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A Squidoo transplant, Kylyssa Shay is a soft-hearted, hard-headed, tough-as-nails nail-biter.  She's full of hyphens except in her name. An activist, atheist, and artist, Ms. Shay enjoys writing science fiction, sculpting in a bizarre variety of media, painting, cooking, drawing, and tinkering. 

Her favorite activity is experimentation. Items found refrigerated, frozen, baking, or cooking on the stove in her home may not be edible. Don't sniff the Buckyballs.  You can sometimes find items in her home that no one has a name for yet.

Nicknamed "Aunt MacGyver" by an assortment of children, teens, and adults of various ages, she is known for pulling off strange, spur-of-the-moment repairs which are often quite effective.

 

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  • 9

    Eight Tips To Make Content Worth Sharing

    4 weeks ago

    You can share your content on social media until your fingers fall off but it won't do any good unless it contains something worth sharing. I'm not sure why many people who aren't naturally writing geniuses don't seem...

  • 2

    Tips for Keeping Seasonal Lenses Out of WIP

    8 weeks ago

    It used to be OK that holiday and seasonal lenses didn't get many or even any views when they were out of season. Squidoo now has higher performance standards for lensmasters including a new lensrank cutoff threshold of...

  • 1

    Bucky: A Guided Tour of Buckminster Fuller

    7 weeks ago

    Many reviewers recommend Kenner's "Bucky" highly but they also often recommend against it as a beginners' book on Buckminster Fuller. I agree with their praise but I have to disagree with it being a poor book...

  • 1

    Pirate Booty from NaCl by Rich T Anderson

    5 weeks ago

    Pirate Booty is a fun, rollicking romp of a song from the album, NaCl. It is also the first love song my partner, Rich T. Anderson, wrote for me. Like him, it's silly, sweet, and a little bit weird. It has obscure...

  • 3

    Breakup Chicken Recipe

    2 months ago

    A few years back Engagement Chicken became an internet sensation. Supposedly, the chicken was so delicious that the person you served it to would ask you to marry him or her. Well, this chicken isn't that good. ...

  • 1

    NaCl : Salty, Experimental Prog-Rock

    5 weeks ago

    NaCl is the chemical formula for Sodium Chloride, most commonly known as salt. It's the kind of salt found on kitchen tables, in the ocean, and in the blood, sweat, and tears of human beings. NaCl is an album about...

  • 3

    How I Fell Madly In Love With Science

    4 months ago

    I was a very strange child, but that's what makes this story fun to tell. I learned to read a bit earlier than average; by the time I was in primary school I was already reading novels. Since most of my books came from...

  • 23

    Gift of the Gruldak, a Serialized Science Fiction Novel by Kylyssa Shay

    6 weeks ago

    Gift of the Gruldak is a science fiction novel set in the very near future. It is a story of first contact and a story of doppelgangers, robots, aliens, and profit-mad corporations. It's a story of tiny complications...

  • 3

    How To Make A Heart- Shaped Ice Cream Cake

    3 months ago

    These step by step instructions will help you create a cute ice cream cake in the shape of a heart. The heart shown in the tutorial photographs was made with Superman ice-cream and confetti cake but you can make yours...

  • 3

    What Is Floral Tape?

    4 months ago

    Perhaps you are looking at an itemized bill from your florist and wondering, what the heck is floral tape? Maybe you are seeing it on the wall of a craft store for the first time and wondering what the heck can I do...

  • 5

    How Not To Make Crisp Rice Cereal Bars

    4 weeks ago

    I hadn't been allowed to do much in the kitchen when I was growing up so when I finally got out on my own I was clueless about a lot of things. I have always had soft spot in my heart (head) for crisped rice treats. ...

  • 4

    Rich Chocolate Chocolate Cheesecake

    3 months ago

    This recipe creates a rich, silky, and decadent deep chocolate cheesecake. It isn't like most cheesecakes one buys in the store or from a bakery; it actually has more flavor to it than sweetness. I don't care for...

  • 2

    What I Like About Tetra Bio-Bag Unassembled Filtration Cartridges

    3 months ago

    A lot of people buy pre-assembled filters but these are, in my opinion, a better option for a number of reasons. You can put more filtration media in the filter bag. The pre-filled kind don't usually have enough...

  • 8

    What You Can Write Product Reviews About If You Are Not Much Of A Consumer

    2 months ago

    Short reviews seem to be quite popular with the large and growing demographics of people who shop for entertainment and people who collect things. Many publishing platforms are now encouraging user-generated...

  • 2

    Gingersnow Cookies Recipe

    2 months ago

    I wanted a gingery cookie that has a bit of a crunch to it but isn't too hard so I experimented in the kitchen. I used plenty of olive oil to keep the cookie soft and moist inside and added sour cream for the same...

  • 4

    My Method of Online Promotion

    6 weeks ago

    Once upon a time, people could get jobs based on their skill at performing those jobs. Now one must market and promote oneself to get noticed and skill at self-marketing has become more important than actual job-related...

  • 5

    X-Acto Knives - The Craft Tool I Can't Do Without

    3 months ago

    The one thing in my crafting toolbox that I couldn't do without is my X-Acto knife set. I have used those versatile and razor sharp craft knives to cut a wide variety of materials. Nothing beats them for cutting...

  • 4

    Grave of the Fireflies

    4 weeks ago

    This is a movie that will make you sad and possibly break your heart a little. "Grave of the Fireflies" is an animated film released in 1988 that is based on a haunting, semi-autobiographical novel by Akiyuki...

  • 2

    Kelvin Multitool Urban Super Tool - 23 Tools In One

    3 months ago

    My best friend gave me one of these Kelvin.23 multi-tools, a sort of pocket-sized all-in-one toolbox without the box, as a gift. At first I thought it would be a bit too big to be practical and I honestly didn't use it...

  • 8

    What To Do About Shoes When You Have Two Different Sized Feet

    4 weeks ago

    Almost no one has two feet exactly identical in size but sometimes the size difference between a person's two feet can make buying shoes that are a comfortable fit both difficult and expensive. Many people with a large...

  • 7

    Art as the By-Product of Emotion

    2 months ago

    For me, art is the method by which I remove unbearable emotions like pain, sadness, joy and wonder from inside me. The visible product, the artwork, is the footprint left behind when I carry a heavy burden of emotion...

  • 5

    How to Distract Yourself from Anxiety

    14 months ago

    Im an expert in anxiety, not in treating it, but in experiencing it. My first traumatic incident occurred in childhood so whos to say whether or not any given symptom I experience is caused by PTSD or something else....

  • 12

    Why I Love Writing Science Fiction

    4 weeks ago

    Science fiction allows a writer to lead people to examine certain ideas and concepts, not exactly in isolation but removed from the distraction of settings they have too many preconceived notions about. It also allows...

  • 8

    My Favorite Times from the Seventies

    4 weeks ago

    In late April of 1970 my parents moved to a farm on the outskirts of a small town insulated in a change-resistant bubble just three months after I was born. It was an interesting place and time to grow up, rural West...

  • 0

    For the Love of eBook Readers

    2 months ago

    In late 2000, I was given an amazing piece of electronics. Id been trying to figure out how to put books and magazines onto a used Palm Pilot in a way my poor vision could make use of ever since I discovered Baen Books...

  • 11

    Flaxseed Cheese Crackers Recipe

    2 months ago

    I love the taste of flaxseeds and they are very nutritious, with high levels of fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, and other healthy nutrients like lignans. Unfortunately, on their own they can be quite hard to eat without...

  • 1

    Safer Outdoor Sleeping While Homeless

    3 months ago

    Sleeping outside while homeless is not safe. However, sometimes there are no alternatives or the available alternatives are less safe than street sleeping. This article is not intended to encourage people to sleep...

  • 2

    An Atheist View on Homelessness

    3 months ago

    I know this may seem like an odd subject but apparently, there are people who want to know. I saw this search coming up over and over when analyzing the search terms that had caused readers to land both on my articles...

  • 16

    How to Make Realistic Looking Fondant Bacon

    6 weeks ago

    If you want to make realistic-looking fondant bacon you need to think about what makes the real thing look like it does. Bacon is a cut of meat consisting of layers of fat and muscle tissue. When cooked, it has a...

  • 47

    How to Cook Eggvocado - Eggs Baked Inside Avocados

    4 weeks ago

    Do you love avocados? Do you love eggs? Then you simply must try an eggvocado! An eggvocado is an egg cooked soft or firm yolked in a slightly hollowed out avocado half. It combines the smooth texture of egg yolk with...

  • 14

    Emotionally Surviving the Violence of Homelessness

    4 months ago

    The majority of people who experience homelessness in America have already experienced violence or will experience violence in the future. Im not going to give advice here on how to physically survive the violence as it...

  • 9

    How to Reduce the Pain of Winter Cold

    6 months ago

    There's a reason old people move south when they can afford to; cold hurts once you get old and quite often, even before you do. A few years ago, I liked getting out in the snow; I even enjoyed shoveling the walk in the...

  • 0

    How to Deal with Expensive Gifts as a Homeless Person

    3 months ago

    It is sometimes dangerous to accept expensive gifts when one is too poor in America. The danger of theft and the possible injuries caused during a mugging have probably always existed. Desperate people may do crazy...

  • 4

    What to Do if a Breathe Right Strip Sticks to Your Face

    2 months ago

    Breathe Right strips are a very simple but extremely useful invention. They open nasal passages mechanically and often allow you to breathe through your nose right away even if you have a nasty cold. However, if you...

  • 8

    The Ashes of a Lion's Heart: A Story about Momma

    2 months ago

    This is not the sort of story I usually share. But in it, there is an epiphany, a realization I feel might help others who are grieving. Writing this page also helped me to remember that epiphany when the same old grief...

  • 9

    Great Gifts for Grown-Up Tomboys

    4 weeks ago

    A boy becomes a man and a girl becomes a woman but once a tomboy, always a tomboy. At least that's been my experience. Like many adult tomboys I think frilly, girly, perfumed, and prissy things make tiresome gifts....

  • 4

    Self-Propelled Creeping Creature Instructions

    6 months ago

    You can make this kooky, self-propelled toy in an afternoon. Its design is based on the same principles as the spool tractor, an old-fashioned home made self-propelled toy made with a thread spool, a rubber band, a...

  • 19

    Upcycled Magazine Charm Bracelet Project

    4 weeks ago

    This craft project will take you step-by-step through the process of turning old magazines into a charm bracelet. When you have completed your magazine charm bracelet you will have a one of a kind charm bracelet to give...

  • 19

    Easy Collage Decoupage

    2 months ago

    Decoupage is one of the earliest, easiest crafts I can remember making when I was a little girl in the early seventies. People were putting decoupage on just about everything, even soap! That is, they glued images onto...

  • 19

    Along This Lonely Road Cereal Box Record Video

    3 months ago

    Sugar cereals often come with a toy, game, or prize of some kind, to entice children and adults alike to buy them. Back in the 1970s some of them had a really cool prize, not inside, but on the back of the box. They...

  • 43

    My Plan for Publishing Science Fiction

    2 months ago

    From the time I read Stranger in a Strange Land at age five, I knew I wanted to write science fiction professionally. Well, I've had poetry, non-fiction, how to articles, and even erotica published but I haven't gotten...

  • 22

    How to Make Fondant Amanita Mushroom Sweets

    8 months ago

    The amanita mushroom is highly toxic and must not be eaten. In nature, red and yellow often means do not eat! Fortunately, in the kitchen, red and yellow sometimes just means food coloring has been used. I'm going to...

  • 4

    How to Make a Costume Monocle for Your Cat, Kid, or Costume

    4 weeks ago

    Why would you want to make a monocle for your cat? Is it because you can never get him to wear the fake hook or the eye patch to dress up like a pirate and the peg leg is right out? Well, whatever the reason you have...

  • 35

    Do It Yourself Bloody Handprint Window Clings

    4 weeks ago

    What gruesome party couldn't use a few bloody hand prints and blood drops for decoration? These easy to make decorations can stick on more than just windows, too. They'd be great on washable flooring at the "crime...

  • 34

    For the Love of Swiss Army Knives

    5 months ago

    My favorite tool is my deluxe Swiss Army knife. Multi-purpose pocket knives and I have a long history together. I have coveted all different versions of them for as long as I can remember. Being an active tomboy, they...

  • 1

    Making Life Easier After Cervical Fusion Surgery

    16 months ago

    Cervical fusion surgery is performed to fuse vertebrae in the neck together after a herniated, ruptured, or otherwise damaged disk in the neck has been removed. The vertebrae are usually fused together with metal plates...

  • 37

    Zombie Catpocalypse and the Fern of Doom

    5 weeks ago

    Has the zombie catpocalypse begun? Is this cuddly yet blank-eyed ginger thirsting for gooey, gooey brains? Or is something else at play here? Read on if you'd like to find out what turned this fluffy marmalade kitty...

  • 419

    How to Make a Money Rose

    3 days ago

    Learn how to turn a few bills of any denomination into a pretty flower that's fun to give as a gift for weddings, graduations, birthdays or any other occasion.

  • 81

    What to Do if You See a Baby Trapped in a Hot Car

    6 weeks ago

    Almost everyone who owns an automobile has left something they wish they hadn't out in the car in the sun. Whether it was a CD, a box of crayons, or a chocolate bar melted into slag, they got to see how intensely hot a...

  • 1

    Why I Use the Word "Normal"

    8 weeks ago

    I do something it seems quite a few people flinch away from these days. I use the word "normal" in my writing. I use the word it a lot in my writing about my experiences with high-functioning autism, PTSD,...

  • 38

    How to Be a Better Friend to an Adult with Aspergers Syndrome a.k.a. High-Functioning Autism

    6 weeks ago

    To present even a reasonable appearance of normality, many people with any degree of autism at all must memorize hundreds of social rules. We aren't done even then; we still have to memorize what expressions on your...

  • 10

    Why I Rock and You Don't

    7 weeks ago

    Have you ever wondered why autistic people rock, flap, spin, over-focus, or engage in other repetitive behaviors? I cannot speak for all autistic people but I can speak for myself or at least type for myself. For me,...

  • 4

    9 Productive Writing Exercises

    3 months ago

    Like most writers, you'd probably like to write every day. Some people have a hard time deciding what to write on days when they just can't seem to write what they are supposed to be writing. Some people use exercises...

  • 6

    Vegan Grilled Asparagus Recipes

    6 months ago

    A few years ago, I discovered grilled asparagus. Ever since, I've made the delicious vegetable dish as often as possible, adding different seasonings and ingredients almost every time. If you like asparagus, you should...

  • 7

    A Florist's Guide to Killing Houseplants

    4 months ago

    Killing houseplants seems to be a popular American pastime. At least that's my conclusion after working as a florist most of my adult life. In the eighteen years I worked as a florist, I sent many, many beautiful plants...

  • 5

    Why I Care Whether or Not Your Children are Vaccinated

    5 weeks ago

    A growing number of parents are choosing not to have their children vaccinated against diseases. Maybe they never heard about the tens of millions who died or were crippled by diseases now mostly extinct in developed...

  • 2

    Risk Assessment Help for Teens and Young Adults Coming Out Atheist in the US

    3 months ago

    Surprisingly, atheism is still somewhat controversial in the United States in the twenty-first century. However, more atheists than ever in America are coming out of the closet. Many of the atheists coming out in the...

  • 5

    How To Avoid Getting Bed Bugs from Homeless Shelters

    4 weeks ago

    Reports of bedbug infestations have increased in the last several years with the nasty insects showing up in even the nicest hotels. Many homeless shelters have had problems with them for a very long time but there has...

  • 0

    Tumbling by Rich T Anderson

    5 weeks ago

    Tumbling is a song about relationships and laundromats from the album NaCl by independent singer-songwriter Rich T Anderson. It is also one of my favorite songs off the album. I really enjoy the percussion style and the...

  • 2

    A Letter to Children of Homeless Parents

    3 months ago

    Times have changed and it has become difficult for many people to make ends meet. However, your dear father or mother has not changed. Even though he or she is now poor, he or she is the same person who loves you and...

  • 15

    Would You Stop Writing for a Million Dollars?

    2 months ago

    I was pondering what purpose art fulfills in my life recently when this question occurred to me. I realized that not only do I not want to stop creating art (including writing) but that I do not think I can. For me, the...

  • 17

    Why Waste Your Time on Art?

    5 months ago

    "Why do you waste your time on art? You can't make a living on it, you know."Really, someone said that to me recently and it wasn't the first time, not by a long shot. If you are an artist of any type, you may...

  • 1

    How to Protect a Reef Tank During Hot Weather Power Outages

    4 weeks ago

    Coral and saltwater fish are used to living in a very stable environment. The vastness of the ocean protects corals and other reef life from sudden drastic changes in temperature, oxygenation, and chemistry. However,...

  • 7

    Headphones and Earbuds for People with Unilateral Hearing Loss

    4 weeks ago

    Yes! About twelve years ago I suffered hearing loss in my left ear. While I'm a huge music lover, it didn't interfere with my enjoyment of music all that much at the time because I owned a house and could have my home...

  • 29

    What to Keep If You are Going to Be Homeless

    4 weeks ago

    Sometimes losing your home is out of your control or at least being or not being homeless has gotten out of your control. This page is not intended to judge people. It is simply intended to give some advice on what to...

  • 3

    Poor Choices and Homelessness

    6 months ago

    If you ask the average American why people are without homes one of the most common answers you will hear is that all poor people make poor choices that cause them to be in that miserable situation. I won't argue that...

  • 2

    Gourmet Gifts for Vegans

    4 months ago

    It's fun to give gifts of food for the holidays but it can sometimes be difficult to find appropriate, delicious treats to give the vegans on your Christmas list. Look no further! I've researched, tasted, and found some...

  • 52

    Gifts for Homeless Children

    5 months ago

    Most children like to get gifts but some of them have few opportunities to get something of their own. Poor children and particularly homeless children miss out on many of the gifts and holidays other children enjoy. ...

  • 0

    Hang On Tank Refugium for Reef Aquarium

    4 weeks ago

    A refugium is a device used with home reef aquaria and saltwater fish tanks which provides a safe haven or refuge for plants, animals, and filtration materials. A refugium keeps them away from the inhabitants of the...

  • 8

    What Is an Agnostic Atheist?

    2 months ago

    The meanings of the words agnostic and atheist are frequently confused, with some people thinking of agnostics as atheists who are just afraid to commit. Others see agnostics as people who are exactly 50/50 balanced...

  • 84

    How to Prepare a Tropical Aquarium for Winter Blackouts

    4 weeks ago

    When the power goes out in winter you can grab a blanket and put a sweater on the dog but your tropical fish or reef aquarium may be at risk of damage. A few simple precautions and a well-stocked emergency kit could...

  • 53

    Sympathy 101 for Atheists with AS

    6 weeks ago

    Even during the best of times, some religious people are offended by the fact that atheists don't believe in any gods or goddesses. To avoid upsetting religious folks, atheists must often be very careful in their choice...

  • 31

    Why People Fear And Hate The Homeless

    4 weeks ago

    With many Americans but a few paychecks away from homelessness it seems that most Americans would have a certain enhanced sympathy toward homeless people. However, it seems quite the opposite. Even as people see those...

  • 31

    An Atheist on Thanksgiving

    2 months ago

    Many people make the claim that Thanksgiving is strictly a Christian holiday and that non-Christians ought not to celebrate it. Others claim to feel sorry for atheists at Thanksgiving, based on the belief that atheists...

  • 11

    Does God Work People Like Puppets To Make Them Do Good?

    2 months ago

    Does God Work People Like Puppets To Make Them Do Good? Many people insist on giving God (specifically Yahweh) credit for everything good that people do. This implies that people cannot do good things unless God...

  • 12

    Consumerism Makes Millions of People Unhappy

    2 months ago

    I'd like to explain how and why I think materialism and consumerism erode self-esteem and make millions of people who are actually already very successful feel as if they are failures. This is just a shallow...

  • 16

    Fatbat's Demands

    6 weeks ago

    ***My dear Fatbat passed away at the ripe old age of 22. I've left this page up in his memory.*** I am owned by a dark chocolate kitty named Fatbat. That's him in the photo, he's the one on top of the bear. He has been...

  • 21

    An Atheist on Christmas

    2 months ago

    I'm an atheist and I have nothing against Christmas as a religious holiday. Feel free to wish me a Merry Christmas and I'll probably return the sentiment. Many folks think there's a war on Christmas but if there is, I'm...

  • 81

    Polls About Atheists and Atheism

    7 weeks ago

    Over the years I've heard a lot of strange things about atheists and atheism. By checking through search terms that land visitors on my atheist pages, I've discovered a lot of odd and interesting things that people...

  • 26

    How to Make Fondant Pumpkins and Gourds

    5 months ago

    Gourds and pumpkins are great for fall decorations; for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or simply used to celebrate the harvest season. These fondant pumpkins and gourds are easy to make and look cute on cakes and cupcakes or...

  • 32

    Vaccines Don't Cause Autism

    7 weeks ago

    Some celebrities are speaking out against vaccines on the grounds that those celebrities believe vaccinations cause autism. They have created vast anti-vaccination lobbies and organizations to convince parents to stop...

  • 14

    Writing Is Work

    5 weeks ago

    Writing is work. Writing takes effort. Then again, you probably already knew that. You might be surprised how many people don't. In fact, most people I know don't understand that writing is work.This is my story of a...

  • 3

    Vanessa the Beautiful

    8 weeks ago

    Vanessa's brother, Rupert, has had a fan page for some time now. I felt Van needed a page of her own on which we could share her intense adorableness with the world. Vanessa is gorgeous with her lush black and white...

  • 38

    Common Stereotypes and Misconceptions about Homeless People

    4 weeks ago

    I have worked with homeless people in shelters and soup kitchens and in literacy and skill-teaching programs serving them and others living in deep poverty. I was even living on the street myself many years ago. I also...

  • 19

    Why Do People Remain Homeless?

    6 months ago

    The reasons people become homeless are often quite easy to see but what is a bit less obvious are the things which trap people in chronic homelessness. Even if the root cause is remedied sometimes that person may remain...

  • 5

    A Florist's Guide to Ordering Flowers for Holiday Gifts

    11 months ago

    You might think ordering flowers for holiday gifts is a simple business; just pick up the phone and tell the person who answers what you want or simply go to a florist's website and order using a picture you like. It...

  • 3

    Fun Fondant Tools

    5 months ago

    A few years ago I started using fondant to decorate cakes for friends and family. While I haven't been able to afford any fondant tools aside from a nice craft knife, I've discovered that there are many useful and fun...

  • 2

    Advantages of Using Silk Wedding Flowers

    4 months ago

    While many wedding experts and DIY bloggers extol the economy of using silk flowers to save money on floral decorations they don't often explain the other benefits of using artificial botanicals in the bouquets and...

  • 16

    Peoplewatching: The Best Book about Normal Human Behavior for Autistic Adults to Learn From

    3 months ago

    As an autistic person, many aspects of human behavior and culture do not come naturally to me. What the average person knows or learns instinctively, the autistic person must learn through study or miss out on a world...

  • 7

    10 Problem Solving Products for Under $20 Apiece

    5 months ago

    Usually, I talk about big problems but recently I've run across some products that offer solutions to some of life's small problems. I admit it, I love gadgets, I love multitask tools, and I love what I call problem...

  • 21

    How to Plan a Frugal Funeral

    5 weeks ago

    The average American funeral costs between $8,000 and $15,000. Such an expense can be a real hardship on a family that is already suffering emotionally. What many people need are inexpensive funerals or funeral...

  • 6

    Florist Tips to Save Money on Your Prom Corsage

    5 months ago

    Prom is an expensive affair - the tuxedo rental, the dinner, the dress, the shoes, the matching bag - not to mention the hair stylist, the photographer and the prom tickets themselves! Prom corsages only add to these...

  • 6

    Professional Florist Tips to Save Money with Silk Wedding Flowers

    28 hours ago

    Artificial flowers can make or break your wedding budget. Find out how and learn how to make budget-friendly choices.

  • 4

    What Not to Miss in Grand Rapids, Michigan

    13 days ago

    Grand Rapids Michigan from the viewpoint of a local who enjoys her city like a tourist sometimes.

  • 32

    Stretch Your Grocery Budget

    4 months ago

    The economy is rough right now and many people have to cut expenses just to make ends meet. Food is a much larger expense than many people realize. A few years back it was enough for most people to cut back on dining...

  • 8

    On Poetry Interpretation

    3 months ago

    I've noticed that people seem to either love or dislike poetry, with varying degrees of intensity.I think it's fortunate that I was exposed to poetry as a small child, well before I reached school age. I think this was...

  • 24

    Cheesy Asparagus Potato Gratin Recipe

    7 months ago

    I've always loved potatoes au gratin, scalloped potatoes - any kind of potatoes baked with cream and cheese until golden and bubbly on top. I've also always loved asparagus, whether steamed with a bit of lemon juice,...

  • 103

    A Florist's Thoughts on Valentine's Day

    7 months ago

    For almost 18 years of my life I was a professional floral designer. The single craziest day of the year in every last one of those years was February 14th, Valentine's Day.Florists look at Valentine's Day with mixed...

  • 67

    How to Etch a Candy Tin

    2 months ago

    Many candies these days come in tins. While they are an awfully great way to carry the candies around it's an awful waste to throw them out when the candies have been consumed.But the good news is that you can re-use...

  • 8

    Professional Florist Tips to Keep Wedding Costs Down

    8 weeks ago

    Nearly every bride has a budget for her wedding flowers. In this economy, they seem to be getting smaller than ever. There's no reason people should have to wait until they can save up a small fortune to spend on a...

  • 32

    Help Your Cat Live Longer

    8 months ago

    Cats are wonderful companion animals. They provide affection and comfort to those who live with them. Unfortunately, cats don't live as long as we do, but there are steps you can take to help your cat live a long...

  • 26

    Free Poetry Contests

    3 months ago

    There are many poetry contests out there. Most of the legitimate ones charge an entry fee or a reading fee. Where else did you think the prize money and the money to pay the readers to labor through the slush pile comes...

  • 30

    20 Ways to Have Fun on a Budget

    6 weeks ago

    Many Americans are learning about poverty firsthand for the first time in their lives. American culture has focused on consumerism and material riches as the major source of pleasure for decades, making this transition...

  • 111

    Atheist Charities

    4 weeks ago

    When people discuss compassion and charity online it's often said that there are no atheist charities. This stems from a common misconception that atheists are not giving and care nothing for their fellow man. The truth...

  • 50

    The Best Ways To Help The Homeless

    4 weeks ago

    Homelessness is a complicated issue. It is caused by a wide array of problems, many of which feed into each other. Because people know the issue is so complex they often wonder what the best way to help homeless people...

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    Answers to Questions about Homelessness

    4 months ago

    Many people arrive on my Squidoo pages about homelessness via search engines. Squidoo's dashboard tool allows me to see what terms people searched for that landed them there. Often, these terms take the form of...

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    Why Don't Homeless People Just Get Jobs?

    4 weeks ago

    There are many assumptions about homeless people. Perhaps the most common is that they are too lazy to work. Having been there myself and having worked with many others in the same situation, I have to say that for the...

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    Help Homeless People for Free

    4 weeks ago

    It can be difficult to give to charity when you aren't making much yourself. Many people simply can't afford to share their earnings without jeopardizing their own living situation. Others are understandably reluctant...

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    Should Women Be Required to Wear Make-Up?

    2 months ago

    Make-Up, Yes or No? A woman who goes out without cosmetics on her face is viewed as "letting herself go" or "not taking care in her appearance" by many in our culture.  If she goes to a job...

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    From Your Hand to the Homeless

    4 weeks ago

    In an often uncaring world it's important that we reach out to each other. You can give to the homeless in an indirect way (and you should if you want to) but giving and caring directly gives them something beyond price...

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    How I've Coped with Aspergers

    16 months ago

    If I could be comfortable in social situations and make eye contact without wanting to scream - if I could understand what emotions people around me were displaying (without having to play Wild Kingdom of the humans to...

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    Solutions to the Problem of Homelessness

    4 weeks ago

    I've seen all sorts of homeless people and all different types of homelessness. Each instance is a tragedy that I feel no one should have to suffer through. I'd like you to think about the problem of homelessness. I'd...

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    Why Homeless People Don't Use Shelters

    4 weeks ago

    I spent a lot of the time when I was homeless sleeping "in the rough" which is another way of saying outdoors. I've been asked a lot of times why I didn't just stay in homeless shelters. The two answers many...

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    Some Reasons People Become Homeless

    4 weeks ago

    Many people feel that all homeless people are entirely to blame for their own miserable situation. Those same people tend to believe that under no circumstance could they find themselves without a home because they feel...

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    Disturbing Poetry

    4 weeks ago

    Life is not all clean and bright. Some parts of it are dark and painful in deep and cutting ways. Usually, people do their best to hide those ugly wounds from the world. For many, it's simply unacceptable to let those...

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    Sometimes I Get a Little Short

    2 months ago

    I've known about short fiction and enjoyed reading short-shorts and micro fiction since my childhood. I never considered writing flash or short-short fiction myself until someone urged me to. My short stories tend to...

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    Is Overpopulation a Myth?

    7 months ago

    When I was born, back in 1970, the world population was 3.7 billion people. By the time I was in kindergarten that number had risen to 4 billion. By the time I graduated from high school we had a net increase of another...

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    Should Atheist Ads Be Allowed?

    2 months ago

    Atheists in America have been made to feel isolated and unwelcome for a long time. With the rise in popularity of far right leaning religious groups it's been getting worse in the last decade. As a result, many atheists...

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    How to Make a Fondant Trilobite

    4 months ago

    Trilobites are extinct marine creatures that looked kind of like pillbugs - the little fellas that roll up in a ball. They are cool looking creatures that have left some amazing fossils. But why make fondant...

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    Kylyssa's Love Poetry

    2 months ago

    Love is an emotion common to the human experience. It is perhaps the most powerful and consuming feeling there is. Poetry is a brief, intense format. Good poetry grabs onto emotions and makes us feel them. So it is no...

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    How to Make a Sandy Beach Cake

    2 months ago

    You can bring a bit of summer holiday or tropical paradise to your party with a sandy beach cake. It makes a great centerpiece and conversation piece. Fondant seashells and starfish atop sugar sand bring a sunny and fun...

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    How to Make Fondant Seashells

    4 weeks ago

    These sweet seashells are easy to make and make great cake decorations. With simple tools and a little creativity you can make realistic looking shells from fondant or gum paste. They are tasty and can be made and dried...

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    Atheist Spirituality

    4 weeks ago

    There are many who would find the phrase 'atheist spirituality' to be a contradiction in terms. In fact, it is not. Belief in God, Gods, or other supernatural phenomena is not required for one to have spiritual...

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    How to Make Fondant Starfish

    4 weeks ago

    Fondant or gum paste starfish and sea stars are fun to add to any beach, aquarium or ocean themed cake. Small versions are also fun for decorating cupcakes or other desserts. With a little flavoring, they can even stand...

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    Kylyssa's Fondant Cakes

    6 weeks ago

    Fondant is a colorful, pliable type of frosting that behaves more like modeling clay than icing. It can be molded, sculpted, or cut into shapes to provide interesting and detailed decoration for cakes. I've been making...

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    How to Make a Cute Skull Cake

    4 months ago

    Skulls used to be considered scary but now, they're a teen fashion accessory. Cute skulls are found in jewelry with little pink bows or fairy wings. They can be found on socks and hoodies in girlie pink or purple,...

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    Ask an Atheist

    6 weeks ago

    Once I could read I had access to hundreds of religious texts and religious books as well as books on philosophy and nature. I read them voraciously, trying to figure out this mystery called belief. After reading many...

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    Rupert Does Cute, Silly Pictures of a Ginger Cat

    2 months ago

    My roommate's marmalade cat, Rupert, is a natural clown. He has an appealing, kitten-like face and he's a little bit clumsy. Rupert loves enclosed spaces and any container he hasn't seen the inside of is irresistible to...

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    What to Buy if You are Homeless

    4 weeks ago

    When I was homeless about twenty-five years ago I came across a hundred dollars in a cigarette pack. Someone's carelessness with his money saved my life. I think without it, my life would have been very different and...

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    What You Should Know Before Getting A Porcupine Puffer

    4 weeks ago

    Porcupine puffers are engaging and intelligent saltwater fish almost as cute as cartoon animals. They usually learn to interact with their human caregivers in odd and engaging ways. Some even respond to eye contact by...

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    Keep Cool and Conserve Energy

    6 weeks ago

    Money is scarce all over the place. Summertime means we don't need to heat our homes and gas bills are smaller but it also means that most of us need to find some way to keep cool without breaking the bank.Have no fear,...

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    Pet Party Safety Tips

    8 months ago

    We've all heard of party hosts waking to discover a beloved family pet missing the morning after a party. Fun can turn to tragedy when a pet slips outside with the comings and goings of party guests. Party mishaps can...

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    Ten Of The Most Popular Wedding Flowers and What You Should Know Before Choosing Them

    4 weeks ago

    Many people do not consider the availability of particular flowers during the time of year during which their wedding will fall when choosing flowers. I think maybe they are not as aware that flowers are seasonal...

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    Do It Yourself Tulip Wedding Flowers

    2 months ago

    Tulips are marvelous yet relatively inexpensive flowers, especially when they are in peak season, between February and May. They are such simple garden flowers yet they lend high style elegance to a wedding when...

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    Writing From a Homeless Heart

    14 months ago

    My experience living without a home just over twenty years ago changed the course of my life forever. It changed the possibilities open to me and my perceptions of the world both for good and for ill. Being homeless...

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    How To Make Decorating Fondant for Cakes

    4 weeks ago

    Fondant is like edible modeling clay. It can be shaped, colored, cut or molded. It can turn a plain cake into a work of art. This pliable icing used to be something seldom used by amateurs but with the advent of cake...

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    What Evolution Isn't

    2 months ago

    Some people in America have a lot of erroneous ideas about what Evolution is. They think it's a religion, an ideology, a moral judgment, or an evil plot to turn them away from God.Well, evolution is none of those things...

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    My Love Affair With Fondant

    4 months ago

    As a disabled person trying to survive on my freelance writing income I have very little money to spend on gifts. I was feeling depressed about that in March of 2008 when my friend and roommate's birthday was coming up....

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    What I Learned While Being Homeless

    4 weeks ago

    Over twenty years ago, I experienced just over a year of homelessness. During that period of time I was badly injured, both physically and emotionally. I have Asperger's Syndrome, a type of high-functioning autism, a...

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    An Atheist View

    4 weeks ago

    According to a study performed by the University of Minnesota no other race, religion, ethnic group or affiliation is more hated by the American people than atheists. Their findings confirmed what many American...

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    Saltwater Aquarium Do It Yourself

    4 weeks ago

    About ten years ago I started keeping saltwater fish and invertebrates. Soon after, I discovered that reef keepers need to make and do a lot of things for themselves. This is due to the limitations of the products and...

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