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Think Before You Vote: 7 Choices You Make With Your Ballot

If you're willing to give up your mortgage tax deduction, vote for Mitt Romney. If you think the mortgage tax deduction is crucial to the middle class and a healthy economy, vote for Barack Obama.If you think veterans are on the dole and are part of the "victim class" who expect undeserved entitlements from the government, vote for Mitt Romney....more

The Boy Scouts Dilemma: When You Love the Local Troop but Hate the BSA's Campaign Against Gays & Its Religious Discrimination

My son is at the age when many of his friends are joining the Cub Scouts. The local scout leader is a friend of ours, a terrific person, and a great dad. Many of the skills the Boy Scouts teach--using a compass, building fires, camping--are good, old-fashioned skills that we'd love our son to learn. But when you join the Cub Scouts, you are joining Boy Scouts of America, and supporting BSA with your dues. And therein lies the problem....more
I'm sad that there are no responses to your blog.  It's late, so I'll be brief: I was a Cub ...more

Have you penned the next Shades of Grey?

From GSpot Publishing:Have you penned the next Shades of Grey? Enter the Gspot Publishing Erotic Novel Contest!Deadline: November 15, 2012Entry Fee: $10Prize: Publication in ebook and Print on Demand format, $250 advance against royalties, and publishing contract...more

The Joy of Less: How To Declutter & Live Simply & Well

It seems as though everyone is talking about living simply these days....more

How to Write (Better): How to Start a Story

One of the questions I hear frequently from aspiring writers is, “How do I start a story?” Even seasoned writers have days when the story won’t come. Talking to a reporter for Interview Magazine in 1995, Martin Amis said of novel-writing, “If I come up against a brick wall, I’ll just go and play snooker or something or sleep on it, and my subconscious will fix it for me.” Good advice, for sure. But if snooker and the subconscious don’t do it for you, here are a few tips to get you going....more

Penn State: How "Good People" Sacrificed the Welfare of a Few for the Prosperity of Many

In a basement under one of the beautiful buildings of Omelas, or perhaps in the cellar of one of its spacious private homes, there is a room. It has one locked door, and no window…In the room a child is sitting…...more

Give in to Your Obsession: Write That Book!

More Magazine features an essay by Kathryn Stockett, author of the wildly successful novel The Help, now a wildly successful film. It’s an old story, but worth repeating: novelist gets a zillion rejections, or 60, to be more precise, before finally landing an agent, a publisher, and a long-running spot at the top of just about every bestseller list you can imagine.Stockett’s advice for writers and anyone else who keeps hitting a brick wall? “Give in to your obsession.”...more