How Poems Come

Verse upon any theme, and in treatment ranging from the most ponderously serious to the most frivolously flippant, can be manufactured at any time. Its technique is comparatively simple. Its devices, meter, rhyme, alliteration, assonance, consonance, stanza arrangement may be mastered as easily as multiplication tables. Poetry comes differently.

It …

more ...

A brief (untrue) history of Science

Though it’s impossible to know exactly when science began, it’s worth making a wild guess. Science began millions of years ago when the first cave men developed language.1 With a new ability to convey information, they were able to share experiences and observe their world. They spent …

more ...

Living by a busy road can increase the risk of a miscarriage

Living by a busy road can increase the risk of a miscarriage by more than 50 per cent. The study of 250,000 pregnant women found that air pollution is more dangerous to their unborn baby than smoking. It discovered there was a direct link between the number of “missed …

more ...

Why Bees make Great Pollinators

Pollination is the movement of pollen from the anthers of a flower to the stigma of the same or a different flower. Pollination is needed for plants to reproduce, and so many plants depend on bees or other insects as pollinators. When a bee collects nectar and pollen from the …

more ...

How Beauty Affects Dating

Most of the interest in non-market exchange of beauty is in its role in two-person relationships. Aside from how widespread such relationships are and their importance for procreation, they have the additional advantage of being easy to analyze—we only need to consider two people’s preferences and abilities, not …

more ...

Deep Bed Gardening

Unless you have a very large area of land at your disposal, the key to success as a self-sufficient gardener is to be able to grow a lot in a small space. Of the new techniques for growing more vegetables in smaller areas, the most important in my view is …

more ...

Best Places to go in Corsica

Napoleon said he could recognize his native island just by the fragrance of the maquis. Corsica is an enigmatic island, and the “Island of Beauty”, as the French call it, lives up to its name. It has towering mountains, lush forests, timeless villages, stylish resorts and pristine beaches.

The island …

more ...

Types of Facials

Now you’re probably wondering, but what type of facial is right for me? Perhaps you have acne or sun-damaged skin. Maybe you’re looking to contour your face. If you’re preparing for a wedding, I can assume you like diamonds and may therefore want to consider a facial …

more ...

Diversification in Dividend Investing

Diversifying your investment is a proven method to manage risk in stock dividend investing. The fundamental concept behind this investment strategy is the theory that diversifying stocks in a portfolio can reduce the risk and can yield higher profits in the long run.

Diversifying your investment portfolio may mitigate the …

more ...

What to do if a Tornado Strikes?

Anyone who lives in certain parts of the country knows the signs of an approaching tornado. The wind is whipping things around, and the sky turns an indescribably dark yellow-green color. Sometimes there’s hail and heavy rain that suddenly stops. The wind changes. And there’s nearly always a …

more ...