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Marie Flint

Vicki Marie Anderson Fint

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Summer is a great time for being outdoors and acquainting oneself with nature. Animals are definitely a part of nature, so this month I'm featuring my animal artices. You'll find one each about a zoo, the groundhog, wolverine, three Pit bulls, panda bears, and dolphins. I try to include personal narrative in my writing so you are not getting inundated with boring details. Give one or two a try and enjoy. 

I welcome feedback in the form of votes, sharing, or comments. You may find my other hub articles interesting and useful, too.

Thank you for taking the time to visit and God bless!

 

About me:

I have over 25 years of administrative assistant and customer service work, over 100 hours of substitute teaching, and over 40 years of quilt making.

Apart from life experience, I took a basic English course at American Public University System (APUS) online, earned certificates in medical terminology and transcriptiion from Torrance Adults Schools in California, and have a certificate in medical office practicies from North American Correspondence Schools based in Scranton, Pennsylvania. My Alma mater is Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, where I completed three years' curriculum toward a bachelor's degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing and cognates in German and Math.

I was a member of the National Honor Society in high school and obtained a Kelly Elite Award for being a dependabe professional temporary in San Francisco, California.

My most recent volunteer stints have been as a food servicer for Clara White Mission here in Jacksonville, Florida, and, previously, an Ogemaw Literacy Council reader for the elderly at Bortz nursing care facilities in West Branch, Michigan.

My life-long hobbies include writing, organic gardening, and sewing. My other interests are too numerous to mention. I currently reside with my elder daughter, her husband, my step-grandaugher, and the family's three Pit bulls in Jacksonville, Florida. ***

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  • 7

    Robert Frost, American Poet

    3 days ago

    Exploration of the life of Robert Frost with a poetic foreword. Commentaries on "The Road Not Taken" and "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening."

  • 5

    Adjust a Pattern and Sew a Bolero Vest with a Back Pleat and Roll-up Sleeves

    7 days ago

    A friend needs a vest to go with a purchased skirt for a wedding. Measurements, fabric, pattern adjustments, and sewing sequence are presented with photos and detailed explanation.

  • 7

    20x20x20: Corrective Surgery for Blindness

    45 hours ago

    A consumer research piece on a Washington, D.C.-based charity with the goal to restore vision to 20 million blind children and adults. Is the organization legitimate?

  • 14

    The Stealthy Groundhog or Musing Marmot

    5 weeks ago

    A creatively informative look at the scurrying rodent, also known as woodchuck, whistle pig, or land beaver. An essay of Groundhog Day, a video, and a Robert Frost poem.

  • 9

    John Gavin: Former Actor and U.S. Ambassador to Mexico

    6 weeks ago

    Slated to become a movie icon equivalent to Rock Hudson, John Anthony Gavin followed a business and political career path after 22 years of acting. Why the change? Exploring entertainers-politicians.

  • 8

    Two Quilts from 1970 and 2007

    8 weeks ago

    A comparison between two quilts--a full pastel sampler and a queen nine-patch with some authentic 1940's fabrics--made over a 37-year span. Includes yardage chart and Attic Windows video lesson.

  • 7

    The Amazing Wolverine

    2 months ago

    The size of a medium dog, the wolverine is remarkably adapted to wintry climates and ranges in Canada, Alaska, and Russia. Learn about the animal's aggressive behavior and why it's called "glutton."

  • 12

    How to Fix Misplaced Participial Phrases

    3 months ago

    Participial phrases use a verb with other words to act as an adjective modifying a noun. When these are misplaced, the sentence can be awkward or confusing. Don't misplace your participial phrases!

  • 7

    Learning: Brain, Body, Music, and Aromatherapy

    3 months ago

    Visual, audial, tactile, and kinetic learners use different methods for retaining information. Know your style and maximize your learning potential. An aromatherapy recipe for memory is included.

  • 21

    Help! I'm Allergic to Money!

    3 months ago

    A humorous and serious self-examination of the author's pattern of not having money.

  • 12

    Nagano, Japan: A Solid Gold for Longevity

    3 months ago

    Nagano, Japan, ranks No. 1 for longest life expectancy in the world. What makes Nagano so special, and what can the rest of us do to accomplish a long, quality life?

  • 6

    Epilepsy and the Ketogenic Diet

    3 months ago

    Until 1920 epileptic children used the ketogenic diet. Modern anticonvulsant medications sometimes cause side effects. "Let food be your medicine” still works today.

  • 7

    Star Trek Next Generation Patrick Stewart and Post-Traumatic Growth

    7 weeks ago

    AARP articles review: Patrick Stewart of Star-Trek: The Next Generation and Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG), a 1995 terminology.

  • 7

    Emile Munier: 19th Century French Painter, a Master of Realism

    3 months ago

    Emile Munier was best known for his paintings of children and animals that conveyed a romantic and feminine innocence with an expert treatment of light. This hub explores his life and his art.

  • 6

    Eye Care: A Holistic Approach

    2 months ago

    Myopia, astigmatism, presbyopia, and mild cataracts are common eye problems. Topics: breathing for relaxation, eye exercises, walking, diet, supplements, and affirmations.

  • 20

    A Day at the Jacksonville Zoo

    5 months ago

    A fun article about the author's day with her step granddaughter at the zoo located in Jacksonville, Florida. Literary narration, information, and many original pictures.

  • 5

    Death and Longevity: Who Are We Really?

    5 months ago

    A philosophical dissertation based on Yahoo's Lisa Cool's article about seven surprising predictors relating to longevity.

  • 0

    Backing and Sandwiching a Queen-Size Quilt

    5 months ago

    How do you use those left-over fabrics from your quilt top? How do you layer the front, batting, and back for hand quilting? This hub will show you how the process works and explore alternatives.

  • 3

    The Panda, China's Goodwill Ambassador and More

    2 weeks ago

    An exploration of the history, habitat, behavior, China's policy, and popularization of the panda in television, comics, and video games. Two videos showing real panda behavior are included.

  • 4

    Tips for Making the Grade at College

    6 months ago

    You've declared a major at a four-year university and wondering whether you are going to be able to cut the grade. Here are some tips from life experience to help you graduate with flying colors.

  • 9

    Designing an Original Sunflower Quilt

    6 months ago

    This is a presentation on author's original design, estimating yardage, fabric selection, and needle-turn applique. Video on the blind hem stitch and details of the blind applique stitch are given.

  • 12

    Edmond Bordeaux Szekely, Espousing the Essenes

    2 months ago

    Hungarian-born philologist, linguist, philosopher, and psychologist, Professor Szekely touched the hearts of people around the world with his wisdom and biogenic living. Essene Gospel of Peace video.

  • 19

    Dolphins: Our Kin of the Sea

    3 months ago

    Intelligent and social, dolphins have helped mankind in scientific research, military maneuvers, and are known to aid swimmers back to shore. Read about this amazing mammal.

  • 13

    How to Make a Patience Corner Quilt Block

    6 months ago

    A simple pieced block using three templates. One-fourth of the block is constructed and rotated. Great for samplers, as a fill-in block, or by itself. Covers pattern, color, and grain of fabric.

  • 16

    Katharine Hepburn: The Madam of Movies

    6 months ago

    Strong-willed and versatile, she received four Academy Awards for "Best Actress" and was honored by the American Film Institute. Biographical details, movies and appealing character traits included.

  • 5

    The Lowly Jicama

    7 months ago

    A gluten-free vegan tries jicama. Thoughts, observations, nutritional research, and a few ideas about how to use this Mexican vegetable, as well as common names and a bit of history, are given.

  • 10

    How to Make a Basic Apron

    7 months ago

    A good, basic apron can be a wardrobe-saving garment when cooking and cleaning around the house. Step-by-step instructions for a lined, pocketed apron from pattern to finish are presented.

  • 5

    Legend of the Mistletoe

    7 months ago

    Balder (Baldur, Baldr), the God of the Summer Son in Norse Mythology, sees his death in a dream and confides in his mother Frigga (Frigg). "Legend of the Mistletoe" is researched creative writing.

  • 7

    How to Piece a Love Ring Quilt Block

    8 months ago

    The Love Ring, also called Drunkard's Path, is a block using only two curved templates. This article covers drafting instructions, fabric selection, and a video showing various pattern layouts.

  • 23

    Marian Anderson, First African-American Operatic Singer

    6 months ago

    Though classified as a contralto, she was able to sing three octaves. Her favorite songs to perform were patriotic and spiritual. Her most publicized performance was at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939.

  • 30

    How to Fix Dangling Prepositions

    8 months ago

    Although speech is the language and language is ever changing, good writing follows rules and can serve as reference. Preposition lists, sentence examples, and a quiz are given to aid the writer.

  • 9

    Shocking Oats by the Full Moon

    8 months ago

    A first-person account of one late August night in 1962. A bio-sketch of the author's father and a detailed description of the family's old farmhouse in Tawas Township, Michigan, are included.

  • 7

    Plant Poems: Talk to Your Plants

    5 months ago

    A poem dedicated to each--the wandering jew, coleus, and hibiscus. Scientific names for the plants and a video with growing tips are presented. Talk to your plants (and trees)--it's good therapy!

  • 8

    Hummus with Walnut Butter

    8 months ago

    Always trying out substitutions when the basics are not available, I came up with this recipe for hummus using garbanzo beans, walnuts, safflower oil, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and olive brine.

  • 10

    Critiques on Three Classical Poems: Housman, Kilmer, and Magee

    2 weeks ago

    A discourse on three classical poems: With rue my heart is laden, Trees, and High Flight with background of first publications and poets' bio-sketches relative to their writings.

  • 8

    Korean Ginseng Tea

    6 months ago

    A product review of an instant Korean ginseng tea. Ginseng is well known among herbalists for supporting the immune system, increasing energy, aiding weight loss, and enhancing sexual response.

  • 10

    Tales from the Old Country

    5 months ago

    My grandmother's birth certificate read "Austro-Hungarian Empire." Here are two stories she passed down to me through my mother. The Waternick (audio only on video) is by an unknown author.

  • 7

    Comma Usage and Syntax

    3 months ago

    Modern language uses minimal punctuation, and the most commonly misunderstood punctuation mark is the comma. This article discusses how syntax affects uses of the comma and includes a helpful quiz.

  • 4

    Altering a Waist for a Smaller Fit

    10 months ago

    Weight loss rewards the dieter with a smaller figure, but what can one do with those favorite shorts that are now baggy and no longer fit? The seamstress-author takes you step-by-step for a solution.

  • 13

    Pearl S. Buck, American Author of China

    8 months ago

    Fourth woman and first American woman Nobel laureate, Pearl S. Buck has touched the hearts of generations. Her legacy continues through the East West Foundation and Pearl S. Buck International.

  • 4

    Ear Candling: A Different Way to Remove Ear Wax

    8 months ago

    A product review of an ear candling product, also known as ear coning or thermal-auricular therapy. Causes, methods of controlling and removing ear wax are given.

  • 8

    Altering a Sleeve to 3/4 Length

    11 months ago

    How to alter a cuffed sleeve using another blouse as a model. Well illustrated, useful tips, and ideas for alternative methods are included. Useful for adding a fresh look to the wardrobe.

  • 4

    Archangel Michael's Rosary

    3 months ago

    A review of Archangel Michael's Rosary and commentary on the rosary's potential in eliminating planetary war, cataclysm, degenerative diseases, child abuse and neglect, and infanticide.

  • 4

    What's Really Undermining Our Economy

    12 months ago

    An opinion piece about office politics and how social attitudes contribute to economic instability in the United States. Lifestyle changes are absolutely necessary to balance the nation's debt.

  • 10

    Blue: Reinforcing Your Purpose and Strength

    8 months ago

    The color blue in strengthening will power and sense of purpose is explored through its popularity, the science of light, psychology, art, music, metaphysics, and the Trinity.

  • 4

    Kinuko Y. Craft, Fantasy Artist

    6 months ago

    Knuko Y. Craft is well known for her illustrations and paintings, a unique combination of oil paints over watercolor. A biography, a few art samples with commentary, and a video interview are given.

  • 3

    Solar Panels and Wind Generators: An Initial How-to Product Review

    11 months ago

    Author's initial impression of Power4Patriots' Prime Energy instruction package with her explanation for buying it and her vision for the future of renewable energy.

  • 28

    Developing Character: The Value of Fairy Tales

    7 weeks ago

    Fairy tales can reinforce good values in the developing child. Grimms' Fairy Tales, Cecily M. Barker, and Hans Christian Andersen included.

  • 7

    Unusual Housemates: Three Pit Bulls

    6 months ago

    An entertaining, yet interesting story about one woman's observation of and developing relationship to three Pit bulls while living in her daugther's and son-in-law's home.

  • 7

    Archangel Uriel

    10 months ago

    Archangel Uriel serves God's sixth ray of ministration. He tended Jesus in the desert and greeted the two women at Jesus' tomb. Milton's Paradise Regained lines and a Rome Reports' video supplement.

  • 5

    My Achilles' Heel: Eyes

    11 months ago

    Plagued by poor vision, the author explores her life experiences and embarks on a plan to master visual acuity.

  • 3

    Understanding and Recapturing Innocence

    6 months ago

    A parent encourages a growing babe to take its first step and lovingly assists when there is a fall; so does God encourage us when we make mistakes. Recapture your innocence!

  • 8

    Poetry: Blank and Free Verse

    2 months ago

    The author summarizes some history of blank and free verse in poetry and offers examples from Marlowe, Whitman, and Sandburg.

  • 9

    My Quilt Album and Quilting Basics

    7 months ago

    A quilter-author shares nine of her quilts. A basic chart of colors, suggestions for beginners in choosing colors and fabrics, and a Kay Wood video are included.

  • 12

    A Quilter's Rite of Passage

    6 months ago

    An essay by a quilter-author describing her experience in making this queen-sized, machine-pieced but hand-quilted quilt.

  • 7

    How to Make Tofu for Tofu-Collard Casserole

    9 months ago

    A YouTube video shows how to make tofu at home and is followed by information on collards. A recipe for tofu-collard casserole using the herbs basil, cilantro, and marjoram is included.

  • 5

    Making Low-calorie, Refreshing Citrus Coolers

    12 months ago

    A list of orange and lemon varieties, as well as the herbal sweetener stevia, for making the featured Summer Citrus Cooler recipe. A brief, manual ceramic juicer demonstration is presented on video.

  • 2

    Make Some Soy Butter

    14 months ago

    Inspired by President Clinton's decision to give up fast-foods, the vegan author shares this recipe for spreads, sauces, and dressings. Isoflavonoids and genetic modification of foods are discussed.

  • 1

    Boston at Dusk: A Story About Bereavement

    11 months ago

    A fictional story about an woman attorney who loses her widowed mother and has to overcome bereavement. A poem by Kirsten Preus dedicated to the loss of mothers is presented in a musical video.

  • 2

    The Rewards of Volunteer Work

    5 months ago

    This is a discussion of why you should volunteer, where to find volunteer work, and the deeper, spiritual aspect of volunteering.

  • 4

    Hiking on the Pathways

    13 months ago

    A literary poem, combining a bit of mythology and nature, inspired by several trips to Ogemaw Hills Pathway near West Branch, Michigan. Beautiful harp music is included.

  • 2

    Carob Brownies Recipe

    10 months ago

    A caffeine-free recipe for vegans. The brownies in this recipe have a nice, moist texture. A nutritional comparison table of dark chocolate, carob powder, and unsweetened cocoa is included.

  • 1

    A Spiritual Medley for Meditation

    3 months ago

    The medley incudes a fantasy essay, inspirational poem, and excerpts from the author's spiritual journal. A soothing harp music video with pictures from nature is included.

  • 3

    The Power of Words: A Spiritual Perspective

    5 months ago

    A reflection on how speech creates the speaker's reality. References are made to Jesus, Archangel Michael, Elizabeth Clare Prophet, and Kuthumi. Patricia Evans talks about verbal abuse in the video.

  • 10

    An Afternoon on the River Bank

    9 months ago

    An essay uses literary imagery while visiting Irons Park in West Branch, Michigan. One gets the sense of being at the river while watching a flock of ducks. A commentary of alliteration follows.

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