Free Tutorials

For artists and crafts people here’s an excellent video that provides tips on how to price your work in a simple and straightforward manner.

For crochet ideas here are a bunch of free tutorials called Motif of the Month where each month you learn how to crochet a different motif ranging from peacock feathers to snowflakes to hearts.

Have any old toys lying around the house? You can use them in 16 DIYs You Can Make With Old Toys Because Growing Up is Overrated.

Browse other free tutorials previously mentioned in this blog (along with pictures) right here.

Miscellaneous Links

For those of you who are still shopping for Valentine’s Day presents for your sweetheart, here’s a list of nine popular chocolate brands that exploit child slaves. The good news is that not all chocolate companies use child slaves so there are plenty of alternatives for your Valentine.

Betty Rowland was a burlesque performer back during its Golden Age (which lasted from the 1920’s to around the early 1960’s). Rowland, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday, is the last living burlesque star from that era. Thanks to YouTube, you can see Rowland performing in her prime right here.

And while were on the subject of old people, here’s an excellent short essay titled Advice from some old people that’s definitely worth reading, especially if you’re still relatively young (meaning under 60).

As you may know, this month is Black History Month. As part of that observance The New York Times is revealing previously unpublished photographs of notable African American people and moments in African American history each day until February 29, 2016. Start here to see these photographs.

For parents of budding young prodigies, here’s an interesting New York Times column that had this headline: How to Raise a Creative Child. Step One: Back Off.

Remember Safyre, the young burn victim who survived a horrendous fire that took the lives of her father and siblings? Last December her only Christmas wish was to receive as many Christmas cards as possible. Her wish came true in such a very big way that she’s still opening her cards in February. According to this article, Safyre has received around 1.7 million cards from all over the world.

We’ve all heard about the recent Iowa Caucus where Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton were literally tied. Here’s a really well written article that explains how he feels that that recent event is the beginning of the end of establishment politics (which is represented by Clinton and nearly all of her Republican challengers) and could be the start of a major turning point in American history.

Here’s a very thoughtful essay on why Black Feminists Don’t Owe Hillary Clinton Their Support that’s worth reading no matter what race or gender you happened to be.

Here’s another thoughtful essay written by Harry Dreyfuss which defended the decision of his famous father, actor Richard Dreyfuss, to attend a Ted Cruz rally. His main thesis is this: Curiosity is not a sin.