She-Hulk and Rogue as Romance Novels? It's On.

Editor's Note: Female super heroines looking for love. Yes, it's true. Gaming Angels has all the details about this latest twist in the tales of She-Hulk and Rogue. -Virginia ...more

10 Easy Ways to Mark Darwin's Birthday

Evolution, or the process by which living organisms change over time, was not discovered by Charles Darwin. But he certainly gave the theory its street cred. By introducing natural selection — the idea that organisms best suited to survive in their particular circumstances have a greater chance of passing their traits on to the next generation — Darwin gave us a plausible mechanism by which evolution could take place. And that made all the difference. ...more
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Fifty Shades of Grey... Oops!

Months and months ago, when the world started buzzing about 50 Shades of Grey, Sassymonkey said to me, "I sure hope some mom doesn't get confused and buy Fifty Shades of Grey for her kid, thinking it's Between Shades of Gray." I laughed and said I ...more
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Government-Forced Reading? Ayn Rand's Ironic Influence on the GOP

Love or hate Ayn Rand, anyone whose read Atlas Shrugged sees the irony in an Idaho Republican lawmaker's symbolic bill forcing the reading of the novel in order for public school students to graduate....more
Jane Collins don't be naive; high school kids see far worse in 30 minutes of television than ...more

Book Review: Twitter for Good

Nonprofits can and must use social media to further their mission and engage with their audience. This book review of "Twitter for Good: Change the World One Tweet at a Time" gives some specific outlines on how nonprofits can do just that. ...more

Ikea Hack: Built-in Bookshelves With Windowseat for Under $350

When we finished our basement a couple of years ago, we made one room an office and lined the walls with IKEA BILLY bookshelves. This summer, when we decided we never really used the office and the space would be better as an art studio, we needed to do something with the books and some of the bookshelves to make room for the large craft tables we now wanted for the space. A friend mentioned an IKEA Hack. I looked it up on-line and became inspired. ...more
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Confused by Facebook? Try Facebook All-In-One For Dummies

For years, I've been sending folks who want to learn how to blog to Melanie Nelson's Blogging Basics 101 blog. When people have questions about Typepad in particular, I send people to Melanie's (and Shannon's) book, Typepad for Dummies. Now, when people ask me questions about Facebook, I'm sending them to Melanie's book, Facebook All-In-One for Dummies -- it's a great resource, for those just learning the ropes and for hardcore users like myself. ...more
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Should There Be Any True Stories in Fiction Writing?

I started working on my young adult novel, The Obvious Game, in 2009, after the hubbub of my promoting my parenting anthology, Sleep Is for the Weak, wore off. I needed a new project, and I knew I wanted it to be a novel. When I thought about what I wanted to write about, I knew it was anorexia. ...more
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Touch And Go: When A Family is Kidnapped

From the outside, the Denbe family has it all. They own a successful construction empire. They have a multiple homes, including a fabulous townhouse in Boston. The two parents and one teenaged daughter have everything they could ask for. From the outside they look like the perfect family, but when they vanish without a trace, investigators find that things aren't quite so perfect after all. Welcome to Lisa Gardner's latest thriller, Touch and Go. ...more

Jaden Hair on Her Second Steamy Kitchen Cookbook, "Healthy Asian Favorites"

This year is proving to be a big one for Jaden Hair. The popular blogger is releasing her second cookbook, Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites, and she also has big plans for her family’s Florida homestead (aquaponics garden, anyone?). ...more