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5.21.2015

Memorial Day activities and printables

Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015

My children's paternal grandfather died in the Vietnam War. Before visiting a memorial wall, we colored and cut out these printable Buddy Poppies, which gave the kids some time to think about remembering on Memorial Day.

The difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day

While I wrote for Suite101, I never got around to making a Memorial Day list. The Veterans Day list below is a substitute; however, it's important to differentiate between the two commemorative days.

Memorial Day is a solemn day to remember those who died in service to our country.

Veterans Day is a day to celebrate the men and women who have served our country.

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5.20.2015

Tools that will Help Students in Creative Writing

Guest post by Amy Cowen, a content editor and freelance blogger. She manages her own team of writers at Aussiewriter, trying to improve their productivity with the help of tools and technology.

When writing any type of content, you do not just want to ensure that it does not have any grammatical or spelling error. Apart from having a perfect and flawless written work, you also take into consideration the creative aspect. Quality is one aspect that is really important not just for writers but as well as readers. For writers, it is really challenging since there are many distractions. But with the help of these tools for creative writing, you can focus on your writing and be a better writer.


One of the best creative writing tools is Penflip.com. With this platform, you can write, collaborate and publish your work. What is nice with this text editor is that you can concentrate on your writing. Even if you are not offline, you can still write. If you are working with other writers, you can easily collaborate. You can just send a link to get feedback. Finally, if you already want to publish your work, you can easily create the file into various formats depending on your preference.


Creative writers enjoy creating poems and there are various apps that you can use for you to share your poems online. Quo Moment Poetry is an app that was released in August 29, 2014. IPad and iPhone users can easily create their poems and share it to other online users using this minimalist app. Make poetry writing more fun and enjoyable by using this app on your mobile device.


Writers have to constantly proofread and revise their work. When you are doing your work online, it helps to have useful tools that you can use when you are editing or revising your work. Draftback is an extension that you can include in your Chrome browser. What this tool does is that it allows you to play back the revision history of any Google Doc. This makes it easier for you to edit the documents. To use this feature, you can just open Google Chrome and download the extension. In addition, Draftback also allows you to share your content to other users.

Even creative writers have to deal with cases where they really need to write and they simply cannot do it with all the other tasks at hand. The good news is that you can always ask for professional writing services. A-writer.com is a reputable writing firm that has been offering quality writing services for years. Whether you are in need of a creative writing material or an academic paper, just provide the details and other instructions and they will do the job. At least, if you are really in need of help, you can rely on their experts.

Whether you are writing a poem or any material, concentration is definitely essential. You need your creative juices to come up with a good work. Among the best tools to use is Poetica. This site offers a very easy to use interface that you can use when you are writing. It gives you a distraction-free writing interface so you can easily track changes. Poetic uses the Infinite Undo Technology where you can recover past changes or even the ones you have already deleted.


Being creative in your writing entails not just the ability to use effective words to capture the interest and imagination of your readers. You also have to incorporate the right visuals. Storybird.com offers a very easy to use platform where you can create amazing stories. With their tools, you can create books that contain art and nice stories that will inspire readers. In addition to the features of this platform, Storybird is also an online community where you can interact and collaborate with other online users, artists and writers.


This app is for iPad and iPhone users who want to create creative text. With this app, you can create your own lyrics, rap, poem or any creative content. What is nice about this app is that you can also follow other users who are also writing different types of content and be up to date what they have been writing. The app shows you the words that have rhymes and from there, you can make your own creative text.


The same way as to how pen is needed to effectively write something on a piece of paper is also the same with a writing platform. With Typewriter.io, you get to have an easier and a more efficient way of writing. This tool allows you to have markdown formatting where you can style text and do real-time editing. Once you are finally done with your work, you can various versions of your work and can even revert it to the previous ones. You can also sync your files with Dropbox so you can access your files anytime and anywhere.
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