Thursday, May 1, 2014

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Hello May!

Posted: 01 May 2014 05:52 AM PDT

Dogwood Blossoms from Below by Muffet on flickr via Creative CommonsWelcome May, the month for mothers and Memorial Day and many special days in between.

On Squidoo we’re starting the new month with an emphasis on DIY, great timing since ’tis the season for tackling both indoor and outdoor do-it-yourself projects. In case you missed the announcement, you can read it here and get even more details – and a whole lot of encouragement – on this lens. What projects are you planning to tackle this month? There are millions more people who want to do those things, too, but they need examples and encouragement from you. So make DIY lenses a priority this month by documenting your own projects and turning them into lenses.

Perhaps your first DIY could involve tackling a special project with mom in mind – and you have 10 days to pull it off (Mother’s Day is May 11th). Don’t forget to have the camera handy for the unveiling; a photo of mom with a big smile on her face could be the perfect last step on a very personal DIY tutorial lens.

Food is always on our minds and it’s also one of the hottest topics on Squidoo. In fact, take a look at our Best of Food on Squidoo page to see what’s popular. No doubt information on grilling, preparing delicious cool beverages and smoothes, and how-to’s on serving up our spring crops will be highly sought-after topics, so document and share your seasonal recipes as you pull them out and prepare them for the first time this summer.

By the end of the month the summer season should be in full swing and people’s minds will turn to travel and recreation. Get a head start working on new lenses as well as updating older ones that are centered around those topics, too.

If you need more lensmaking ideas during May, keep an eye on both HQ and your dashboard’s Quests tab. Our team rarely runs short of great lens starters and we’re happy to keep you supplied.

So tell us, what special plans and lensmaking ideas are on your agenda for the month of May?

Dogwood blossoms photo from Muffet on Flickr via Creative Commons

Lens of the Day: The Small House Book

Posted: 01 May 2014 05:52 AM PDT

smallhousebookThe book reviewed in today’s terrific Lens of the Day turned out to be a dream come true for lensmaster clevergirlname.

If you’re dreaming about a little pink or blue or any other color house, don’t miss it.

The Small House Book was created as the result of last month’s Squidoo Book Club Quest and is just one of the great reviews found in our Best of Books category.

Would you like to join the club?  Our clubs are open and available to all lensmasters and we’d love to have you.

Visit  All About Squidoo Clubs to learn more about the Book Club and all of our other fun clubs.

Your Next Great Read: Recommendations from the Squidoo Book Club

Posted: 30 Apr 2014 11:51 AM PDT

8435321969_8c5a154a0a_zLast month we asked the members of the Squidoo Book Club to share a review based on the last book they read.

Here’s 10 of the lenses that were sent to us.

Take a look. Who knows? Someone’s last book might just be your next great read.

I know I spotted a couple that sparked my interest.  What do you say?  Are you interested in reading any of the following?  Share your thoughts in the comments.

The American Revolutionary Version

1. The American Revolutionary Version

History is one of my favorite subjects, American history in particular. It was my good fortune to be born in Massachusetts, smack in the middle of our country’s birthplace. I’m especially fond of good historical fiction. In my book no one brings…

A Story of Spiritual Abuse and Recovery

2. A Story of Spiritual Abuse and Recovery

Elizabeth Esther tells a compelling story of spiritual abuse and recovery. As a granddaughter of George Geftakys, Elizabeth grew up in an authoritarian fundamentalist group called The Assembly. She was whipped, shamed, and told to ask no questions- only to…

The Phonics Guide

3. The Phonics Guide

I used to be a literacy volunteer tutor for adults, for six plus years. At some point, I got the idea to make it a business. I thought that not everyone would necessarily want to come forward to Literacy Volunteers, and that there would also be people who…

Biography Review: The Invention of Wings

4. Biography Review: The Invention of Wings

‘The Invention of Wings’ by Sue Monk Kidd is a compelling, shocking and moving work of historical fiction based on the real life story of Sarah Grimke and her sister, Nina Grimke, two out- spoken abolitionists and women’s rights activists wh…

A Story of Female Genital Mutilation - Biting the Stick

5. A Story of Female Genital Mutilation – Biting the Stick

Biting the stick tackles the very real but difficult subject of ‘Female Genital Mutilation’ (FGM). A practice that has spread from the cultural societies of the Middle East, Asia and Africa across the western world including the USA and European…

Fancy Nancy: Tea for Two - The Perfect Book for Little Girls with Big Personalities

6. Fancy Nancy: Tea for Two – The Perfect Book for Little Girls with Big Personalities

My nearly 10- year- old daughter has outgrown her Fancy Nancy book collection, but these books including Tea for Two still set on the shelves of her playroom bookcase. Why have I held onto these books? Well, these books were one of the very first books tha…

Rise of the Machines - Human Authors in a Digital World

7. Rise of the Machines – Human Authors in a Digital World

The Digital Revolution – A Plus for Authors? Publishing has changed drastically in the last ten years. With the advent of e- publishing, and especially of Amazon’s total embrace of Kindles and Kindle publishing, authors have definite and distinct ways…

InterWorld: A Creative Sci-Fi YA Novel

8. InterWorld: A Creative Sci-Fi YA Novel

I don’t read as much as I used to. I mean, I used to read all the time before college. I used to sit down and read a book made of paper and ink, but I don’t have much time for it anymore. I used to be able to pick out stories from the library and…

Polygamy Exposed Via Memoirs of Former Wives

9. Polygamy Exposed Via Memoirs of Former Wives

Fifty Years in Polygamy is a memoir that opens the door to understanding the Allred family of polygamists. The author, Kristyn Decker, a seventh- generation polygamist, was born with another name: Sophia Allred. Her father was the Mormon ‘prophet…

Chick Days

10. Chick Days

A Chick Named Carla After you read Chick Days, there is a 98. 751 chance you will be unable to resist raising your own backyard chickens. Be prepared for a run to the nearest feed store for a chick, or six, of your own. Been there, done that. I am now a re…

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