Traditional Marriage: Eighth Century Frankish Style

“As a novelist, I don’t judge the marriage traditions of another society. My responsibility is to accurately depict my characters’ reality and their reactions to it. But examining customs in another time teaches us that the definition of marriage–who is eligible, who gets to decide, why one gets married–has indeed changed.”

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Dave’s hell sauce delivers psychedelic trips, gastric turbulence

By RANDY RENDFELD

I love spicy hot food, but I’m not a masochist. Peppers should add flavor and not just heat. But that’s apparently not the culinary criteria for 510 reviewers of Dave’s Ghost Pepper Naga Jolokia Hot Sauce on Amazon.com. These reviewers like the near-death experiences this nuclear hell sauce delivers. As I . . . → Read More: Dave’s hell sauce delivers psychedelic trips, gastric turbulence

The Short, Happy Life of Francis McFly

Microfiction by Knute Rimkus

They lived in a white microhouse. It was a shoebox, for baby shoes, in the Varane neighborhood. Their neighbors lived in shoeboxes too. This misery did not love company.

They ate dinner quickly. She thought the steak was too red and only ate half. She drank water. Murdoch drank a . . . → Read More: The Short, Happy Life of Francis McFly

The Biggest House in America, by Chuck Strom

Biltmore Front View

If you like HGTV or just can’t get enough of seeing how other people live, the Biltmore Estate is an essential place to include in your lifetime travels. Completed in 1895 by George Washington Vanderbilt II near Asheville NC, it has 250 rooms and 178,926 square feet of floor space. It . . . → Read More: The Biggest House in America, by Chuck Strom

6 Inexpensive Honeymoon Ideas You Must Consider

Low on honeymoon budget? Check out these inexpensive honeymoon ideas and get that much-awaited romantic week off with your spouse.

After spending a fortune for your wedding, it’s hard to imagine that you need to spend again for your honeymoon. But after the long and tireless wedding preparation, you and your spouse need to . . . → Read More: 6 Inexpensive Honeymoon Ideas You Must Consider

10 Ways To Make Your Mac Run Faster Right Now

As time goes by, most Mac users will begin to notice that their machine is gradually slowing down and struggling to perform tasks it could once manage with ease. Whilst this effect is more pronounced on Macs than it is on Windows computers, it is generally easier to fix as well. Have a look . . . → Read More: 10 Ways To Make Your Mac Run Faster Right Now

Great Tofu Recipes That Don’t Taste Like Tofu

Tofu as a healthful meat substitute helps nourish the body in many ways. However, there are people who are averse to eating tofu as a replacement for meat due to the peculiar bland taste that tofu has. Nevertheless, there are great tofu recipes that don’t taste like tofu, as you will see below.

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The Untold Truth About Credit Karma

Your credit score is an important factor that will determine your credit worthiness. Thus, it is important that you should be aware of your credit score. Anyone who wishes to keep track of their credit score can do it the old fashioned way—through the 3-company reporting system. But there are newer methods introduced every . . . → Read More: The Untold Truth About Credit Karma

Fashion Design Software: 10 Free Programs For Your Digital Fashion Business

Are you an aspiring fashion designer? Do you want your vision and creations to grace runway shows?

Before any fashion item gets to the glossy pages of magazines, they are first translated from the minds of the designers to their drawing boards.

Your designs are born on paper and if you want . . . → Read More: Fashion Design Software: 10 Free Programs For Your Digital Fashion Business

Top 10 Stupid Wedding Gifts

When it comes to gifts, it’s true that it’s the thought that counts. But for two people who are starting a new life and building a new home, you may want to give something that they can use and appreciate. Although gift giving is not mandatory, but if you are giving a gift to . . . → Read More: Top 10 Stupid Wedding Gifts

Your Ultimate Guide on How to Become a Phlebotomist

Phlebotomy is a specialized discipline which involves the skill of drawing blood from patients for laboratory testing. Phlebotomists are trained health technicians who have sufficient skills to ensure that the blood samples from patients are taken and handled in the safest manner. Several colleges and universities these days offer special courses on Phlebotomy. If . . . → Read More: Your Ultimate Guide on How to Become a Phlebotomist

10 Kid- Eco Friendly Activities In and Near Oakland

When you move to a city with your children, you are leaving all of their old haunts behind. Kids quickly develop a list of favorite things to do in and around town, and moving away from these activities can be stressful for your little ones. Finding things to do in your new city . . . → Read More: 10 Kid- Eco Friendly Activities In and Near Oakland

New House? Don’t Unpack a Single Box Before You Read This

Over 14 percent of Americans move each year. Whether they are relocating across the country or moving down the road, they all have two things in common: packing and unpacking. Most people know that there is an art to packing that makes life easier. What many people don’t know is that unpacking can . . . → Read More: New House? Don’t Unpack a Single Box Before You Read This

The Tow/Haul Mode: When do You Use It?

In general, heavy duty trucks are designed to tow fairly large loads. Some of the mammoth-sized pickups on the market today can tow well over 10,000 pounds. But if you have an automatic transmission, you probably own one of the many models of trucks that come with tow/haul mode – that little button on . . . → Read More: The Tow/Haul Mode: When do You Use It?

Are Smart Watches the Next Big Thing in Technology?

Americans began giving up wearing wristwatches more than 20 years ago when the beepers and cell phones in their pockets made wristwatches look old-fashioned. What technology took away, though, it seems to be on the verge of bringing back again, in particularly high-tech form. While Sony is first to market with this new device . . . → Read More: Are Smart Watches the Next Big Thing in Technology?

Five Neighbors Who Can Ruin Your Sale

We all have that one neighbor that is fantastic and the one that we could live without. Bad neighbors are not only irritating, but they can prevent you from selling your home. Whether you have the family who can’t keep their lawn mowed or a group of party-happy teens next door, it’s important . . . → Read More: Five Neighbors Who Can Ruin Your Sale

Put Your Knowledge to Use: How to Supplement Your Teaching Salary

The average salary for teachers in the United States, according to 2012 data, is $55,418. It’s important to keep in mind that this figure is, in fact, the average. Many teachers make far less and few make more. New graduates often find it difficult to support themselves and pay back student loans on . . . → Read More: Put Your Knowledge to Use: How to Supplement Your Teaching Salary

The Benefits of Immigration Reform to the Real Estate Market

Immigration reform has been a hot topic over the last few years and the issue is currently being debated in Congress. The most contentious issue when it comes to immigration reform is whether to allow undocumented immigrants a pathway to full citizenship. Immigration law firms around the nation have been debating this issue for . . . → Read More: The Benefits of Immigration Reform to the Real Estate Market

How to Get Your Kids Started With Gokart Racing

Racing doesn’t have to happen only in a race car. If your children are minors, you might not want them racing in full-size cars. Because they’re interested in learning how to race, and you’re interested in their safety, consider getting them started in competitive Gokarting. It’s probably best to have them wait until . . . → Read More: How to Get Your Kids Started With Gokart Racing

Obesity: Is Soda to Blame?

When New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg moved to ban super-sized sodas he brought to light a huge problem in America today: Obesity. With two-thirds of Americans being overweight or obese, Bloomberg’s efforts were applauded by many. Even the iconic Coca-Cola weighed in recently declaring “obesity the issue of this generation.” While . . . → Read More: Obesity: Is Soda to Blame?