Archive for 2006

A Good Lobster

On the northeastern coast – those thickly wooded and rocky coasts that are home to bears and moose and lonely white lighthouses – the water crashes on rough, black rocks with great intensity. It is a coast full of bays and small little towns that are a mix of fisherman and tourists and seagulls. It [...]

History of Dragons

By Corey Tsang The history of China is filled with Dragons, as is its legends and traditions. In fact, the Dragon had helped shape the entire nation, even before the unification of northern China under Qin Shih Huang Ti – literally “First Exalted Emperor of the Qin” – in 221 B.C. Dragons in China were [...]

Should I Breastfeed or Use Formula?

By Kathleen Frassrand The decision of how to feed your baby is a very personal one. The benefits of breast-feeding are numerous and significant, but many women still choose not to for reasons all their own. Before you decide how to feed you child, take a few moments to study up on breastfeeding, then armed [...]

Sushi, Art, and Perception

As a kid growing up, I hated spinach. No matter how many Popeye cartoons I watched, I still couldn’t stomach it. In part I think it was because I was supposed to hate spinach like all youngsters, rather than a real loathing of the leafy green. It wasn’t until I started loving salads as a [...]

The Things We Do

A good friend of mine recently said, “I hate doing this. I feel like a rat. And I’m barely keeping pace.” He was talking about his life, using the common metaphor, but it got me to thinking about the things we do. Few of us are lucky enough to do the things we want to [...]

Focus on the Joy

by Kathy Gates We hear a lot about performance, and efficiency, and control. What if, instead, I said I would like you to take this opportunity to think about how many things in your daily life that you do “just for the joy of it”? What I’m talking about here is value-based happiness (as opposed [...]

Night Attack

By Damaris West Gemma slipped slim fingers into black leather gloves, passed a pin through her designer hat into her hair and gathered the skirts of her expensive camel coat around her. It was always as well to be prepared for getting off the bus at this time of night: that way, if anyone was [...]

Dream Big

How many of us live the life we wish we were living? My oldest sister has worked at the same job for ten years. She claims she enjoys her job and I am happy about that. It is not a job that I would enjoy for ten years. It’s just not my kind of thing, [...]

10 Amazing Facts About Chocolate

by Richard Davies Chocolate is made from beans derived from the cacao tree. These beans are very bitter, so the cocoa solids and the cocoa butter has sugar added to it, along with some other ingredients in order to make the chocolate that is available to the general public. Chocolate is particularly popular at certain [...]

How to Quit Writing

Last week, I decided to quit writing. Tired of rejection, tired of being a slave to words and phrases, I decided it was time I straightened out my life. So I quit. Cold turkey! I cleared off my desk, shut down the computer, shoved all my discs and hard copies into the file cabinet, locked [...]