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What Does it Mean to be Qualified?

When it comes to the business world, does it help or hurt to play by the rules? Of course, it’s always best to stay within the bounds of the law and any unseemly transactions. However, when applying for jobs, it may be advantageous to forget about qualifications, requirements and limitations…

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Why Everyone Should Consider Pet Adoption

(Editor’s note, i.e. my note: This is not the infamous August Wilson. Unfortunately my phone doesn’t take pictures that are large or high-resolution enough for the blog, so I had to settle for another adorable pooch instead.) Owning and raising a pet can be one of the most rewarding experiences…

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Organic, Natural, What’s the Difference?

Organic, natural. Potato, potato (that one never seems to work in its written form). Right? Wrong. Not all foods are created equal. You already know this, of course: apples are better for you than candy; oranges over Oreos, carrots trump Doritos, etc. But what about healthy options like granola bars…

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Why Everyone Should be Wildlife Gardening

Love your garden but can’t afford the time it takes to maintain? Traditional gardening with exotic plants and elegant landscaping can eat up all of your free time if you let it. For most busy people, that means that you will work all day at your job, then come home…

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Breaking Down the Block: 15 Ways to Find Writing Inspiration

It’s a common misconception among non-writers that writing just happens. Bloggers have a unending, nigh-magical source of topics and ideas. Fiction writers merely have to touch fingers to keyboard for a fully realized story to flow. If you are a writer, you know that’s not the case. When writer’s block…

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7 Best Apps for the Resistant Litterateur

Yes, even for the stereotypical, luddite litterateur: “There’s an app for that.” Now that we are well into the age of eBooks and word processing, app developers are continually creating new methods to facilitate reading, writing and literary analysis, in addition to general literary geekery. Feast your eyes upon these…

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New Hieroglyphics: How are Emoji Affecting Language?

Some sources say that the popularity of emoji began about six months ago, but if you look closely they have been widely used for much longer.  Emoji have been a feature of AIM (AOL instant messenger) and chatrooms since the late 1990’s and early 2000’s in the early form of…