leaves turn into crimson and amber tones. I think one of my favorite parts of going back to school each year was making my new routine that I would keep up to the holidays (my favorite part of the year:D). Today I have 3 tips that I still use when the seasons change to help keep my "back to school" routine transition smooth and even comforting.

Me And My Son

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:02:15 -0500

There is continuity in time, which is similar to a flowing river. When we are observing the water in the river, when it has crossed us, we will never see it again. Same is true for 'time'. Every father was a son earlier, and had his usual tiffs with his father. After every 25-30 years, history repeats itself. God must be getting amused, and I hope He doesn't get bored.

Choosing Soy Wax Candles As a Healthy and Frugal Alternative to Paraffin Based Candles

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 14:28:15 -0500

Get the facts on soy wax candles. You'll learn where soy wax comes from, why it's healthier and why it's easier on the pocket book.

The Relationship Panorama: Macho Males, Feminism, Divorces, And Personal Ambitions

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 08:32:17 -0500

Marriage and family life are the biggest inventions by humanity, for its social life; which put humanity at a higher pedestal, compared to other species. In democracy, people follow their leaders, who are more often than not, slave to sensual desires. Success in relationships demands: tolerance of others' views, accepting feminism, and striking a balance between personal ambitions and family life.

Self-Inflicted Sufferings In Life: Ego Clashes And Inability To Forget And Forgive

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 08:32:55 -0500

Why did God design, and introduced 'death', in the life cycle? He could have made us immortal. The only problem, with human beings is the inability to forget and forgive. We never forget the hurts caused by others. We carry the hurts with us, in our minds till death. God wants us to live with lesser unpleasant memories. We failed these expectations, and so God invented death, as a solution. When painful memories overpower, it is better to start life afresh, with a clean slate - a rebirth. We cling to our views, our egos to set right all friends, and relations. Spouses suffer maximum in this regard, as their interaction is unlimited.

5 Ways to Help People Preserve Precious Memories Forever

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 10:47:03 -0500

Every person would like to preserve the most cherished movements in their lives in whatever way they can. Some might resort to photography and album making to do it while some others may go for some thing new. In this article, we are listing out 5 different ways to preserve the information about our magical movements for ever.

Our Life Is Defined By Our Expectations

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 14:51:52 -0500

We expect something from others: parents, siblings, spouse, and our children. If our expectations aren't fulfilled, it hurts us. We are no longer happy. We live our life as per society's expectations. Its rituals are binding on us; even if we are unable to afford the cost. We try to conform our life style to the social expectations. Conformity is a path of least resistance, and is followed by weaklings. Can you set your own path and walk on?

Halloween Party Ideas on a Budget

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 14:51:15 -0500

With a few weeks away from Halloween, a smart home make should be able to create a plan to make the best Halloween party for her friends and family without breaking the bank. You can find affordable tips and advices from this article.

Handmade Idols

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 10:20:43 -0500

Today in India many Indians craft idols with our hands, It's more Eco-Friendly and convenient. September, it's the beginning of the celebrations season in India. One can come across many beautiful and colorful idols of Lord Ganesha. This is the much loved God of Hindu, lovable and worshiped at every Hindu home. It is the tradition to offer a prayer to Lord Ganesha before starting any new work.

Family - Love Them and Let Them Go, They'll Thank You Later

Sun, 04 Sep 2016 09:41:12 -0500

Family members are wonderful, colorful, and a reflection, gauge or a barometer of a small peek into the window of how our thoughts and judgments formulated into the truths that we live by and reveal how we calculate our responses and reactions to our life challenges. That is one of the key elements in any interpersonal relationship, first of all, there are the emotive responses and the logical responses that are all part of the human experience. We are all innately responding to factors in our environment whether we realize it or not. Conditioning and environment play key factors in our responses and reactions to life events, though much of the judgment is inner chatter or discussion that resonates with what we believe to be true, lawful, or what resonates with our sense of justice.

Haunted Siblings

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 10:46:50 -0500

A big lake in the midst of the village and the old roads were dreadful. Someone once said there is something nearby the lake you can feel the presence and listen to some whispers. It's a small village near my native place. I and two of my friends often visited every winter holidays but never felt staying there, but one of my friends had a wild idea to stay there for a week and had two rooms of the guest house booked.

Are You An Enabler?

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 07:24:37 -0500

Sometimes our intentions to help are misguided. We do things in the name of "help" that are in fact harmful. Such is the behavior of enabling. In this piece it is my intent to help you think about this important issue and encourage positive steps if this affects you.

7 Ways to Improve Your Relationship With Your Parents

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:18:54 -0500

Old parents are quite often neglected by their own sons and daughters. Under the effects of the youthful blood, these youngsters go after money and the career, leaving their older parents in the cold confines of their homes. It is time to make the amends. Read this article to get the tips to improve the communication with the older people.

Madness For Reading

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:48:45 -0500

This is the story of my mom when I was a little tot of 4 years. My mom was passionate about reading magazines and novels (Suspense or thriller). She would ask my dad to bring many such books from the town library. He would bring as many as the librarian allowed to issuing at a time. My mom would finish up all her household works and keep plenty of time for her to read the magazine. She would rather not like anyone to disturb her and liked finishing up a story without any break.

A Tale Of Sweet And Sour Life Between Spouses

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:47:02 -0500

The concepts of 'marriage' and 'family' are some of the best innovative ideas of human mind. The concept of traditional marriages is already degenerating in West, where live-in partnership is preferred by spouses; as it safeguards the financial interests of the richer spouse. It is a backward step in human civilization; and is preferred due to 'trust deficit', between spouses. There are innocent disputes over minor issues in traditional marriages. A reconciliation after a bitter quarrel results invariably in recharging the 'love' battery in married life and it prolongs the honeymoon euphoria. Isn't it a better alternative?

How Fast the Shades of Summer Have Faded

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 07:14:23 -0500

Am I getting old or his time passing faster than it used to? It seems I just settle down to do something and before I know it, it is over. Back in "the day," a minute had 60 seconds.

Hello Lake! I'm Back!

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:03:10 -0500

A little girl expresses what she sees, hears, smells, tastes and feels at one of her favorite vacation spots.Experience her jubilant responses to the world of nature.

It's Hot And I Love It

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 06:52:31 -0500

Recently it has been rather hot around here. A little hotter than usual, in my estimation. I really don't know if it is getting hotter or as I get older, I'm not able to handle the hot weather. Every cloud has a silver lining, and sometimes you have to really work hard to find that silver lining.

The Real, Real Relation

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 15:37:39 -0500

This Article is about the lovely relation among brothers and sisters. That's the story of my Life. I am A Basic Author so please give me feedback. I would like to improve and write more.

3 Homesteading Hacks That Make Your Life Better

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 14:56:07 -0500

The best homesteading hacks that make life better: 1) the best way to plant seeds: Make sure you have lots of light: All seedlings require a considerable amount of light, so make sure you have a sunny, south-facing window. If seedlings don't get enough light, they will be leggy and weak. Get the timing right: The goal with seed starting is to have your seedlings ready to go outside when the weather is favorable.

Five Ways to Get Ready for Fall

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 10:29:28 -0500

Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. Watching the leaves turn beautiful hues of orange and golden brown is relaxing and refreshing. It's the perfect cool weather for football games, bonfires and enjoying the cozy feeling of fall.

Preparing for the Back to School Scene

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 12:39:15 -0500

As summer comes to a close, those of us with children turn our thoughts to preparing for the new school year. Let's get ahead of the game with some of my favourite tips on preparing for back to school.

The Honest Truth

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 12:32:28 -0500

It does take two to tango. However when they do tango, a third (or fourth) party get involved. Sometimes it is fun, other times it is not. When not, more are at stake than we think. And many end up bearing the brunt of our actions... despite the warning signals we willingly ignored.

What Is a Bath Sheet?

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 15:35:56 -0500

As a lover of bath towels, I have recently fallen in love with bamboo towels. However, I have started seeing promotions for bath sheet towels more and more often. It made me do some research on bath sheets and ask myself, what is a bath sheet?

Homestay: Learn Away From Home

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 09:12:02 -0500

Homestay usually involves an agreement/contract with your host. It can be made verbally or better established in print. These agreements address the guest's length of stay, use of the house facilities, etc.

How to Preserve Family Memories

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 14:37:27 -0500

If you don't preserve family memories and history, who will? While it can take some investment in time, it's surprising how those precious memories can be preserved with equipment you already have.

Harmony at Home - Crucial for Family Development

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 15:35:34 -0500

A family that wishes its development should have harmony within it. There are many reasons that cause disharmony. Lack of harmony brings adverse effects to the family. If harmony is restored, development will reach soon. Development ensures happiness of a family.

Top Tips For Staying Warm This Winter

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 08:39:13 -0500

This winter it's time to stay warm. We've got the best tips for heating up your life and staying on top of your health and happiness!

The Exchange of Presents Demands Your Presence

Sun, 07 Aug 2016 10:19:26 -0500

Tis the season for presence. Giving presents is more than giving a wrapped package. Intentional attention is a pathway to good health.

Old Age, Youth, And Family Life

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 11:19:13 -0500

Happiness and harmony in life are evading us. Buddha said, "There is suffering all around, and it is inevitable; but there is a way out." There is no magic wand to cure. We have to inculcate godly traits and shed devilish qualities. Ego clashes between spouses lead to broken homes. There is lack of tolerance, in the society. Let there be friendship between spouses, siblings, and between parents, and children. Humanity deserves love and harmony in life.

The Evolution of Private Household Staff

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 08:33:13 -0500

Positions associated with private household staff have certainly evolved over the past century, with the television drama Downton Abbey highlighting the differences between the old and the new. Technology and the way in which the middle and upper class socialise has had an impact on who they employ as household staff and how they recruit them, but also paves the way for a stronger fleet of individuals being recruited in the private household sector.

Spying Over Kids - Does This Really Work?

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 15:09:43 -0500

There is no point in spying over your kids. Eventually they will get to know and there will be trust deficit. Instead it would be interesting to find out the ways to look after your kids in a natural manner.

Chores, Janet Jackson, VHS and a Slinky

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:40:29 -0500

Music was a big part of my life growing up (and still is!) Like many 90's babies I'm sure, the musical upbringing was eclectic, songs could go from Kenny G. to Tupac or TLC to Duran Duran; in the words of Halsey we were "raised on Biggie and Nirvana."

How To Choose The Best Vacuum Sealer

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:30:15 -0500

Food waste. According to the National Defense Resource Council (NDRC), American families throw away approximately 25% of their food. The answer may be to buy a vacuum sealer.

Nanny Or Au Pair?

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 09:15:17 -0500

Both nannies and au pairs look after other people's children on a daily basis. Both may live in your home and both will likely form a strong bond with your whole family unit. While the duties are similar hiring a nanny and hiring an au pair are two different things and here's why.

What Is A Nanny?

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 09:54:19 -0500

What is a nanny? While you may think you know the answer to that question, what a nanny really is may surprise you.

6 Reasons To Buy Beeswax Candle Making Kits

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:05:25 -0500

1. Reconnect With a Loved One - Have you been trying to get your grandparents or other family elders to share their family stories? Have you felt disconnected from your best friend since she got married? Are you hoping to repair your relationship with a sibling? One of the best ways to reconnect with someone is to invite them over to share a common crafts project. Beeswax candle making kits are perfect for this. 2. Create One Of a Kind Gifts That Come Straight From the Heart - When you create beeswax candles using a kit, you can personalize each candle you create. For example, you can transfer custom designs using wax paper and a blow dryer. If you are making a unique gift for a nature lover, you could add a delicate piece of a fern or a piece of marine algae with an interesting design. You could also embed small rocks, fossils, or tiny shells. Are you making a gift for your adult daughter?

A Romantic Hug A Day Delays The Onset Of Old Age In Married Life

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:30:22 -0500

As we grow old, the romance in married life - more often than not - evaporates. We all, want to bask in romantic love, after marriage. But it doesn't work out that way. Familiarity between spouses breeds contempt and destroys the honeymoon aura, sooner than our expectations. There is a mismatch in the intensity to seek romance in old age, between spouses. Men yearn for hugging and romance till 90s, but majority of women lack the desire after 50. God should have realised His folly and corrected the mismatch. It isn't late, even now.

What's in Your Backyard Memory?

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 06:21:05 -0500

Thinking back over the years, I remembered a time when everything seemed glorious. I had a happy childhood and I loved where I lived. I especially loved the backyard where I would play in my homemade sandbox for hours all by myself. Come out of your busy schedule and join me for a breath of fresh air.

How to Be Sure Your Parcel Will Be Delivered in a Safe and Fast Way

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 10:39:38 -0500

When you plan to send a parcel, you should consider all the potential nuances and problems that may emerge during the process. Keep reading the article to get to know what you should do to take care of safe and fast delivery of your package.

Start Small, But Start Early: 7 Steps to Prepare for Ramadan

Fri, 01 Jul 2016 10:40:05 -0500

As the Holy month of Ramadan approaches, it's time to get proactive with your preparations and kick-start the momentum to get into your spiritual regimen. The key is to start small and set achievable goals. You want to be careful to not overburden yourself, else you will run out of steam. Here are some ways to set you up for the month of blessings.

How to Live Simply As a Conscientious Consumer

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 11:37:14 -0500

Being a conscientious consumer means we think about what we bring into our lives and how we use the items we already have. In this post, we will look at how to live simpler and be a conscientious consumer through: purchasing thoughtfully, minimizing responsibly, and managing resources wisely.

Surprise Your Brother With The Perfect Rakhi This Raksha Bandhan Festival

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 08:01:53 -0500

Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu Festival that celebrates duty and love between sisters and brothers. It is a festival that generally celebrates the brother - sister relationship. It can be between those who are biologically related or between relatives. On the special festival day, sisters prepare early in the morning, put on new clothes. They then tie Rakhi around the wrists of their brothers. The Rakhi is a holy thread or sacred thread that symbolizes sister's love and also well-being prayers for the brother. The prayers and love are also dedicated to the brother's vow to protect her for a lifetime.

Life Lessons Learned As a Child May Affect Income As an Adult

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 10:50:01 -0500

Poverty has many interwoven causes. One may be poor parenting skills. When a parent is tired and stressed it is likely the child will not learn life lessons to overcome these obstacles.

Family Unity - A Practical Approach

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 09:40:53 -0500

The ground rule for leading a happy family life, in my opinion, is to set up strong unity among family members. Though it may not seem an easy undertaking, but with the six practices mentioned in the article, one can definitely hit the road.

Flowers Perfect For Mother-In-Laws With Colorful Characters

Mon, 06 Jun 2016 08:20:45 -0500

Getting along with mother-in-laws is a challenging feat. You think that marriage with her son will cut the claws down. But, you have never been wrong. You can try reconnecting with her through beautiful flowers that represents her unique personality.

Learning Fun at Playgrounds

Tue, 31 May 2016 13:24:13 -0500

Since the warm months are here many families visit playgrounds as a fun outdoor activity. While playgrounds are an excellent place to let kids run around and be kids, they can also learn something here. It never hurts to combine physical and mental learning while at playgrounds.

5 Chores That Your Mom Still Does for You

Wed, 25 May 2016 13:07:53 -0500

Needless to say, some of you already have an infinite list of chores in your minds that call for a big Thank You to your mother, for being the all-rounder that she is. Mothers are a blessing, especially if you are a lazy child who has been mollycoddled since day one and the heavy reliance has won you the award of the biggest procrastinator. While there is most of the giving from her side, the taking part is virtually very less.

Chores You Should Ask A Man To Do For A Change

Mon, 23 May 2016 14:50:25 -0500

Many women would worship their better halves if they offer to help them out around the house, but getting men to do household chores continues to remain a dream of many. Important observation; wives spend more time on housework even if both the partners are working where we know for a fact that women were taught how to do household chores by their mothers since forever, and men, raised by those same mothers slack off all they want and don't even bother to contribute. Let me ask you, how many home cleaning product commercials show men doing the cleaning?

Put Down Your Phone

Mon, 23 May 2016 10:06:11 -0500

I had gotten to the airport too early for my flight, and as I was sitting at my gate with my coffee in my hand, I realized I was too tired to open my laptop or even look at my phone. This got me thinking; I wondered how many things we miss while we are on our phones. We have all see the video of the woman texting on her phone while she was walking in a mall and she walks directly into a fountain, head first.

Sunset At Dawn - Lillian Chichi Duru (Nee Agbo)

Mon, 23 May 2016 07:25:29 -0500

It's still like a dream. Since I got that phone call on that black Saturday, I have been wishing every morning as I wake that it goes away like every bad dream, but it's like this is a reality. Are you really gone Chichi? Tell me. You were a great woman, a lioness, so brave and audacious. You were my second mummy and guardian, very protective and possessive of me and our younger sister. You were our comrade-in-struggle.

Family Reunions, the Easy Way

Tue, 17 May 2016 11:27:55 -0500

Family Reunions! What a fun thing to do with your family. And just how do you plan a family reunion when the family members live so far apart? Here's a few ways to do that in this article.

The Perpetual Search of Home

Wed, 11 May 2016 10:18:12 -0500

"Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita" (halfway through the journey of my life) I have become an immigrant... The major consequence in one's life of becoming what today is called an 'immigrant' is, above all, the loss of control.

Most Embarrassing Story

Tue, 10 May 2016 10:08:02 -0500

"So, what's your most-embarrassing story?" came the inevitable finish to my friend's recent share. Honestly, I am unable to top her story (sorry, I must keep it confidential). At that time, I was scheduled to visit one of my most embarrassing stories (we call him Dr. Z); he is my neurosurgeon in Tampa.

Types of Doulas and Their Benefits for the Family

Mon, 09 May 2016 07:23:30 -0500

Doulas are well-trained professionals and experienced in childbirth. They provide a great service for the family and make the mother have good knowledge and awareness about the birthing process but they don't support in the medical role. There are many types of doula service offered according to the family needs.

Turn Family Bonding Time to Fitness Time

Wed, 04 May 2016 12:19:36 -0500

Summer has arrived. This means more family bonding time. For many families, a trip to the mall is the likely destination. However, you can take family bonding to another level-a healthier level. Here are suggestions on how to turn family bonding time to fitness time.

The Last Days

Wed, 04 May 2016 11:34:04 -0500

The last days in old age are a unique experience in life. We can't experience our own last days objectively, as we are unable to think logically, due to weakened reflexes. We can educate ourselves by observing our parents and senior siblings, during their last days in old age. What are our necessities/priorities in old age? These are: cognitive ability, constipation-free life, dentures/healthy teeth, hearing aids, and specs. The priorities of younger age - entertainment, socializing, and shopping - are no longer applicable in old age. In our last days in old age we enter our second childhood. We are lonely as most of our contemporaries might have already left for their heavenly abodes. Onus lies on younger generation to make oldies feel important and 'wanted' in their lives.

Who Is Your Family and Why Does It Matter?

Tue, 03 May 2016 13:03:19 -0500

Do you know who you would go to in time of need? Here are some thoughts on why it is important.

3 Fun Ideas for Your Family Reunion

Tue, 03 May 2016 10:45:23 -0500

For many people, the idea of a family reunion is an exciting thing. Many of us spend time growing up with cousins and make trips to see distant relatives, but as we grow older and people move to live further apart, it can be difficult to make time to see each other. As a result, organizing a family reunion can be a great opportunity to bring people together once more.

For My Children

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 06:20:38 -0500

Although our two daughters and son each disappeared from my husband and my lives for some time during their later adolescence or young adulthood, they all returned as they matured. Now they visit, call and stay in close touch and are a very important part of our senior years. We can't imagine life without them and love every minute we spend with each one. This essay celebrates our relationship.

Healthy Kids Thrive in the Kitchen

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:11:17 -0500

Inviting kids into the kitchen is a great way to teach them about the benefits of whole, healthy foods, eating right and more. But before you get started, here are 3 tips to help it be a fun and positive experience for everyone!

We Are All Misunderstood!

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 10:48:03 -0500

There is technology all around us, with its comforts. But something is lagging! Yes, we are still miles away from happiness. There is lot of progress all around, except in the thought processes within the human mind. It is still slave to its 5 senses, its ego, anger, jealousy, greed and a revenge-attitude. There has to be progress on this front as well, if we want to avail full advantage of technological advances. Why we have failed so far? How can we go ahead?

Growing Up South of the Mason-Dixon Line

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 10:31:52 -0500

The South is one of the most diverse regions in the United States, or even the world. It's full of amazing home-made food, thrilling sports events, the most beautiful scenery you can imagine, and the sweet, welcoming people that call this place their home.

There's No Place Like Home - Really

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 12:24:54 -0500

Everyone wants a place to call home. Some spend a lifetime looking for it, redecorating it, or trying to get back to it. A soldier returns home from a war he wants to forget to a home he thinks he remembers but no longer recognizes. Home is never where we think we left it because it exists in the most unreliable of places-our memory.

Family Planning: The Significance of Siblings

Wed, 23 Mar 2016 06:32:55 -0500

In the modern era, couples are opting for two children or even one. Gone are the days when a couple would like to have seven to ten children. This notion is considered backdated and inconvenient for a family in today's world. While this concept is well and good, the purpose of this article is to show why older siblings in a family can actually make things easier, which is why they are so important.

Eugenics and Evolution: Schoolchild See Destruction, Schoolchild Do Destruction

Tue, 15 Mar 2016 14:01:46 -0500

Are EUGENICS and EVOLUTION linked? Not only were the theories linked through Darwin's family tree, but the outcomes for both theories are similar and synergistic. The theories are not able to be separated and cause MASSIVE destruction. Find out why we shouldn't be teaching theistic evolution, evolution or eugenics in our schools, including our Christian schools.

Keeping Up With the Joneses

Mon, 14 Mar 2016 15:14:38 -0500

We've all felt that pressure before. The urge to buy something new, or to move into the bigger house, the nicer car, or even the new purse in order to make ourselves feel as if we belong is a common one. And we often don't look too deeply into those purchases, instead saying to ourselves (and others) that we just needed a bigger house.

The Company House At Gloryholler

Wed, 09 Mar 2016 13:42:42 -0600

A little country town, during the 1930's and 1940's, nestled deep between two steep and rugged hills, was indeed booming. Coal mining was the occupation of many young men in the town and there was one mining company that employed the dozen or so men who lived around the valley. But, there were some men with families who were not as fortunate to own their own houses.

Money Is A Part of Our Everyday Life

Wed, 09 Mar 2016 06:50:14 -0600

From an early age we were part of a world that used money for many needs. It was a personal part of our family. In today's world, we all are part of a global economy and what happens across the ocean touches each and every one of us.

Sewing Through The Years

Mon, 07 Mar 2016 06:44:12 -0600

A terrible sewing class in high school discouraged me from ever picking up needles and thread at home. But then I discovered there are some sewing projects that can be fun. However, even though I have attempted some creative projects, my sewing skills still leave a lot to be desired.

It Will Always Be Johnie's Broiler to Me

Wed, 02 Mar 2016 10:57:54 -0600

I was born on a hot July afternoon 1981 in Downey, Ca. Not quite the 90210 area code but my childhood is full of nostalgic memories of places long forgotten. A suburb full of the working middle class, to my child-like mind its a bright and shiny memory that has weathered the years with much more grace than the city itself has.

Pass The Tissue Box Please!

Wed, 02 Mar 2016 06:52:44 -0600

When your child is diagnosed with cancer the bottom falls out of your world. Fear of the future, fear for survival and a sense of despair all come into play. This may give some comfort...

In Search Of Enduring Happiness For Humanity

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 07:48:45 -0600

We all nurture a bucket list. A noble concept to activate our mind and body. Our bucket list often includes: tourism ideas, and adventurous activities. We seldom think of listening to old age parents, on a regular basis. We seem to justify our duty, if we are financing their stay in old age homes and visiting them once in a while. It is a retrograde step towards animal instincts. Institutions of family and marriage are two benchmarks, which elevate human species over animal species. Let's repair the fault lines and ensure that these concepts are not phased out in human civilization.

Where Did All the Good Go?

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 15:22:08 -0600

It is troubling to see the increasing irrelevance of our churches and its effect on society. Even though we are a nation founded on Judeo-Christian principles, our nation is becoming less distinguishable as a nation of faith in God. As Pastor David Jeremiah, of Turning Point Ministries stated in the February 2016 issue of its Turning Point Magazine and Devotional, "we no longer live in a Christ-friendly culture."

How to Bring Unity Among People: Within a Family to a Nation

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 07:05:45 -0600

Bringing in unity among people requires skill, integrity and flexibility as well. Why is unity among people so important? Because unity is in itself strength and when strength is there, nothing at all is impossible. In this article, I cite various ways to bring unity among people, and it all starts with home and families and gradually spreading to a nation.

Respect Is?

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 11:07:38 -0600

How do you define RESPECT? In martial arts we define it at as, "Doing what is right for yourself and being considerate of others and their things." But there are 2 Key ingredient to being able to live with respect for others AND yourself.

Nothing Is Incorrigible, In Life

Mon, 01 Feb 2016 12:55:35 -0600

During our lifetime, often we come across situations, which we are unable to tackle. We are scared to accept the consequences, and are reluctant to face our society. We are struck up in life, with no way out. Some people resort to committing suicide, which is no solution; it is running away from the problem. No problem is insurmountable. There is a way out always.

Life Before Dora

Tue, 19 Jan 2016 07:50:21 -0600

Dueling with Dora - Life before Dora... Yes, I remember it well. It was such a simple time.

I Worked Hard for My Money

Mon, 18 Jan 2016 06:24:22 -0600

Knowledge is the key to understand any subject. A basic education enables you to process and use knowledge. Hard work, when combined with a few business principles, will give you the means to invest. Add the element of time, and you can create a situation where your invested money will work along side you.

A Daughter-In-Law Takes Her Father-In-Law For A Fun Ride

Thu, 14 Jan 2016 10:42:31 -0600

We are all victims of pranksters, sometime in our life. Five decades ago, our group of teenage boys had a prank on an unsuspecting colleague, who expressed his keen desire for a girlfriend. A boy volunteered to act as a girl, and wrote messages for the prank victim. We all enjoyed, his movements to go to different meeting points - parks, restaurants, and movie-theatres. Of course, meetings never took place, as there was no girl. The prank was abruptly stopped, when the victim wrote a letter in his blood, requesting for an urgent meeting. I was taken for a fun ride, recently, and I thanked the prankster later.

A Younger Brother, Who Is An Elder!

Thu, 14 Jan 2016 08:41:46 -0600

A younger sibling in a family is invariably a naughty, stubborn, attitude, who believes in: 'I get what I want'. As we age, the attitude may change for good or worse. A Godly attitude implies a kind and compassionate attitude. Let God bless us to serve our seniors, who looked after us, during our childhood. We owe them gratitude.

The New Challenge for Families

Thu, 14 Jan 2016 06:16:11 -0600

Family is known to be the basic unit of society. In the field of Sociology, they say that a disrupted society mirrors the different facade of families that are involved in the society. Getting married, having kids is just one of the first steps in creating a family but it does not end there. This article would feature the different challenges that families encounter in the present time and how this can be avoided.

The Land of Opportunity

Wed, 13 Jan 2016 10:09:55 -0600

The United States of America is the land of opportunity. We are blessed to have a National Park System where we can go to appreciated the grandeur of this land that we call home. Be inspired by wild America.

A Blustery Day!

Mon, 11 Jan 2016 15:52:41 -0600

I was faced with 33MPH winds one day when using the bus. It was both funny and frustrating as I almost blew over several times. I reminded myself that there is nothing you can do about the weather and it best to find some joy out of it.

From the Way of Saint James to Saint James Parish

Thu, 07 Jan 2016 13:45:38 -0600

In this article, the author describes his early childhood memories of visiting his grandparents in Saint James Parish Louisiana every year and the sense of being rooted that visiting them meant to him. When his grandmother dies whilst the author is a late teen, the author describes the uprooting that he experienced, looking for home away from his roots in the South as he moves to New York City and eventually Europe. While on the historic Way of St James (El Camino de Santiago) with his younger brother, the author realizes that his journey around the world was leading him back to the South, where eventually comes to settle back in Saint James Parish.

Sources of Joy

Wed, 06 Jan 2016 06:50:40 -0600

Experience life's good moments when you can. Look for them. Don't let a single moment of joy pass you by. Joy is freely given and its value cannot be measured. Rarely can it be bought. Sometimes, joy is so powerful that you can keep its memory for all of your life.

Albany NY, Snow And Renting Houses

Mon, 04 Jan 2016 09:22:54 -0600

As we drove through Syracuse New York towards Albany the skies were cloudy, the remnants of a past snowstorm were still on the road and much to my surprise I had an overwhelming sense of calm. It was a surprise to me because if you know me even a little, you know I hate the cold and especially the snow. When I lived in the northeast, I hated the snow so much I would cry every time the weatherman said there was a storm on the way; real tears and when there was word that there was to be a...

We Can Have Anything We Want!

Mon, 04 Jan 2016 08:08:00 -0600

It's true. We really can have anything we want. We just have to know what we want and have to want it bad enough.

The Unforgiven Mistake

Mon, 28 Dec 2015 15:40:53 -0600

John was happily married to his lovely wife with four children. The husband and wife worked very hard and together they built-up a successful business.

Houseguest Etiquette

Wed, 23 Dec 2015 10:10:04 -0600

Some guests are considerate and thoughtful. Once they leave they would be invited again. I call them Ninja guests. The second class is a slob. While they are with us, we put up with them, but after they left we adorned them with a non-verbal tag: "Not again!" They do not charm us with their conduct. I open my personal manner book. You open yours and pay attention what may or may not please you as a host. There are no fixed rules in houseguest etiquette, but there are guidelines which can help enhance our good manners and interpersonal skills, and we owe a moral responsibility to follow these. When you gave someone the honor to be your guest, shared your home with them, invested your time, efforts and money to make their stay comfortable, but they did not show any courtesy and conduct with responsibility in being a guest, how did you feel? Now is your time to be a houseguest. What should you be like? Read on.

Problems You Can Avoid When You Invest In School Labels

Tue, 22 Dec 2015 16:00:05 -0600

School labels are one of the handiest items that you can use to help kids avoid the usual problem of losing or misplacing their possessions. You can place these labels on the pencil case, books, notebooks, and any item that the kids regularly bring with them to school. With such name labels, your kids won't have to worry about misplacing or losing their stuff. Below are the specific problems you can avoid when your child's stuff has the right school labels.

Winners Do What Others Won't Do!

Mon, 21 Dec 2015 07:07:42 -0600

Parents we have a great opportunity to teach our kids to see things that need to be done and then to do them without being asked. If our children can learn to do that in the home and then apply that skill outside the home, they will become very successful in life and make you very proud.

Memorize This!

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 06:42:05 -0600

We are not judged by how many times we fail. We are judged on how many times we succeed. Are you willing to fail a few times so you can succeed?

The Great Shipping Divide

Fri, 11 Dec 2015 15:22:54 -0600

Dragging my feet I reluctantly followed my lady wife into the shopping mall. In my imagination a portal overhead with a curved sign: 'All Men who Enter Here Ye are Doomed.' Outside a department store, like rows of birds on garden parapets, were perched dispirited men. Eventually, their nearest and dearest, blinking in the sunlight, would emerge from the darkest bowels of the clothes shed. I know how these men felt for I was sat there for the same reason. An hour or so later I dejectedly traced the footsteps of my empty-handed but otherwise never-say-die wife to the C & A store, aka 'coats and 'ats'.

Losing Our Innocence - What Kind Of People Are We?

Fri, 11 Dec 2015 15:20:17 -0600

One snowy Christmas morning we woke up at our usual early hour to enjoy the wonder of what 'Santa' had brought. My father opened the front door to look at the heavy snow that had fallen during the night; we all heard his gasp and the words, "What the devil is that?" The house across the street had snow piled up to the roof line. No windows or doors were visible. The yard was nearly emptied of its heavy snowfall.

Past Lives of Possessions

Thu, 10 Dec 2015 10:18:42 -0600

Over the years, we have furnished our home with many antiques, some inherited and some purchased. I treasure these pieces and am especially intrigued with their hidden history including the other homes they inhabited and the families they served. I wish my furniture could speak!

Who Are The Mennonites?

Tue, 08 Dec 2015 14:43:54 -0600

This article is about the Amish Mennonites. I have written a short overview of their beliefs and some of their practices.

From The Diary Of A Failed Spouse, Who Learnt To Smile

Mon, 07 Dec 2015 07:11:02 -0600

We are a successful family. We have well settled, caring, married children. God has blessed us with prosperity. We are self-contained: financially, socially, and emotionally. In spite of all this, there is a minor problem between us. We don't share life. We live an incompatible, and undivorced life. We had an ego clash 4 decades ago. We refuse to forget and forgive. Divorce is still a taboo in Oriental societies. There is no mutual respect, and love for each other. On top of it, there is a realization that we can survive independently in this World. This may be the state of affairs in the married life of majority of senior citizens. There is a surge in the divorce rate of senior citizens, in developed countries. It is a social issue, awaiting to be resolved, by our society.