Friday, December 6, 2013

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Quest of the Day: Celebrate Nelson Mandela

Posted: 06 Dec 2013 05:41 AM PST

Screen Shot 2013-12-06 at 8.31.28 AMCelebrate Nelson Mandela by reviewing one of the many books and movies about this great man, leader and humanitarian.

Lens of the Day: How Nelson Mandela and Rugby United South Africa

Posted: 06 Dec 2013 04:52 AM PST

Meet Squidoo’s Community Team

Posted: 05 Dec 2013 01:12 PM PST

Screen Shot 2013-12-05 at 3.05.57 PMSquidoo has a dedicated team of community organizers who help lensmasters succeed on Squidoo. We’re all here every day on Squidoo sharing news, featuring your lenses, answering questions, giving you ideas and cheering you on.

We also provide education on lens creation and content. Visit our Learning Center for more tips from all of us.

I thought it would be fun to show off our team today, they are simply awesome.

Robin: Community Organzier & QuestMaster – Robin dreams up ideas for quests, runs the Squidoo Clubs, works with me on finding Lens of the Day and she hands out those wonderful Purple Stars. Find out more about her right here.

Tom: Content Quality Editor - Tom tackles content issues and answers questions about policy on Squidoo. Tom is also the official moderator of the SquidooHQ forum and you can read his great tips right here on SquidooHQ. You can read more about Tom here.

Susan: RocketSquid Organzier - Susan works with our newbies on Squidoo. She helps them learn the ropes on RocketSquids and is often the first friendly face she sees. Susan also Cheers on newbies after they build their first lenses. See what’s Susan’s been up to right here.

Stephanie: Squidoo Magazines Editor - Stephanie chooses the content for all of our Squidoo Magazines. She also works with our magazine contributors. Did you know that GoodVeg has over 25,000 “Likes” on Facebook? That’s a lot of veggie lovers!

Paula: Project Manager & Reviewer - Paula coordinates projects on Squidoo (she’s super organized) and helps with content issues by reviewing lenses. Meet Paula right here.

Christine: Cheers You On – Christine can be found cheering all of you on Squidoo. Meet her right here.

This is me (Bonnie), I’m the Squidoo Head of Community and it’s a pleasure to work every single day with this fantastic crew of people and all of YOU.

I hope you enjoyed meeting us. We’ll see you around the community.


Squidoo Head of Community

Have You Read A Good Biography Book Lately? 9 Reviews and a Challenge

Posted: 05 Dec 2013 11:51 AM PST

I love reading biography books and so do many other lensmasters. Here’s 9 biography book review lenses we’ve received recently. (See the list below)

Have you got a good book to add to the list?

Visit our list of 99 of the newest and best-selling biographies and memoirs of 2013 HERE. If you see a book you’ve read and loved, create a new lens that shares your personal review. It’s easy to get started. Once at the lens, click the purple button under the book of your choice.

Don’t worry that someone else might have already reviewed the same book you read. Think about how many reviews you’ll find on any given product at People usually want to read several different opinions before making their selection.

When your new lens is complete, come back here and share the link in the comments section.

I am Malala is More Than a Story

1. I am Malala is More Than a Story

Malala Yousafzai’s Ground Zero happened on October 9, 2012, when she was a 15 year old student in a Pakistani girls’ school. Shot point- blank in the face by a the Taliban, while on a bus ride to her school, Malala survived to tell her tale – and…

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer The Best Adventure Book I've ever read

2. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer The Best Adventure Book I’ve ever read

I first heard about and read this story when it was published some years ago in Outside Magazine, not long after it happened. I use to subscribe back when I was younger, because I had thought at one time I would climb Everest. Of course that was a young pe…

Everyone needs to read this book!

3. Everyone needs to read this book!

This book is a great introduction to what you can and should be doing, in order to make something of yourself. And it does not necessarily mean becoming an astronaut! This is the story of Col. Chris Hadfield, one of Canada’s most renowned astronauts a…

Do You Believe In The Evolution Of Richard Dawkins?

4. Do You Believe In The Evolution Of Richard Dawkins?

An Appetite For Wonder is a fascinating autobiographical memoir. It gives the reader an insight into the evolution of Richard Dawkins from the boy to the man and how he has become one of the worlds most renowned scientists. Richard Dawkins cuts a controver…

"The Bully Pulpit," For Sure!

5. “The Bully Pulpit,” For Sure!

At 928 words, I’m still only about 30% through this outstanding book – you might have guessed that I am reading it on my Kindle. This is the only way to read really thick and ‘heavy’ books, in my view. I started ‘Team of Rival,’ sa…

A Very Moving Tale of Brave Defiance

6. A Very Moving Tale of Brave Defiance

If you ever want to read an inspirational book, look no further than this fearless recollection of a young life almost cut short by a zealous gunman. Co- written by the girl in question and journalist Christina Lamb, the book starts on the fateful day that…

Witness to War -- Truk Lagoon's Master Diver Kimiuo Aisek

7. Witness to War — Truk Lagoon’s Master Diver Kimiuo Aisek

I’ve been a fan of the underwater world since I first saw the television series ‘Sea Hunt,’ ‘Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea,’ and ‘The Underwater World of Jacques Cousteau’ when I was a kid living in New Mexico. When my…

A House in the Sky

8. A House in the Sky

What if your greatest passion in life became the thing that almost took your life? In the case of Amanda Lindhout, her love for visiting some of the world’s most exotic, and dangerous, locales cost her much more than the 15 months she spent in captivi…

There Is Proof of Heaven!

9. There Is Proof of Heaven!

When you have a life altering experience, I think it is only human to try and find out more information about how it has affected you. In 2010, I lost my husband to complications during neurosurgery for a DAVF (dural arteriovenous fistula) which, for ease…

7 Yummy Recipes to Keep You Warm

Posted: 05 Dec 2013 09:52 AM PST

Here are 7 recipes from the RocketSquids that will keep your belly warm and your face smiling this holiday season.

Chickpea a la King

1. Chickpea a la King

When I was in college, I took a vegan cooking class. It was one of the best skills I ever acquired. My family loves this recipe. My six- year- old son fell out of love with it for the last year. Recently, I made it again and just set it in front of him. He…

Homemade Hot Cocoa Recipe

2. Homemade Hot Cocoa Recipe

There is something special about homemade hot cocoa. It is very simple to make and you will know exactly what is inside, no hidden ingredients. Making your own hot cocoa allows you to add a special touch. Stir in a Christmas Candy Cane or some peppermints…

Homemade Granola

3. Homemade Granola

I got this recipe in 1997, from Janet Evert, one of my college instructors, who runs Young Disciple Magazine. It was included in her cookbook, which she gave to me as a college graduation present. I have used many of the recipes in this book since then, in…

Parsnip and Garbanzo Bean Curry

4. Parsnip and Garbanzo Bean Curry

This parsnip and garbanzo bean curry started out life as a recipe for chili, but after trying it we decided to make some changes. One of our favorite homemade soups is curried parsnip so we already knew how well the sweetness of the parsnips blended with t…

Belgian Chocolate Praline Seashells

5. Belgian Chocolate Praline Seashells

Make your own Belgian Seashell Chocolates. Considering how impressive these chocolate candies turn out, they are actually quite simple to make in comparison. Great to have on hand for guests, or as a sweet treat after dinner, these candies are a satisfying…

Caprese Style Bruschetta           (mozzarella, tomato, and basil appetizers)

6. Caprese Style Bruschetta (mozzarella, tomato, and basil appetizers)

With a few simple ingredients you can make a simple recipe that is flavorful, full of fresh ingredients and truly a satisfying snack. This recipe is so easy, it is a great go- to appetizer especially for those guests who drop by unannounced. For me, I make…

Traditional Dutch Pea and Ham Soup

7. Traditional Dutch Pea and Ham Soup

This is our family’s traditional Dutch Pea and Ham Soup. Also known as ‘ Snert ‘ in Dutch. Normally made during the winter months, but I love it, and will eat it anytime.

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