In the first quarter of 2015, the growth of luxury home prices has been very dismal. Luxury homes are defined as those occupying the most expensive five percent of houses on the market. According to Redfin Research Group, sales of homes in the million dollar plus range surged in the initial three months of the year, remaining steady in the face of an economic slump. However, luxury homes did not s
By Kate Knibbs on May 29, 2015
It’s bee season. No, you don’t need a smoker or a veil for your face, but you’ll want to crack open the dictionary (please excuse the light humor meant for the beekeepers among us). The 88th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee takes place this week in Maryland, with a new champion speller winning the coveted crown on Thursday. “This is an unparalleled journey in word exploration,” Paige Kimble, t
By Barry Eitel on May 28, 2015
For the first time in years, more teenagers are using tobacco products. But it is not cigarettes or cigars. Instead, they are smoking electronic cigarettes, otherwise known as e-cigarettes. According to the New York Times, a report shows that 400,000 additional young people used a tobacco product in 2014, making a total of 4.6 million. This is the first increase in this statistic in years, though
By Kate Knibbs on May 27, 2015
Andy Beresford is the director and founder of Home Leisure Direct , a leading UK games company. He is passionate about the power of games to improve quality of life and family relationships. In this article he explores how playing games with your children can help them to achieve at school. The first thing that most parents turn to when their child is underachieving, or when they are keen to help
By Perl Watson on May 27, 2015
There's an old newspaper industry saw that says "Dog Bites Man" is a boring story, but "Man Bites Dog" is a front-page winner. Why? Because thousands of people are bitten by dogs every year -- and that's not particularly news. But it's big news if it happens to you or someone you love. The topic of dog bites and the law has become an intensely debated one in recent years. In March 2014, national h
By Michael Essany on Apr 29, 2015
Plunking down cash for a new home would be nice, but it's beyond the reach of the majority of families seeking the "American Dream" of home ownership. Sure, some folks who have boatloads of money find buying their dream homes a cakewalk. We're talking about Hollywood Stars, billionaire business owners, pro athletes, and well-heeled royals. These are people across whose lips the word "budget" rar
By Michael Essany on Apr 28, 2015
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By Shahnaz Mahmud on Jun 29, 2015
I'm a career journalist who took a buyout package from Sun Media, Canada's largest newspaper chain, in 2010. I have been a managing editor, city editor, editorial page editor/writer, sports editor and reporter. Along the way I picked up a few trinkets for excellence, including the Canadian Press Wire Service Editorial of the Year, a CP award for humour column writing and an Ontario Newspaper Association award for reporting on a listeria outbreak.
Stef dela Cruz, MD is a doctor and a writer. While writing for a health column in a print mag, she also maintains her own health blog at www.stefdelacruz.com. Just recently, she started a tech blog, www.techenvy.net, with her techie brother. They have a 13-year age gap - and yes, she's the older sibling. She's always on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. It's easy to find her because she maintains one username: @stefdelacruzmd. Stalk her online; she doesn't mind.
Often blinded by science, I am a Bay Area-based journalist and playwright. I focus on tech innovation and the business of Silicon Valley. I've had plays produced in the Bay Area, Chicago, Boston, and Washington, D.C.
Author Debbie Nicholson, PhD, MBWP, Cht, resides in Michigan. Her first two books of her Love And Laughter series are available on Amazon Books along with others. Ms. Nicholson who writes alternative medicine, women's health, children's health, holistic health and mental health articles and reprints of her writing are seen throughout the web. Ms. Nicholson is also a Mind, Body, Wellness practitioner and Hypnotherapist at A & L Chiropractic Center Farmington Hills, Michigan. She is also the editor of Cherokee Blessings Magazine She provides various therapies including reflexology, reikki, and food medicine She is available for free consultations.
Michael Essany is a bestselling author, journalist and former columnist for the NWI Times, the second largest daily newspaper in the State of Indiana. He is a 2005 honors graduate of Valparaiso University with a BA in political science. Michael can be reached at MichaelEssany@comcast.net
Whitney Butler is a freelance professional with seven years of combined education and hands-on experience in writing and content development with an emphasis on lifestyle and travel. She has lived abroad and traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia, which she chronicles in her personal blog.