The question about why more intelligent people tend to be atheistic dates back to the times of Romans and Ancient Greeks. The link between intelligence and religion can be explained if religion is considered an instinct, and intelligence the ability to rise above one's instincts. Source: Why more intelligent people tend to be atheistic --... Continue Reading →
Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.
I am a magnet... Are you aluminum? And just stand there with apathy. Are you steel? And feel drawn to me. Are you a magnet? And you push away from me? Or do we draw each other closer? I saw today's word prompt (Magnet) and this just wrote itself in my head (I'm just writing... Continue Reading →
Owen walked up the sidewalk to the midcentury two-story bungalow. It was clear from the brickwork of the front of the house that at one time it had a front porch. Mara was just starting to climb out of the SUV parked on the icy road in front of the house. He spied a small sign on the old aluminum door directing anyone visiting “Grease” or Griswold to go around back. He turned around and followed the part of the sidewalk not covered with snow to the driveway where Mara joined him. They walked to the back of the house and Owen climbed the concrete patio. The door made a metallic rattle as Owen knocked.
Everyone has heard of the Plotters vs. Pantsers camps for authors. Plotters take their story and attack it with outlines, guidelines, plotlines, and beat sheets. Pansters take it in a more relaxed way, writing as the story flows with plenty of detours as needed. Source: The Goal is to Have Motivated Characters | A Writer's Path
The truth about a first draft is that it doesn’t need to be perfect - it just needs to be written. Even Hemingway claimed that "the first draft of anything is sh*t". The first draft is where it starts, but even after you place the lid back on your pen, or press print – the process... Continue Reading →
When two California doctors were expecting their third child, they wanted to stop contributing to the more than 27 billion disposable diapers dumped yearly into U.S. landfills. But washing cloth diapers in water-starved Los Angeles wasn’t an environment-friendly alternative, either. Then Dr. Rosemary She read about a way to skip diapers altogether. Source: Physician couple... Continue Reading →
Stroll through the dairy aisle of your grocery store and you may notice that fat is back—at least in the yogurt case. Although low-fat and nonfat yogurts still dominate the dairy aisle, according to market research firm Mintel, there has been an astounding 2,675 percent increase in the number of whole-milk yogurt products on store... Continue Reading →
No time to cook after work? Your whole family with be thanking you after you whip up one of these quick and easy meals. Half the wait but just as much taste! Source: 20-Minutes or less Meals
Watchmen, Alan Moore's iconic '80s comic book series, isn't only known as one of the greatest graphic novels of all time—it's been listed as one of the greatest works of modern fiction, up there with Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird. Since the late '80s, there have been many attempts to adapt... Continue Reading →
Last Tuesday, Democrat Jon Ossoff was defeated by the alt-right Republican Karen Handel by an almost four point margin. The truth of the matter was that this race was truly a bellwether of what to expect for 2018. The good news for Democrats was that this was a district that should not have been competitive... Continue Reading →
In case, certain people feel that the left has been a bit extreme lately... So anyhow, in the aftermath of a lesbian black woman saving the life of an anti-gay David Duke supporting bigot who was attacked by what appears to have been a lone wolf white Bernie Bro, the tighty righties have their panties... Continue Reading →
Even a broken clock is right twice a day... I am writing here about something I know nothing about and, given the demographics of this website, most of you know nothing about. I have witnessed it, but I have not experienced it. Maybe you have too — the non-white friend who is handed the luggage... Continue Reading →
If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.
After months of secrecy and backroom deals, the Senate Republicans finally released their version of the AHCA. If you thought the House version was bad, the Senate version is worse. When the Republicans warned us that the passage of the ACA would bring us death panels, they were right. What they did not tell us... Continue Reading →
What is more fun than playing with a cat with a laser pointer? Playing with a toddler with a laser pointer.
So, it is raining here in Indianapolis and there is the sounds of a dishwasher next to me. Concealed behind the thin wall to my right, there runs a drainage pipe that goes from the roof of the building down to God knows where. You know that thing about bladder and running water? Yeah, that... Continue Reading →
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
I do wonder if this is something I need to consider given how my kids are are adopted. The ironic part about being an adoptee is that the first and final steps of our lives are the same. Just as we must accept being adopted in the first place, we must also accept ourselves for... Continue Reading →
Mara and Owen walked up to the porch of the old rectangular manufactured house with a sagging roof and once pristine siding that was long rendered a dull gray after years of neglect. The house sat off the side of a busy highway and there was no safe place to park. Mara climbed the unsteady metal porch and knocked on the door. A voice from inside called to them, acknowledging their presence and asked for them to wait a moment.
Pete wore a black formal suit and peered through the window in his father’s office. He was surprised when his father pulled him from the viewing room and escorted into the office and was greeted with a State Trooper and a detective. This was not a good day to have been questioned by the police. Ms. Schmidt, his second-grade teacher, was being shown and his father needed him to greet the downturned faces of her friends and family members as they came to give their last respects.
On its most basic level, the setting of your story is simply the location at which your story takes place, like a set to a stage show. This includes the location, the immediate surroundings, the weather and the time. But quite often, the setting is much more than just the ‘where and when’ of your... Continue Reading →
Writing short stories means beginning as close to the climax as possible — everything else is a distraction. A novel can take a more meandering path, but should still start with a scene that sets the tone for the whole book. A short story conserves characters and scenes, typically by focusing on just one conflict, and drives... Continue Reading →