Laurel A. Rockefeller

Laurel A. Rockefeller

Laurel A. Rockefeller was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska where she received her bachelor of arts from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in writing, psychology, and medieval and Asian history, the only triple major to attain Phi Beta Kappa in her graduating class of over 5000 students.

Initially published as a poet, Laurel’s first national publication came in 1991 when the American Tolkien Society published her sonnet, “Why Bilbo?” in the winter 1991 edition honoring the 100th birthday of J.R.R. Tolkien. In June and July 2008, she contributed to “Bird Talk” magazine before joining Yahoo Voices in July 2009 where she regularly writes non-fiction articles on a broad range of topics.

In August, 2012 Laurel launched the Peers of Beinan medieval science fiction series with book one, “The Great Succession Crisis,” book one of the Anlei’s Legacy trilogy.

Laurel currently lives in Johnstown, Pennsylvania where she is working on book three, “Princess Anyu Returns.”
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  • Public Housing: The Hassles That Should Never Be
    A close look at poverty, low-income/affordable housing, and why we must invest in people again and improve housing for the poor and elderly.
  • Deciding If Advertising With Social Media Giant Facebook is Right for You
    Social media and SEO advertising are all the rage right now. But will a social media campaign meet your business' goals? Will you sell more? Build your brand? A review of SEO/social media advertising based on my winter 2014 campaign.
  • Taste Test: Coffee-mate's Natural Bliss Coffee Creamer Verses Whipping Cream
    In this blind taste test, two identical samples of iced coffee are made -- one with the sweet cream flavor of Coffee-mate's Natural Bliss line and the other made with local dairy whipping cream. A comparison review in the quest for great coffee.
  • Shock Fiction: What Popularity of Horror and Erotica Genres Say About Our Culture
    Sex and violence sell. From music to books to films, the most explicit media tends to outsell everything else. All these project a fantasy far from our real experiences, altering how we treat other people and disconnecting us from each other.
  • Sexism, Bullying, and Devaluation of Women by Women
    Women bully each other over looks. From celebrities to professional women to athletes and across western society, we judge women more by hair, makeup, fashion, and physical features than our talents, moral characters, and achievements.
  • The Soul Mate Paradigm: How Society's Definitions of Love and Committment Nearly Destroyed My Life
    I felt joy when I first met my soul mate. But when society's ideas about love, commitment, and the definition of "soul mates" over rode my own feelings and expectations, these toxic paradigms nearly destroyed the most important relationship of my life.
  • Going Goth: Why I Changed My Look for 2014
    Everyone loves a makeover -- except me -- or so I thought. That is, until my best friend staged an intervention to bring me into the 21st century from the 16th. My transforming journey from arrogant and aloof academic to 21st century beauty
  • Shaming Poverty: One Person's Stereotypes Leads to Personal Humiliation While Buying Food
    Poverty is not a crime. Unemployment is not about morality. Yet despite the continuing Great Recession, social attitudes towards the poor, unemployed, and working poor persist, as I discovered when a clerk shamed me for buying milk.
  • Dysfunctional America: Federal Government Shutdown Undermines American Credibility Overseas
    Americans are tired of Congressional bickering. As the government shut down enters another week, feeding the media machine, few Americans consider how non-Americans view the crisis or the long term impact on America's reputation abroad.
  • A Matter of Faith: Religion on Planet Beinan
    In "The Peers of Beinan" two religions dominate Beinarian society. While both are fictional, world religious history underscores both. A look at two religious currents in history: patriarchal monotheism and matriarchal polytheism.
  • Less Than Human: Complacency, Poverty, and Human Rights
    I am poor. I live in public housing. I am long-term unemployed due to the Great Recession. I am still human. A look at social attitudes, conditions, and complacency regarding poverty in this Great Recession.
  • Princess Anyu Discovers Nithgaard
    In this short story, Princess Anyu of planet Beinan comes in contact with a strange, alien society filled with people oddly dressed very much like her in a place called "Nithgaard" ruled by King Gavin and Queen Tamera on D425E25 Tertius.
  • Second Sleep: Exploring Natural Sleep Patterns and Sleep Hygiene
    All our lives we've been taught that normal, healthy sleep occurs in a single eight hour block. When our sleep deviates from this, we are told there's something wrong. But is there? A look at second (segmented) sleep and historical sleep cycles.
  • From Orthodox to Reform: an Introduction to American Judaism
    American Jews are not all alike. From orthodox to conservative to reform and secular, American Jews chart their own paths. An introduction to some of the major features of American Judaism as discovered by attending a reform temple in Brooklyn.
  • Third-Hand Smoke: The Hidden Danger to Apartment Living
    Apartment living has many challenges. It's not just the noise that torments us or the neighbor's vermin problem becoming our own. The very air we breathe is shared between neighbors. When a neighbor smokes -- tobacco or otherwise -- we breathe it too.
  • Summer Coffee Experiment: Iced Coffee Without the Coffee Maker
    It's hot, humid, and oppressive out there. Yes, it's high summer. So what is a coffee lover to do? Make iced coffee of course. My experiment making iced coffee different.
  • Chamomile and English Lavender Iced Tea
    Great herbal tea is half art, half science. This simple recipe for chamomile-lavender herbal tea is not only delicious, but good for you. Blends English lavender's benefits for headaches with chamomile's soothing benefits on the stomach, nerves.
  • Flexible Isolation: Sound Absorption Options for Apartment Dwellers
    Noise irritates us. Noise hurts our health. So of course noise from our neighbors is one of our biggest physical and medical health hazards shaping our everyday lives. Three sound absorbing products for apartments that are landlord friendly.
  • Free at Last: Insights into My Spiritual Imprisonment by "demons"
    In 2008, a spiritual shock wave began my spiritual journey towards freedom from spiritual imprisonment. Yet my jailers, "demons," are far less powerful than they wish you to believe. A personal story and insight into what I experienced.
  • Meant to Be or Not to Be: Popular Cliché Hides Our Real Feelings
    "It's (not) meant to be" is a popular cliche we often hear when something really good or bad happens in our lives. But what does this phrase really mean? Is it truly honest or does it hide other intentions beneath the surface. A personal story.
  • Goodbye A672E92 Quintus
    This prequel short story to the Peers of Beinan medieval science fiction series sets the stage for the Great Migration from their original home world of A672E92 Quintus to planet Beinan, B345A15 Quartus.Interlaces with "The First King."
  • Clothing Provocation: Why People Think Suggestive Clothing Suggests Something
    Sagging pants are especially popular with males under the age of 25. But the "trend" is a sexually suggestive, originating from prison sexual displays. A discussion about the messages clothing conveys to others.
  • In Dorothy's Footsteps
    This week legendary Star Trek writer Dorothy "D.C." Fontana turned seventy-four years old. Forty years after her "Journey to Babel," women around the world benefit from the courage and imagination of Star Trek's brightest star.
  • Pain After Sandy: Five Months After the Super Storm, Southern Brooklyn Still Recovering
    Five months after super storm Sandy, Brooklyn is still suffering. Some of the hardest hit areas were Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, and Coney Island where today, many businesses are still closed. A Sheepshead Bay success story: The El Greco Diner.
  • Best of the Midwest: Chicago, Omaha, and Lincoln Restaurants for Residents and Tourists
    I love great food. Whenever I travel, I want to enjoy fine dining at a reasonable price, no matter what I'm in the mood for. These Chicago, Omaha, and Lincoln (Nebraska) restaurants all get five stars for their price, quality, and selection.
  • World Building: the Costs and Benefits of Writing Outside of the Box
    World building takes imagination. As the author of the Peers of Beinan series, I discovered the hazards and the benefits of creating a whole new world of my own. From research to writing, an exploration of the process of making your story your own.
  • K-cup (pod) Coffee Verses Drip Coffee: a Cost Comparision
    Pod style coffee makers are all the rage right now. They promise convenient high quality beverages brewed at home. But are they better than drip coffee makers? A look at the actual costs of brewing your morning coffee.
  • Challenging Einstein: Uniformity and the Cosmological Constant in Nature
    Einstein's general relativity is often interpreted through the cosmological principle and cosmological constant. Yet these presume a spherical view of the universe and big bang I find defies the most basic observations of Nature.
  • Realistic New Year's Resolutions: Making Diet, Weight Loss Resolution Goals Work
    Year after year one New Year's resolution makes the top five list: weight loss. More than any other area of our lives, we are obsessed with changing the numbers for our bodies. Here are some ways to make a lasting change this year.
  • Getting the Most Out of Telephone Customer Service
    Everyone speaks to telephone customer service representatives. Whether it is to address a specific problem or just update information, a live person on the phone helps us with our lives. Here are four tips for making your next call more successful.
  • Photos: Blizzard Continues to Central Pennsylvania
    The Midwest Blizzard is now a Pennsylvania blizzard as Johnstown and the Laurel Highlands continues to suffer over six to eight inches of snow in just four hours with more predicted in the forecast.
  • First Person: No Snow Relief for Johnstown, Pa., Residents
    Johnstown Pennsylvania residents received no snow reprieve for Christmas, 2012 as the Midwest Blizzard reaches Flood City, covering the area in snow, sleet, and ice.
  • Ten Myths About Blindness and Sight Loss
    Walking down the street as a blind person can be dangerous. It's not the traffic or obstacles in my path. It's people around me stereotyping my sight issues. Here are ten incorrect assumptions about sight loss you need to know are wrong.
  • The Hobbit: A Long Awaited, "unexpected" Journey Back to Middle Earth
    A review of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit from the perspective of a character-driven science fiction author. Pros and cons of this first of three Hobbit films from the viewpoint of a true Tolkien fan.
  • Streamlining Health Care: a Simple Solution to Washington's Biggest Mess
    America is in a desperate struggle over health care. With rising health care and insurance costs, it seems like nothing can solve this mess -- especially coming out of Congress. The solution lies in simplicity -- and common sense.
  • Mulling Over Wine: Three Favorite Recipes for Your Happy Holidays
    For over one thousand years one beverage has made our holidays more bright: mulled wine. Whether your favorite is hundreds of years old, a family traditional choice, or a nuanced mulled riesling, there is something for everyone this holiday season.
  • Falling Behind: America’s Disinterest in Math, Science Blocks Jobs from Coming Home
    Companies like Apple want to bring jobs back home. There's just one problem: Americans lack the skilled work force companies like Apple need. A look at math, science, jobs, and our attitude towards science study.
  • God / the Devil Made Me Do It: Religion and Personal Responsibility
    A stranger offered me a ride during hurricane Sandy. Along the way, she preached her evangelical Christianity with words about God being in control of her life -- or the devil making her choose badly. A discussion about personal responsibility.
  • Paying Writers, Artists, and Musicians Last: Why How You Shop for Media Makes a Difference
    Writers, artists, and musicians make their living through royalties on their works. Yet it's these creators who are paid last in the publishing, music, art, and motion picture industries. How you shop affects how much money they make.
  • A Sense of Entitlement
    Generation Me has grown more and more selfish over the past thirty years with its focus on self gratification and increasingly rude behavior. At the core of this attitude is the sense of entitlement, of "deserving" with minimal effort.
  • An Alternative to Our Legal Marriage - Divorce Merry-go-round
    A look at legal marriage, legal divorce, and what could be a better way to navigate issues arising from the dissolution of marriage.
  • High Turnover Rates: the Correlation Between Corporate Culture and Customer Retention
    Every company wants to grow their business. But what is most forgotten is the way that corporate culture shapes customer satisfaction and repeat business. The companies with the highest employee turnover rates have the fewest loyal customers.
  • You Are on Your Own, Kid: the Myth of Success Through Self-Efficacy
    The 2012 election cycle has raised the issue of self-efficacy and financial success. Republicans advocate a strong correlation between the two, that talent, intelligence, and drive are enough to succeed. But is it? My life as a balance sheet.
  • Fear-Based Healthcare
    I am on the verge of bankruptcy over a brief ER visit in March. With a bill hundreds of dollars more than I can afford after years of unemployment, my life is on the brink. But was this visit necessary or fear-based? A look at healthcare.
  • How Food Allergies Have Made Me a Better Cook
    My allergy to onions can be life-threatening, requiring constant diligence every time I cook or order from a restaurant. From scratch cooking greatly reduces exposure, but can be daunting for most people. Here's how I've weaned off processed foods.
  • The “Radical” Notion of Direct, Supported Evidence
    I was raised with "because I said so" in response to my incessant question, "why?" Authority-based arguments are popular, especially in parenting. But the scientific method is different, demanding evidence in support of every axiom. A personal story.
  • Unplugging for Better Health
    Americans today are much less healthier than 100 years ago. What changed? Electricity. In previous generations our ancestors cooked, cleaned, and maintained their property without plugging in. Unplugging is easier than you think!
  • First Person: Today I Published My First Novel
    Novels are the stuff writers love to be made of. Yet changes in the publishing industry mean independent publishing is the new and best way for new authors to publish. Here is my personal story of going from daydreams to publication using Smash Words.
  • A Culture of Superiority
    American culture is a culture of superiority. The rich feel they don't need to pay the same taxes or play by the same rules as the rest of us. We look down on those different from us and especially those who have fewer possessions or money.
  • The Economics of Domestic Violence
    Why women stay in domestic violence is a mystery to those who have not lived it. What most don't realize is that the answer is money. With lower pay rates than men, most women are trapped by insufficient incomes to leave abusers.
  • Chocolate and Vanilla Egg Crèmes: Brooklyn’s Best Kept Secret
    Brooklyn residents have known about egg cremes for decades. This chocolate or vanilla soda made from Fox's U-Bet syrup is a Brooklyn tradition rarely served anymore outside of New York City. Try this recipe for the egg creme and you'll wonder why!
  • Cans and Bottles and Trash, Oh My!
    In the 1970s, nearly all beverage containers were sold with bottle deposits attached. Most customers returned bottles for a deposit refund. Today, we throw alarmingly high numbers of bottles in the trash. But bottle deposits can work today.
  • A Survivor’s View of the Jerry Sandusky Scandal
    The role of Joe Paterno, Graham Spanier, and other Penn State officials in covering up Jerry Sandusky's molestation of several youth was recently exposed in the Freeh Report. In trying to protect the Penn State, they facilitated abuse.
  • A Lack of Privacy: Sexual Preferences, Coming Out, and Issues of Basic Individual Privacy
    Recently, journalist Anderson Cooper became the latest celebrity to publically declare his homosexuality. Our society hypocritically seems obsessed with homosexual sex lives while leaving alone most heterosexuals. Privacy is lost in our world.
  • Mythologizing America, Patriotism, and History
    We all love to celebrate American liberty and virtue during national holidays. In our ardor, we talk about unity, freedom, and equality from our Founding Fathers. But history reveals these are all myths.
  • Lughnasagh 2012: Remembering the Hungry
    Lughnasagh (aka Loaf Mass) is the first of the three Celtic Wiccan harvest festivals. Our 2012 celebrations are met with an epic of hunger in America. As the rich become richer, more and more Americans will celebrate the harvest with nothing for dinner.
  • We Need to Free Teachers: How Micro-managing Teachers is Undermining American Education
    American students are failing to learn. Beginning in the 1990s and accelerated by "No Child Left Behind," government micro-managing of classrooms has taken control away from teachers, forcing them to teach to the test instead of to competence.
  • Merida’s “Brave” New World
    In Disney-Pixar's new movie "Brave" Queen Elinor and Princess Merida face the most impossible challenge of all: communicating with each other. Beautifully Celtic and featuring exquisite stone circles, "Brave" conquers new ground for an animated feature.
  • The Myth of Perpetual Trauma
    "You need help" is often the first thought that comes to mind when you hear someone survived domestic violence and/or a sex crime. Yet these assumptions are often wrong; surviving is the best teacher and refines inner strength and wisdom.
  • The Liberal Who Tried to Be Conservative
    I was raised Evangelical Church and a die-hard Republican. So why am I a Wiccan Democrat today? A brief exploration of my road from conservative to liberal, red to blue, far right to left-center, and Evangelical to Wiccano.
  • Medieval Militias: a Brief History of England and Europe's Primary Defense Forces
    A brief history of the militia as the primary defensive force in medieval and renaissance England. Rooted in ancient Germanic traditions, English monarchs encouraged private citizen competence with weapons over use of expensive and brutal mercenaries.
  • Living History Unhindered
    Living with sight loss is a challenge. But sight loss does not need to diminish a person's enjoyment of living history activities. From dancing to thrown weapons and beyond, it takes only a minor adjustment for the visually impaired to enjoy the SCA.
  • Distinguishing Between History and Theology
    A recent Gallup poll shows 46% of Americans believe in Creationism. This view blurs the line between history and theology. But history and theology are distinct disciplines. A discussion of the historian's craft and evaluation of primary source materia
  • A Boston Fourth to Remember
    In 2008 my companion and I took Acela to Boston for a memorable 4th of July filled with tours, great dining, and special "Harborfest" events. From Beacon Hill to Faneuil Hall and the Old State House, we enjoyed an educational historic vacation.
  • Echoes of a Lost Friend
    A poem about the people we lose along the way and the echos we hear in years to come of what we had, what we lost, and what our hearts tell us still may be.
  • When He-Man and She-Ra Are Not Even Safe for Kids to Watch
    He-Man and She-Ra are two classic animated programs for children 8-15 that empower them to make wise choices. But what happens when a local station airs advertising for prostate cancer drugs (with diagrams) with She-Ra? A discussion of kid's programming.
  • The Beauty of Katherine Jenkins: Dancing with the Stars Runner Up is More Than a Great Dancer
    Most Americans first became aware of Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins in the spring of 2012 when she danced on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." As beautiful a dancer as Katherine is, her music outshines even her dancing!
  • Bride Quest: Our Pursuit of Weddings Instead of Healthy Marriages
    We are all raised with fairy tale romance and "happily ever after." But few of us spend nearly as much time thinking about the realities of marriage and what sort of man will be a good husband compared with the time we dream about our "perfect" wedding.
  • Parrots and Popinjays: a Brief Look at the Role of Companion Birds in Medieval Europe
    Today the pets of choice are cats and dogs. But in the middle ages, most animals were kept for practical considerations. Only the beautiful and often vocal companion birds (parrots, finches, pigeons/dove) broke up the monotony of our lives. An overview
  • The Line Between Legislation and Endorsement
    People too often equate legal rights with endorsement for particular life choices like marriage, abortion, child-rearing, and reproductive health concerns. The strong line between legal rights with the government and (dis) approval of behaviors.
  • Exploring the Animal Sciences in the Society for Creative Anachronism
    Gentles in the Society for Creative Anachronism love animals. In five animal sciences, SCAdians explore the human-animal relationship. Aviculture, Animal Husbandry, Falconry, Equestrian, and Hound Coursing all provide enrichment for animal lovers.
  • The Quid Pro Quo of Today’s Social Economy
    Love is altruistic. Love puts no conditions on kindness. Yet increasingly, our society has become self-absorbed and selfish. We put conditions and limits on how and how much kindness we extend, even to those closest to us. A discussion.
  • The Shampoo Challenge: My Experiment in Green Hair Care
    Conventional hair care products coat your hair and pollute our drinking water and marine wildlife. But a simple solution of baking soda/water to clean and vinegar to condition works better than commercial products for less money and no ecological impact.
  • Dignity, Integrity, and Love Conquers All
    We all people-please and tell lies to keep jobs and relationships. But lying backfires. Only through honesty and integrity can we rediscover who we are and receive love for who we truly are. Honesty's rewards.
  • Justifying Sexual and Domestic Violence
    Mental illness is a too-often used label used to justify rape and domestic violence, removing responsibility from those who commit these crimes. Recent research has revealed the person who hurt me was also hurt--but does this remove his responsibility?
  • Lakemont Park Altoona: Cheep Amusement for a Reason
    Lakemont Park in Altoona, Pennsylvania is Blair County's pay-one-price amusement park and water park. With paddle boating, go-karts, and miniature golf for an extra fee, this park seems more fun than it really is. My review of the park.
  • Milk is Not Just for Children: Healthy Benefits Make Milk a Choice Adult Beverage
    Most people associate drinking milk with children. But milk holds perhaps even more health benefits for adults than for children. With a low glycemic index, vitamin D, calcium, and protein, adults benefit by drinking more milk. Got milk?
  • Four Ways to Re-connect with the Spirit of Independence
    July 4th is one of America's favorite holidays. But among the parties, the underlying history is too often ignored. Here are four ways you can re-connect to our revolutionary war history and better understand what we are celebrating.
  • The Freezer is My Friend: How to Avoid Food Spoilage by Freezing
    Most of us probably assume the freezer is for meat, ice cream, and frozen prepared foods. But the freezer can save you serious money, particularly when cooking for just one or two. Foods that freeze well, okay, and not well!
  • Unlocking the Latisse (bimatoprost Opthalmic Solution) Code
    Latisse is the hottest beauty trend, offering thicker, fuller lashes without mascera. But few recognize Latisse as an off-label application for a long-established open angle glaucoma drug, bimatoprost opthalmic solution. Helpful information on Latisse.
  • The Forgotten Cost of War
    As flag wave for another round of patriotic holidays, most forget about the true costs of war, costs that extend beyond money or lives lost. Veterans pay heavily for surviving combat in the form of disabilities, mental illness, alcoholism, homelessness
  • No Gym Required: Three Lifestyle Changes for Real Health
    Processed and convenience foods, mega-corporate farming practices, and an over-abundance of home appliances have destroyed food quality and removed the exercise from home maintenance. Three tips for improving our health and quality of life.
  • No Sight of Heaven: My Multiple Near Death Experiences
    Near Death Experiences stereotypically involve lights, tunnels, and divine encounters. My multiple NDEs were very different. These are some of my experiences of the space between life and death over multiple NDEs between 1972 and 1985.
  • The 3 Best Walking Tours for Your Vacation/staycation
    Walking Tours provide tourists with an affordable way to explore during vacations and staycations alike. Three of my favorites are in New York City, Boston, and western Pennsylvania. Check out these when planning your next vacation.
  • Swim Dressing: Skirted Suits Return as a Fashion Favorite
    Swim dresses and skirted swim suits used to be ugly and worn primarily by women over the age of 50. Recent demand by professional women has changed this as they have demanded flattering suits that hide flaws and figure enhance.
  • Shawls Around the World
    Shawls are everywhere. We wear them as scarves, wraps, beach skirts, and weather protection. But there is much more than meets the eye with scarves. Worn around the world for millenia, shawls of one type or another connect us to one another.
  • Staycation Workouts that Don’t Feel like Exercise
    We've all been told to exercise more. The problem is, it's not fun for most of us. But these three staycation ideas provide us lots of exercise without feeling like we are "working out." From zoos and gardens to fairs and golf, working out can be fun!
  • My Worst Airline Check-In Experience Ever
    Online travel websites are supposed to make travel easier. But when one major site failed to book my seats on a set of flights from JFK New York to LNK Lincoln, NE, the result was a near missing my flight and all the complications therein.
  • We’re Going to the Zoo!
    Most people associate zoos with children. But zoos offer adults romance, education, connection to nature, and, of course, fun! Adults should consider zoos as a great entertainment option and sponsors wildlife conservation.
  • From Martin Luther’s Sola Scriptura to Modern Biblical Literalism
    Biblical literalism has evolved since Martin Luther's speech at the Diet of Worms in 1521. A examination of Biblical Literalism, Martin Luther, reason, and the doctrine known as Sola Scriptura (only the Bible).
  • A Reality Check on Weight, Clothing Size and Self Esteem
    Do we really need to lose weight? The media says so. But the media's ideal body is not healthy - as I learned after surging from an "ideal" size 2 to a healthy size 12 in 2011. A reality check on size, weight, and self esteem.
  • 'Ice Castles' and Sight Loss: Classic Film Confuses Neurological with Optical Blindness
    "Ice Castles" is a beautiful film celebrating love. But its depictions of sight loss falls dramatically short of the real experiences of the neurologically blind and visually impaired. Optical verses neurological sight loss explained and described.
  • Breaking the Religious Code of Silence in Rape, Incest, and Domestic Violence
    A recent NY Times article reveals the consequences faced by Hasidic Jews for reporting sexual abuse. Yet sexual assault and domestic violence transcends religions. Religious communities often side with abusers and blame victims, blocking aid efforts.
  • Employing the Differently Abled
    The vast majority of "Disabled" Americans want to work. Stereotyped assumptions of helplessness prevent companies from hiring these "differently abled" workers. But differently abled equals innovative problem solvers companies need to grow.
  • Classic Kitchen Tools for Greener Cooking
    Before electric mixers, blenders, food processors, and convenience foods, our grandmothers used hand-powered kitchen aids to help them make their meals from scratch. Hand-powered devices are greener, healthier, and frugal. Three top picks.
  • Chamomile and Ginger: Two Herbs You Need to Consume More Of
    Chamomile and ginger are two of the most common herbs in our cupboards. But most under-utilize them, underestimating their healing and health benefits. From food allergies to insomnia, it is time to give chamomile and ginger a second look!
  • Why Wearing Your Correct Size Makes You Look and Feel Better in Your Clothes
    We all want to wear clothes that make us look great. But the key to looking your best starts with wearing your correct size--not the size you are told by others to wear. Correct sizing makes our clothes lay properly--and encourages healthy habits.
  • Olive Garden’s Principato Wines Among the Best of the House Wines
    Fine wine is an important component to fine dining. House wines are typically relegated to the "adequate" label at most restaurants. A notable exception is Olive Garden's "Principato" label with three exquisite choices everyone can love.
  • Defining Evil
    Evil is a big subject in religion, too often defined as deviation from a given religion's theology. Yet outside of religion, a clearer, more objective definition emerges. But evil can be overcome--through serenity and love.
  • Screening Optometry: Five Questions to Ask Before You Schedule Your Routine Eye Appointment
    Optometry is big business. With the flood of optical chains on the market, it is easy for companies to take short-cuts at the expense of your sight. Here are five questions to ask before you schedule your eye exam.
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