Denise Shelton writes on a variety of topics and in several different genres. Frequent subjects include history, politics, and opinion. She gleefully writes poetry The New Yorker wouldn't dare publish.
What People Really Mean When They Say Thank You for Your Service
On Veterans Day and Memorial Day, you hear it a lot. Your Facebook friends post pictures of themselves and their relatives in military uniforms, and the comments frequently include the phrase, “Thank you for your service.” It’s become the “have a nice day” of the new millennium. The number of people who sincerely mean it is questionable.
5 Reasons Why You May Want to Alter Your Online Identity
Are writers who use pen names and avatars to mask their true identities cowards? I used to think so, at least when it came to content creators. It’s one thing to be a woman trying to get her novel published in the 1800s and quite another to be one writing essays and opinion pieces today. Or is it?
The Kindness of Strangers in a Strange Land
Nobody can hear a scream in the vacuum of space, or so they say. The fact is, if they could hear you, they’d be too busy screaming themselves hoarse to save your ass. Land on an alien planet or two and you’ll get an earful.
10 Jokes Meaner Than Chris Rock’s Oscars Dig at Jada Pinkett Smith
After this year’s Oscars kerfluffle, some are calling for the abolition of insult humor, especially that which mocks someone’s challenges or physical appearance. Others say it’s a tradition rooted in the antics of the court jesters of old speaking truth to power and everyone needs to lighten up.
8 of Louis Armstrong's Greatest Musical Team-Ups
Louis Armstrong (1901-1971) is widely considered one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time. His trumpet playing and distinctive vocals set him apart from his peers. Armstrong began playing music professionally as a teenager, and his musical career lasted over 50 years. He gained renown as a soloist and band leader, but he wasn't above the occasional duet, often with some of the best in the business. Here are eight of his greats.
Ten Things I Loved About My Husband's Damaged and Difficult Mother
The first thing you should know about my mother-in-law Helen is that she was a battered child. I don't know if this is something anyone can completely overcome, but I know she tried like hell. Trust is essential to building relationships, and Helen found it hard to trust anybody.