I was in college in the late 1970s, when dinosaurs roamed the earth and selecting a major was relatively simple - there were no exotic degrees available such as Casino Management, Biosystems Engineering, Culinary Science or Digital Arts.
The stakes weren't as high, either. The average cost of tuition alone in 1980 for a 4-year public institution was about $10,000 total, compared to today's price tag of $64,000. That, coupled with the challenge of finding a job, any job, in our current economy can make choosing a degree that is marketable yet intellectually stimulating a challenge.
The warning "Never work with children or animals," is attributed to W.C. Fields, who was known to lace Baby LeRoy's bottle with gin to get him to stop crying on the set. Below are some films that feature animal actors who upstage their two-legged co-stars.
Although he never protested that he was young and he needed the money, one of the earliest animal stars, Rin Tin Tin, started out his acting career playing wolves. His movies eventually became so popular that he is credited with saving Warner Brothers, and he eventually earned his own paw print on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
A well-crafted first line in a novel has a big job. Whether it's mysterious, romantic, enigmatic, funny or atmospheric, it must grab and entice the reader.
In the case of local writer Jennifer Kincheloe's debut novel, "The Secret Life of Anna Blanc," the opening words bring you into a very special world: "Anna Blanc wore a six-inch hairpiece made from the tresses of a yak."
If you happen to attend a birthday party for a 'tween girl, don't be surprised if she receives a roll or two of duct tape as a gift.
Not the shiny, silver kind, but brightly colored or patterned with.paisley, leopard print, penguins, polka dots, plaid, skulls, camouflage, cupcakes, bacon and Hello Kitty. Inexpensive and easy to work with, crafters use it to fashion items such as wallets, tote bags, dresses, belts, flowers, book covers and phone cases.
Look out any window, and you'll probably see a tree or two - each and every one of them planted by someone, since Denver is a high plains desert region and by definition has no native trees.
The Nebraska Territory was also treeless when pioneer J. Sterling Morton and his bride, Caroline, arrived there in 1854 from Detroit and staked a claim in Nebraska City. He became the editor of the town's newspaper and built a 52-room mansion based on the design of the White House.
Feature films are supposed to be entertaining, while documentaries present us with grim reality. But the best documentaries often introduce us to extraordinary and intriguing people -- and sometimes go places even the filmmakers didn't anticipate. Here are some documentaries with a few unexpected twists.
Watching a movie doesn't usually make me want to fill up my car with items for the Goodwill, unless that movie is The Queen of Versailles. Filmmaker Lauren Greenfield started out wanting to tell the story of billionaire David Siegel and buxom third wife Jackie's quest to build the largest and most expensive house in the country. In the middle of filming, though, the housing crisis nearly wiped out Siegel and his predatory timeshare business.
We've all seen the statistic: Most people rate their fear of public speaking higher than fear of death itself.
This commonly cited (and questionable) statement seems to have originated from The Book of Lists (1977), which got its information from an elusive 1973 study called the "Bruskin Report," a study consisting of a small sample of people who were asked to choose and rate their biggest fears from a list which also included heights, bugs, flying, and elevators.
What do Madonna, Oprah and Sting have in common, other than being obscenely wealthy and only needing one name?
They, along with millions of other people, practice Pilates.
German-born Joseph Pilates (1883-1967) was a bullied, sickly child who suffered from asthma, rickets, and rheumatic fever. As he grew up, he devoted his life to developing a self-improvement system, drawn from Zen and the ancient Greek notion of a man ideal in body, mind and spirit. He came to believe that bad posture and improper breathing were the causes of poor health.
Crowdfunding (the collective effort of individuals to pool their money through the Internet) has gotten very crowded in the last few years, with over 35,000 projects being funded since 2009 by industry leader Kickstarter alone.
Forbes Magazine reports that 2013 will be the year that this relatively new method of fundraising will consolidate, rather than expand -- it's time for the leaders with quality sites to prevail, much like Amazon, Ebay or Craigslist did.
Crowdfunding can be divided into these categories:
Happy 2013! A new year means new school assignments, and we'd like to help you have the best learning experience possible by offering you a one-on-one appointment with your very own librarian.
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