3 Ways A Nursing Degree Helps Your Healthcare Career

The first year of a nursing career is an exciting and overwhelming experience. Nursing is a rewarding career, but requires a great deal of dedication and time. A degree in nursing can also take you many different places with your career path. Below are three ways nursing can expand your skillset and make you more marketable.… [Read more]

The Mobile Lifestyle of the New Middle Class

The middle class is shrinking. It sounds dire, doesn’t it? It sounds like the sky is falling down, like the foundation of the nation is crumbling and on its way to total collapse, swallowing up all the debt-riddled students and blue collar workers along with it.

We’re talking full-on catastrophic natural disaster movie scene here: the ground will crack open—there’s probably a river of hot magma down there—and every coverall wearing, book-toting, making-ends-meet citizen of the country is inexplicably thrust into the chasm.… [Read more]

Why a STEM Degree is the Best Choice for Undecided High School Leavers

Leaving high school and deciding on a college major can be a very challenging time if you don’t have a career in mind yet that you want to follow. If you are certain that you want to do a degree that will make you employable, but is also versatile enough to allow you to choose your field or specialism later on, then there are a few paths you can go down, for instance studying business.… [Read more]

Redefining Tiny: Housing and Millennials

I suppose you could say we are here to discuss the housing market.

But don’t fret, there will be no talk of subprime mortgages or the groan-inducing US housing crash of the early 2000s. Instead we’re looking at the most recent housing fascination to sweep the world: we’re going tiny, my friends.

The Rise of Tiny

A tiny house is a fully functioning domicile, typically somewhere between 100-400 square feet.… [Read more]

The Cost of Grad School and Why Students are Rising in Numbers

It’s no secret that the cost of an undergraduate degree has continued to steadily climb in recent years. An undergraduate is considered the “minimum” for many white-collar jobs, so most students don’t look further. This growing cost has driven undergraduates to seek new avenues of improving their lifetime earnings, even though number of graduate degrees awarded has doubled since the 1980’s.… [Read more]

Is Eating Kosher the Next Big Lifestyle Trend?

Special diets are big right now. Ask a random sample of people whether they follow any particular diet and I can guarantee a fair number of them will be gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, Paleo, vegan, and anything else with a label. Long gone are the days when we shoved anything into our hungry little mouths.… [Read more]

What Are The Health Benefits Of E-Cigarettes?

Many smokers today are switching to e-cigarettes. One of the top reasons being their ability to help benefit people’s health. As more of us are aware of the dangers associated with smoking, quitting is a journey many are taking. Substitutes like e-cigarettes can be helpful in making this transition. Below is a list of some of the ways your health can potentially benefit if you switch to e-cigarettes on the road to quitting.… [Read more]

Making Everyday Items in Earth-Friendly Ways

According to a study by Nielsen, global consumers in 60 countries are willing to pay more for products and services from companies committed to making a social and environmental impact. Companies with environmentalism in mind can attract a new wave of consumers by creating low impact products. While it’s the norm to seek out environmentally friendly light bulbs and detergents, there are plenty of everyday items that could be sustainable if companies focused more on the environment and less on their bottom line.… [Read more]

The Newest Craze: Caffeine Vaping

There’s a good chance you haven’t heard yet about this unusual new trend: vaping caffeine in place of your normal morning cappuccino. While it might sound like an unusual new habit, it seems to be working for at least some people. But how do you know if you should give it a try?

What is it, exactly?[Read more]

Soothe Your Stress with Flowers: Why Flowers Are Essential for Humans

People often have a simplistic notion of flowers. They are synonymous with weddings and anniversaries. You give them to a loved one as a way to say “I love you” or “I’m sorry.” When we need to express an emotion, we offer flowers almost out of habit, but do we ever stop to think about what flowers mean to us and the world around us?… [Read more]

Prepare for a Power Outage With These Tips

In 2013, there were a reported 14.5 power outage events per month throughout the United States, according to InsideEnergy.org. Some of these outages lasted a few hours, while others lasted for days. Make sure you and your family are equipped to handle any length of power outage with these basic safety measures and preparation tips.

Before a Power Outage

Stock an emergency kit with supplies and tools that can help you manage the absence of basic services.… [Read more]

Ironic Nationalism at the Drive-Thru

What kind of message appeals to both the intellectual progressive and the intransigent conservative with equal zeal?

Getting both self-serious parties to buy such a concept is a precarious prospect—one that even the most experienced politicians have tapped a formula to exploit. It is only fitting, then, that the answer comes in the form of America’s most important export: fast food.… [Read more]

Plastic Surgery: Five Growing Trends in Today’s Beauty Industry

The aesthetic surgery and beauty industry depend on a good economy for growth. Right now there is an increase, but in past years of recessions in 2001 and 2007-09, the stagnation of the economy led to less procedures and products bought. The products supplied and bought are some of the most profitable since they can change and move with a flexible economy.… [Read more]

Doomed Diversity: How is America’s Culture Changing?

For over two hundred years, the dream of America has been the goal for many people from many lands. From those who believed the roads were paved with gold, to those seeking religious or economic freedom, it has been a country of people from diverse cultures. The Melting Pot of the World used to be an apt description of America.… [Read more]

Safest and Most Dangerous Commuter Cities

Every year, Allstate Insurance compiles its America’s Best Drivers Report, which uses auto insurance claims data to assess the frequency of car crashes in the country’s 200 largest cities. As CBS News notes, Allstate factors in important data like traffic volume, city population and weather conditions when determining its ratings.

And the Winners Are…

Drivers from Fort Collins, Colorado, can take a well-deserved bow.… [Read more]

Gun Control: The More Things Change, the More they Stay the Same

What exactly would it take for the people of the United States to come together and agree that maybe buying guns should be just a little bit harder to do? The tragedy of Sandy Hook seemed almost like a cartoonishly evil hypothetical answer to that kind of question. Maybe, you might have said, if a classroom full of kindergartners was shot to death, that would be enough for people to agree that some limits on gun ownership wouldn’t be totally crazy.… [Read more]

To Hell in a Left Hand Basket

Last night I was talking with someone who has an active mind that I very much respect. I always enjoy our discussions whether about politics, sports or women. Politically we are polar opposites, but we share passions and, at the end of the day, we share many concerns. This was not an angry or contentious discussion by any means but, toward the end, I realized, perhaps for the first time, that our views of the state of America are as opposed as our solutions.… [Read more]

Dangerous Thinking Towards the LGBT Community

Former and possibly future presidential candidate Rick Perry touched off a firestorm of criticism last week when he compared homosexuality to alcoholism. Even though it does seem a little click-baity to suggest Perry meant homosexuality is exactly like a debilitating, family destroying disease, what he actually said after he was asked if he believed homosexuality was a disorder or not isn’t much better than what the headlines suggest.… [Read more]

Pinocchio’s Nose

This morning I heard 3 commercials for 3 different Republican candidates and they all said a variation of the same thing:  “I will protect your freedoms from the encroachment of growing government.”

Great line. Who wouldn’t want that? It resonates and there is a lot of evidence of that “growing government” by which to give the statement credibility.… [Read more]

Privatization of the U.S. Prison System

The prison industry is one of the most rapidly growing industries in the United States. The prison privatization boom began in the 1980s, under the governments of presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr., but reached a peak in 1990 under President William Clinton.

The private prison industry is the business in which inmates are handed over to for-profit prisons under a convict lease system.… [Read more]