Make the Most of your Labor Day Weekend

hotairbaloonRejoice! Labor Day weekend has finally arrived. As summer winds down and comes to a close, for us working stiffs, a well-earned break couldn’t come at a better time. With that being said, what are your Labor Day weekend plans? Are you hitting the road and getting out of town, or are you partaking in the ritual of a staycation?  If you’re still on the fence about your weekend plans, or simply looking for some affordable activities to engage in, peruse our list of fun, savor-the-last-moments-of-the-season suggestions below. Continue reading

Featured Contributor: Monica Wachman

ThisisMonicaSchool: Anthony Chabot, Career Com Technical Schools, Ke Kula O Hawaii
Degree: AA English, AA Travel & Tourism, Destination Specialist Cert. Hawaiian Islands
Approved Sections: Travel, Garden, Culture & Society

A day in the life of Monica, summarized in a Tweet:monica

You started writing in 1979. Do you have a fond memory associated with that year? I worked on a Rose Parade float for the first time. Some of it was like painting only with glue, seeds, grains and flowers. I was living in Calimesa at the time, near Palm Springs. Continue reading

The Writer’s Manifesto

Have you ever heard of the Holstee Manifesto? While the name might not ring a bell, the imagery that surrounds it certainly will. Observe…

HolsteeManifestoA Brief History…

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Featured Contributor: Mary Avant

maSchool: UNC-Chapel Hill
Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication, with a concentration in Reporting and a minor in Russian Literature
Sections: Style & Beauty, Parenting & Motherhood, Business & Personal Finance

A day in the life of Mary, summarized in a Tweet:marytweet

Per your journalism pedigree: how far have you traveled to cover a story, and what story was it? I studied abroad in Ireland and worked for a magazine there, so I guess technically I’ve traveled overseas for stories (most of which were business-related, as I worked for Ireland’s biggest business publication). In the States, I’ve traveled as far as Montana to cover a story about a naturally raised cattle ranch; my life is so glamorous, right? Continue reading

Big Screen, Bad Grammar


They say that movies are made in the editing room. Unfortunately it seems movie posters are not given equal attention — at least from an editorial standpoint. The Huffington Post recently published a list of movie titles that feature some pretty egregious grammatical errors — and we’re not just talking in their subheads or plot summaries — we’re talking in the title itself!

Here are a few of our favorites.

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5 totally radical mobile games that AREN’T Angry Birds, Words with Friends, or Candy Crush

001headerDo you find yourself suffering from the dreaded writers block? Are you looking for ways to improve your cognitive thinking capabilities? Or, are you like me and looking to pass the time in between assignments? Then look no further than these 5 delectable mobile games not everyone is playing.

These games are easy jump into, they’ll actually improve your brain’s functionality, and with the exception of #1 they’re all FREE! Assuming you have a smart phone or a tablet, we recommend you check out these fun-filled games. Continue reading

Featured Contributor: Natalie Stein

Natalie Stein is an expert in weight loss and sports nutrition. Stein holds a master of science degree in nutrition, and a master of public health degree from Michigan State University. She currently resides in Los Angeles. NStein

School: Michigan State University
Degree: BS, Nutrition, BS, Food Science, MS, Nutrition, MPH, Public Health
Approved Sections: Nutrition, Fitness, Health

A day in the life of Natalie, summarized in a Tweet:natalietweet Michigan vs. Los Angeles, who does it better? Compared to East Lansing, MI, Los Angeles does a lot of “its” better. It grows palm trees, stimulates vitamin D production, and creates droughts far better. East Lansing tailgates (before football games) and handles rain and snow better.

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History of the Pencil

headerWho can forget those memorable grade school moments when you first learned to read and write? I can recall the foreign feel of a #2 pencil in my right hand as I stared intently at a blank canvas before me – my first attempt to emulate a cursive ‘G’ resulted in a squiggly snake shape. I also have fond memories of getting out of my seat in order to pay the classroom’s electronic pencil sharpener a visit – the grade school equivalent of the water cooler.  Continue reading

Featured Contributor: Lisa M. Wolfe


“Lisa M. Wolfe had her first fitness article published in 2001. She writes for various magazines such as “Cycle California,” “Rocky Mountain Sports” and “American Fitness.” She is the author of numerous fitness books and holds an Associate of Arts in exercise science from Oakland Community College.”

School: Oakland Community College
Degree: Exercise Science and General Studies
Approved Section: Fitness and Well-Being

A day in the life of Lisa, summarized in a Tweet: tweet

Your first-ever article was published in 2001, how did you celebrate? I purchased a green, comfy, porch swing and placed it near the pond in my backyard. Who knew that when my daughter was about five, she’d take her blanket, hold her stuffed bunny and “run away” to that swing for the afternoon! Continue reading

What’s Your Guilty Reading Pleasure?

Last week I wrote a blog about judging a book by its cover. Incidentally, that post transformed my thought process into being somewhat of a judge–for the past few days I had this uncontrollable urge to dissect and analyze various forms of entertainment. Take, for example, a typical magazine cover (like the one I created below).


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