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Veterans' Day -- November 11th

by Marlene McDaniel / Nov 06, 2014 06:49 PM GMT

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11th as the first commemoration of Veterans' Day with the following words, "To us, in America, the reflections of Veterans' Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in...Read More »

Who is Really Lying About Health Care?

by Richard Aberdeen / Oct 26, 2014 11:09 PM GMT

INTRODUCTORY NOTE:  The alphabetized statements below come from Republican Party literature handed out at a health care rally in Nashville on August 13, 2009, prior to passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010, commonly called...Read More »

Is the Television Series "Cosmos" Remotely Honest?

by Richard Aberdeen / Sep 28, 2014 01:41 AM GMT

According to the television series “Cosmos”, life “evolved” from “random, unguided, blind, natural” processes.  This grandiose superstition of spontaneously appearing life is just randomly pulled out of a black hole rabbit's hat, without a single...Read More »

Do Species Evolve from Other Species?

by Richard Aberdeen / Sep 22, 2014 02:08 AM GMT

One of the most blindly accepted and rarely thought through very carefully claims of modern science is, that species “evolve” from other species.   This concept is indoctrinated into the impressionable minds of modern students from elementary school...Read More »

Move-On After Divorce

by Marlene McDaniel / Sep 11, 2014 08:46 AM GMT

When you are in the middle of the divorce process, it is hard to imagine life after divorce. Especially a full, rewarding life.  Unbelievably you will get past all the legal, financial and emotional aspects of divorce and things will eventually get...Read More »

Is Richard Dawkins Really a Scientist?

by Richard Aberdeen / Aug 27, 2014 02:41 PM GMT

Many atheists claim that atheism is the default position; atheism makes no claims, it just disbelieves in God or gods.   This statement is an obvious lie unto itself, as it contains several claims: 1) atheism makes no claims; 2) there is no God;...Read More »

Loosing A Pet

by Marlene McDaniel / Aug 18, 2014 08:27 PM GMT

Handling the death of a beloved pet is never easy; however, grieving for that pet is an important part of your recovery.  If you have lost a special companion, the emotions can become overwhelming.  Take some time out to grieve for your pet....Read More »

Is Mainstream Media Even a Little Bit Legit?

by Richard Aberdeen / Aug 16, 2014 07:23 PM GMT

American mainstream media habitually fails to address issues in a legitimate manner that could actually help achieve legitimate reform.  Instead, we are treated to a giant merry-go-round shell game of opposing pundit charades; both “sides” whining...Read More »

5-Effortless Ways To Boost Your Mood

by Marlene McDaniel / Aug 01, 2014 04:47 PM GMT

1.  Hold your pencil between your lips, so that each end of the pencil points to an ear for a few minutes.  This activates facial muscles the same way smiling does.  Research has demonstrated that smiling has a positive effect on mood and...Read More »

Should We Put Our Swords Away?

by Richard Aberdeen / Jul 30, 2014 06:47 PM GMT

Pacifism is more complex than it may appear.  One form of pacifism is to never strike back, which was practiced personally by Martin Luther King, Jr.  While King was giving a speech, a man jumped on stage and repeatedly punched him.  King...Read More »

Is Atheism Scientific?

by Richard Aberdeen / Jul 25, 2014 02:10 AM GMT

Historians say no one knows for certain who designed Stonehenge or exactly how it was constructed. However, scientists have long assumed someone created Stonehenge, rather than proposing it randomly appeared.  This is the most likely conclusion based...Read More »

Where is the Great American Dream?

by Richard Aberdeen / Jul 25, 2014 02:02 AM GMT

Today, there is a lot of talk about the wonders of science and technology, with little mention of any downside.  The same science used to create medicine and jumbo jets has also resulted in nuclear and bio weapons and, has left our planet polluted...Read More »

How Appalling Can City Leaders Be?

by Richard Aberdeen / Jul 25, 2014 01:53 AM GMT

Studies conducted by Philip Mangano, former National Homeless Policy Czar under both presidents Bush and Obama, reveal that it costs taxpayers far more to not house a homeless person than to house the same homeless person.  Recent studies conducted...Read More »

Is President Obama Any Smarter Than Bush?

by Richard Aberdeen / Jul 23, 2014 11:20 PM GMT

According to George W. Bush, the United States invaded Iraq to “secure the peace” and, to “secure freedom and democracy”.  Is there any rational reason to believe this?   If war can secure peace then why, after 10,000 years of war, isn't there...Read More »

Can Charles Darwin Be Trusted?

by Richard Aberdeen / Jul 23, 2014 11:13 PM GMT

Historical people, like the rest of us, sometimes contradict themselves and often change their minds over time.  It is generally fair to conclude what scientists say in their older age represents their true lifetime professional opinion, rather than...Read More »

Can We Afford to House the Homeless?

by Richard Aberdeen / Jul 23, 2014 11:08 PM GMT

It may sound callous and indifferent to say it would save taxpayers significantly to house the homeless. But we apparently live in a nation of many callous and indifferent people, who seem to think it's in their own best interest to simply ignore the...Read More »

Does the ACLU Really Support the First Amendment?

by Richard Aberdeen / Jul 23, 2014 11:01 PM GMT

According to the 1st Amendment of the Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...”  This amendment clearly meant something far different to the Constitutional framers...Read More »

Does the NRA Really Support the Second Amendment?

by Richard Aberdeen / Jul 23, 2014 10:42 PM GMT

According to the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution, ". . . the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed".  The word "Arms" is deliberately capitalized, a common practice at the time used for emphasis.  Since...Read More »

Is There Really Life in the Future?

by Richard Aberdeen / Jul 23, 2014 10:37 PM GMT

When I was a boy growing up in California, all of us kids had trouble breathing on summer days that were exceptionally smoggy.  We experienced chest pains, shortness of breath and burning pain in our lungs, whether or not we had asthma or other problems...Read More »

Do Americans Really Believe in the Constitution?

by Richard Aberdeen / Jul 23, 2014 10:21 PM GMT

Many politicians and other Americans claim to believe in the Constitution of the United States.  But, do they really believe in the Constitution or, are they only hiding behind pseudo-patriotic rhetoric while in reality promoting a selfish anti-American...Read More »

Is Music City Becoming the Meanest City in America?

by Richard Aberdeen / Jul 23, 2014 10:11 PM GMT

In July and August of 2013, I interviewed thirty-five homeless and formerly homeless individuals in Nashville, Tennessee.  Virtually every one said they have been harassed, cited and arrested multiple times for trespassing, often when not acting...Read More »

Was Hurricane Katrina God's Judgment on New Orleans?

by Richard Aberdeen / Jul 22, 2014 10:43 PM GMT

One would assume that if Pat Robertson and John Hagee are correct about Hurricane Katrina being God's judgment on the liberal folks of New Orleans, then it logically follows that recent extensive tornado damage in the conservative rural South and, extending...Read More »

What is the Real Right-Wing Agenda?

by Richard Aberdeen / Jul 22, 2014 10:23 PM GMT

Right-wing extremists are the first to wave flags and pretend how much they believe in the Constitution and yet, they constantly whine and complain we can't trust the government.  Apparently, they were asleep at the wheel during civics class, when...Read More »

Can Congress Be Reformed?

by Richard Aberdeen / Jul 21, 2014 06:01 PM GMT

Anyone with a thimble-full of political sense can readily determine there is no way to fix America unless the influence of big money is eliminated from the political process.  Any other plan is mainly a big waste of everyone's time, if we don't as...Read More »

Should We Boycott Walmart and Exxon-Mobil?

by Richard Aberdeen / Jul 21, 2014 05:53 PM GMT

There are sometimes well-meaning but misguided efforts pushed by various organized groups to protest high fuel prices, encouraging consumers to not purchase gasoline on a specific date.  It is highly unlikely such token resistance will result in...Read More »

Are Americans Well-Educated?

by Richard Aberdeen / Jul 21, 2014 05:49 PM GMT

Albert and Agnes attended the same American Elementary School in Anytown, USA.  From the first day, they were both taught to study hard and get good grades, so they could receive a scholarship, attend college and earn more money. They weren't taught...Read More »

Are People Really Sheep?

by Richard Aberdeen / Jul 21, 2014 05:45 PM GMT

Most men may not complain when young women these days wear their pants lower than where their mother's pockets used to be, but it can be somewhat nauseating to see older females trying to keep up with their daughter and even granddaughter's peer group....Read More »

Does Science Really Know What is True?

by Richard Aberdeen / Jul 21, 2014 05:08 PM GMT

Less than 600 years ago, the vast majority of scientists believed the sun goes around the earth.  Even after both Copernicus and Galileo died, many scientists still insisted the old Ptolemaic model was correct.  If we examine the evidence with...Read More »

Should We Care if Everyone has Health Care?

by Richard Aberdeen / Jul 21, 2014 04:56 PM GMT

Some historians claim disease has wiped out more people than all wars combined.  Yet, in spite of the known historical record, Americans continue to ignore the inevitable consequences of contagious disease; consequences including significant preventable...Read More »

Why Are There Homeless Veterans?

by Richard Aberdeen / Jul 21, 2014 04:51 PM GMT

United States Homeless veterans include a significant number from recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Many suffer from post traumatic stress disorder and severe sleep deprivation, as well as other severe health issues.  Often people who have...Read More »

Six Ways To Stay Energized

by Marlene McDaniel / Jul 15, 2014 04:38 PM GMT

Six Ways To Stay Energized: 1.  Drink More Water. 2.  Eat Regularly. 3.  Move More. 4.  Stress Less. 5.  Deal With Depression. 6.  See your Doctor. Read More »

The Art of Oral Sex

by Domina Doll / Jun 26, 2014 06:00 PM GMT

Oral sex! While some people think of it as foreplay, oral sex can be and is just another form of sex all on its own. For many straight guys, it is the hottest type of sex play that they fantasize about most. For many girls, it is...Read More »

The Beauty Of Getting It Wrong

by Marlene McDaniel / Jun 07, 2014 09:17 AM GMT

To err may be human, but we are still afraid to admit when we are wrong.  When we make an error, most of us fall into one of two groups; those who have  a fixed mindset and think, "screw it, I'll never be good at this" and even try to shut...Read More »

The World is Good

by Dana Sear / Jun 07, 2014 04:35 AM GMT

This is a blog I wrote when my daughter's eyesight had finally deteriorated enough to be classified as legally blind. With my new blog here at eLuminary, I decided to post this as an intro so that I can share the stories of our journey. Sarah has Retinitis...Read More »

Unique Flavors for Summer

by Kimberly Kunaniec / Jun 02, 2014 08:15 PM GMT

There's a whole world of flavors out there, so why eat the same thing all the time?  We all have our favorites (I know I do), but it's fun to experiment with something completely different.  I hope you'll be inspired looking at my list of the...Read More »

Honor Your Father

by Marlene McDaniel / Jun 02, 2014 12:47 PM GMT

In June of every year, we honor Fathers!  The first Mother's Day was celebrated in 1914; however, a holiday honoring Fathers did not become official until 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson declared the third Sunday in June would be Father's...Read More »

Internet Love Scams

by Marlene McDaniel / Jun 01, 2014 08:15 AM GMT

I think we all know what it means to be scammed.  The emotional impact of being on the receiving end of a romance con is often hard to describe, however, it is never difficult to feel once you have gone through it.  You are not alone!  Sharing...Read More »

Bullying Prevention Begins With You

by Sherri Gordon / May 31, 2014 12:58 AM GMT

When people think of bullying, they first think of an educator’s role in bullying prevention. But bullying is not just a school issue. It is an issue that faces the entire community. And parents play a key role in preventing and responding to bullying....Read More »

Turkish Bread And Cream Dessert

by Elizabeth Taviloglu / May 30, 2014 07:19 PM GMT

If you've ever travelled in Turkey, you know firsthand there are very interesting and exotic desserts everywhere you look. Baklava filled with pistachios, semolina cookies steeped in syrup, 'chicken breast' pudding and 'kazadibi' are all beloved...Read More »

More Raspberries!

by Kimberly Kunaniec / May 30, 2014 02:48 PM GMT

I seem to keep ending up with an excess of raspberries in my house.  I just can't help it, and when I visited a local farm this week and spotted them, I just had to pick them up.  Which means that I went back to my list of raspberry frozen desserts...Read More »

A Simple Marinade Makes For The Best Chicken Kebabs

by Elizabeth Taviloglu / May 30, 2014 04:49 AM GMT

Summer is here and grilling season has begun. It’s the perfect time to fire up your grill and get cooking. If you’re looking for new ways to make simple, easy dishes like chicken kebabs, go no further. Here is the perfect, back-to-basics recipe...Read More »

The Best of Summer

by Kimberly Kunaniec / May 29, 2014 04:31 PM GMT

With their natural sweetness and great textures, there are tons of fruits that are the perfect base for dessert flavors.  Summer is here and many of my favorite fruits are starting to make their appearance at farmer's markets and produce stands,...Read More »

'Ali Nazik' Is One Of Turkish Cuisine's Best Kebabs

by Elizabeth Taviloglu / May 29, 2014 03:26 PM GMT

If you're a fan of Turkish kebabs, you'll be sure to adore this beloved dish from the southeastern region of Turkey, near the city of Gaziantep. It's called 'ali nazik' kebab, and its name and history are just as enticing as its ingredients. This dish...Read More »

Need Help Identifying/Restarting a Regulator Wall Clock

by Diane Grant / May 29, 2014 12:23 AM GMT

We had a beautiful 2-weight pendulum regulator clock in our home, and prepared it for storing according to detailed instructions on the internet that we have since lost.  We have lived on a boat for the last 15 years but now are trying to re-install...Read More »

1972 Pearl Grandfather clock

by Leah Sapp / May 25, 2014 12:28 PM GMT

>How much is my 1972 Pearl Grandfather clock with noon dial and Westminster chime worth? This click is in perfect condition. Read More »

Another NON-Blog

by Dana Sear / May 21, 2014 10:56 PM GMT

It's finally getting cold and i suddenly remember what I don't like about winter. Cold is painful. My muscles object and retaliate with a lack of cooperation. The wind is making its music tonight, as it lowers it's shoulder and forces its way through...Read More »

No Blog Here...Just Some Random Thoughts

by Dana Sear / May 21, 2014 10:54 PM GMT

One of my clients told me today that her daughter, who is now a college student announced at the height of intellectual capacity, (17 yrs for those of you who don't have children) announced that she had in fact decided on her life's mission. She wanted...Read More »

Getting Over A Narcissist

by Marlene McDaniel / May 19, 2014 05:57 AM GMT

Has the relationship, separation or the break up with a narcissist all but destroyed you?  Do you constantly worry, or obsess as to why this happened and wonder if the nightmare will ever end?  Did the relationship end abruptly, without warning?...Read More »

Baked "Fried" Chicken

by Marlene McDaniel / May 12, 2014 02:30 AM GMT

PAM Original No-Stick Cooking Spray18 round buttery-flavored crackers, crushed into crums3 tablespoons grated Parmesian cheese1.2 tablespoon garlic powder4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (5 oz ea.)1/3 Cup Parkay Original Spread-tub melted Preheat oven...Read More »

The Glorious Blogoshpere

by Dana Sear / May 08, 2014 02:06 AM GMT

I've been watching the blogs. Some I actually read. I have been looking for a new blog home for several years, since my original blog, and to date, the only one that was even remotely satisfying, went belly up.  I even went back. But the host...Read More »

Flip Chart (((hugs))) & Brain Beating

by Dana Sear / May 07, 2014 06:41 AM GMT

I teach when I'm not behind the chair and hairdressers can be funny. And fickle. And fussy. BUT, they can also incredibly talented, right brained and overwhelmingly generous. Some of them think of education as something they have to do because someone...Read More »

The Search is On

by Dana Sear / May 07, 2014 01:50 AM GMT

When I was in third grade, Mrs. Powell, the most wonderful teacher in the world would tell her unhappy, scowling students, “You’d better straighten that face up. It’ll stick like that.” Almost always, all the other students would start making the face...Read More »

Dandelion Garden

by Dana Sear / May 07, 2014 01:39 AM GMT

When we moved into our maintenance free town home before we bought our home, I was quite excited about the shoveled sidewalks, nicely manicured lawns, trimmed trees all without any effort on my part. I enjoy gardening. I just don't have enough time to...Read More »

Weeds in the Toilet

by Dana Sear / May 06, 2014 09:45 PM GMT

There are times when I sit down at my computer, lay my hands on the keyboard, and thoughts form, words appear on the screen, ideas flow seemingly out of nowhere.Other times, I stare relentlessly at a blank screen like I’m in a blinking contest. I always...Read More »

Un Abrazo

by Dana Sear / May 06, 2014 09:35 PM GMT

I love birthdays. All birthdays. Mine, yours, theirs. Doesn’t matter. Birthdays make me smile. I know a lot of people who find no joy in them at all. They see them as reminders of being older than they were yesterday. Opportunities to recount all the...Read More »

Feeling Like a Kid Again

by Kimberly Kunaniec / May 04, 2014 04:22 PM GMT

To me, the best desserts are the ones that remind me of my childhood.  After all, there's something youthful and nostalgic about most sweet treats.  That's one of the reasons I love making homemade ice pops.But if you want yours a little creamier,...Read More »

What Do People Think Of You At Work?

by Marlene McDaniel / May 03, 2014 03:21 PM GMT

Try not to ask vague questions:     You'll get vague answers and platitudes that "can just be personal instead of professional.  Ask how you do in your position and seek answers on how you could improve.  It's...Read More »

Orange Frozen Dessert Recipes

by Kimberly Kunaniec / May 01, 2014 02:30 PM GMT

Orange is one of my favorite flavors. It's sweet, but not too sweet, with all those great tangy citrus notes. I love orange frozen dessert recipes on a hot day because they aren't too heavy. When it's warm out, you don't necessarily want something super...Read More »

How Strong is Your Insurance Company?

by Janet Hunt / Apr 30, 2014 11:18 PM GMT

You probably rely on your insurance company a lot more than you may even realize. If you or a family member are injured or ill, have a car wreck, your house burns down or even your business; it is most likely you will be relying on your insurance...Read More »

'Tarhana' Soup Gives You A True Taste Of Turkey

by Elizabeth Taviloglu / Apr 30, 2014 04:23 PM GMT

Did you know how important soups are in Turkish cuisine? Soup is eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner in Turkey.  It also has an important place on religious holiday menus like Ramazan. The most common soups are made with vegetables, legumes...Read More »

Are Selfies a Good Thing?

by Sherri Gordon / Apr 30, 2014 04:04 PM GMT

There has been a lot written about the concept of selfies – the smartphone self-portrait that has become a means of self-expression for teens. Some people worry that it is creating self-centered teens while others say it empowers young girls to learn...Read More »

Schools Under Fire for Not Addressing Bullying

by Sherri Gordon / Apr 30, 2014 02:38 PM GMT

Recently, I have received a number of calls regarding school bullying. In general, parents are frustrated with the way in which schools are handling bullying situations. But it’s not just parents in Ohio that are upset. For instance, in March, a...Read More »

Eat More Vegetables With Turkish Purslane And Ground Beef Stew

by Elizabeth Taviloglu / Apr 30, 2014 01:54 PM GMT

Are you constantly struggling to get your family, especially your kids, to eat more vegetables? Especially dark green leafies, like spinach? If it seems impossible, this recipe for Turkish purslane and ground beef stew might be the answer. ...Read More »

Go Vegetarian With Turkish Artichokes And Fava Beans

by Elizabeth Taviloglu / Apr 30, 2014 12:05 PM GMT

Spring has sprung and fresh vegetables and fruits are filling the shelves at the market and green grocer. This is the best time of year to prepare delicious Turkish vegetable and ‘meze’ dishes made with fresh veggies and herbs. One of my all time favorite...Read More »

That Small Voice

by Jason Fowler / Apr 30, 2014 03:32 AM GMT

The notion that we often do things that we don't want to do is strange. It's like I'm a spectator of my own life sometimes. If only I could learn to listen to that lil' voice that tells me when something's not right.Read More »

Raspberry Desserts

by Kimberly Kunaniec / Apr 30, 2014 02:42 AM GMT

It started getting very warm in my city.  As in, it's supposed to be in the mid-80s tomorrow.  Warm weather makes me want cold treats and fresh berries.  I can't wait to pick fresh, ripe raspberries right off the vine.  I'm sure some...Read More »

Cherry Frozen Dessert Recipes

by Kimberly Kunaniec / Apr 28, 2014 11:06 PM GMT

Cherries are one of my favorite fruits and there are so many kinds to experiment with. I love summer because of all the variations on cherry frozen dessert recipes that I can create. While the cherry on top of a sundae is one of my favorite things, there...Read More »

Healthy Frozen Dessert Ideas

by Kimberly Kunaniec / Apr 27, 2014 07:52 PM GMT

Unfortunately, my love of desserts comes with an unwanted side effect - extra weight.  I've been working hard to lose a few extra pounds lately, but I'm a firm believer that your eating plan should include the things you love.  After all, it's...Read More »

Are you a "OAY" dog owner?

by ElizaBeth Cronk / Apr 24, 2014 12:35 AM GMT

Are you the person dog groomers mark on the profile card as a OAY client? You bring your dog in the spring and have it shaved to the skin with the excuse it doesn't need it more often?  Do you do this because you are trying...Read More »

Mother's Day History

by Marlene McDaniel / Apr 20, 2014 11:22 AM GMT

The origin of Mother's Day goes back to the era of ancient Greek and Romans, however, the roots of Mother's Day history can also be placed in the UK where a mothering Sunday was celebrated much before the festival saw the light of day in the US.  However,...Read More »

Turkish 'Kunefe' Dessert Is Sweet, Crunchy And Cheesy

by Elizabeth Taviloglu / Apr 19, 2014 10:15 AM GMT

Imagine a warm dessert that's golden brown and crunchy on the outside with stringy melted cheese oozing from the middle, drenched in butter and sweetened with a light, lemony syrup. Does this combination excite you or does it sound a bit strange? You...Read More »

The Missing Pieces

by Jason Fowler / Apr 16, 2014 11:32 PM GMT

I'm told that comparison is painful and often useless. My own experience confirms that. When I compare myself to the best among us, I find myself lacking.It's like I am a puzzle with pieces missing. No matter what I can never complete the puzzle, but...Read More »

Learn To Trust Others After You Have Been Betrayed

by Marlene McDaniel / Apr 15, 2014 02:01 AM GMT

Trust is defined In the following ways: Letting others know your feelings, emotions and reactions and having the confidence in them to respect you and not take advantage of you.Sharing your inner feelings and thoughts with others with the belief...Read More »

13-Best 'Quit Smoking' Tips Ever

by Marlene McDaniel / Apr 06, 2014 10:16 AM GMT

#1:  Know why you want to quit.  Do you know why?  Because it is bad for you?  To get motivated, you need a powerful-personal reason to quit.  Maybe you want to protect your family from second hand smoke?  Maybe the thought...Read More »

Letting Go Of Love

by Marlene McDaniel / Apr 02, 2014 07:34 AM GMT

Have you been dumped, betrayed, or left heartbroken that you never thought you would ever want to love again?  How do you know when it is time to let go and look for love somewhere else?   Did the other person really even make you happy?...Read More »

Pineapple Creations

by Kimberly Kunaniec / Apr 01, 2014 09:25 PM GMT

One of my favorite fruits is the pineapple. It has such a unique texture and flavor. There really isn't another fruit just like it. There are tons of pineapple frozen dessert recipes to highlight the tropical flavor. These five recipes are really creative,...Read More »

A letter to my nemesis

by Dana Sear / Apr 01, 2014 03:43 AM GMT

A letter to my NemesisYou are not better. You are not stronger. You are not more courageous. I will not be beaten down by your declarations of my inadequacies, as you spew your thoughts like prophecies from the mountain tops. I am onto your game. By pointing...Read More »

Turkish ‘Pide’ Is Like Pizza, Only Better

by Elizabeth Taviloglu / Mar 31, 2014 08:55 PM GMT

I have been a pizza lover since I was a child. I’ve eaten pizza in New York, Chicago and all over the USA. I’ve eaten it in Italy and France and the U.K., too. I’ve had every kind of pizza from gourmet to frozen to home delivery-style. After...Read More »

Try Fried Calamari, Turkish Cuisine's Favorite 'Meze'

by Elizabeth Taviloglu / Mar 31, 2014 07:42 PM GMT

When you dine out, is fried calamari your favorite appetizer?  If you’re looking for a new twist on this good old standby, try this recipe for Turkish-style fried calamari. Better known as ‘kalamar tava,’ fried calamari is one of Turkish cuisine’s...Read More »

Try This Crispy, Creamy Turkish Dessert Flavored With Black Pepper

by Elizabeth Taviloglu / Mar 31, 2014 05:51 PM GMT

If you love the sweet crispiness of baklava and the creaminess of homemade vanilla pudding, then you’ll love this recipe for Turkish ‘Laz boregi’ (LAHZ’ bur-EY’-ee). It’s the best of both desserts combined into one. ‘Laz boregi’ is a regional...Read More »

Refurbishing Glass Candle Holders

by Jami Delia / Mar 31, 2014 05:44 PM GMT

Glass candle sticks, votive holders and other glass candle holders make great additions to your homes. If you come across any this spring or wanting to revamp any for this spring's holidays, refurbish old or used candle holders to make like new again...Read More »

Turkish Street Food That’s Good Enough For The Whole Family

by Elizabeth Taviloglu / Mar 31, 2014 12:54 PM GMT

Turkish cuisine is famous for it’s delectable street foods like ‘turning kebab,’ roasted chestnuts, and stuffed baked potatoes called ‘kumpir,’  to name a few.  Did you know that there is also a street food that’s delicious and nutritious...Read More »

Cup of (Frozen) Coffee

by Kimberly Kunaniec / Mar 30, 2014 09:31 PM GMT

It's almost April and the weather is getting warmer.  At the very least, there hasn't been snow on the ground in a while.  It's a step in the right direction!  While I like a hot cup of coffee when it's cold outside, I'm not a big fan of...Read More »

Strawberry Season

by Kimberly Kunaniec / Mar 30, 2014 03:36 AM GMT

It's almost April, which means that strawberries are becoming sweeter and juicier. Although you can get berries all year round, when they are at the peak of their season, they make the best desserts. Although I love strawberries as is (or maybe dunked...Read More »

Different Types of Health Insurance Plans

by Janet Hunt / Mar 29, 2014 12:07 AM GMT

When shopping for health insurance, you may run across a lot of confusing information and terms that you have never heard before. Health insurance comes in many different shapes and sizes. Knowing the basic types of health insurance will help you ...Read More »

Victim Blaming Still Prevalent in Bullying Incidents

by Sherri Gordon / Mar 28, 2014 02:07 AM GMT

I read and write about bullying every day, and yet I continue to be amazed by what victims and their families experience. For instance, I read an article earlier this month about a boy who was bullied because he carried a “My Little Pony” lunchbox...Read More »

Refurbishing Wood Flooring

by Jami Delia / Mar 27, 2014 04:04 PM GMT

If you're planning on selling your house this spring or just want to revamp it, consider refurbishing your flooring. If your floors are made of wood, clean them, repair them and refinish them to make them look like new again.What home renovations projects...Read More »

Bullying in College a Growing Issue

by Sherri Gordon / Mar 26, 2014 04:40 AM GMT

An article in the Canadian press indicated recently that while cyberbullies are growing up, they are not changing. In fact, according to a team of researchers at Simon Frasier University, cyberbullying is carrying over into the college years at an...Read More »

Ticks then fleas

by ElizaBeth Cronk / Mar 23, 2014 10:21 PM GMT

Hopefully you are on top of this but it seems never ending . I found this site that seems like a font of info give it a lookhttp://www.tickencounter.org/about Read More »

Refurbishing a Wire Basket

by Jami Delia / Mar 20, 2014 01:40 PM GMT

It's almost time to start planting new flowers and gardens for spring. If you have any old wire baskets that you've kept outside over the winter and have seen better days, refurbish them to make them like new again. To refurbish wire baskets, remove...Read More »

Reusing Old Luggage

by Jami Delia / Mar 20, 2014 01:38 PM GMT

If you're getting ready to do some spring cleaning, don't throw out any old, vintage luggage. Instead, reuse your old suitcases, trunks and train cases to create a pet bed, end table, small chair, ottoman and storage solutions.What do you do with your...Read More »

Something Missing in the AKC

by ElizaBeth Cronk / Mar 19, 2014 10:11 PM GMT

I am a professional dog groomer who went the traditional route of dog grooming school. It was not until I started my own business that I realized how woefully inadequate and poorly regulated  they were, how little I truly learned about breed specific...Read More »

March - "National Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month"

by Marlene McDaniel / Mar 19, 2014 11:35 AM GMT

National MS Education and Awareness Month is an effort by the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (MSF) to raise the public awareness of multiple sclerosis (M/S).  The important goals of this endeavor are to promote an understanding of the scope of this...Read More »

Sometimes I Wonder...

by Jason Fowler / Mar 19, 2014 01:15 AM GMT

Am I just wasting my time? I don't know if I just need more practice or if I'm just not hardwired for *insert activity*. I don't know how you answer a question like that. Just do what you have to do.Read More »

Know Internet!

by Jwalant Soneji / Mar 17, 2014 06:51 AM GMT

READ This is the simplest, most beneficial and, in fact, mandatory way of knowing Internet...Read everything on your computer, tablet or phone screen from top to bottom. CLICK Rather than pondering over what this button, link will...Read More »


by Amy Roszak / Mar 15, 2014 06:06 PM GMT

OH NO! Another site to update?  I was invited as an about.com "Expert" to join here. Between my Facebook Fan Page and my Blog , I think I'll not be posting here often. Perhaps this is a good place to store Articles and Answers to questions asked...Read More »

Budding Egyptologist Guide.

by Jane Akshar / Mar 14, 2014 01:30 AM GMT

Full details of Luxor’s monuments can be seen in Hidden Luxor but here are some of my own thoughts on the sites and the special bits for me. to Egypt. Valley of Kings It was recently announced that another tomb was discovered...Read More »

Coaching, Counseling, Therapy, Consulting – Which Is Which?

by Nlp Lifecoach / Mar 12, 2014 11:53 AM GMT

Many a person has remarked that to them coaching and counseling were the same thing… and even more people are still pretty confused about the real difference between the two. Well, may my masterpiece below get you out of confusion forever. Contact me...Read More »

Frequently asked Finch Questions

by Megan K / Mar 12, 2014 06:31 AM GMT

1. When do finches become sexually mature? It depends on the species of finch, to be honest. I find most to be sexually mature between 4-6mos old. However, they should ?NOT ?be bred until they are at least a year old. 2. How do Societies...Read More »

Is Any Skill Worthless?

by Jason Fowler / Mar 12, 2014 12:51 AM GMT

If you had asked me a week ago if speed running a video game was a useful skill I would have said, "no."However, I just watched part of a speed running marathon where thousands and thousands of dollars have been raised for charitable causes...all because...Read More »

Italian step by step

by Paola M.M. / Mar 11, 2014 11:47 PM GMT

Why are you learning Italian? Well, maybe you're not exactly "learning" it, or at least not yet. But why are you interested or intrigued about it, why are you reading about it, looking for translations, wondering about expressions and authors?  A...Read More »

So you think you are psychic?

by Sunhee Park / Mar 11, 2014 09:16 PM GMT

I have been blessed with a psychic gift, empathy and energy healing. There are so many things that would happen that I could not explain, nor did I want to talk about it to anyone. I have accepted that I do have psychic gifts and healing abilities. If...Read More »

No Such Thing As A Free Lunch…(or dog)

by ElizaBeth Cronk / Mar 11, 2014 07:35 PM GMT

Every year at the dog shows they begin by saying that no dog shown in an AKC Sanctioned show is bought from a pet store but from a reputable breeder. This is good. If you ????have a clue as...Read More »

Healthy Dog Play

by Jody Epstein, CPDT-KA / Mar 11, 2014 05:12 PM GMT

Many dog parents like to take their pups to the local dog park as a place where Rufus can run around off leash and socialize with others. But it’s important that we remember that the dog park is not a place for anti-social dogs to learn how to...Read More »

Chinese Chicken Noodle Green Soup

by Marsha Cunningham / Mar 11, 2014 01:33 PM GMT

Chinese Chicken Noodle Green Soup Read the whole recipe first to see the method, which is important for the outcome. Ingredients are underlined. 1 lb. angel hair pasta 3 ears corn on the cob, ...Read More »

The Right Way to Write a PhD Thesis

by DrSubramonian Shanmugham / Mar 11, 2014 04:21 AM GMT

For most scholars, writing their PhD thesis will be one of the cumbersome and complicated task they have ever faced.What I find in common is mostly scholars adapt a last minute approach to prepare their thesis.They only start thinking about the thesis...Read More »

Is There More Than One God?

by Marsha Cunningham / Mar 11, 2014 02:04 AM GMT

I had this inspiration today as I thought about how many times I hear people say that they "don’t want to say anything because they might step on someone’s toes." I connected it to my reflections on what divine Love is and how to attain it,...Read More »

Pi Day is This Friday 2014-03-14

by Krjb Donovan / Mar 11, 2014 12:09 AM GMT

Once again that round time of year approaches. This Friday at either or 1:59AM or 1:59PM, we get to celebrate the ratio. Omitting the year, and going from most significant to least significant time unit, the time will be 3-14 1:59, which expressed with...Read More »

Considering Bankruptcy? Take this quiz. Only five questions.

by Leon Bayer / Mar 10, 2014 10:09 PM GMT

Are you trying to decide on bankruptcy? Putting things into focus will be a big help. You have to acknowledge a problem before you can fix it. This may help you see what haven’t been willing to admit.TAKE THIS FIVE QUESTION TEST. IT MAY...Read More »

The past, present and future of the Middle East

by Prince Gharios of Ghassan Al-Nu'Man VIII / Mar 10, 2014 09:56 PM GMT

The West must stop looking to the Middle East with "westernized eyes". The moment we stop doing that, we'll realize a calamitous truth: the great majority of the problems in the region is the result of western interference in all levels.Concept We live...Read More »

The acute difference between the Arabs and Westerners regarding history

by Prince Gharios of Ghassan Al-Nu'Man VIII / Mar 10, 2014 09:50 PM GMT

For a westerner, talking about a Dynasty from the 7th century might sound absurd and outdated. In the western world, in our day and age, if we cite something even from 300 years ago we’re talking about “ancient history”. However, in the East, especially...Read More »

$1,280,000 in Unpaid Overtime Recovered for New York Deliverymen

by Michael Lore / Mar 10, 2014 09:43 PM GMT

A class of workers employed by a Manhattan pizza franchise brought a lawsuit that accused their employer of numerous violations of New York labor laws, including both minimum wage and overtime pay violations. The employer has now agreed to resolve the...Read More »

The "Disney" concept of Royalty

by Prince Gharios of Ghassan Al-Nu'Man VIII / Mar 10, 2014 09:43 PM GMT

The American culture has influenced nations all over the world. From Hollywood going to the music, fashion, etc. A very important share of this influence can be attributed to Walt Disney. He definitely marked indelibly our lives with his movies, cartoons...Read More »

Bitcoin Investors Should Be a Little Worried

by Leon Bayer / Mar 10, 2014 09:40 PM GMT

BITCOIN INVESTORS TAKE NOTE. Bitcoin Investors – Of course, you already know that the Mt. Gox Bitcoin Exchange has filed bankruptcy. There is half a billion dollars missing.Gee, what a surprise. Are you a Bitcoin investor? If you are, you may...Read More »

The Secret to Preventing Back Pain

by Michael Hall / Mar 10, 2014 08:53 PM GMT

When I began practice over 30 years ago degenerative changes of the spine were not even considered to be a realistic possibility in anyone under the age of 60. Sure, there were occasional exceptions such as the retired Major in his 50's with over 800...Read More »

Suicide Hill

by Graig Yarbrough / Mar 10, 2014 07:45 PM GMT

I opened my eyes. Everything looked bleary on the inside of that personal carrier. The radios stared down at me like a cat peeking in the window on a dark night. The barely adequate interior light partially lit the area on the other side, gear tossed...Read More »

Fun Foods

by Kimberly Kunaniec / Mar 03, 2014 11:59 PM GMT

Desserts should be fun. They aren't the practical part of the meal. They aren't about eating all your vegetables or getting plenty of protein and whole grains. Desserts are about joy. While they can be healthy, there are plenty of dessert options that...Read More »

Millions of Peaches

by Kimberly Kunaniec / Mar 02, 2014 07:56 PM GMT

Ripe, juicy peaches are really special. They make so many different desserts. Can you imagine a slice of warm peach pie with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream? Now that you are drooling, why not check out some great peach frozen dessert recipes. Make your...Read More »

The Ins-and-Outs of Online Insurance Shopping

by Janet Hunt / Mar 01, 2014 12:17 AM GMT

Of course you work hard for your money and you want the best value for your insurance dollar. What you really want to know is how to save time in the process and just what are your options when shopping for insurance? One helpful tool that will save...Read More »

Turkish 'Izmir Meatballs' Is A Great Do-Ahead Dish

by Elizabeth Taviloglu / Feb 28, 2014 07:54 PM GMT

It's sald there is a meatball dish to suite everyone in Turkish cuisine. This is one of my favorites. If you too love the conveniece of casseroles and like to cook ahead of time, this meatball recipe from the Aegean city of Izmir is perfect for you. 'Izmir...Read More »

Dine Like Royalty With Ottoman Almond Soup

by Elizabeth Taviloglu / Feb 28, 2014 06:31 PM GMT

Did you know that modern Turkish cuisine has many dishes that date back to Ottoman times? The Ottoman Turks were known for their opulent dress, decor and cuisine over a span of more than 500 years. This recipe for creamy almond soup comes straight from...Read More »

Turkish Flour 'Helva' Is The Ultimate Comfort Food

by Elizabeth Taviloglu / Feb 28, 2014 04:10 PM GMT

Wouldn't you love to curl up with a nice cup of coffee or tea and a few pieces of something tender, sweet and buttery? Then Turkish flour 'helva' is the perfect dessert for you. All you need is some flour, butter and sugar and you're ready to begin....Read More »

Being Different Shouldn’t Mean Being Bullied

by Sherri Gordon / Feb 27, 2014 02:55 PM GMT

Earlier this month, 11-year-old Michael Morones attempted suicide. Thankfully, the attempt was not successful. But he still has a long recovery ahead of him. Currently, Michael is in the pediatric intensive care unit in a North Carolina hospital with...Read More »

NJ Bill Makes Social Media a Required Course in Middle School

by Sherri Gordon / Feb 27, 2014 12:01 PM GMT

In January, the New Jersey Senate passed a bill requiring sixth- through eighth-grade public school students to take a course on “the responsible use of social media.” And experts predict it will likely become law by the 2014-2015 school year. The bill...Read More »

Focus on Fruit with Sorbet Recipes

by Kimberly Kunaniec / Feb 25, 2014 11:26 PM GMT

If you've read my posts and About.com site for a while, you'll probably notice that I love fruit-based desserts. While I will always say yes to chocolate, there are so many unique and delicious fruits out there that I never run out of ideas for recipes...Read More »

Turkish ‘Musakka’ Is A Rich And Delicious Casserole

by Elizabeth Taviloglu / Feb 18, 2014 12:49 PM GMT

When you hear about moussaka, do you think about Greek cuisine? Many of us know mousakka as a Greek specialty made with layers of tender eggplant, tangy tomato sauce, seasoned ground beef or lamb and a creamy white sauce on top. Did you know that mousakka...Read More »

Orange Recipes

by Kimberly Kunaniec / Feb 16, 2014 07:24 PM GMT

One of my friends has been commenting about all the extra oranges growing on their massive tree this year. They just can't eat them all, which makes juicing such a great alternative. By juicing the oranges and using them to create other recipes, they...Read More »

Apples and Cherries

by Kimberly Kunaniec / Feb 15, 2014 02:55 AM GMT

Two of my favorite fruits are apples and cherries. I love that you can get delicious apples all year round, and sweet summer cherries just make me happy. So, it's no wonder that I've turned these two beautiful fruits into simple granitas. My apple cider...Read More »

You're Already Normal

by Dana Sear / Feb 03, 2014 03:11 PM GMT

When I was little, the world was a scary place. Everyone was bigger, smarter, funnier, prettier, luckier and more talented than me. They had joyful lives. They didn't fear spiders. They could run faster, swim better, hit the ball. They knew what they...Read More »

The Best Milkshake Recipes

by Kimberly Kunaniec / Feb 01, 2014 02:58 PM GMT

Transform that bowl of chocolate ice cream into a completely different treat.When you think of frozen desserts, do you think of beverages as well? That homemade ice cream could be an amazing milkshake. I used to think of milkshakes as a special treat...Read More »

Choosing a Commercial Auto Policy for Your Business

by Janet Hunt / Feb 01, 2014 12:19 AM GMT

As a business owner, you have a lot of responsibilities. One of these responsibilities is making sure your business has adequate insurance coverage. There are many coverages you may need as a business owner including product liability, general liability,...Read More »

Refurbishing a Floor Lamp

by Jami Delia / Jan 31, 2014 10:07 PM GMT

I recently came across an old floor lamp I had in storage. It was a mess. It had caked on dust and was covered in cobwebs. Gross! Instead of tossing it out, I decided to refurbish it! First I cleaned it up, then sanded it to remove some of the old paint...Read More »

Turkish Fig Dessert Will Satisfy The Sultan In You

by Elizabeth Taviloglu / Jan 31, 2014 09:17 PM GMT

Turkish cuisine is known for its super-sweet desserts. Did you know that many of them are actually very nutritious? Many Turkish sweets are based on natural, unrefined ingredients like nuts, fruits and dairy products. A great example of a traditional...Read More »

Start Off Your Meal With Turkish Octopus Salad

by Elizabeth Taviloglu / Jan 31, 2014 08:47 PM GMT

Turkish cuisine is famous for it’s delicious ‘meze’ dishes. You know, those little sampler plates of cold and hot starters served before the main meal? Whether you decide to eat meat or fish, there is always a set of ‘meze’ plates to match. One of the...Read More »

5 Ways to Refurbish a Desktop Computer Case

by Jami Delia / Jan 31, 2014 02:17 PM GMT

Have you gotten a new desktop computer lately or does the one you have stick out like a sore thumb? If you want your desktop computer to blend in with your room's decor, refurbish it to give it a new look. You can also use a desktop computer case as a...Read More »

Parents Sue Students and Parents for Cyberbullying

by Sherri Gordon / Jan 31, 2014 12:25 PM GMT

Recently, parents of a 16-year-old Texas girl announced that they are suing the kids that cyberbullied her. In fact, they are suing all seven of the cyberbullies for libel and suing their parents for negligence. The couple’s daughter, who is a student...Read More »

The Perfect Kebab For Company

by Elizabeth Taviloglu / Jan 31, 2014 08:41 AM GMT

Are you looking for a main course lamb dish that tastes as great as it looks? Look no further than Turkey’s beloved ‘islim kebabi’ (EES’-LEEM’ keh-BOB’-uh). In Turkish cuisine, lamb is one of the most popular meats and eggplant is one of the most beloved...Read More »

Refurbishing a Storage Chest

by Jami Delia / Jan 31, 2014 02:15 AM GMT

Getting ready to clean and organize your home? Look for storage chests to store linens, toys, mementos and any other items in your home. Check garage sales and flea markets for old plastic, wood or leather storage chests. Don't worry if there are any...Read More »

5 Ways to Transform a Dresser

by Jami Delia / Jan 31, 2014 02:11 AM GMT

Spring is fast approaching and that means it's almost time for spring cleaning. If you're looking to re-arrange or re-purpose your furniture, look to see if you have any dressers you to want to transform into other furniture for your home, such asa baby...Read More »

Turkish-style Rice Pilaf For Eggplant Lovers

by Elizabeth Taviloglu / Jan 30, 2014 09:07 AM GMT

Turkish cuisine is famous for its endless varieties of rice pilaf, or ‘pilav’ (PEE-lav). Turkish pilafs are usually cooked with chicken stock and butter and flavored with bits of vegetables, fruits, nuts or legumes. You can even find pilaf recipes that...Read More »

Chinese New Year 2014

by Dave Tu / Jan 29, 2014 06:16 PM GMT

This year's Chinese new year is Friday January 31st, and will be the year of horse. More specifically, the year of green / wood horse. (?? / ??).Chinese year are based on Luna cycle, and there are 12 zodiac, in the following orderRat Ox Tiger Rabbit Dragon...Read More »

Classic Bullying Prank Leads to Man’s Death

by Sherri Gordon / Jan 24, 2014 01:57 AM GMT

Earlier this month, I read an article about a 33-year-old man who gave his stepfather an “atomic wedgie.” When I first saw the title, I had to read it again. I haven’t heard someone mention an atomic wedgie since junior high school. An atomic wedgie...Read More »

Learning to Make Ice Cream

by Kimberly Kunaniec / Jan 23, 2014 11:09 PM GMT

I'm passionate about food, but that doesn't mean that I'm making complicated recipes every day. I feel that the best foods are fresh and simple, made from only a few ingredients. If you buy quality ingredients, you will end up with quality dishes. This...Read More »

Getting Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client working with Windows 8.1

by Krjb Donovan / Jan 23, 2014 11:01 PM GMT

Moving my laptop PC into the Windows 8 experience, I was able to get the Cisco AnyConnect VPN working by taking the following steps. Note that this article does not apply to Windows 8 RT. Windows RT has built in support for Remote Access Server...Read More »

Mystery Hunt 2014 - Summing Up

by Dave Tu / Jan 23, 2014 10:41 PM GMT

This year's mystery hunt's winner is a team go by the name of "One Fish Two Fish Random Fish Blue Fish". They have manage to find the coin at 2:30 AM on Sunday, January 19, 2014.I think this year's hunt is easier then those that I have been to. I did...Read More »

Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

by Dayvonne Smith / Jan 21, 2014 06:33 PM GMT

2 to 3 medium-to-large sized organic sweet potatoes or yams (orange or dark-orange in color) 2 large organic eggs (room temperature) 1 cup of organic sugar 1 can of organic sweetened condensed milk (this is always hard for me to find in the outer boroughs...Read More »

Mystery Hunt 2014 - Events

by Dave Tu / Jan 18, 2014 02:11 AM GMT

Mystery Hunts often have on campus events that are participated jointly by all teams. (At least it has those for every one that I have been to).This year, I have just went to an event which before going, all it was mentioned that send 1 to 2 people with...Read More »

Moving Can Open Kids Up to Bullying

by Sherri Gordon / Jan 17, 2014 10:20 PM GMT

Recently, my kids’ school district announced that it would be realigning the attendance boundaries. What this means for my family is that my youngest child, who will be entering middle school in the fall, could be uprooted and moved to a new school,...Read More »

MIT Mystery Hunt 2014 -Theme

by Dave Tu / Jan 17, 2014 08:27 PM GMT

Each year's mystery hunt will have a distinct theme, and this year is Alice in the Wonderland. This will be my 4th hunt, the theme I've been through include bank heist (2013), producing Broadway show (2012), and Mario saving princess Peach across video...Read More »

MIT Mystery Hunt 2014

by Dave Tu / Jan 15, 2014 10:38 PM GMT

The coming weekend (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend) is another MIT Mystery Hunt, where many teams gather at MIT to try solve hundreds of puzzles. This event occurs once every year, and the objective of the event is to solve puzzles (which the answer...Read More »

Sweet Strawberries

by Kimberly Kunaniec / Jan 13, 2014 11:53 PM GMT

It's January. In most places, the berries in the store are pretty bland. But you can do better! Try defrosting a bag of frozen berries and using them in your desserts. My favorite is a strawberry semifreddo, which is an Italian frozen mousse. A semifreddo...Read More »

How I Got Here

by Dana Sear / Jan 09, 2014 01:53 AM GMT

I'm an active member on a professional site. We gather there to discuss solutions and ideas. We look for continuing education and inspiration. A while back, a newbie to the industry was needing a hug. Being new to anything can be painful but growth that...Read More »

Who the Heck are YOU?

by Dana Sear / Jan 09, 2014 12:54 AM GMT

I was asked a question recently that was so difficult to answer. We were in training and I expected something like, "What's your favorite hair color?" or "When did you start cutting hair?" Instead the question was, "What defines you?"ummm...wha...? There...Read More »

Natural Non-Caloric Sweeteners versus the Synthetics: What is the best choice?

by Yusuf Saleeby / Jan 09, 2014 12:52 AM GMT

Natural Non-Caloric Sweeteners By Yusuf Saleeby, MD It is widely appreciated that the over consumption of caloric sweeteners is a bad idea for a healthy diet. While some can tolerate simple sugars better than others, avoidance of too many simple carbohydrates...Read More »

Passlock on Saturn '05 ION Workaround

by Krjb Donovan / Jan 08, 2014 03:57 AM GMT

There is a known issue with the certain later model Saturn Ion ignition switches. The typically scenario is that in cold or unusual weather when you engage the ignition to start the car, all the instrument lights light up and then the "Pass Lock"...Read More »

The Law of Clickable Space

by Krjb Donovan / Jan 07, 2014 10:49 PM GMT

This law was noted before the "interweb", in late 1989, when online service providers first started having interfaces that allowed navigation via a mouse and tracking the relative success of triggering that navigation and stake holders has metrics they...Read More »

How to Use Leftover Pears

by Kimberly Kunaniec / Jan 07, 2014 02:49 AM GMT

For the holidays this year, I ended up with two Harry & David gift baskets. While this was a delicious surprise, it also meant I had entirely too many pears. After eating the first five or six, I got a little bored with them. Luckily, pears make excellent...Read More »

Leftover Cranberries

by Kimberly Kunaniec / Jan 04, 2014 06:21 PM GMT

Every November and December, I pick up a couple extra bags of cranberries when I see them at a good price. They freeze better than almost any other fruit, so you can use them year round. I don't stop with cranberry sauce, though. By changing the proportions...Read More »

If You’re A Fan Of Ouzo, You’ll Love Turkish ‘Raki’

by Elizabeth Taviloglu / Dec 31, 2013 06:11 PM GMT

If you’ve travelled anywhere in the eastern Mediterranean like Albania, Greece, Croatia, Turkey or Lebanon, you’ll know what it’s like to sit at a long table that’s lined with small plates of simple but delicious appetizers and small glasses of a strong,...Read More »

Refurbishing a Wooden Bed Frame

by Jami Delia / Dec 31, 2013 12:30 AM GMT

Bed frames start to wear down over time, as well as become out of style. If you're desperate to update your bedroom's decor, don't buy a new wooden bed frame. Instead, refurbish it to not only save money, but also add personable touches.Have the holidays...Read More »

Refurbishing an Old Bookcase

by Jami Delia / Dec 31, 2013 12:04 AM GMT

Are you planning on cleaning out the garage or basement for the new year? Instead of getting rid of an old bookcase collecting dust and cobwebs, refurbish it to put in just about any room in your home. Re-purpose that old bookcase to:store books in your...Read More »

Enhancing Emotional Intelligence May Be Key to Bullying Prevention

by Sherri Gordon / Dec 30, 2013 10:56 PM GMT

I read a really interesting article this month on emotional intelligence, or EQ, as some people call it. In the article, the author lists 14 ways you can determine if you are an emotionally intelligent person including everything from being curious about...Read More »

Turkish ‘Boza’ Is An Ancient Drink Packed With Energy And Nutrients

by Elizabeth Taviloglu / Dec 30, 2013 11:32 AM GMT

If you’ve ever travelled in the Balkans, Turkey or Central Asia, you’ve probably come across a strange beverage that’s thick, sweet and slightly sour all at the same time. You’ve had what most Turkic peoples call ‘boza’ (bo-ZAH’). ‘Boza’ is an ancient...Read More »

Refurbishing a Wooden Door

by Jami Delia / Dec 30, 2013 02:39 AM GMT

Now that the holidays are over, you may be thinking of ways to update your home. If your front, back, side or bedroom doors have taken a beating from years of use or the environment, refurbish them to give them a new look or restore them back to pristine...Read More »

Revamping a Medicine Cabinet

by Jami Delia / Dec 30, 2013 02:37 AM GMT

Looking for an inexpensive and easy way to revamp your bathroom? Clean, decorate and organize your medicine cabinet to give it a new look for the new year. Wipe down the medicine cabinet with a gentle cleanser or solution of water and vinegar to remove...Read More »

Refurbishing a Wooden Door

by Jami Delia / Dec 30, 2013 12:09 AM GMT

Now that the holidays are over, you may be thinking of ways to update your home. If your front, back, side or bedroom doors have taken a beating from years of use or the environment, refurbish them to give them a new look or restore them back to pristine...Read More »

Helping Your Teen Manage Instagram and the Emotions It Causes

by Sherri Gordon / Dec 28, 2013 11:10 PM GMT

It’s a Friday night and my 13-year-old daughter has decided to spend the night in. It’s snowing and we are excited to be in our pajamas, watching a movie and eating popcorn. When our movie ends, she reaches for her phone. “Don’t get on Instagram,”...Read More »

Try Hot Turkish ‘Salep’ Instead Of Hot Cocoa

by Elizabeth Taviloglu / Dec 28, 2013 04:45 PM GMT

If you love the warm, fuzzy feeling of sipping on a mug of steaming hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day, you have to try ‘salep’ (sah-LEP’). ‘Salep’ is a hot beverage famous in Turkey that’s made with milk and sugar and thickened with, believe it or...Read More »

Try Turkish Celeriac Soup With Your Holiday Menus

by Elizabeth Taviloglu / Dec 27, 2013 03:09 PM GMT

Have you ever wondered what to do with celeriac? You know, that gnarly root vegetable that smells like celery?In Turkish cuisine, celeriac, better known as ‘kereviz’ (kehr-eh-VEEZ’), is a very popular vegetable, especially during the fall and winter months....Read More »

If You Like Eggs Florentine, You’ll Love Turkish Spinach and Eggs

by Elizabeth Taviloglu / Dec 27, 2013 06:50 AM GMT

If you like the idea of spinach and eggs for breakfast or lunch, or you're a low carb enthusiast, you should try this recipe for Turkish-style spinach and eggs. It’s much lighter than classic eggs Florentine, and packs much more flavor. This one of my...Read More »

Turkish Baked Eggplant Filled With Ground Beef

by Elizabeth Taviloglu / Dec 27, 2013 06:33 AM GMT

Turkish cuisine is famous for both its eggplant dishes and its creativity with ground beef. If you love both, try this recipe for oven-baked eggplant filled with ground beef, tomatoes and spices, better known as ‘karniyarik’ (karn-UH’ YAHR’-uk). First,...Read More »

Last Chance to Buy 60 and 40 Watt Incandescent Bulbs

by Krjb Donovan / Dec 26, 2013 09:43 PM GMT

If you are a fan of incandescent bulbs, or possibly still bemoaning your lost opportunity to stock up on 100-Watt bulbs two years ago, you only have a few days left to buy the tried and true 60 or 40 Watt bulbs in the United States. Under the US Energy...Read More »

Party Dessert Ideas

by Kimberly Kunaniec / Dec 22, 2013 06:28 PM GMT

I love to have people over and even a casual gathering deserves great food. Making desserts is one of my favorite parts, because I love a sweet treat on a special occasion. There are so many great ways to incorporate ice cream into your party desserts....Read More »

Try Turkish ‘Kofte’ And ‘Piyaz.’ A Healthy Alternative To Burger And Fries

by Elizabeth Taviloglu / Dec 22, 2013 12:51 AM GMT

Are you a burger lover that wants to improve your diet? Then Turkish ‘kofte’ (kuf-TAY’) and piyaz (pee-AHZ’) is the perfect combo for you. ‘Kofte’ are meatballs made with beef or a mixture of beef and lamb that are seasoned with Turkish spices and...Read More »

Bulgur Is At Its Best In Turkish ‘Kisir’ Salad

by Elizabeth Taviloglu / Dec 21, 2013 03:34 AM GMT

Are you looking for great, healthy recipes that call for bulgur? Then this recipe for cold Turkish bulgur and vegetable salad called ‘kisir’ (kus-UHR’) is just what you’ve been waiting for. ‘Kisir’ is a classic Turkish salad that’s served most often...Read More »

Refurbishing Wooden Crates

by Jami Delia / Dec 18, 2013 11:59 PM GMT

Looking for a cheap or inexpensive gift to give someone for the holidays? Refurbish a wooden crate to create a personable storage container. You can also give a wooden crate a new paint job to create a personable container to place gifts in.Do you like...Read More »

Pomegranate Season

by Kimberly Kunaniec / Dec 13, 2013 07:27 PM GMT

One thing I love about the fall and early winter is the abundance of pomegranates available. Learning how to peel and seed pomegranates can be challenging (and messy), but the end result is completely worth it. Pomegranates are sweet and tart, and the...Read More »

Countdown to 13/12/11 10:09:08 AM or PM

by Krjb Donovan / Dec 10, 2013 07:09 PM GMT

Indulging once again the alignment of significant patterns in our systems of measurement, its noted that tomorrow during 12/11/2013 (expressed in an American format) will yield the date and time of December 11th, 2013 at 10:09 and 8 seconds which is a...Read More »

How did it get to be December already?

by Kimberly Kunaniec / Dec 10, 2013 06:13 PM GMT

There is snow on the ground and my Christmas tree is up, so it's beginning to feel like the holiday season. It may seem a little crazy to serve frozen desserts when it's 20 degrees outside, but crank up your heater and enjoy one of the best Christmas...Read More »

3G/4G IP Address Changes when Switching from HTTP to HTTPS

by Krjb Donovan / Dec 04, 2013 08:10 PM GMT

If you have an authentication scheme that relies on some level of the client's IP (Internet Protocol Address) maintaining state during the process then you should be aware of the potential that the client IP is different between regular HTTP and HTTPS...Read More »

Pi Day of the Century

by Krjb Donovan / Dec 02, 2013 10:24 PM GMT

There is a natural lure, especially of those more mathematically inclined, to notice patterns and sequences of numeric representations of dates. We notice sequences such as 11/12/13. We throw caution to the wind and don't beware the ides of March and...Read More »

Tips for Running Tabletop Role Playing Game

by Dave Tu / Nov 27, 2013 08:14 PM GMT

Table top RPG games is a type of game where players take the role of different characters and interact with a world that is usually similar but different than ours. It is like a computer RPG game, only the interaction is completely based on human, and...Read More »

How To Be A Good Waitress or Waiter

by Krjb Donovan / Nov 27, 2013 05:15 PM GMT

Lesson 1: The Basics Smile People are there to unwind or escape from parts of their life. You are providing an important service to them. They need you. The least you can do is smile and mean it. And if that isn't enough, you just may meet and...Read More »


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