Creativity behind bars

"Creativity behind bars" Continued...

Issue: "The Purge," Sept. 12, 2009

Whitten was released from prison several months ago, and Bob Walden hopes he will take the skills he's perfected in the woodshop, and the character traits he's practiced, and use them to be successful at life on the outside.

Inside the prison, the woodshop plays an important role in motivating prisoners and helping to keep order. It also benefits the prisoners. "They work hard," Walden says, "They take pride in what they do." They have an outlet for creativity.

Recipes that work

By Susan Olasky

Ree, the hostess of one my favorite food-related blogs, The Pioneer Woman, has started a social networking site called Tasty Kitchen that is devoted to "tried, true, and tested recipes." She writes, "For a long time, I've wanted to create a happy little place on the web where people who love to cook could easily share recipes." The website (thepioneerwoman.com/tasty-kitchen)allows users to rate recipes and chat with each other using Windows Live Messenger. Another food blog promoting "home cooking" is simplyrecipes.com.

Don't let 'em bite

By Susan Olasky

Bedbugs are becoming a serious urban problem again. The nocturnal bloodsuckers travel in suitcases, and increased international travel is giving them huge hitchhiking opportunities. That's what brings web surfers to the Bedbug Registry (bedbugregistry.com), which a woman founded after she encountered bedbugs in a San Francisco hotel. The website allows readers to report bedbug sightings in hotels and apartments all over the United States and Canada-but the website can't vouch for the accuracy of any report, so users should consider the information a starting point and not a final judgment.

Susan Olasky
Susan Olasky

Susan pens book reviews and other articles for WORLD as a senior writer and has authored eight historical novels for children. Susan and her husband Marvin live in Asheville, N.C. Follow Susan on Twitter @susanolasky.


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