November 2012 Blog Posts (387)

How To Help Kids Deal With Anxiety: The Worry Glasses

Many people suffer from anxiety…adults as well as children.  But the question is: how to help kids deal with anxietyThe Show Me How program uses picture books to help young children deal with the challenges they face so today, for Perfect Picture Book Friday, I’ve chosen a story that addresses that problem.…


Added by Vivian Kirkfield on November 30, 2012 at 9:36pm — No Comments

I did it!

 sI finished my 50,000 words yesterday and validated it today.  I have finished my third "novel" and won NaNoWriMo for the third time.

Also, i recently took a Coursera class, Writing in the Sciences.  i found out today that i received a 91%.  That makes me very happy.  i am going to take the weekend off and take a look at my stuff and start my rewrites. 

I have several things in the works, but I need to sit down and work on them until I am satisfied with…


Added by Sandie Colby on November 30, 2012 at 5:25pm — No Comments

That holiday season debate

Around this time of year, I see a lot of my Facebook friends posting how they prefer "Merry Christmas" to "Happy Holidays" or insisting that they will accept any greeting someone wants to throw at them.  I've seen people state that they say "Merry Christmas" to people who they don't know what they celebrate because they themselves are Christian.  And there are people who get downright mad that some of us prefer not to be wished "Merry Christmas."  They make such people out to be grinches or…


Added by Angela Allen on November 30, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Bus Ride of the Living or What I Did on My Summer Vacation

This article was published in JUDAISM, A Journal of Jewish Life and Thought, Issue No. 211/212/ Volume 53 / Numbers 3-4 / Summer-Fall 2004 / Pages 260-266.


Bus Ride of the Living or What I Did on My Summer…


Added by Preeva Tramiel on November 30, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The Charm of Christmas Markets

Let me take you on a little pre-Christmas trip today from your PC or EZ-chair to the land of Christmas markets, Germany and Austria.

Also called advent or christkindl markets, they originally gave towns and their burghers an opportunity to stock up on provisions at the onset of the cold season. Historical records name Dresden, Germany as the first in 1434.

Now they are a staple celebration of Christmas traditions drawing millions of visitors in the four weeks,…


Added by Siggy Buckley on November 30, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

"this is a little library upstate New York 'The Library We Want | 'Valatie Free Library'

Future Valatie Free Library a near Net-Zero building featured by the United Nations at the Rio+20 Sustainability Summit, Brazil…


Added by l. yarotsky on November 30, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

All Art Friday

All Art Friday spotlights Lebanese artist Cynthia Nouhra, the Met's "Inventing Abstraction" show, Ursinus College's Berman Museum of Art's exhibition "Access-Ability", programs for seniors at the Whitney Museum, and Carne Griffith's drawings in tea and calligraphy.

The roundup highlights exhibitions at the National Building Museum ("Detroit Is No Dry Bones") for which I've included a video; Illinois's Rockford Art Museum (mixed media by artists of Little City, a program for people…


Added by Maureen E. Doallas on November 30, 2012 at 8:07am — No Comments

FoodFic Look at NEED

Zara White is, as she puts it, hollow. Her stepdad’s dying left her such a shell of a person that if ten times as many letters as she writes to save political prisoners through Amnesty International were written on her behalf, it still wouldn’t be enough to free her…

Added by Shelley Workinger on November 30, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

The Bed-Making Game - or - A Lesson in Patience

I have just realized that Mom was infinitely more patient than I am.
It's a bit of a painful discovery.
A moment of silence, please.
Now I will explain . . .
When I was four, I used to follow Mom around as she went through her morning routine.
This was before she…

Added by Diane Stringam Tolley on November 30, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

The Palace of Broken Hearts/rough draft



The Palace of Broken Hearts

By Phoebe Wilcox


Outside their window, at the Palace of the Broken Hearts, they listened to a kind of surf all night long. After he fell asleep he dreamed of a dark-haired woman. She had blue eyes that looked green when she sat on a pony with brown eyes. She weighed somewhere between 128 and 130 pounds at any given time. The pony could handle her weight as they…


Added by Phoebe Wilcox on November 30, 2012 at 4:02am — No Comments



Added by Isabelle Esling on November 30, 2012 at 2:42am — No Comments

Allow me to crow

Added by Marivi Soliven on November 29, 2012 at 10:33pm — No Comments

A necessary rant...?

So, there's this dude (I am assuming) at Deviant Art who has created a poster of "Action figures" of "Heroes of Science" - i.e. folk who have had an influence, presumably, on the world of science. He has drawn the action figures as they might appear were they actually real - they are, as far as I understand it, not real as themselves. There is just the poster, not the actual figures. You can see it <a…


Added by Alma Alexander on November 29, 2012 at 10:23pm — No Comments

All Done! (For Now)

Announcing my win to the Internet! Now I’m going to go announce it to my husband. And then I’m going to bed.

The novel is “complete” at 50,712 words, but far from finished. I can’t wait to take this one on for a few more rounds. This is only the beginning.…


Added by Lacey Louwagie on November 29, 2012 at 10:05pm — No Comments

A Gift of Blessings

This year I decide that instead of giving gifts that will probable be re-gifted, need too many batteries or left in a draw somewhere, I will give my family something that will truly be a blessing to both them and someone else. 

For the price much less than the Kindle Fire, I could send the money to Women for Women International in their name to buy a goat for a woman in Bosnia, South Sudan, Iraq, etc. to provide for herself and her family. She…


Added by Glynis Rankin on November 29, 2012 at 5:18pm — No Comments

Okay I Was Wrong: My Story Arc from Social Media Wallflower to Media Party Hopper

I first have to admit that I'm over 50. That likely predisposes me, much as I hate to admit it, to some natural reticence about social media. I still write thank-you notes, with a pen. I make phone calls. I send cards. While I’m not hesitant to admit my age, I don’t like to admit my reticence. I like to think of myself as progressive, embracing of new ideas, and an ever growing, evolving type. But the whole Facebook, Twitter thing--from the outside looking in, anyway--just seemed a silly…


Added by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder on November 29, 2012 at 4:30pm — 24 Comments

Brad Pitt's Chanel Add Might Mean the End of Days

Check out a recent article by UConn Professor, Gina Barreca, feminist and humor writer, on why Pitt's Chanel ad has her heading for the bomb shelter:,0,962931.column


Added by Sam Ferrigno on November 29, 2012 at 4:22pm — No Comments

On Coming through Hard Times, Writing a Novel...and being the Working Mother of a Disabled Child

When I told my friend, Ingrid, that I had written a novel, she laughed.  “So, working full time and bringing up two children’s not enough for you, then?  You needed something else to do after you’d finished tea, put the kids to bed and done the washing up?”  I know.  Sounds like a recipe for burn-out.  But it’s not impossible, and I know I’m not the first mother with ambitions to be a successful writer (or vice versa!) without giving up her day job…



Added by Ruth Mancini on November 29, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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