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Did the 1960s Really Happen? (Part One)

Sunday, January 4th, 2015 - by Kathy Shaidle

Last year I read three books that challenged the mainstream view of the 1960s. (Herewith I’m employing the folk definition of “The Sixties” as that stretch between the Kennedy assassination in November 1963 and the May 1975 fall of Saigon.) I say “mainstream” because I haven’t entertained many illusions about what really happened during that […]

How to Install a New Faucet in 7 Easy Steps

Thursday, November 21st, 2013 - by Builder Bob

I hate plumbing. I really, really hate it. Given the choice between doing a plumbing project or listening to a Miley Cyrus album, I would choose a root canal (at least a drill can stay on pitch). About the only thing I’m good at with plumbing is displaying copious amounts of hairy butt crack while […]

Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse in a Hardware Store

Thursday, October 31st, 2013 - by Builder Bob

*Disclaimer: This article is intended for entertainment and exercising-your-inner-MacGyver purposes only.  The weapons in this article are potentially dangerous and should only be used on the living dead or surplus pumpkins.* I have an obsession with everything Zombie-related. I love The Walking Dead, 28 Days Later, Dawn of the Dead – hell, I think I’m the […]

How to Build the World’s Manliest Paper Towel Holder…

Thursday, October 24th, 2013 - by Builder Bob

When I start a new project I often dive in head first and make a big mess in the process. Paint splatters, sawdust, motor oil, spilled glue, calf’s blood, dismembered limbs–you know the usual workshop messes. So after I’m done digging wells and building hospitals for the underprivileged in Africa, I need a bunch of […]

How To Hang Pegboard To Finally Get Your Garage Organized

Thursday, October 17th, 2013 - by Builder Bob

After moving to my new place, I had access to a great studio space. It had cabinets, shelves, and a large counter top work surface. But after my first few projects digging tools out of cabinets, tool cases, and packed boxes I decided it was time to organize my work space more efficiently. Adding Pegboard […]

What the International Gendercide Crisis Must Teach America About Abortion

Monday, October 14th, 2013 - by Paul Cooper

One month ago my wife and I did something that would be illegal in some parts of the world. We had our third child, and for the third time we had a girl. It was one of the most joy-filled moments of our lives, but for millions of parents, having even a second or sometimes […]

How to Build a Picture Frame in 9 Easy Steps

Thursday, October 10th, 2013 - by Builder Bob

Working the paint counter at a local hardware store, I’ve made quite a mess of my apron. So after about the 300th customer made comments on how it looked like a piece of art, I decided, hey, why not frame it and see if I can make a quick buck? My hopes were soon dashed […]

The Bright Side of Pessimism

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 - by Helen Smith

Are you a pessimist who wonders how to get rid of the negative feelings? Maybe you don’t have to or want to, according to the book I am reading. Psychologist Shawn Smith’s book The User’s Guide to the Human Mind: Why Our Brains Make Us Unhappy, Anxious, and Neurotic and What We Can Do about […]

An Act of Radical Virginity

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 - by Sarah Hoyt

Being over twenty and a virgin in NYC is enough of a radical act that a woman turned it into a one-woman show and built an entire comedy routine on it. Alexis Lambright was a confirmed virgin in NYC for 10 years. Determined to hold on to her innocence, the Catholic schoolgirl was committed to […]

The Lone Writer Against The Time Masters

Saturday, July 20th, 2013 - by Sarah Hoyt

Organizing Your Creative Life in 13 Weeks: Week 3 Prolific science fiction novelist Sarah Hoyt follows up her “Your Novel in 13 Weeks” PJ Lifestyle series with a new weekly experiment each Saturday to figure out the best way for all creative types working from home to better organize their efforts.   Week Zero, Introduction: Organizing […]

Ten Weeks Of Guilty Pleasures

Saturday, July 20th, 2013 - by Sarah Hoyt

Week One: Relaxing with the Regency These last two weeks I’ve been trying to get over something weird that I picked up at a con, complicated by an asthma attack caused by stress. You know those things you do when you’re feeling out of it and you want to boost your mood? My very favorite thing […]

Bad Advice: Stop Trying To Be Friends with People

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 - by Hannah Sternberg

Submit your questions to PJMBadAdvice@gmail.com or leave a question in the comments section, and I’ll answer it in Bad Advice! Dear Bad Advice, I have a coworker that I can tell is not doing well. Her work performance is fine, and I never have anything to complain about there. But I can tell she must be going […]

Bad Advice for 5 Game of Thrones Characters

Thursday, June 13th, 2013 - by Hannah Sternberg

Submit your questions about friendship, relationships, careers, family, or life decisions to PJMBadAdvice@gmail.com or leave a question in the comments section, and I’ll answer it in Bad Advice, PJ Lifestyle’s new advice column every Wednesday! George R. R. Martin is often accused of nihilism for his brutal treatment of his characters, without any discernible purpose or “moral” to […]

Get Used to Your Family Being Crazy

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 - by Hannah Sternberg

Submit your questions about friendship, relationships, careers, family, or life decisions to PJMBadAdvice@gmail.com or leave a question in the comments section, and I’ll answer it in Bad Advice, PJ Lifestyle’s new advice column every Wednesday! This week, one of my regular commenters asks for advice on his (or her) self-destructive sister. The situation is below: Dear Bad Advice, […]

Advice for Grads: Stop Working So Darn Hard

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 - by Hannah Sternberg

Submit your questions about friendship, relationships, careers, family, or life decisions to PJMBadAdvice@gmail.com or leave a question in the comments section, and I’ll answer it in Bad Advice, PJ Lifestyle’s new advice column! This week, I’d like to offer some Bad Advice to recent college graduates. Here are some pointers, practical and spiritual, on how to cope with […]

Take a Whine Appreciation Class

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 - by Hannah Sternberg

Submit your questions about friendship, relationships, careers, family, or life decisions to PJMBadAdvice@gmail.com or leave a question in the comments section, and I’ll answer it in Bad Advice, PJ Lifestyle’s new advice column every Wednesday! Dear Bad Advice, My friend is absolutely driving me up the wall! She complains about everything. I know not a lot of things are […]

Stop Expecting Your Friends to Show Common Decency

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 - by Hannah Sternberg

Submit your questions about friendship, relationships, careers, family, or life decisions to PJMBadAdvice@gmail.com or leave a question in the comments section, and I’ll answer it in Bad Advice, PJ Lifestyle’s new advice column! Hello Bad Advice readers! This week I got a question that I’ve heard many times from friends, mostly millennials, who get the […]

3 Steps to Rediscover the Lost Art of Mothering

Saturday, May 11th, 2013 - by Rhonda Robinson

Although it was many years ago, the image of a young woman with a tear-streaked face and blank stare is forever etched into my memory. She sat in front of the television cameras, shredding a soaked tissue, telling her story. Once a happy new mother, now distraught and on trial for the death of her […]

Does New Study of Burial Cloth Add to Existing Proof that Jesus Was Resurrected Around 33 AD?

Sunday, March 31st, 2013 - by Myra Adams

After reading about a newly published scientific book titled The Mystery of the Shroud, which attempts to prove that the Shroud of Turin actually dates back to the time of Jesus, I planned on writing what you are about to read. Then, an hour before my scheduled writing time,  I “just happened” to notice a Facebook post that read: […]

TV’s Best and Worst Fictional Political Campaigns

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 - by David Forsmark

Most Overrated: The West Wing I have to confess I didn’t watch much of this show, after the first episode featured a group of antisemitic “conservative” teachers (as though that’s a bigger problem with conservatives) and President Martin Sheen, I mean Josiah Bartlett, telling a bunch of conservative pastors (in real life, Israel’s best friends) to […]

Worship Singer Paul Wilbur Just Made History Performing In Cuba

Sunday, January 27th, 2013 - by Myra Adams

About five years ago, after my husband and I first heard Paul Wilbur perform at a messianic temple in Ft. Lauderdale, we became instant fans. Since then, we have played his CDs in our cars repeatedly. Wilbur’s songs appeal to traditional Jews and Christians alike. He has performed in Israel on numerous occasions, and his love for that […]

5 Reasons Men Cheat

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 - by John Hawkins

Cheating always seems like such a black-and-white issue, doesn’t it? Of course, in one sense, it is. You cheated? Then you’re the bad guy (or girl) and your partner has every right to be upset, angry, hurt, and to never forgive you. All true. However, if you know a few people who cheat, you start […]

The 5 Best Christmas Movie Fathers

Monday, December 24th, 2012 - by Paul Cooper

One of the best parts of the holiday season has to be Christmas movies. There are hundreds of them and a few dozen classics among them. As a father of two, I’m always interested to see how popular films portray dads, so it makes sense to find the best papas in favorite Christmas flicks who […]

5 Psychological Defense Mechanisms You Probably Use Without Realizing It

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 - by John Hawkins

Your behavior is influenced by information that surges through three different channels — your conscious mind, your subconscious mind, and your instincts. Your conscious mind is easy to explain. Think about how you use your conscious mind and, congratulations, you’re using your conscious mind. Now, think about what that means — and again, you’re using […]