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Tips and Strategies for Playing Hearts Online

December 28th, 2012

On the surface, Hearts is a relatively simple card game. However, when you really start to move up to advanced play, it can prove to be a fairly complex beast. As one of the more popular games that you can play online, you may have recently found yourself bitten by the Hearts bug - it's easy to pass hours playing round after round. If you're just getting started, here are some...

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How To Play Spades

December 28th, 2012

If you enjoy card games like Hearts, then Spades could be right up your alley! Just like Hearts, it calls for four players and a single deck. However, this game asks that players pair off into two teams and have partners sitting across from each other. The basic format of a Spades game goes like this: players are dealt their cards and each team collectively decides how many...

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The History of Square Dancing

November 29th, 2012

Dancing has been an ever-evolving form of expression that was used to assert individualism as well as display camaraderie within a community. Each form of dancing was the product of a society that was still reminiscent of past civilizations. Square dancing has long been associated with the U.S., specifically its rural, Western roots, but it can be traced back across the...

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How to Win at Risk

November 19th, 2012

Are you one of those people who always happens to be busy when your friends are planning a Risk night? Is it because you don't want to endure the long, drawn-out process that is watching your armies slowly fall? Although Risk is mechanically a simple game, it actually calls for a surprising level of strategy. Of course, there's no way to ensure victory, but you can put...

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A Brief History of Scrabble

October 16th, 2012

Scrabble has long been one of the most popular board games in the world, with multiple tournaments held around the globe. According to Time Magazine, about 150 million copies of the game have been sold, and you can find a Scrabble set in a full third of homes in the United States. It's even spawned a wildly successful smartphone game known as Words With Friends, which pits...

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How To Read More Efficiently

September 6th, 2012

It may seem like reading more is a simple matter of picking up a book a little more frequently, right? While this will definitely help, perhaps the act of reading itself isn't as efficient as it could be. If you've got a stack of books and magazines that you're ready to start tackling, there are plenty of things you can do to improve your reading skills. Here are a few tips...

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Tips For Starting Piano Lessons For Your Child

September 4th, 2012

Many of us have memories - some fond, others less so - of playing piano as children. It's virtually a rite of passage that every kid must take music or other enrichment lessons at some point. Although the majority of us stopped playing at some point in our lives, all of that time spent practicing scales and pieces wasn't necessarily for naught. In fact, one study suggests that...

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How To Help Your Children Become Star Students

August 30th, 2012

Your children may have the wit and intuition to get high marks in their classes, but sometimes they need assistance to maximize their potentials. Becoming a star student not only requires natural intelligence, but the proper discipline, organization and other means of support from parental figures. If you're looking to help your kids develop into the scholastic superstars...

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The Basic Rules of Tennis

August 27th, 2012

While watching tennis, the game may seem like a simple affair - one person hits the ball over the net, while the other does his or her best to hit it back, but the rules are much more intricate than they appear. As the U.S. Open begins this August, you may want to keep some of these rules in mind so you can follow all the action as the men and women duel it out on the court....

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Monopoly Through the Years

August 22nd, 2012

If you like family games, chances are you've played your fair share of Monopoly. The exciting board game has been captivating players for generations, and today there are even online versions to play that offer fun graphics and new twists. Unlike many other games out there, Monopoly has a rich history that goes all the way back to 1934. Here are a few facts and interesting...

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