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1. How to Deal With Controlling People
I grew up with a very controlling father, mother and older brother. After that upbringing, I escaped and moved out on my own at 18, but I managed to marry way too young, and ended up with a paranoid, picky, unpleasant, petty, bully of a control freak who tried to erase me as a person, yelling and...
2. Big Milestone Birthday Quotes
Relationships & Family - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:34:45
Pondering an important birthday? When you or someone close is faced with a milestone birthday, you want to pay attention, and do it up right. You'll find quotes and thoughts about turning 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, and 100 years old right here! Keep scrolling, and you'll find quotes for each dec...
3. Plus Size Gypsy Costumes
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:25:15
I'm a curvy plus sized woman, and I feel that somehow a gypsy costume just feels perfect for Halloween. Costumes like these are very figure friendly, and bring out your womanly assets. These bohemian, plus size gypsy costumes fit perfectly for Halloween or for any type of costume party.
4. The Five Elements of Plot
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:43:18
Understanding and using plot structure is essential! Writers, readers, and students at all levels need to understand story structure too. You need to know this just to be a well rounded, educated person. The five elements of plot help you discuss films, novels, and fictional stories of all types....
5. Bring Your Lunch to Work, Ladies
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:11:23
Bring your lunch in a pretty and practical insulated lunch box, like I do. Lunch boxes for women have been getting nicer and nicer as time goes by. You'll be proud to sport one of these beauties at work. Some of them look like totes or purses, and you'd never even know your lunch was in there!
6. Comfortable Shoes That Aren't Ugly
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:06:43
I think our feet need to be protected and loved. That means we have to wear shoes. However, just because shoes are comfortable, supportive, and good for our feet, do they really HAVE to be ugly? Thankfully, there are some cool looking shoes that give us the best of both worlds. I've chosen some c...
7. How to Set a Gorgeous Table with Easy Paper Dinner Napkins
Fashion & Beauty - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:24:57
My best friend is a paper napkin queen. She's also the hostess with the mostest. When she goes to a gift shop, she lingers in the beautiful paper napkin section. She's felt the need to call a friend to talk her down from buying too many of the elegant little dainties. She sets her special tables ...
8. Old School Games for Children
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:14:16
Were you a child once? I thought so. Remember these? I do. My four siblings and I used to play outside for hours every day when we were kids. These oldies but goodies are old school games for children. No video games here. You and your parents and grandparents likely played these kids games. They...
9. Bridal Veils Under $25
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:32:28
I wish I had found these inexpensive bridal veils earlier. When my daughter and I shopped for wedding veils, we were astonished at the prices! The ones we looked at ran from $70 to $300. She ended up getting a $70 veil from a brick and mortar store, but after the fact, I realized we could have go...
10. Ten Weird and Unusual Foods I Have Eaten
Weddings - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:53:36
The world is full of food, and some foods are pretty darn weird. Of course, weirdness is in the appetite of the beholder. I have tried many exotic foods that most of my peers have not. For instance, I have eaten worms. (More about that later.) I am a middle class American person with quite a tole...
11. Cool Gift Ideas for Poets
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:33:41
These are gifts to give your favorite poet a break from painting the ethereal beauty and tragedy of a dewdrop in soulful couplets. Poets aren't necessarily serious, tortured souls. In fact, I know poets who have great humor and love to have fun with their words. These gift ideas for poets are mea...
12. I Hate House Cleaning, But I Love a Clean House!
Gift Guide - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:24:13
I hate house cleaning, but I love a clean house. Housework is my nemesis. I hate cleaning with a purple passion. Why? Because I stink at it, and it takes a long time, and there's always, always more of it to do. Can you relate? I'd much rather be writing, or taking a walk, or lazing about rather ...
13. Beautiful Nature Wall Decals
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:12:20
Make your home beautiful with these easy to apply removable wall stickers with nature themes. Bringing flowers, trees, plants, and animals into your home makes it comfortable and relaxing. Organic design calms you, and brings you a beautiful peace.
If you're like me, you enjoy some novelty in yo...
14. Life Size Cardboard Cutouts of Politicians
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:31:57
Imagine. Your own life size cardboard cutouts of your favorite politicians can be yours! Set them up in your house, at the office, or for a Fourth of July party. Pose with them, chat with them, or rant away at them. As with real politicians, your communication will go nowhere, and they'll just ke...
15. How to Make Your Day at the Beach Easy Breezy Lemon Squeezy with a Rolling Beach Cart
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:53:17
When I take my family to the beach for a day or two of fun, there's a lot of gear required to keep everybody happy and healthy. When we arrive at the beach, and unload beach chairs, towels, beach balls, air pumps for inflatable rafts, and more, we soon realize that it is more than we can easily c...
16. Halloween Candy Costumes
Sports & Recreation - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:20:52
You look good enough to eat! That's 'cause you're wearing your Halloween candy costume. Sweet little costumes for grownups and kids make you look just a like a piece of the candy you trick or treat for. Go ahead and get yourself and your family some gooey, nougaty, chocolatey, crunchy, crazy cand...
17. Western Sterling Silver Bolo Ties
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:10:25
Sterling Silver bolo ties are a very American accessory. I used to live in California and Wyoming, and I've traveled the western USA a lot. Distinguished cowboys out there love wearing a bolo tie. It can be worn with your Sunday best, or just casually. Bolo ties in sterling silver help a gentlema...
18. Decorative Frog Garden Accessories
Gift Guide - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:06:45
If you love frogs, then of course you would just love to have frogs decorating your garden and yard. A sweet little frog nestled among the plants or sitting beside the front entry to welcome you home with a big frog greeting.
There are so many frog decorations available for your garden that it s...
19. Surviving Divorce After Long Term Marriage
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:26:48
I separated from my ex husband after 26 years, when I was 47. The divorce was final 4 years later. This is the story of how I lost so much, and how I'm gaining it all back, and more. When I read others' stories of difficulty, it inspires me to think I am not alone, and I can get through this. I'm...
20. How to be Assertive
Relationships & Family - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:22:07
What is assertiveness? Being assertive means finding the sweet spot between aggression and passivity. When you know how to be assertive, you're not a pushover, but you're not mean either, and you don't swing back and forth between the two, which is a style called passive-aggressive.
21. Wooly Animal Boots for Little Kids
Relationships & Family - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:14:19
When I first saw these darling wooly animal boots for little kids, I couldn't believe how sweet and warm they look. The original animal and creature designs just make you smile. I'm always on the lookout for nice things for my little cupcake of a granddaughter. Winter's coming, and she'll need wa...
22. Eight Vegan Popcorn Toppings
Parenting & Kids - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:14:19
You don't want butter on your popcorn! So what are the alternatives? How do you make vegan popcorn that's scrumptious without resorting to highly processed butter substitutes or weird chemical powders that are supposed to taste like butter or "cheez?" How can you enjoy that crunch with healthy po...
23. Flower Garden Ideas for Kids
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:06:45
Children love flowers. They also like playing in dirt and water. When you plant a flower garden with your kids, it's a formula for fun, and may be the beginning of a lifelong passion for growing things. Children will be delighted when their garden yields big, bright blooms. Gardening with childre...
24. Black and White Bathrooms
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:12:51
Thirty years ago, I was house hunting, and found an old, 1860's home that had been renovated in the 1930's. It had a tile bathroom, in black and white. When I was first going through the house, I liked everything, but that big, black and white bathroom really clinched the deal for me. When I move...
25. Retro Red and Chrome Barstools
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:12:50
Red and chrome bar stools go naturally with the ray gun gothic, mid-century modern style of decor that originated in the forties, and kept going into the early 60's. I was born in the early 60's, and I think it's cool that I was actually around during that time period. I suppose I'm sort of retro...
26. How to Furnish Your Secret Underground Lair
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:12:18
Evil geniuses agree that a secret underground lair is a must. After all, when you're busy plotting with your minions to take over the world, you need a special place that's conducive to making insane plans. In between summers in Rangoon and taking luge lessons, you need your own pad. Make mine mo...
27. Six Frugal Holiday Gatherings You Can Afford to Host
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:12:27
You want to host a fun and memorable Christmas gathering with friends and family, but your budget laughs at the idea? Mine too. I just don't have cash to throw around this season.
Even though we can't spend much, parties and creative get-togethers like the six explained on this page can be done,...
28. Sassy Piggy Banks for Grownups
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:02:39
If you just empty your purse and pockets of coins each evening, and deposit them in one of these sassy piggy banks for adults, you'll be rich, rich, rich before you know it! My son brought me a funky piggy bank made from a coconut when he came back from an Air National Guard trip to Guam. I now u...
29. My Favorite Garden Sun Hat
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:31:54
It traveled with me from Pennsylvania's Amish country to California's sunshine. It was right with me on planes and trains and cars for many years. It shaded my eyes from Salt Lake City to Yellowstone National Park. The last I saw it was in Florida after a trip to the beach. Wherever I was in the ...
30. How to Make Up Your Mind
Fashion & Beauty - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:22:47
Sometimes, it's hard to decide what you should do in certain situations. You might second guess yourself, ask a million friends, and just never be sure you've made the "right" decision. What I'm giving you here is a classic decision making process that is a type of creative problem solving. I've ...
31. Cleaning the Kitchen
Healthy Living - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:43:29
Spring cleaning the kitchen is well worth the effort. You'll get major paybacks in good vibe energy every time you use that busiest room in the house. Sometimes I choose to clean my kitchen all at once, and sometimes in chunks at a time. Easy guidelines on how to do it are included here.
32. Tuna Noodle Casserole with Cheese
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:26:31
When was the last time you enjoyed some good old American comfort food like this? Make my classic "Cheesy Delish Tuna Noodle Casserole." It's a nice twist on the usual tuna noodle casserole, because it has onions, peas, and green olives in it. These three ingredients go together with tuna so well...
33. Shut the Box Game
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:13:54
Here are Shut the Box Games the whole family can enjoy. Shut the Box games have been played for centuries in old English ports and they are now finding their way onto kitchen tables for family board game nights. The reason is that Shut the Box games are fast and fun and will get the whole family ...
34. Celebrate Hat Day
Gift Guide - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:23:13
Actually, National Hat Day on January 15 is not an officially recognized by congress type observance, but do we really care? I don't think so. It's too fun to have an excuse to wear a hat that makes a statement, whether it be silly or gorgeous.
In this day and age, mostly the only hats we see ar...
35. Betty White Rocks!
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:11:27
Betty White's career began when she was just 18 years old. You may know her only as a charming and way-cool oldster, but Betty's been in show business for a long time! She's been a radio actress, as well as being in TV, movies, USO shows, and live theater. Betty White career highlights include be...
36. How to Beat High Gasoline Prices
Entertainment & Media - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:10:25
How can we handle the price of vital gasoline going up again? Rising gas costs eat our money so quickly, and it seems we have little control over that. We need gasoline, and must pay whatever the going pump price may be.
All may not be lost, though. We have some ways to save money on gas. You pr...
37. What Do 4-6 Graders Need To Know for Language Arts?
Cars - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:24:59
This is a rundown of the top language arts skills that students in grades 4-6 need to succeed. By the time a child is in fourth grade, he or she has usually mastered decoding, sounding out words, and reading pretty fluently. These kids know how to construct a decent sentence, and they can write a...
38. Turquoise Drop Earrings
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:18:07
Turquoise always draws my eye. It's elegant, warm, and friendly. There's an earthy feel to this cool stone. Like blue jeans, turquoise earrings are an American classic. They go with everything from casual to little black dress. I've assembled a collection of what I think are the very prettiest tu...
39. Left Center Right Dice Game
Gift Guide - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:34:55
Have you ever played a game where everybody, from grandma to little kid, was laughing and grinning the entire time? A game that seemed to effortlessly make everybody feel bonded somehow?
Well, last night, I played such a game with nine family members. It was the Left Center Right (LCR) dice game...
40. The Top Five Ways to Procrastinate
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:14:32
Here are some of the very best ways to procrastinate. Take it from a champion procrastinator, procrastination is an art, and you can perfect it. Let this list of techniques help you put off until tomorrow what you could do today. I'll write more here later.
41. Baby Shoes That Stay On
Healthy Living - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:26:46
My little granddaughter, Yuna, recently started walking at a year. She crawled and crawled, and then just started popping up at the edges of couches and tables, holding on to them as she shuffled along the side. We all watched with glee as she did this.
Of course, the best were her first steps w...
42. Tuesday Night Trivia Quiz
Parenting & Kids - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:12:55
I've got all kinds of useless trivia swimming around in my head. Sometimes, I know more than I realize, and an answer just pops out right away. Other times, I just can't quite get an answer, but I should know it! How about you? Here's one of my online trivia games. I'm giving you four answer opti...
43. What Makes a Good Parent?
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:22:24
Love is the best short answer to what makes a good parent. Just the fact that you're reading articles about what makes a good parent means you care about your kids. You want to raise them to be healthy intellectually, emotionally, in body, and in spirit.
I don't know it all, but I've raised thre...
44. How to Avoid Becoming a Bag Lady
Parenting & Kids - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:18:00
You see a bag lady on the street. You wonder what she was like in better times. You wonder, "Could this happen to me? Could I become a bag lady at any moment?"
You don't REALLY think you'll ever become a bag lady, but the uncertainty and vague fears of what your elder years may bring lodge thems...
45. Good Luck Foods for New Years- Lentil Soup
Healthy Living - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:06:45
As a child, I grew up knowing that on New Years Day, I would be served a big bowl of lentil soup for good luck. My dad would make it in the biggest pot we owned, which was pretty big, since we had a family of seven. Our good luck for New Years Day would be served with a good italian, french, or s...
46. Elegant Handbags for Evening
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:13:59
It's amazing how a little beaded or sequined confection like one of these top handbags for evening finishes off your special occasion look. These add style and artistry and are functional too. Choose a bag that complements your ensemble. Bring it along for all the fun. Then, once back at home, yo...
47. Who Was the Real Santa Claus?
Fashion & Beauty - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:26:24
The most famous mythical figure, Santa Claus, is a man of many names: Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle and St. Nick to name a few. So who exactly is Santa? How did the inspirational legend of today evolve from the actual life of a kind priest? How has his image altered over time, an...
48. How to Get Rich for Women
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:16:39
Every woman needs to have her own financial life with her own credit, and money to make decisions about. She needs to know where her money is, and have goals she's actively working towards when it comes to her financial future. Read any of these personal finance books for women, and you will get ...
49. Homemade Green Bean Casserole-Make it easy, or Make it Gourmet
Business & Work - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:11:27
Make that perfect meal for your family tonight with these Homemade Green Bean Casserole recipes. Getting a serving of vegetables has never been more tasty with these recipes. Quick and easy, this Homemade Green Bean Casserole will leave stomachs full and faces smiling. Great as a holiday dish or ...
50. Christmas Gifts for Mum
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:16:40
Of all the special people in your life, Mum deserves wonderful things. This gift guide features Christmas gifts for Mum, that she'll love. Find spa baskets, special jewelry, technology gifts, kitchen gifts, stationery, candles, and special treats. Just wait for the look on her face when she opens...
51. How to Interview for a Teaching Job
Gift Guide - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:14:21
You know that teaching is your calling. You have a passion for working with elementary age students, to help them learn and grow. Now you need to know how to interview for a teaching job in a way that shows your heart and skill for teaching. You want to show your teaching talents in the best poss...
52. Awesome Animal Tee Shirts
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:06:45
We adventured to Utah, Wyoming, and Montana from our east coast home a few years ago. We found some amazing t-shirts in a Yellowstone National Park gift shop. These awesome animal tee shirts had things like wild wolves and bears, buffalo, and eagles, on them. They conjure up the essence of the wi...
53. Crazy Drivers
Fashion & Beauty - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:21:23
Who me? A distracted driver? Never. Oh, yeah? Nobody is perfect, and you've got to admit to having been distracted at some point while driving. However, nowadays, you can be distracted by many more things than in the past. Text messages, cell phones, GPS units, and all the traditional distraction...
54. Fair Trade Organic Coffee, Tea, and Cocoa
Cars - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:21:23
Take a sip of coffee, tea, or hot cocoa. You've just made a potentially important move. If you're drinking an organic, fair trade beverage, you are positively affecting the lives of 3rd world farmer families across the globe. A goal of fair trade is to ensure that a fair price is paid to growers....
55. Ball Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker
Gift Guide - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:13:14
I remember making jam and jelly with my mother. We made jam and jelly the old fashioned way, which left lots of room for error. However, today I can make perfect jam and jelly every time with the Ball jam and jelly maker. I can make fresh, beautiful jam and jelly and then freeze it, refrigerate i...
56. Who is MiddleSister, Anyway?
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:12:27
Glad to meet you, and thanks very much for being one of my readers. I love this internet writing gig, because it's a chance to express myself in both meaningful, profound ways, and in just-for-fun ways too. The fact that someone out there may benefit from what I write is important to me. If you l...
57. How to Pop Popcorn
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:17:16
I am a total popcorn person. I eat it at least three times a week, and I always make it at home. Therefore, I've tried several ways to pop popcorn. You can pop it in a big pot with oil, in the microwave, with a hot air popcorn popper, or over a fire. You can pop it on the cob in the microwave (qu...
58. Stocking Stuffers for Book Lovers
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:11:27
Stuff that holiday sock full of book related gifts he or she will love! There's nothing like checking your Christmas stocking and finding a little literary happiness.
So what makes super great stocking stuffers for book lovers? First, the items need to be small enough to fit. Second, the gifts n...
59. Thursday Night Trivia Quiz
Gift Guide - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:24:59
Here it is, folks. A ten item Thursday night trivia extravaganza. (Can you rightfully call ten questions an extravaganza?) Grab a smart buddy, a bunch of buddies, or brave this one on your own. In any case, I hope it gets your synapses firing smoothly, and puts a smile on your mug too. Please be ...
60. Riding Bikes in Central Park
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:15:31
It's true. You never forget how to ride a bike. I hadn't been on one in years when my good friend, Angie, took me to New York City to ride bikes in Central Park. What better treat than that for my birthday? Thank you, Ang! The weather was warm and clear on a sunny, early June day. We rode up and ...
61. Autumn Poetry by Joan Haines
Travel & Places - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:22:24
What other season invokes enchanting swirls of color that wrap the world in fire, followed by ice? I'm beginning the autumn of my life, and so, I relate to fall more than ever before. It is the pinnacle of change and energy, when true colors are shown bravely. I hope you enjoy my autumn poetry.
62. A Memoir of Troubled Youth
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:24:59
Gritty. That's what this memoir is. Andre Dubus III looks back and explores his childhood in the tough neighborhoods of greater Boston. He's in his early fifties now, and has a good overview of his life. He's still the boy inside,as well as the mature man, making sense of it all as he re-follows ...
63. Wednesday Night Trivia Quiz
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:18:02
Welcome to my Wednesday night trivia quiz! Do you have a wealth of factoids swirling in your head? If so, you've come to the right place. You can do my ten question trivia quiz all by yourself, or get some buddies to help. I know I have an international audience, so I'll tell you I'm an American,...
64. How to Avoid Drama Queens and Drama Kings
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:15:31
Drama queens and drama kings are among us. They cause big deals wherever they go. The term "high maintenance" was invented to describe dramatic personalities. They are at work, at school, in social groups, and in our families. I've dealt with them, and so have you. I used to get caught up in thei...
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