Decorating your Home with Books – Part 2

“Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.” — Dr Seuss. Many people love books. They love reading stories, getting lost in the characters, transporting to a new world and relaxing with a nice book in their hands. For all the avid readers out there, bring your love of novels to your home by decorating your safe haven with them. Yes, books are for more than just reading. To learn how you can use books as decor items in your home, keep scrolling.


Use as Your Nightstand

A majority of the time, you may find yourself snuggled in bed with your nose in a new novel. Well, bring the books to your bed by creating a nightstand out of them. This decoration item looks pleasant and is functional (the best of both worlds). While making your book nightstand, you are going to want to collect sturdy books that are preferably around the same size or level out to the same size. Hardcover books work the best, especially if you plan on placing items on top like a lamp, your phone, other books or any other decoration piece. Once you have all the books, it is time to start making them.

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Decorating your Home with Books – Part 1

Decorating your Home with Books

Calling all book lovers. Books are not only for reading or getting lost in the story, but you can also use them as decor pieces. Take some of your favorite novels or ones you find out on your adventures and place them strategically in your house. For more ways to learn how to do this, keep scrolling to learn how to decorate your home with books.


Style with Flowers

 Want a classy or sophisticated way of displaying the books in your home? Then, try styling them with flowers. You can stack books on top of each other and then add a vase of flowers on top, or you can even incorporate the flowers into the book. No matter what you do, flowers always add extra elegance to every novel and room.


Frame Books

A cool way to display your favorite, signed, antique, vintage or collectible books is to frame them in shadow boxes or picture frames. Frames are a great way to show everyone the most important books in your life as well as adding character to your home. Before buying the frames, make sure to measure the depth, length and width of each book to find the right size frame.

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Mirror Synesthesia: Blurred Lines Between the Self and the Other

Mirror Synesthesia


Sympathy and empathy are integral components of the human experience. To comprehend the emotions of others from your own perspective, or to experience those emotions for yourself as they do is unique to the human experience. In recent years, we have begun to understand that there is an even closer connection experienced by some that transcends both sympathy and empathy.

It is a condition that the frontiers of what our vast scientific and medical knowledge can readily explain: mirror touch synesthesia (MTS). Individuals who experience this rare condition find their comprehension of the feelings of others extends from the intellectual realm to their own physical experiences. MTS effectively blurs the lines between what is our own self and others.

What is MTS and how does it impact the lives of those who experience it? There is plenty of speculation and conjecture on the topic, and not all of it is grounded firmly in clinical research and scientific inquiry. Fortunately, there is a significant amount of data and studies conducted by reputable institutions and scientists to help give a more concrete explanation of MTS. To better understand the condition and its implications, it is important to begin with an examination of both the general experience and defining characteristics.

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Private Rail Travel in the US Part 2, “Land Yachting”- Luxury Private Rail Cars

Private Rail Travel

Before the age of the luxury car and the “Jet Set”, there was the era of private railroad travel. The wealthy and powerful did not fly first class back then, but instead owned their own train cars for transcontinental travel.

Dubbed “private varnish” for the specialized wood finish used for all their interior furnishings, private railroad cars were the height of travel sophistication well into the 20th century. Many were luxury land yachts that crossed the great plains of the United States from coast to coast, and they were considered the pinnacle of intercontinental travel across the globe.

As time passed and technology advanced, many of these cars were forgotten by the titans of industry and finance in favor of newer and faster means of transportation. The jet airplane and the luxury commuter sedan gradually replaced taking the train for short or long distance travel. If you know where to look though, you can still experience the unparalleled luxury of crossing continents in style with the people who matter most.

How exactly do you go about buying or chartering your own private rail car? The process is easier than you might think. Here’s what you need to know about purchasing or planning a trip by private rail car.

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Private Railroad Travel in the United States

Although trains can sometimes be seen as a more antiquated form of travel, the fact is that millions of Americans ride the rails every year. Amtrak, the largest railroad company in the country, estimates that roughly 87,000 people use their trains daily.

However, while most Americans are used to sitting next to strangers and dealing with cramped luggage compartments, a select few get to ride a more dignified way – by private railcar. In this article, we’re going to discuss the ins and outs of personal railroad travel in the United States. If you’ve ever dreamed of having complete privacy on a train, these cars are unlike anything you’ve experienced before. Continue reading

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Are Most Writers Introverts?

Writing is a craft that shapes most of our society. Writers create the content that fills websites, blogs, newspapers and magazines. Their words keep us informed about what is going on around us, and more often than not, they introduce us to new topics we have never heard about. They write novels that take us to other worlds and they write nonfiction that teaches us about what is real.

Writers have a real gift. The way they think is different. They are constantly creating and must spend hours and hours researching and editing. While it has not been proven in a scientific study, most writers seem to be introverts. They enjoy connecting with the written word, which can be less draining and stressful than having an in-person interaction. Continue reading

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U.S. War Plan Black

US-War-Plan-BlackIn the world of historical fiction, one subset that has always been popular is the “what if” scenario. Wars are an intriguing starting point for these stories, as it can be fun to go down the rabbit hole of alternate endings. What if Germany won World War II? What if the U.S. ceded the South to the Confederacy? What if the South had won at Gettysburg?

Beyond the big questions, we have a slew of smaller “what if” conflicts, thanks to now-defunct drafts of war plans. During the late 1800s and early 1900s, many of the European powers, as well as America, developed plans in case of an attack by various nations or empires. While we could spend countless hours diving into the different plans drawn up, today we’re going to discuss one in particular: war plan Black. Continue reading

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U.S. War Plan Orange

US-War-Plan-OrangeWar Plan Orange was part of a series of color-coordinated contingency plans. War Plan Orange was specifically outlined by the United States in preparation for fighting a war against Japan alone. Though this plan was first outlined in 1919, it actually served as a template that the United States forces would use during World War II.

Plan Orange formed the foundation for the actual campaign against Japan in World War II and included a pre-war economic blockade of Japan that the U.S. imposed and the plans for interning the Japanese-American population living in the mainland U.S.


Before the U.S. Color Coded War Plans

Early on in our history, the U.S. had prepared plans to deal with a plethora of potential global adversaries. The early war planning agencies were the U.S. Army Academy (West Point) and the U.S. Naval Academy as well. They served as some of the primary war colleges from 1890-1939. It was actually in 1903 that the Joint Army and Navy Board was created to help facilitate better arrangements for the two services working together, on a united front. Continue reading

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Opposition to US Involvement in World War II Prior to Pearl Harbor – Part 2 of 2

Opposition to US Involvement in World War II, Pacifists, Mohandas K. Gandhi’s, Socialism and the War, Joseph Stalin, Communism

Though few think of what World War II would have been like without the US’s role in the war, there was a time when the US was in consideration over whether or not they would get involved. The truth is that before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, the American leaders and forces were conflicted over whether they should jump in or if they would be better off staying out of it.

Even with the war expanding into parts of Asia and Europe during the late ’30s and early ’40s, there wasn’t a clear consensus on what the US would decide to do until they were attacked by Japan.

In fact, there were so many factions and groups that were partially or completely opposed to participating in the war at all, both inside and outside of the US. Making the decision to jump into the war was not taken lightly by any of the countries and nations that were either directly or indirectly impacted by World War II. Continue reading

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No War: How the Public Opposed U.S. Intervention in WW2 – Part 1 of 2

These days, it’s hard to imagine a time when the United States didn’t want to participate in World War 2. Considering how much time, effort, money, and blood we invested in the war, one might assume that we were always ready for a fight.

However, if it weren’t for the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese in 1941, the U.S. may not have entered the conflict, at least, not until later. While Roosevelt understood the need for American intervention in Europe and Asia, the general public was mostly opposed to fighting someone else’s war.

In this two-part series, we want to look at some of the reasons for this anti-war sentiment pre-Pearl Harbor. While there were many different variables, the primary sources of opposition were: Continue reading

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