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Origins of Familiar Phrases

November 8th, 2013

Many idioms and phrases exist that we use on a daily basis to add richness to conversation and writing but oftentimes we may not know how these phrases came to be. Here are the origins of a few familiar phrases that often come from unexpected and sometimes unsure sources.Get your goat This phrase is commonly used to describe someone who is angry or frustrated,...

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Expert Tips On Writing Your First Novel

November 8th, 2013

As daunting as it may be to participate in November's National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), remember, lots of other people have written books. Is there really any reason why you shouldn't be able to? A handful of experts have published advice for new writers embarking on extensive writing projects, in the hope that their experience will help others avoid making...

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The Great Saxophonist Charlie Parker Influenced Generations of Musicians

October 25th, 2013

When people think of great saxophone players, Charlie Parker is in a class by himself. He's not only remembered as one of the great improvising soloists in the jazz world, but he influenced countless other musicians during his lifetime and since his death in 1955.Parker began playing an instrument in public schools when he was growing up in Kansas City, Mo. He later...

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What is the Best Free Online Dictionary for your Needs?

September 30th, 2013

With the dictionary being thousands of years old, it's hard to imagine that the first creators dreamed it'd be as easy as it is today to look up a word. However, that doesn't mean you can just go to any old website and trust the definition. It's actually more important than ever in this age of endless website hits to make sure your source is a reliable and...

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Some Advice For Beginning Drummers

September 28th, 2013

Whether you're a fan of rock, jazz, blues, country or pretty much any genre of music, learning to play a drum set can be a great way to get lots of exercise. But before you start on your path to becoming the next Keith Moon or Sheila E., you should get some fundamentals down. Paradiddles The most basic rudiment seems ridiculously simple at first, but gets harder to keep up...

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Where to Get Free E-Books Online

September 26th, 2013

If a work is no longer covered by copyright protections or doesn't meet the requirements to be covered it is considered to be in the public domain. Books in this public domain can be used and downloaded for free, with no permission or payment needed. Many times e​-books you're paying for on your e-reader or tablet can be downloaded for free (mostly older...

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A Brief Mary Shelley Biography

September 26th, 2013

Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, who is better known as Mary Shelley, was born in London, England, on Aug. 30, 1797. The world didn't know it just yet, but she would go on to become one of the most prolific writers of her time.Shelley was informally educated, according to the European Graduate School. However, she was deemed bright early by all of her tutors and her...

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How To Begin Learning Piano

September 17th, 2013

From people with dreams of stardom in the music business to those who'd just like to be able to play traditional carols to entertain family members during the holiday season, some fundamental knowledge of how to play the piano can be exceptionally handy. Some people pay for piano lessons from a professional instructor, and there's certainly nothing wrong with that. But if...

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Two Great Creative, Non-Fiction Book Writers to Add to Your Collection

August 23rd, 2013

When you think of the genre of nonfiction, the cut and dry style of newspaper journalism or the monotonous words from a school textbook may come to mind. There's another side to nonfiction (creative nonfiction) that may redefine what the genre means to you. Various creative nonfiction authors have designated their intellects and creativity not for crafting fantasy worlds, but...

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Top 5 Items that Make a Huge Difference on an International Flight

August 1st, 2013

The lure of international travel is undoubtedly enticing, and being able to explore a brand new part of the world with friends or family will create countless lasting memories. Unfortunately, getting there can be a major issue, and if you're going to be stuck on a plane for multiple hours, you can begin to go stir crazy rather quickly. Being able to keep yourself...

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