Sun.Feb 17, 2013

Creating Great Characters in Fiction

The Alien Next Door

Normal. false. false. false. EN-US. X-NONE. Fiction characters have a dramatic function and a role in advancing the plot and theme of your story. They need a reason to be there. Your characters need to appear real without being real.

After light bulbs now shower heads

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The European Union will now legislate what type of shower heads (and showers we are allowed to have and use and – if rumors are to be believed – even how long we are allowed to shower, and faucets, people will be allowed to use and which not.

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Recycling Plastic Bags and Bottles- a Few Easy Ways

Green Prophet

Recyclable plastics or wastes for the dump? The choice is ours. Plastic items that usually get discarded and wind up being buried in landfills or washed out to sea are serious issues brought up during annual events like Earth Day.

Buying British Made

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Many people believe that all they have to do to buying British is find a British company but the truth is often a different one. Not every British company manufactures in Britain. Many, in fact, have their products made abroad under their brand.

City-by-City Review Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB)

Green Home Blog

City-by-City Review Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB). In the middle to latter part of the last century, BYOB meant bring your own bottle (of wine, beer or whatever) when attending a party.

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Sexy Saxony Duck

10,000 Birds

In the realm of waterfowl, not all that are manky are malign. Many domestic Mallards do indeed offend the eye with their mutant messiness, though Muscovies are even worse in that regard. Some domestic duck breeds, however, present new forms of beauty unseen in their wild counterparts.

What's something about Whole Foods that could be Better.

Elephant Journal

Image by Joe Shlabotnick Okay: I'll only use reasons that are communicated respectfully and fairly and intelligently (can be big or small, simple

Waxwings and their kin: Meet the bombycillids

10,000 Birds

Waxwings and their relatives are a small, interesting group of songbirds that have seen some interesting taxonomic changes in the last few years.

A Meteor, UFO or Starlings? Check Out This Super Nature Show in Israel

Green Prophet

When I lived on a roof in Tel Aviv with my boyfriend Elad more than a decade ago, I would spend some evenings watching the Cypress trees sway and pray in the wind, and above them flocks of starlings painting the sky with their moves like tea leaves in a cup.

Birding around Cossack

10,000 Birds

My feature picture shows the view from the lookout at Cossack that looks across to Jarman Island and the lighthouse is a significant historic landmark. It was in use from 1888 until 1985 and has been lovingly restored.

Why Urban Farming is the Most Important Movement of our Time

The Green Changemakers

[link] The simple act of planting a garden can shape issues like economics, health, and politics at the same time because food is an essential focal point of human activity. As the urban farming movement grows, here are five ways that it will transform our world. Renewed local economies. Local neighbor-to-neighbor commerce generally doesn’t happen in our communities. Residential areas almost never include common spaces where community exchanges might happen.

Tips for an Environmentally Friendly Landscape

Green Living Ideas

Improving your outside living area can be accomplished in many ways- without all that lawn to maintain ! Shrubs, trees and flowers are essential components of eco-friendly landscaping.

Forward on Climate Rally


Over 35,000 people descended on the National Mall in Washington on Sunday, huddled together against a stinging cold wind to deliver a message of opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline. Their audience was really just one man, the only one with the power to stop the project: Barack Obama.

Check in with The Amazings and Learn Something New!

Green Living Ideas

The Amazings are, well… amazing! Taking a cue for the adage that we should learn from our elders, The Amazings has connected teachers of life-skills and lost arts to willing learners across the wide world of the web! They offer classes, courses and wisdom from.

A Bottom Line for the Carbon Tax


The EU prides itself to have established, in 2011, the European Union’s Emissions Trading System (ETS). The EU ETS is claimed to be the cornerstone of the European Union’s policy to combat climate change and a primary tool for reducing industrial greenhouse gas emissions cost-effectively.

Exciting New Solar Technologies

Green Living Ideas

As we know, much of the pollution we face in our daily lives is caused by using and abusing energy. In this article, we will take a look at some new methods of harnessing alternative energy in clever, unconventional ways. Solar Powered Vehicles. Solar powered vehicles have been around for quite some time now, but lack popularity due to some mechanical issues- most importantly, not being able to function without sunlight.

Breeding Immorality


nce again this year, the Westminster Dog Show attracted millions of viewers eager to see which dog will garner the bluest of ribbons. Also once again this year, millions of discarded and unwanted dogs will be executed in overcrowded shelters, far away from the glaring lights of cable television.

Climate Change is a real Economic Risk - World Bank President


World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has warned the finance chiefs of the world's leading economic powers that global warming is a real risk to the planet and already affecting the world economy in ways that are unprecedented.