Our students have compiled research in three topic areas. Below are the links to their research tables that can be downloaded for searching and viewing. For a state-by-state review of Mandatory Reporter laws, click here. For a state-by-state review of Background Check laws, click...
Our students spent the summer working on the inaugural project of the LDICP. Through their extensive research, massive databases of information on state statutes regarding the abuse of children ave been created and will be posted here as their work is finalized. Here are...
The publishing business makes little logical sense. That’s because it’s part of the “entertainment business.” The first word, entertainment refers to emotion, while business refers to logic. Trying to explain how publishing works to someone from another business and they eventually look at you and tell you it’s insane. But it is what it is. […]
I’ve examined the balance of power in the United States in several of my books because the Founding Fathers never intended their work to last this long. In The Line, I looked at what the military might do if it felt the President was going against what they viewed as the national interest and planned […]
Originally posted on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine: Firstly, with the results for some days sleuthing on the Internet some funnies from Debby Gies . D.G. Writes is where you will find an archive full of wonderful posts across several subjects including writing tips, social issues and book reviews. Thanks to Debby for finding this treasures… please…
on Writing Forward: Today’s storytelling exercise is an excerpt from my book, Story Drills: Fiction Writing Exercises, which helps beginning to intermediate storytellers develop skills in the craft of fiction writing. This exercise addresses two useful tools for developing and promoting stories: concept and premise. Enjoy! The premise of a story can be summed up […]
Litla Dimun, an isolated island often capped by its own fluffy cloud. Lítla Dímun is the smallest of the Faroe Islands’ 18 main islands. But though it may be tiny, the islet still has the power to influence the atmosphere. A lenticular cloud often drapes over it like a wet, vapory blanket. These stationary clouds typically […]
Well, I figure it’s best to show the conversation afterwards and demonstrate if people are right in their guesses. Then again, I probably confirmed in the comments. Enjoy this part of War of Nytefall: Eradication. “How far along are you?” “I … Continue reading →
Firstly, with the results for some days sleuthing on the Internet some funnies from Debby Gies . D.G. Writes is where you will find an archive full of wonderful posts across several subjects including writing tips, social issues and book … Continue reading →
I woke up this morning thinking there was never any time to do the things I wanted to do. Of course it was seven-thirty am and I think I may have actually thrown back the covers closer to eight. That was after I picked up my phone and checked emails, twitter, Facebook, and played a […]
Psychiatrist Judson Brewer studies the relationship between mindfulness and addiction — from smoking to overeating to all those other things we do even though we know they're bad for us. In this TedMed Talk, learn more about the mechanism of habit development and discover how being curious might help you beat your next urge to […]
This powerful video takes us inside San Quentin Prison to witness 32 men in one circle who reclaim who they really are over the course of 52 weeks in the GRIP Program (Guiding Rage Into Power). GRIP transforms these men who have committed violent crimes into non-violent Peacemakers as they learn to change their own […]
Much as I hate to admit it, I've never really been a try-er. If something comes easily to me or I only have to put in a moderate, not-totally-unenjoyable work, I'll do it. When I encounter anything I'm not immediately decent at doing (or something that is out of my control in some way, I […]
I can hardly believe February marks the 1 Year Anniversary of Romance Gems which I started along with 22 author friends.It's been fun but hard work and taken a lot of energy, but with all of us pulling together, we've made Romance Gems a success.Just about every day we talk about books, reading, writing, family, […]
I think the saddest words I hear is when someone says, "I don't like to read."I'm polite. I hide my astonishment, and keep my mouth shut even though I want to ask, "Why on earth not?"Mark Twain said, "A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read."If you can read but […]
Welcome to the Minstral Show, the podcast that spotlights the very best music from around the world, made exclusively in the 21st century. Every year has its character, and that character or ambiance, is defined by its music. Within the ambiance of a year are all its memories and events that we experience, and so […]
"Jacqueline Cochran was looking for WASP. They told me I would have to be interviewed and they would contact me when they came to the Wichita area. But I didn’t wait for that. I went down to Houston for my interview, to speed things up. And I think that’s one of the smartest things I […]
"My first flight was with a barnstormer at the age of five. I loved it! I also tried to 'fly' out of the barn loft with an umbrella. This was less than successful..." WASP Jean Terrell McCreery, 44-10 The indomitable Marguerite Jean Terrell Moreo McCreery has "...slipped the surly bonds of Earth. And danced the skies on […]
Today’s feature includes three images of automotive service facilities in the northwestern Washington State, Grays Harbor County cities of Aberdeen and Montesano. The lead image and the expandable version of it (below) dating to November 11, 1953, contains the S & W Firestone Service Center located at Wishkah and M Streets in Aberdeen during its...
Long time commenter Roadmaster sent us this image taken in the mid-1960s in Rochester, New York. The weather the area was experiencing then is much like what all of us have have recently this winter in the northern portion of the US. The vast majority of the automobiles in the photo of rush hour in...
********* The Cape Peninsula and Western Cape region are absolutely breathtaking! I especially love the turquoise waters that are so typical for the Cape scenery. You can instantly recognize this region just by that color – that’s how special it is! A Road Trip Around the Cape Peninsula One of the most fun things to do […]
It’s a book I read in the 1970s (but it may have been published much earlier). The central character is a family’s pet–a cat I think, but I’m unsure. Maybe a dog. The family lives on a river, maybe the … Continue reading →
WORLD TEEN MENTAL WELLNESS DAY On March 2nd, World Teen Mental Wellness Day aims to raise greater awareness of mental health issues among teens, as well as provide education about removing stigmas surrounding preventative mental health. According to the American Psychological Association, Gen Z has the worst mental health of any generation. However, teens are […]
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May 1937. "Children of migrant cotton field workers from Sweetwater, Oklahoma. Eight children in the family. Note the housing. Near Casa Grande project, Arizona." Medium format acetate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.
This photo was taken by my close friend and fellow transit historian, Kenneth L. Douglas (1929-2017), who was born and raised in Huntington Park, Los Angeles. Ken gave me this 35mm slide about 1959, at the time I first became acquainted with him while we were both residents of Philadelphia. The photo looks north at […]
In reply to Expert Advice: 1939: When we were young our mother would not buy toothpaste. We had tooth powder instead. Apparently, we loved to squeeze the toothpaste tube to the point that our consumption of toothpaste went ballistic. Our mother, who had experienced harsh times during the "dirty thirties," moved to stop this waste. […]
In reply to Expert Advice: 1939: I understand why retailers use prices like $1.99 – it makes the price seem more dollar-y than two-dollar-y. So if a merchant, like this druggist, calls a spade a spade, and has most prices rounded out to 5 or 10 cents, then why would he still have the occasional […]
French is the official or main second language in 55 countries around the world. After English, French is the second most widely used language in international communications. About 300 million people speak French. But there are other reasons why learning French is important, besides having the ability to speak to 300 million other people. In […]
Question from Andi Any suggestions as to what to use to unclog a kitchen drain? Actually it is not really clogged, but very sluggish. Had someone use a plunger, didn’t help. Then he wanted to use dawn detergent, I said no way, so he used my 7th Generation Dishwashing Liquid – didn’t help and he said […]
Question from Mary I bought a mattress that advertised oeko Tex standard 100 certified. Natural polyol based premium foam. With Visil flame retardant. Once received the tag said 98% polyurethane foam with 2 % blended fiber batting. I contacted company and said foam is derived from vegetable oil. Is this mattress safe from toxins. Should I […]
My garden is like a salad bistro from November through April. The weather is perfect and nothing says “al fresco” like a Florida winter. In my garden, I grow a variety of lettuce, brassicas, and roots–all perfect for a healthy salad. However, eating salad every day can get boring. Yes, I said it out loud. […]
Rust is a fungal disease that commonly occurs in Florida where it’s warm and humid. Most beans are susceptible to Rust. The disease generally occurs only during prolonged periods of warm, wet and/or humid weather. Rust refers to a variety of fungus, exists in at least 35 pathotypes and is extremely variable. Symptoms develop on leaves […]
Learn how to make your own DIY melt and pour soap base using all natural ingredients. Homemade soap base is perfect for creating shaped embeds for your cold process soap recipes, or if your kids want to make their own soap projects but aren’t old enough to handle lye. It’s also just fun to do […]
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 18, 2020 is: bootless \BOOT-lus\ adjective : useless, unprofitable Examples: "At the first glimpse of his approach, Don Benito had started, a resentful shadow swept over his face; and, as with the sudden memory of bootless rage, his white lips glued together." — Herman Melville, Benito […]
Most of us have been haunted by our past dietary sins at some point in our lives. Some of us may even be staring down at their paunch as they write this article, their Popeye’s Chicken Sandwich addiction staring at them straight in the face, reminding them that, no, you really didn’t have to drizzle […]
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Netflix has just announced the season three premiere date for its addicting Spanish teen drama Elite. On March 13, fans can enroll right back into Las Ecinas for another semester of lies, betrayal, and the always perplexing on-campus, post-P.E. sex. They may occasionally attend a class, but that’s not exactly…Read more...
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Last month, Paul Reubens hinted that Josh and Benny Safdie, hot off the fever dream that is Uncut Gems, were at least somewhat interested in a “dark and unexpected” Pee-wee Herman story that Reubens has been shopping around. It’s highly unlikely the brothers would take on the project, especially given the plethora of…Read more...
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Editor's Note: This article by Matthew Cox originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.Air Force gunsmiths recently completed delivery of a new M4-style carbine designed to break down small enough to fit under most pilot ejection seats.The Air Force Gunsmith Shop has completed delivery of the 2,700 […]
NEWPORT -- The Office of Naval Inspector General has cleared former Naval War College president Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley of most of the allegations of misconduct claimed to have occurred after he took command of the 136-year-old school in July 2016, The Providence Journal has learned.Harley, in one of a series of interviews with […]
Ham, Swiss cheese, Dijon, and oh-so-buttery Hawaiian rolls, all baked to absolute perfection. So easy and perfect for a big crowd! This is technically classified as an appetizer. You know, for all those big crowds and for general entertaining. It’s easy to make, it serves 12, and it’s a crowd favorite. It’s a no-brainer. But […]
Melt-in-your-mouth perfectly cooked steak, the crispiest potatoes and the quickest chimichurri sauce! Steak. Potatoes. Chimichurri. Rinse. Wash. Repeat. Like seriously, repeat all day, every day. Because this is one of the easiest meals you will ever make! The chimichurri takes 5 minutes to make (thank you, food processor) and you can use half of it […]
Why make a boring old Bean Salad when you can make it a COWBOY one?? Fun to say, delicious to eat, this big, juicy black bean salad is fresh, simple and fully loaded, tossed with a lime dressing laced with South Western spices. Use any beans you want. Serve it as a side, stuff into tacos, pile... […]
Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff is the stew version of traditional Beef Stroganoff. An incredible slow cooked beef that’s fall-apart tender smothered in a creamy Stroganoff sauce with buttery garlic mushrooms, it’s made with economical stewing beef yet tastes like a million bucks! Beef Stroganoff You know that anything that involving the words “slow cooked” and “beef”... […]