Want to learn how to communicate with the Deaf community or people with hearing loss who may use ASL? Just like so many other things, there’s an app for that. Source: The best apps for learning sign language
I was about entering my compound when I say my neighbor talking to herself, angry and sad. I wanted to go my way because it was late and I was tired but then I saw the need for to talk with someone. I walked to her and asked… what happened? Source: Taking people for granted... Continue Reading →
We absolutely love Halloween in our house. As long as I can remember, Halloween was a big deal for my family and by consequence I try my absolute best to keep the tradition alive year after year. Now that we’ve got a little in tow, Halloween has become extra important because we want Margsy to... Continue Reading →
Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
A week before the Supreme Court is set to begin the new term, justices announced Thursday that they are adding a big public sector union fees case to an already blockbuster docket. The issue concerns something that deeply divided the court in 2016: whether non-members of public sector unions can be required to pay so-called... Continue Reading →
Note: This story is a part of a larger series of short stories and flash fiction. You can find these stories on the Oubliette home page. The sounds of creaking wood surrounded Grace. She could not see anything in the darkness that surrounded her. She remembered she had a flashlight in her pocket and turned... Continue Reading →
Note: This story is a part of a larger series of short stories and flash fiction. You can find these stories on the Oubliette home page. Linda sat in an uncomfortable student's desk in the middle of a half-full room with other students. At the front of the room, sitting on a cheap metal and... Continue Reading →
It seems like every man, woman and dog have their own blog these days, so it’s essential you make your blog stand out. You can be a great writer, but if you don’t market your blog right, it will slip under the radar and cost you precious readers. Source: 7 Super Easy Steps to Running... Continue Reading →
Researching is, believe it or not, a skill that not everyone has. If you do have it you should definitely put it on your C.V.; good research is often the thing you do not see, but the want of it is blindingly obvious, especially when you write historic fiction, or you’re writing about cultures and... Continue Reading →
Okay, this just twists my mind thinking about it. Quantum physics has spawned its share of strange ideas and hard-to-grasp concepts - from Einstein’s “spooky action at a distance” to the adventures of Shroedinger’s cat. Now a new study lends support to another mind-bender - the idea of retrocausality, which basically proposes that the future... Continue Reading →
In May last year, a stunning report claimed that a computer program used by a US court for risk assessment was biased against black prisoners. The program, Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions (Compas), was much more prone to mistakenly label black defendants as likely to reoffend – wrongly flagging them at almost twice... Continue Reading →
Consumer data breaches have become so frequent, the anger and worry once associated with them has turned to apathy. So when Equifax revealed late Thursday that a breach exposed personal data, including social-security numbers, for 143 million Americans, public shock was diluted by resignation. Source: The Banality of the Equifax Breach - The Atlantic There... Continue Reading →
While I am not a fan of sugar based rubs, this might be a good one to try. With grilling season under way, we're arming you with what we're declaring the official spice rub of 2017. Oh, and it's only three ingredients. Garlic salt, brown sugar and hot smoked paprika come together for a salty,... Continue Reading →
If there was any doubt about what kind of person went to protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, Vice News’s documentary should put those questions to rest: One side was white supremacists, some of whom openly endorsed violence. Source: Vice’s documentary on Charlottesville is really worth watching - Vox I think the video says... Continue Reading →
In his Tuesday press conference, Donald Trump talked at length about what he called “the alt left.” White supremacists, he claimed, weren’t the only people in Charlottesville last weekend that deserved condemnation. “You had a group on the other side that was also very violent,” he declared. “Nobody wants to say that.” Source: What Trump... Continue Reading →
Is Secretary of Defense James Mattis creating a hostile workplace for Defense Department whistleblowers? Or is he simply carrying on an anti-whistleblower organizational tradition at the Pentagon that stretches back decades? An examination of recent events and the historical record suggests it’s both, and the implications for taxpayers and American national security are stark. Source:... Continue Reading →
A man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her.
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 who we are in the end. Source: Adopting Yourself – By: Jason C. Cushman | HarsH ReaLiTy
Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
Note: This story is a part of a larger series of short stories and flash fiction. You can find these stories on the Oubliette home page. “Agent Rodriguez! You need to see this!” Owen shouted from the basement of the Wellington farmhouse. Mara did not answer but the sound of her footfalls on the floor... Continue Reading →
Note: This story is a part of a larger series of short stories and flash fiction. You can find these stories on the Oubliette home page. Pete stood in his father’s office unsure of what to say. There was an uncomfortable silence as the two FBI agents studied him. Pete saw them as they arrived... Continue Reading →
The show, don’t tell mantra haunts every writer, no matter how long they’ve been around. But what does it mean? It’s the used and abused phrase thats truth is lost among endless repetitions. Source: 3 Simple Tips on the 'Show, Don't Tell' Mantra - Writer's Edit
Do your characters suffer enough? Even if you’re writing a light and fluffy romance, at some point, someone in your novel is going to need to get hurt. I’m not suggesting all-out graphic torture here, obviously – unless that suits your genre. Suffering comes in a lot of different forms – and I’m going to... Continue Reading →
We all want to be the best parents we can be for our children, but there is often conflicting advice on how to raise a kid who is confident, kind and successful. Throughout the circus act of parenting, it’s important to focus on balancing priorities, juggling responsibilities and quickly flipping between the needs of your... Continue Reading →