Cultural Defects Undermine College Degrees

While unemployment continues to wreak havoc on the nation’s productivity and morale, it has already reached calamitous levels in certain demographics. The unemployment rate among black youths is nearly 25%, the highest of any other demographic in the country. Even with similar educational levels, blacks still have higher rates of unemployment. The New York Times reports that “The unemployment rate for black male college graduates 25 and older in 2009 has been nearly twice that…

"Cultural Defects Undermine College Degrees"

Social Networking for Writers – Valuable or Waste of Time?

What? Social networking is vital to online writers, isn’t it? After all, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social networking sites are how we promote our work. How could we possibly do our jobs without them? Who would know when we’ve had something published? How would we spread the word? And where on earth would we go to keep in touch with all our writer friends? I remember writing online before Facebook. I actually did quite…

"Social Networking for Writers – Valuable or Waste of Time?"

Lucky Penny

“And $3.04 is your change ma’am.” As always, I squint as the frequent blinding light hits my face, and I prepare myself for the tedious ching of the homeless shelter, and the oncoming darkness. But this time, I feel myself being scooped up and passed to another pair of hands. My eyes swiftly direct themselves towards the homeless shelter where other coins watch me with envious eyes. Pre-determined selection. That’s what a Thomas Jefferson told…

"Lucky Penny"

Buggy Spring Snack Tray

Just at that point when winter cabin fever has taken over the entire house with symptoms of too many phone calls, eating too much chocolate, and the kids constant never-ending squabbling, spring comes and everyone breathes a sigh of relief – until the spring rain starts. And with the rain comes mud. Red clay soil the color of old brick, gone wet, sticky, slippery. Reaching up over the toes of my boots, passing my ankles,…

"Buggy Spring Snack Tray"

The Wanderer

Jacque clutched her rifle close to her as she peered out over the vast, unending dessert from beneath her horses bridle. The horizon flickered as the sun scorched the earth and the air rose in columns. The air was quiet and still except for the occasional empty flap of steamy breeze that kicked up the dust and tickled the few sparse shrubs around her. The land was dead, an uneven plain of steep cliffs, low-lying…

"The Wanderer"

Out of the Silence

As I look upon the faces of my loved ones, a sense of satisfaction washes over me. It is incredibly soothing to have them here with me in this moment, especially considering my current circumstances. My life of 88 years will soon draw to a close. I have had plenty of time to come to terms with this fact. Being confined to a bed for the past month has given me more than enough time…

"Out of the Silence"

Knitters Sound Off About the Funny Things Non-Knitters Say

My husband has listened to so much knitter-speak over the years that he has learned to turn a deaf ear when I start talking about my FO (finished object), WIP (work in progress), and whether or not I should frog (rip out) my latest project. I’m not the only one saying and doing comical things, however. I might give him a chuckle, but he’s just as likely to bring a smile to my face with…

"Knitters Sound Off About the Funny Things Non-Knitters Say"

Cable Customers Have Ton of Options to Help Cut the Cord

There is little doubt that the Internet has changed the entertainment industry on a global scale. Downloading music is one of the more popular methods of keeping up with the artists of today, but the next big entry the Internet brings to entertainment could be a game changer for everyone: television. While Phsorg.com reports that vanishing cable subscribers are being offset by gains in Internet subscribers for the same companies. The report also highlights what…

"Cable Customers Have Ton of Options to Help Cut the Cord"

The Extra Terrestrial Illegal Alien Problem

No part of the following post is real. None of the comments were taken from actual sights. None of the links are to actual web addresses. None of the referenced documents are real. It is all made up….but what if it wasn’t? A video was uploaded on YouTube four and a half days ago entitled, ‘We apologize for not telling you sooner’. In it a man and a woman walk up to a podium and…

"The Extra Terrestrial Illegal Alien Problem"

My Costa Cruise Experience

Recently the news was flooded with reports that Costa Cruise Lines’ Concordia had run aground, the harrowing rescue efforts and the many lives lost. What a tragedy! Now Costa Cruise Lines’ Allegra is adrift in the Indian Ocean following a fire in the engine room. When I saw the images of the ship resting on its side all that I could think about was my relatives response when I invite them to cruise with us.…

"My Costa Cruise Experience"