Top 50 Articles of all Time

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The Wolf Takes the Stand

“Your Honor, I’d like to call Canis lupus to the stand.”

“Oh, that’s me,” said the Big Bad Wolf, loping past the court reporter. “That’s my Latin name. Just call me Wolf. Everybody does.”

“Mr. Wolf. You stand accused of the murder of Grandma, and the violation of Red Riding Hood. How do you plead?”

“I’d like to state for the record that...

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RECIPROCITY OF A MOTHER’S LOVE

Today as I sit at my desk and ponder on life and love and what it all means….I received a text out of no where which put it all in perspective.

My younger daughter who is away at University, because of her work load, she is limited on how often she communicates; so you can imagine my surprise when I received the following text from her; breaking into my thought…

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Be Responsible with your Energy

Something happened recently that I wanted to share with you. Up to now, we haven’t had the chance to explore the concept of our “energy” and the effects we may have on others. For some, this may be the first time this comes on your path and that’s super. For others, you may be a veteran at the concept. You may also be somewhere in the middle, not really paying much att…

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The Lady or the Tiger?

This is simply barbaric. I’m hot. I’m tired. And I haven’t had a decent meal in days. It’s supposed to make me more vicious. Hungry for the kill, but it really only makes me drink more water to fill my empty belly, and then I can’t stop pacing. My bladder is so full, and I won’t soil the fresh straw. 

The smell of perfume tickles my nose. Why do th…

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Travel Deals ( Part 1 )

One of my fans, Patti Jo Grover, asked me a question about my favorite all inclusive spot to travel to. I thought I should share the wealth and give everyone some helpful travel tips. The first part of this series is going to focus on how to get cheap flight offers. Don’t worry Patti Jo, I’ll get to All Inclusive’s lol.

Frontier – Frontier is always my first spot…

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Congratulations, and Good Luck

It’s graduation time. Congratulations and good luck. You’re going to need it, because it’s all down hill from here. Some of your worse days lie ahead. No job, few prospects. Sure, you can debate the finer points of free will versus determinism, but I’m in a hurry and I want you to make sure you give me fries.

Your mom wanted you to be a doctor or a lawyer, and mee...

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Drug Muggers

When I was 19 (I am now 45), I began taking prescription medications that I would continue taking for the rest of my life. At the time, I hated the idea of being “dependent” on medication for my health. Sure, I’d taken prescription medications before – mostly penicillin-type drugs to treat bronchitis and the like – but somehow, this felt different. Strep throat is jus…

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Men of Action!

“Think like a man of action, and act like a man of thought.” Sallust

In essence, the late Jim Rohn declared that we should work harder on ourselves than we do anything else if we want to make more money, have a greater marriage, or live a grander lifestyle. This of course demands that we take aggressive action!

If we want to be the GREATNESS that God …

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ME-TIME

What is that you may ask. Well I’d be happy to explain.

This is a time that you carve out of your day for yourself to reflect on just YOU and to love just YOU.

In this present day society where we all have to be politically correct, both in our personal lives and in our professional lives; we sometimes find that we have to a...

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Part-Time Poet

All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling—Oscar Wilde

April is National Poetry Month, and I don’t care. It’s not that I have anything against poetry: I don’t. I just don’t enjoy it. I love to read, but if an author slips a poem into his story, I skip it. I’m here for the story; don’t sneak a poem in that you couldn’t sell.

Reading poetry is a…

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The Vegetable Dishes I Can’t Live Without

Around here, Mother Nature and the locals move into Spring with gusto: the flowering trees all burst into bloom at once, and gardens seem to go in overnight, on the magic day that will allow the plants to escape the last frost but also enjoy the longest possible growing period.

Many of us have too many jobs and responsibilities that separate us from the way…

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TEN STEPS TO FORMING NEW HABITS

Public speaker and author, Brian Tracy, said that “bad habits are easy to form, but hard to live with. Good habits are hard to form, but easy to live with.” I’m sure many people will agree with him. I know I do. Just like I agree with the idea that to break a habit you must create a new one to take its place. This makes perfect sense to me, but here’s my question: ho…

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Why Everyone Should Do ( Part 4 )

In the first part of this article, I gave a very (VERY) basic introduction to what MLM or Network Marketing is. Over the next couple articles I am going to share some of the amazing benefits of getting started in the MLM space.

Since this is the last part of this article, I am going to suggest what to look for when you are deciding what Network Marketing Company ...

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Texting Pomp and Circumstance

Ah, it’s that time of year again: lawnmowers roaring up and down at every hour of the day and night; flowers in profusion from every tree, bush, prom-goer’s wrist, and grocery store display; and “Pomp and Circumstance” being practiced in band rooms and on high school football fields in anticipation of the big day. And, while most new graduates like to see the gift of g…

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Setbacks Setting In

So, you’re on your way. You’ve got your plan for success all worked out. You’ve practiced your craft. You’ve studied the newest techniques and trends all over the world. You’ve got all your materials ready and you’re off to a good start. With all that momentum, nothing can possibly stop you. 

And then something does. 

Whether it’s a family emergency, an unex…

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To Be Great, You Must START!

Do you ever find yourself sitting with a great idea (or what you consider to be great, at least!) but you just can’t get started, for whatever reason? Do you ever feel like you go over in your head a million times all of the scenarios of what could happen that you never actually rise up and try? The graveyard is full of ideas and concepts and inventions that could h…

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Can’t Touch it! – My Hair.

This is a too familiar issue that many Women of Color face daily.

I will use both terms of Women of Color and Black Women as we come in a wide range of shades.

“Oh I love your hair…can I touch it?”

I understand we can be very…VERY diverse and fashionable with the many styles of hair that we may wear, but for Heaven’s sake…WE ARE NOT SOMETHING T...

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Why I Hate Inspirational Quotes

You know the quotes I’m talking about; the uplifting words typed over a serene image that tell you “you can do it!” and “just stay positive!” If you type “inspirational quote” into google images you’ll be met with thousands of images that show the same messages about positive thinking and just working a little harder plastered over someone else’s landscape photo. On …

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Meet Meg

There is one knows not what sweet mystery about this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath.—Herman Melville 

Call me Ishmael. Call me bored. Moby Dick may be considered one of the greatest novels in the English language, but do you know anyone who has actually read it? Don’t lie. Maybe you got a…

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The Stars Sing?

Often, when we read the Bible, we tend to gloss over some of those interesting or fascinating details that are recorded therein. I can only assume we do this as some of the things are so far beyond us, we either ignore it or think in passing that the verse just read was interesting.

Take Job 38:4 and 7 for example; God is responding to Job and is teaching him through…

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The Naked Roommate

You’ve been waiting. The day has finally come. Your teachers, your parents, and you did a great job of getting you through high school, even after that little cadaver incident. You will soon graduate and never again be forced to shower with 40 sweaty guys, or suffer through another boring study hall again, but now what?

You don’t know what you want to do with the r…

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Of a Predatory Heart

I’m writing this book review Of A Predatory Heart for seasoned woodsman, Joe Parry. Joe is just what he appears to be, a blue-collar, working class guy, but Joe has a talent that not everyone has. Joe is a natural storyteller, and he can put it to paper.

The first rule of writing is to write what you know. Joe does one better, he writes what he is, a lit…

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Riptide

During March’s book club meeting, we met at the bookstore to discuss Dave Eggers book, Zeitoun, which follows the Zeitoun family and their experiences with the events surrounding Hurricane Katrina. Although Zeitoun never presents itself as an overall expose of the crises that arose from Katrina’s damage, nevertheless, it is a poignant and painful narrative …

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BookFest: Great for Indie Authors, Too!

Every fall, our bookstore works with the local schools to host Wellsboro’s BookFest. Our BookFest is a both a literacy celebration and a fundraiser for our schools. This book festival is a winning situation for everyone involved–allowing local authors to showcase and sell their work, raising money for our school libraries, and providing a large selection of inexpensi…

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In Honor of a Man’s Man

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

“Our lives …

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“Find Waldo Local” for fun and success!

“Where’s Waldo?” is the creation of Martin Handford, whose entertaining drawings of crowd scenes swept the world in the late eighties. Since then, the “Where’s Waldo?” books have held a cherished spot on bookstore shelves the world over. There are now over 61 million Waldo books in print worldwide and they’ve been translated into over 30 languages. An entire generation…

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The Pen and the Sword

It is said that the pen is mightier than the sword, though I much prefer my Swiss army knife. Still, I could not help but be fascinated by a class called “The Pen and the Sword” taught by an Aikido master.

Truly, now was my chance to learn to kill a man with a ballpoint pen, and land that job with the CIA. If he who lives by the sword, dies by the sword, then he ...

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Word Games Sharpen Your Brain!

Forget books on improving your memory, or keeping your mind sharp. Move on from Sudoku and Kakuro and Jumbles puzzles. Put down the books by Bill Adler, Jr., like Outwitting Deer and Outwitting Squirrels, which were really just mind games for you and the varmints in your backyard. If you really want to tie your brain in knots and have fun with words, try wr…

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Lost – A Parent’s Worst fear.

Friday April 13th 2018, 8:37pm

Cell phone rings.

“Good evening Ms Gooding. I am a teacher at your son’s school. Apologies for calling so late, but it is of the utmost importance. Is your son friends with a boy named ______?”

“Good evening. Yes, I believe he is. Could you please explain why you ask?”

“Yes, of course. I am calling because ______’s...

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The “AR” Program: Reading in Our Schools

Where do we start a conversation about children’s literacy? Even a quick scan of the internet can lead to feeling overwhelmed. A basic search using “children’s literacy” will give you thousands of hits:  everything from parent blogs demanding a substitute for standardized testing, to academic research on the efficacy of ‘OST’ programs. I’ve been involved in the both t…

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Deer Camp

I love hunting—tramping around the cold, snowy woods, then coming inside and having a bowl of hot soup. Going back out for one more drive, maybe I’ll get a shot at a buck, maybe I won’t. I know someone will get a deer. There will be jerky, chops, burger, or maybe my favorite, tenderloin. I love venison. Nothing is better at the end of a long day than some pan-fried deer me…

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Make a difference today?

Reading time: 30 Seconds

Have you ever retired for the evening and wondered where it all went wrong today? Why did you get into that argument with your boss? The driver that cut you up on the way home from work who made you mad?

In a moment of reflection you may well think that this perhaps wasn’t the right thing to do. Did you act in a...

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“Quality” Poetry

April is National Poetry Month. Yeah, I know: there’s a national month, or special week, or weird celebratory day, for every topic and group in the universe now. There’s even a book our local radio station uses that lists, by month, everything from “National Dental Health Care Week” to “International Talk-Like-A-Pirate Day”. (Although those two topics might not be so un…

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Get Your Bounce Back Part 1

“One thing about championship teams is that they’re resilient. No matter what is thrown at them, no matter how deep the hole, they find a way to bounce back and overcome adversity.” Nick Saban

Do you remember that as a kid we always “bounced back?” You know, we may have skinned our knee, bloodied our nose, and knocked out a tooth, but we didn’t let that stop us – we “…

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Writing is Therapy

Reflecting back to the past. 

I’m sixteen years old in history class. I’m sitting at my desk bored out of mind. My classmates are all talking about Shindler’s List. It’s some type of class discussion. I’m not paying attention. I’m off in my own world day-dreaming. I open my notebook. It’s a blank page. I act like I’m jotting down notes from today’s lessons. I sta…

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Travel Deals ( Part 2 )

One of my fans, Patti Jo Grover, asked me a question about my favorite all inclusive spot to travel to. I thought I should share the wealth and give everyone some helpful travel tips. The second part of this series is going to focus on how to get cheap cruise deals. Don’t worry Patti Jo, I’ll get to All Inclusive’s lol.

Sign Up for the …

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Hiring a Property Management Company?

For those of you that have read my recent article on income properties, you will have learned why I love passive income and acquiring income properties. As a follow up, I will also outline 5 questions to ask when interviewing and hiring a property management company.

Before I bought my first income property, I spent weeks trying to identify the best company to …

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3 Easy Steps to Finding Your Most Productive Time

As much as we wish we could sit down at any given time and work on any given task with a high degree of focus and productivity, it’s often not that easy. Instead, there are factors like time of day, work type, and environment that play a big role in our success. While it’s a good start to write achievable goals, our chances of getting them done hinges on our ability …

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Faust’s Secret War

Frederick Schiller Faust was born on May 29, 1892 in Seattle, Washington. His parents were poor, and life was tough. He would escape his hardscrabble life through his fertile imagination and his love of medieval literature. His parents died when he was still young.

When orphaned, he was sent to live with a distant relative, Thomas Downey, a high school principal. Dow…

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4 Green Houses, 1 Red Hotel

So many people that I have met on my journey tell me that they want to be Real Estate investors and own multiple apartment buildings. The first question I ask them is, “What criteria are you using to analyze properties?”. This is the question that seems to draw a long pause. Investing in apartment buildings is not as easy as ‘buying four houses and trading them in for 1 red …

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Learning to Listen!

Reading Time; 60 Seconds

Unfortunately there are some ignorant people in the world, some simply act upon what they are told without taking the time to think for themselves. They jump to conclusions and quite often end up realising that what they have been told is perhaps not exactly as the situation appears, four points y…

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Inquiry on Real Estate

I love my industry. Working in hospitality allows me to help make someone else have a better day. I get to provide excellent service and bring happiness to others through enjoyable experiences. This brings me great pleasure. I feel very fortunate to work in a high paced environment where even when things get busy there is always a highlight moment that I can take away …

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A Letter to My Son In-Law To Be

Dear Matt,

This is the only time I will ever write this letter, I know it in my heart. It may not be any easy letter for me to write, at the same time I feel it is a privilege to address it to you, my “son in-law to be”. I know that you are super sentimental and that you do not want anyone else to know this about you. It’s okay, this letter is written to you, and y...

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65 Times Around the Sun!

Recently I completed 65 trips around the Sun and what a trip it has been. As I begin my 66th trip I am wondering what is in store with changes in our lives. When I started my trips around the Sun gasoline was $0.19 a gallon, the telephone was attached to a line and you had to rotate the dial after you picked up the receiver to make a call. We were not in space with ei…

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Why I Write
A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it to be God.

– Sidney Sheldon

This quote is what comes to mind every time I think about what I should write as my next article. I’ve come to the conclusion that not everything has to be polished, well thought out or even good. In this parti...

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Getting Back On Your Feet After Falling Off the Wa

Following up on two of my previous articles entitled, “KetoCraze”, I thought i’d better circle back and touch on the emotional tole it can bare, not only as a suggestion to others but also as a reminder to myself. 

Being gentle with yourself can be one of the hardest things to accomplish. We seem to take in consideration the feelings of the others befo…

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Review: Born A Crime

​This book is a collection of essays by Trevor Noah about his life growing up in South Africa. There are lots of gems in this book that will make you laugh, cry, and wonder about what strength was involved in living during that time.

​In one part Trevor records a conversation between his grandmother and his mother. Trevor and his cousins were being naughty and when g…

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Timeless Written Words

Reading Time:30 Seconds

Go on then, as you have done hitherto. Much remains to be undergone; be firm and no step you will have to take in your onward march will be lost to our common cause, the cause of humanity”

FRIEDRICH ENGELS 15th March 1845

I have just sta...

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Creating your own piece of history

Reading Time: 45 Seconds

The book in the picture “The Elements of Style” is 100 years old this year. Yes 100 years old! If you are writing or have written a book, you are creating your own piece of history that could well be still being read in 100 years time. This arti…