Low levels of self-esteem and poor emotional processing skills were significantly correlated with gang involvement, as were low levels of parental monitoring, poor parental communication and housing instability.
“Adolescents who have strained relationships with positive family and community members and have displaced housing may find a sense of belonging with gangs,” Voisin said. “It may be that the gangs satisfy the need for social connections and survival for these teens. At the same time, there are certain behaviors and norms within some gangs that are associated with increased social and health risk factors for their members.” –Science Daily
That last summer at home—before I went to basic training—my well-meaning mother warned me that I might have to go to a war zone where I could lose a limb or even my life. No one prepared me for the more likely danger of having to leave people that I’d come to love after only a year or two. Considering that losing the loves of my life—two in one day—was the very reason I’d chosen to retreat into the arms of Uncle Sam in the first place, the irony is not lost on me. –Sweet Secrets by Rhonda Sheree
Interestingly, it used to be men who wore the heels. For centuries, horseback riders in the East used them to provide balance when standing up in the stirrups (just like today’s cowboy boots). The style eventually moved to Western Europe, where aristocrats embraced the footwear—not for its practicality, but to set themselves apart from the lower-class workers. A painting from 1701, for example, shows Louis XIV of France posing rather regally in a pair of red-heeled shoes. According to W magazine, when Napoleon Bonaparte crowned himself emperor in 1804, he decided to wear flats. The result: “The tiny general’s gesture marked the end of an era, not only of monarchist rule in France but also of high-heel male power-dressing throughout the Western world.” -Paul Hiebert
Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for December 28, 2014. All links will open in a new tab or window, so feel free to click through and leave some love in the comments. Once you close that window, you’ll be right back here for more linky goodness.
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Jack Woodville London presents Starting Your Novel: Little Things That Make a Big Difference posted at Procrastiwriter.
Janice Hardy presents Stop That Fighting! Conflicts Aren’t all About the Punches posted at Fiction University.
Maria Popova presents The Hedgehog and the Fox: Italo Calvino on the Two Types of Writers posted at Brain Pickings.
Tom Bentley presents Touch the Hearts of Your Readers: Entangle Their Emotions posted at Writer Unboxed.
Larry Brooks presents How to Learn Story Structure in Two Minutes or Less posted at Story Fix.
Kathryn Goldman presents Can You Use Other Peoples’ Creative Work in Your Novel? (#TFIOS Does!) posted at Better Novel Project.
Lauren Davis presents 5 Guidelines For Creating Interesting Female Supervillains posted at Observation Deck.
Ann Smarty presents 3 Smart Google Search Tips to Hunt for Guest Post Opportunities posted at Daily Blog Tips.
Demian Farnworth presents What You Need to Know to Make a Living as a Blogger Right Now posted at Copy Blogger.
Christopher Jobson presents Artist Kevin Weir Creates Ghostly Animated GIFs Using Archival Photos from the Library of Congress posted at This is Colossal.
Debra presents Darkness disappears in the presence of light: starting a prayer journal posted at The Warm Milk Journal.
The Business of Creativity
Cheryl Conner presents How To Pitch To The Press: The 8 No-Fail Strategies posted at Forbes.
Carol Tice presents Why Hating Your Day Job Won’t Make You a Successful Freelance Writer posted at Make a Living Writing.
Colby Marshall presents 10 Things to Know About Pitching Agents and Editors posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.
Ryan Castillo presents How to Determine Your Freelance Rate and Get Paid What You’re Worth posted at Life Hacker.
That’s all for this week. Be sure to submit your article for next week’s Carnival of Creativity by Friday at midnight!
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Once upon a time I found a monster in the woods. –Witch, Beast, Saint: an Erotic Fairy Tale By C. S. E. Cooney
assuage verb (used with object), assuaged, assuaging.
- to make milder or less severe; relieve; ease; mitigate: to assuage one’s grief; to assuage one’s pain.
- to appease; satisfy; allay; relieve: to assuage one’s hunger.
- to soothe, calm, or mollify: to assuage his fears; to assuage her anger.
A physiological shift occurred when I stopped drinking, a reallocation of bodily resources. The most overworked organ switched from my liver to my brain. Now I can’t stop thinking. –The Charlestown Connection by Tom MacDonald
Christmas is the time to celebrate the love of God.
It is the time to share the blessings of God.
This time is to spread cheer all around.
Wishing you Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas.
* More than 3 million children witness domestic violence every year
* Men who witness domestic violence as kids are twice as likely to become abusive later on
* There is a 30% to 60% chance children who witness domestic violence will also be abused
* Witnessing domestic violence can lead to poverty, unemployment and mental problems
–Linda Esposito, LCSW
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