Sell awesome t-shirt’s like these to your friends, or on your blog or website and MAKE MONEY doing it. How kick-ass is that?
Sell awesome t-shirt’s like these to your friends, or on your blog or website and MAKE MONEY doing it. How kick-ass is that?
If your partner is going away for a few days, tell her that you are worried about
her so you have organized a bodyguard to look after her. Then give her a
small teddy bear.
Buy a packet of glow in the dark stars and stick the stars on the roof above
your bed to spell out a message such as “I Love You” When the lights go
down, your message will be revealed!
IDEA # 3
On a special occasion, buy your partner eleven real red roses and one
artificial red rose. Place the artificial rose in the center of the bouquet.
Attach a card that says:
Buy the domain name of your partner’s name if it is available for example
http://www.TanyaJohnston.com. Create a web page containing a romantic poem
and a picture of a rose. When your partner is surfing the web, casually ask
whether she has ever checked to see whether her domain name is taken. Let
her type it in to discover her page.
IDEA # 5
Buy a stylish hand mirror and give it to your partner as a gift. Include a card in
the box saying
“In this mirror you will see the image of
the most beautiful woman in the world.”
IDEA # 6
Take a book that your partner is reading and using a pencil, underline letters
in a section of the book she has yet to read to spell out a love letter. For
example in the following exerpt from a novel, the underlined letters come
together to spell out the secret message “I love you”
The palace was a labyrinth, their passage through it tortuous and
interminable. Initially they passed from building to building under the sodden
sky. Steve’s feet ached; he might have laughed at himself, the tireless
traveler, grown too soft from his months in the city to walk any proper
distance. Abruptly the guards halted.
The underlined letters will make your partner curious and with a bit of luck she
will write them down. Spend time to encode a proper message such as “Dear
Belinda, I love you honey
IDEA # 7
Have flowers delivered to your partner’s workplace. She will not only enjoy
the flowers but will also receive comments and attention from her office mates
which will add to her enjoyment.
IDEA # 8
While walking with your partner on a weekend getaway, pick up a smooth
stone and say that you’re going to keep it as a special memento of your trip.
Later, have a message such as
“I Love Rebecca”
engraved into the stone by a jeweler and give it to your partner.
IDEA # 9
Drive into the country, find a grassy hill and lie with your partner and look up
at the clouds.
Play the kid’s game of looking for shapes in the cloud formations.
IDEA # 10
Get a piece of paper and some crayons. Draw a bright childlike picture with a
smiley sun and two stick figures holding hands. Add labels with your two
names pointing to the stick figures. Write “I Love You” inside a heart.
Next get a large formal envelope. Place your drawing inside and type up a
formal address label of your partner’s work such as:
For the immediate and urgent attention of:
Collins & Smith Solicitors
New York, NY
Mail it to your partner so she receives it in the middle of a busy day.
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If you’ve ever read an article about Ebay, you will have seen the kinds of incomes people make – it isn’t unusual to hear of people making thousands of dollars per month on Ebay.
Next time you’re on Ebay, take a look at how many PowerSellers there are: you’ll find quite a few. Now consider that every single one of one of them must be making at least $1,000 per month, as that’s Ebay’s requirement for becoming a PowerSeller.
Silver PowerSellers make at least $3,000 each month,
Gold PowerSellers make more than $10,000,
Platinum Powersellers make more than $25,000 and
Titanium PowerSellers make at least a whopping $150,000 in sales every month!
The fact that these people exist gives you come idea of the income possibilities here. Most of them never set out to even set up a business on Ebay – they simply started selling a few things, and then kept going. There are plenty of people whose full-time job is selling things on Ebay, and some of them have been doing it for years now.
Can you imagine that? Once they’ve bought the stock, everything else is pretty much pure profit for these people – they don’t need to pay for any business premises, staff, or anything else. There are multimillion dollar businesses making less in actual profit than Ebay PowerSellers do.
Even if you don’t want to quit your job and really go for it, you can still use Ebay to make a significant second income. You can pack up orders during the week and take them down to the post office for delivery each Saturday. There are few other things you could be doing with your spare time that have anywhere near that kind of earning potential.
What’s more, Ebay doesn’t care who you are, where you live, or what you look like: Some PowerSellers are very old, or very young. Some live out in the middle of nowhere where selling on Ebay is one of the few alternatives to farming or being very poor. Ebay tears down the barriers to earning that the real world constantly puts up. There’s no job interview and no commuting involved – if you can post things, you can do it.
Put it this way: if you know where to get something reasonably cheaply that you could sell, then you can sell it on Ebay – and since you can always get discounts for bulk at wholesale, that’s not exactly difficult. Buy a job lot of something in-demand cheaply, sell it on Ebay, and you’re making money already, with no set-up costs.
If you want to dip your toe in the water before you commit to actually buying anything, then you can just sell things that you’ve got lying around in the house. Search through that cupboard of stuff you never use, and you’ll probably find you’ve got a few hundred dollars’ worth of stuff lying around in
there! This is the power of Ebay: there is always someone who wants what you’re selling, whatever it might be, and since they’ve come looking for you, you don’t even need to do anything to get them to buy it.
So you want to get started on Ebay? Well, that’s great! There are only a few little things you need to learn to get started.
The deepest question of philosophy may well be, why is there something rather than nothing?
The cosmological argument attempts to prove the existence of a personal God by creating a case founded in this philosophical conundrum. It is an argument that has been put forward in slightly differing forms by Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Leibniz, and indeed more recently William Lane Craig. I believe it to be a very powerful argument, when properly understood.
Much of what follows is simply a restatement of William Lane Craig’s words. This particular version is called the Kalam cosmological argument.
This cause is what religious people refer to as God.
A first cause. An uncaused cause. Something external to our existence, something logically capable of starting the ball rolling.
The only way that a timeless cause could create an effect existing in time, is if the cause has choice. It requires choice in order to be able to create an effect in time when before this creation no time existed. As such, the cosmological argument argues for the existence of a personal God.
Either you claim that the universe merely popped into being from nothing, a claim that would sound ridiculous in any common usage, a nonsensical claim that also happens to be made entirely on the blindest of faith, or you suggest that it has an external cause – a timeless, spaceless being of unfathomable power, and the choice necessary to create something afresh.
I have heard the following response quite often, “This argument achieves nothing. We must then ask who caused God? Or who caused the first cause? You cannot claim that God is infinite for infinite is not a self-consistent term. Hence God had an origination, and requires an explanation for his existence.”
This argument exposes some ignorance of theology. For Christians, and indeed all major religions, do not believe that God is infinite. They believe that God is eternal. They believe that he is beyond time, in fact the originator of time. And so that particular counter-argument is invalid.
I also often hear the reply that, “This argument proves no specific God. It provides just as much evidence for a spiteful dictator in the sky as it does for a loving creator.” Yes I agree. The cosmological argument has little to say about the validity of any specific religion, that is not what it is trying to prove. You are right. Other arguments would be necessary to move from the existence of a God to say the existence of Yahweh.
But of course I am very happy to hear any other counters, as long as they are directly on topic, and relatively polite.
Throughout the history of the world, starting with the church, censors have been put on many different things. The church was able to create a list of banned works, and many of the books were burned. The first list of banned books came from Pope Paul IV who established The Index of Prohibited Books to protect Catholics from controversial ideas. However, authors found ways to get around these censors. Many just published in a nearby country.
Whether it is for political reasons, religious reasons, or some other reason, books, to this day, continue to be banned, extremely looked down upon, or challenged harshly. As for me, I believe it’s completely ludicrous. Who says anyone has to right to ban someone else’s hard work and ideas? In any case, here are the top ten banned books.
“I see Sofia and I don’t know why she still alive. They crack her skull, they crack her ribs. They tear her nose loose on one side. They blind her in one eye. She swole from head to foot. Her tongue the size of my arm, it stick out tween her teef like a piece of rubber. She can’t talk. And she just about the color of eggplant.”
A novel written by Alice Walker, The Color Purple depicts the life of a young black girl, Celie, who speaks about her life in letters to God. Celie has been raped by her stepfather, beat by her much older husband, and is basically alone. The book expresses what life is like in the deep south through the eyes of a black female. It has been banned because of its extreme and graphic violence, troubling ideas about relations between races, African history, human sexuality, and man’s relationship with God.
“If growing up is painful for the Southern Black girl, being aware of her displacement is the rust on the razor that threatens the throat. It is an unnecessary insult.”
This novel is an autobiography of the early life of Maya Angelou. It is able to show how trauma and racism can be overcome by strength and a love of literature. Angelou is able to depict her life from age three to age 17, in Stamps Arkansas. She at first lives with her older brother, and in the end becomes a parent. Throughout the novel, there is a lot of racism and violence, including rape. The book has been banned because of its explicit scenes of rape and other sexual abuse, as well as violence, homosexuality, and vulgar language.
Published in 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird became popular quick, and eventually won a Pulitzer Prize. It was immediately successful and has been said to be a classic of modern American fiction. The book is known for its humor and warmth while still dealing with critical and serious issues such as racism, rape, and loss of innocence. Many see the book’s famous character, Atticus Finch, as being a hero both morally and racially. However, the book has been challenged many times because of how it deals with race issues. It is extremely prejudice and stereotypical. The novel also portrays an assault that is somewhat sexual, resulting in a rape. Vulgar language, including the “n” word, is also used.
“We can make a new one with the greatest ease-as many as we like. Unorthodoxy threatens more than the life of a mere individual; it strikes at Society itself.”
Written in 1932 by Aldous Huxley, this book revolves around a setting of a drugged, dull and mass society. The book takes place in the future, but it doesn’t provide much hope for generations to come. The book is a parody of a utopian society. The novel explained much disdain for youth, as well as a culture that is driven by the market. The book has been banned for its strong themes of drugs, sexuality, and suicide. In the novel, something as minute as chewing gum is seen as a way to deliver sex hormones, and pornographic films are spread around like free candy. Simply, Brave New World has been banned and challenged for its negativity, the latest being in 1993.
“Never again will you be capable of ordinary human feeling. Everything will be dead inside you. Never again will you be capable of love, or friendship, or joy of living, or laughter, or curiosity, or courage, or integrity. You will be hollow. We shall squeeze you empty and then we shall fill you with ourselves.”
Written by George Orwell in 1949, 1984 is a novel that depicts an extremely grim future of society. The society has no free will, truth, or privacy. The book was first banned in 1984 by the American Library Association because of its “bleak warning of totalitarian government and censorship.” Many see the novel as one that is expressing immoral themes, as well as being pro-Communist. The book tosses around the idea of “Big Brother,” which is still highly influential and popular in culture today. The book has also been challenged for sexual themes.
“A normal man given a group photograph of school girl or Girl Scouts and asked to point out the comeliest one will not necessarily choose the nymphet among them. You have to be an artist and a madman, a creature of infinite melancholy, with a bubble of hot poison in your loins and a super-voluptuous flame permanently aglow in your subtle spine…”
This 1955 novel written by Vladimir Nabokov, analyzes the mind of a highly intelligent, self-loathing man named Humber Humbert, who is a pedophile and has an extreme obsession for “nymphets,” which are young girls, generally around the age of 12. Lolita was first published by a French pornographic press after being rejected by four publishing firms, but soon after, it was banned in France for being obscene. It was also banned in South Africa, New Zealand, England, and Argentina. However, the book was never really banned in the U.S. because when it was published, sexuality and teenage sex weren’t out of the norm. In any case, most countries have challenged the book because of its portrayal of a sexual relationship between a child and an adult.
“Sex is something I really don’t understand too hot. You never know where the hell you are. I keep making up these sex rules for myself, and then I break them right away. Last year I made a rule that I was going to quit horsing around with girls that, deep down, gave me a pain in the ass. I broke it, though, the same week I made it – the same night, as a matter of fact.”
Written by J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye became a best-seller weeks within its release in 1951. The novel explains three days in the life of a 16 year old boy, who is seen as extremely troubled. It is a true expression of teenage angst and rebellion against adults, and many have challenged the book because they fear younger people will look up to Holden, the main character. The book first caused controversy in 1960 when a school principal fired a teacher for using the novel as part of an 11th grade class. Many states around the country have issues with the book, some saying it is “anti-white,” while others express that it puts too much emphasis on slang, sex, violence, and issues with morals.
“As much money and life as you could want! The two things most human beings would choose above all – the trouble is, humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things that are worst for them.”
The most recent books on the list, the Harry Potter series tell the tale and adventures of a young boy named Harry Potter, who is a wizard, and his friends Ron and Hermione. The central theme of the book is a struggle against evil, Lord Voldemort, who killed Harry’s parents. Since the first book’s publishing in 1997, the series has been under much scrutiny. In 2001, parents from all over the U.S. and other parts of the world challenged the book because of its witchcraft, violence, the occult, and its overall scariness. Years later, the series is still banned and challenged for the same reasons, including lying, cheating, stealing, ghosts, and promoting Wicca ideology.
“’What! Have you no monks to teach, to dispute, to govern, to intrigue and to burn people who do not agree with them?”
A great book of great satire! Candide is a classic French novel that satirizes all things that many saw sacred in its day. Churches, philosophers, armies, and rulers were all poked fun at. Voltaire, through the use of satire and funny phrases, was doing nothing more than trying to express a man finding the best of all possible worlds while going through some of the worst things that could ever happen in life. The Great Council of Geneva banned the book after its release, but more than 30,000 copies sold in a year. In 1930, U.S. Customs seized Harvard-bound copies of Candide, and then in 1944 the U.S. Post Office wanted the book dropped from Concord Books.
“I knowed he was white inside, and I reckoned he’d say what he did say – so it was all right, now, and I told Tom I was agoing for a doctor.”
This book, written by Mark Twain, has been banned in many different places since it was published. Huckleberry Finn is a story of a young boy, Huck, and a runaway slave, Jim, who travel down the Mississippi in order to escape “sivilization.” Here in the U.S., the book was banned in 1885, a year after it was published. At first, the book was banned for its use of slang, which was seen as demeaning. Over time, the focus shifted towards the fact that the novel uses the “n” word so many times, in fact over 200 times. Many cannot get around the fact that such a derogatory word is used so much. Readers often substitute the word with “slave” or “servant.” Despite much controversy, many of the most famous writers, such as Ernest Hemingway, see the book as a great piece of literature, as do many readers.
Published in Everything’s Eventual: 14 Dark Tales, this quirky tale follows Dinky Earnshaw, our 19-year-old narrator who has the uncanny ability to draw pictures that kill people. A mysterious man from a mysterious corporation gives Dinky a house to live in, a car to drive, plenty of money, and pretty much anything he could ever ask for in return for Dinky drawing his pictures (Dinky, as our hero, has no idea the power his pictures wield). Even as the truth of what he’s doing starts to dawn on Dinky, he starts to realize that the mysterious corporation is not what it seems, and that the people he’s killing might not be the bad guys after all. Dinky makes an appearance in King’s opus The Dark Tower series, where the mysterious corporation is shown to be linked to the Crimson King.
This Novella appeared in the collection Hearts In Atlantis, and is another offshoot of The Dark Tower series. Ted Brautigan has escaped from his incarceration as a beam-breaker for the Crimson King. We don’t really fully understand this until the final book of The Dark Tower series, but we know by the end of “Low Men in Yellow Coats” that Ted is going to work for the bad guys in return for them leaving Bobby alone. Wait a minute; we may be a little ahead of ourselves. Ted moves into the same apartment building as Bobby Garfield, the child of a single mother who is sleeping with her boss. Which is scandalous, especially in 1960. Ted and Bobby form a friendship that makes his mother very suspicious. Ted lets Bobby know that he (Ted) is being chased by “low men in yellow coats” who put up lost pet signs and draw stars and moons on the sidewalk. Bobby meets Carol, a lovely young girl who also develops a strong affinity for Ted. Carol gets attacked, Ted tries to help her, Bobby’s mom walks in at an inopportune moment and we find out that she calls and turns Ted in to the “Can-Toi”, or the low men in yellow coats. Sound confusing? Give it a read. We guarantee you’ll enjoy it.
Annie Wilkes is Paul Sheldon’s “number one fan”. Paul writes Annie’s favorite stories about Misery Chastain, a tragic heroine who Paul has the nerve to kill off in what was supposed to be the final Misery novel. It just figures that Paul would just so happen to get into a car accident right near Annie’s house. She rescues him, takes him to her house, and at first it seems that Paul’s really lucked out. He has a “number one fan” to take care of him. It turns out that Annie is completely off her rocker, and that Paul isn’t so lucky after all. Made into a movie with James Caan and the incomparable Kathy Bates (who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Annie), the movie was not near as disturbing as the book. Trust us.
What can we say? King can really write crazy. Carrie was published in 1974 and has been a banned book in schools all over the U.S. It’s also been widely adapted: two feature films, a TV movie, and even a Broadway musical. Not too shabby for a manuscript that Stephen King threw away initially.
Published under King’s nom de plume, Richard Bachman, The Long Walk takes place in an alternate universe where life in these United States is more like life in a police state, where teenage boys are forced to take the “long walk” and are killed by soldiers for their indiscretions. It is a well-crafted, fully horrifying piece of work.
Also published under the name Richard Bachman, this psychological thriller/teenage horror story is so powerful and has so many social implications that Stephen King has decided for it to stay out of print forever. Since the odds are pretty slim that you’ll get to read this one, we’ll give you a short plot synopsis. Charlie Decker is an angry young man. So angry, in fact, that he beats a teacher with a wrench, grabs his pistol out of his locker, sets his locker on fire, and then shoots two teachers. As if that wasn’t enough, he holds a classroom full of his fellow students hostage. Disturbing, but not an original story, right? The catch is that the story sounds familiar because of things that have happened since Rage was published. Added to the fact that the story is much more interesting than just a disturbed kid. The dialog between Charlie and his hostages is riveting, and the story is a testament to how horrible teen life can be and how angry life can make a child that is having a hard time becoming an adult. Unfortunately, copies of the book were found in the possession of real-life kids who were angry and messed-up enough to commit similar crimes. Hence, it is out of print.
Let’s face it. This series is Stephen King’s opus, and so many of his works weave into it. Since we’re doing this list based on stand-alone works, we didn’t include the whole series. That’s OK, because some of the books are better than the others. This is one of them. This is the story that, most notably, talks about Roland of Gilead’s history, and what a history it is. This is one of the best-crafted, wondrous, disturbing quest stories of all time, not just in Stephen King’s world.
This story comes from the short story collection Different Seasons, which was also the book with “Apt Pupil” and “The Body”, both of which were made into feature films. So was “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption”. As great as the film was, the story is better. It is rich and delightfully told, and you should read it. Today. You won’t be sorry.
“The man in black fled across the desert, and the Gunslinger followed.” If you’ve read this book, that line gives you chills. A poem by Robert Browning called “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came” was the unlikely inspiration for this 12-year-in-development labor of love. Funny enough, Browning’s poem is said to have come to him in a dream, fully formed in iambic pentameter. The title of the poem comes from Shakespeare’s King Lear. Shakespeare got the idea for Edgar’s rant from a fairy tale called “Childe Rowland”, which incidentally takes its inspiration from a medieval ballad. One might say that the inspiration for The Gunslinger has inspired many other great works before it. King has often said that he was on a sort of “auto-pilot” during the creation of The Gunslinger and The Dark Tower novels. Guided by the spirit of creation, anyone?
If Stephen King considers The Dark Tower novels to be his “magnum opus”, The Stand is perhaps his greatest masterpiece. A sprawling and magnificent novel, The Stand takes place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where most of the human population is dead by the hand of a man-made biological virus/weapon. An oracle’s dreams draws a group of survivors together to rebuild society, but Randall Flagg has other plans. And that synopsis barely scratches the surface of this amazing piece of literature. A bonus for true fans, The Stand is totally linked into The Dark Tower series – Randall Flagg is the villain, there is a superflu, everything is a wasteland but as a stand-alone novel it really holds its salt.