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A recent goal of mine was to write 100 articles in the month of May, 2011. I exceeded that goal by submitting 115! Looking back on all my articles, I've put together a list of my ten favorites (for now), and I hope you will take some time to read or re-read them.
My Ten Favorite Articles from My InfoBarrel Collection
1. The Wizard of Oz ~ A Political Statement?: Researching this article was extremely interesting; I learned so much, and as you will read, I stumbled upon the topic by pure luck (and a little eavesdropping!).
The Wizard of Oz ~ A Political Statement? was nominated for a front page feature by my fellow writers, and chosen by the InfoBarrel administration as one of their "Featured Reading" recommendations. I've also received a tremendous amount of positive comments and thus far, it has received eighteen (18) "Thumbs-up" from fellow IB authors, the most of all my articles to date.
The article outlines the theory that novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” written by author L. Frank Baum, was written as a symbolic literary representation of Baum's political point of view. The assertion is that characters, scenes, and events in the book were actually carefully crafted symbols of the author's political influences. Was The Wizard of Oz a political statement or simply a fairy tale? Read this article and judge for yourself!
2. Frankenstein: From Controversy to Classic: Almost everyone is familiar with the character of Frankenstein's Monster; however, not too many people know that the author of the book was a teenage girl who wrote it as a challenge between friends. In addition, when the story was first made into a movie, although the film was much tamer and far less graphic than the novel, there was an issue with the creation of the famous supernatural being and it caused quite a controversy. Many people where in an uproar and several individuals rallied to have the movie banned from theaters. Take a look at this article if you would like to find out what the controversy was, and in addition, find out where you can see the first Frankenstein movie.
Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Escondido California: This is an awesome place to take the family and it's free! This place is not advertised, not visible from any freeway or highway, or even from the park parking lot! I was lucky to find it and I want to share it with everyone!
The sculptures are beautiful and you can sit and relax while the kids run around and have a great time. The article displays many pictures of this beautiful place and provides some background information about Queen Califia and the artist who brought her to "life."
4. The Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara: The Four Seasons Residence Club in Aviara is such a special place. It has been popular with my family since the time we first stayed there in 1998. We've gone back every year since and we have never been disappointed.
The Four Seasons Aviara is located within an exclusive residential enclave and bordered entirely on the west by the Pacific Ocean. There are stunning views of the ocean, mountains, a beautifully designed golf course, and a beautiful lagoon. When you stay at the Four Seasons Residence Club in Aviara, you never want to leave!
Golf ~ A Four Letter Word: This is another article that was chosen as front page "Featured Reading" on InfoBarrel. It is special to me because I share some things that actually happen to me during the course of playing golf.
The article has some fun quotes like this one "When I die, bury me on the golf course so my husband will visit," and also provides some interesting information. You will see that golf is truly is a four letter word, but it’s probably not the four letter word you’re thinking of!
The Snowman ~ Winter's Cool Fellow: I love, love, love this one, mainly because of all the "cool" photographs in it! This was also another "Featured Reading" front page article on InfoBarrel, and again, I am so thankful that people responded so positively to it.
Snowmen are one of my favorite things about winter and I took the liberty and got a bit creative with this article. I also included some interesting information about Frosty the Snowman and other snow characters.
Every now and again, I like to go back to this article, just to look at all those adorable snowmen! I think I will be adding more pictures in the future…stay tuned. Oh, and did I mention that I love this article?Life After Death The Evidence by Dinesh D'Souza: This is one of my favorite articles because I believe the topic is an important one that everyone has or will consider. Have you ever wondered whether there is life after death? If you answered yes, you're not alone; millions of people have contemplated the topic and will continue to ask the question until the day they take their final breath and it is answered.
This article is a book review on "Life After Death The Evidence" by bestselling author Dinesh D'Souza. Whether you are religious, an agnostic, atheist, or anything else, "Life After Death The Evidence" makes the case for the complex subject of life beyond the grave. With its intellectual arguments and multitude of evidence, this book will challenge and may even change your idea(s) of life after death.
Ben Hogan's Five Lessons The Modern Fundamentals of Golf: Being married to a golfer, I was introduced to the game pretty much from the day we met. After countless attempts to improve my game, I finally found the right "formula."
Countless books and articles have been written on the topic of how to play golf but one book rises above the rest; "Ben Hogan's Five Lessons The Modern Fundamentals of Golf." It is quite simply one of the best books on learning the fundamentals of playing great golf!
After years of researching and studying various golf techniques, I’ve come to the conclusion that Ben Hogan’s book is the best! For me, he will always be the greatest golfer and I don’t think anyone will match him anytime soon.
Anger, Revenge, and Forgiveness: This is a favorite for several reasons. I believe in the concept of forgiveness, and that the act of forgiving releases you from anger. My faith relies on the forgiveness of God, and if God can forgive me who am I not to forgive others?
I remember watching a woman on television being interviewed. When asked a question about anger the woman said "Being angry with someone or harboring a grudge is like drinking poison and then hoping that the person you are angry with dies." The woman's teenage son had just been killed in a small plane crash. The woman could have been angry at the pilot, who survived, or the other survivors. She could have been angry with the manufactures of the small plane, the people in charge of inspecting it before take-off, or she could have been angry with God. Instead she chose not to be angry with anyone.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills ~ It Costs a Lot to be Rich: Emerging from a backdrop of mansions, maids, limousines, and libations, were six self-professed "Alpha-Females" who carried around Pomeranian pooches like the latest handbags. These women had the one major prerequisite to living the affluent Beverly Hills lifestyle, money! This series gave us access to the Beverly Hills [gated] community and a glimpse into a place where "Money is no object" and "The grass is always greener," or as one of the Housewives said "Wealth beyond comprehension."
To see a complete list of all my articles go to my profile page “Introspective” at InfoBarrel.com