Gwen Parkes

  • A Look Inside the Town Car of a Real-Life Lincoln Lawyer

    A Look Inside the Town Car of a Real-Life Lincoln Lawyer

    The popularity of Michael Connelly's book, Lincoln Lawyer, and the blockbuster movie starring Matthew McConaughey are enough to make almost anyone want to attend law school, but while these glamorized portraits make it seem like being a criminal defense attorney is nothing more than driving around in a car... Continue Reading

  • Microbrew Guru Shares Secrets Behind Dogfish Head's Success

    Microbrew Guru Shares Secrets Behind Dogfish Head's Success

    Sam Calagione was like any other college student when it came to beer. "I loved beer," says Sam, "but it was quantity over quality." It wasn't until Sam began waiting tables in New York City after college that his love for beer grew and he really developed an appreciation for flavorful beer. One mentor,... Continue Reading

  • Take Your Child to Work Day Sparks Creativity for 16-Year-Old Entrepreneur

    Take Your Child to Work Day Sparks Creativity for 16-Year-Old Entrepreneur

    While many parents enjoy showing their kids off at work for Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day, most kids dread a day at Mommy or Daddy's boring office. Well, meet 16-year old Zach Veach. Zach is an American auto race car driver currently competing in the U.S. F2000 National Championship for Andretti... Continue Reading

  • Celebrity Wedding Planners: Behind the Spotlight Is No Cake Walk

    Celebrity Wedding Planners: Behind the Spotlight Is No Cake Walk

    The royal wedding is only days away and the country is riveted by every detail. "It is the closest thing we have to a real life fairy tale," says Amy Eisinger, associate editor of WeddingChannel.com. But behind the glitter and glam of the decorations, flowers, food, entertainment and the bride's glorious... Continue Reading

  • The Green Rush: Behind the Growing Medical Marijuana Industry

    The Green Rush: Behind the Growing Medical Marijuana Industry

    We've all heard of the California Gold Rush, but if you haven't yet heard of the Green Rush, you are late to the game. The Green Rush describes the growth of the medical marijuana industry during 2008-2010, when many western and central states saw an exponential boom in the number of dispensaries, or stores,... Continue Reading

  • The Ups and Downs of Living a Military Life

    The Ups and Downs of Living a Military Life

    Theresa Bobier, 31, is a stay-at-home-mother currently living in Manassas, Va., with her parents while her husband, Scott, is deployed in Afghanistan as a captain with an Army aviation brigade. "Like any other job, being in the military has its ups and downs," admits Theresa, adding that it does offer... Continue Reading

  • Top 10 Office Pranks

    Top 10 Office Pranks

    Popular TV sitcom 'The Office' has spawned a re-emergence of some good, clean old-fashioned workplace pranks. Whether its prank phone calls, whoopee cushions or staplers in Jello molds, the characters on 'The Office' remind the rest of us that working a day job in a cubicle does not have to box you or your... Continue Reading

  • A Candid Look Into the Life of a Pediatric Resident

    A Candid Look Into the Life of a Pediatric Resident

    Dr. Meghan MacLean Weir is not afraid to admit her faults. In fact, in her debut book, 'Between Expectations: Lessons From A Pediatric Residency,' she boldly goes where other physicians fear to tread -- into a candid description of her struggles as a pediatric resident at Children's Hospital Boston and Boston... Continue Reading

  • A Husband-and-Wife True-Life Spy Story

    A Husband-and-Wife True-Life Spy Story

    "Working for the CIA is a great, exciting job" agree Robert and Dayna Baer, co-authors of the new book 'The Company We Keep: A Husband-and-Wife True-Life Spy Story.' But it does come with a large price tag: not having a normal family life. "You do this 18 hours a day," Bob notes. "You live in your own CIA... Continue Reading

  • Are You a Dragon (Yin) or a Tiger (Yang)?

    Are You a Dragon (Yin) or a Tiger (Yang)?

    The Chinese philosophy of feng shui is over 3,000 years old, but still carries weight to this day. At the core of the feng shui teachings is the belief that everything in the universe is comprised of complementary equals -- the yin representing female qualities and the yang being the male qualities. The... Continue Reading

  • How Jay-Z Turns Everything He Touches Into Gold

    How Jay-Z Turns Everything He Touches Into Gold

    Def Jam Recordings, Rocawear clothing, Club 40/40, a New Jersey Nets basketball game, lunch with Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow at The Spotted Pig, a concert produced by Roc Nation, and an interview with Oprah Winfrey all have one thing in common: Shawn Corey Carter, also known as Jay-Z. At some point... Continue Reading

  • Even MBA Students Fall Short in the Writing Department

    Even MBA Students Fall Short in the Writing Department

    MBA students can no longer write their own ticket for the perfect job or career advancement, as many employers and graduates alike are discovering a disconnect between what is being taught in business schools and what is expected of graduates once they enter the workplace. Many graduates are settling into... Continue Reading

  • How Mary's Money Blog Scammed One Man Out of Thousands

    How Mary's Money Blog Scammed One Man Out of Thousands

    Reports on CNN, advertisements on Yahoo boasting easy ways to make money from home, a job posting links on Google, professional e-mails sent directly to his inbox and phone interviews were what reassured Terry*, a 61-year-old writer based in the Midwest, that Mary's Money Blog was a legitimate employer.... Continue Reading

  • Quiz: Are You Built to Make Big Bucks?

    Quiz: Are You Built to Make Big Bucks?

    Bored at work? This summer, AOL Jobs will be publishing a career quiz every week to keep you entertained. This quiz was so popular with readers when it originally ran that AOL is republishing it. With so many people either unemployed or looking to change jobs in today's unpredictable economic... Continue Reading

  • Mother Mixes Her Hobby and Passion by Entertaining at Home

    Mother Mixes Her Hobby and Passion by Entertaining at Home

    Brianne Morrison was happy being a stay-at-home-mom; she didn't need a job, nor did she want one. She especially never liked the idea of multilevel marketing (MLM) companies or direct sales (DS) "because I am not pushy," she says. "If I ever needed to get a job for any reason, I never thought it would be in... Continue Reading

  • Snowball Candle Snowballs into a PartyLite Business

    Snowball Candle Snowballs into a PartyLite Business

    Shirlynn White had a full-time job as a teacher and wasn't looking for a new one, especially in the MLM arena where she had bad past experiences with companies such as Tupperware. She also really "couldn't have cared less" about candles, but because she wanted to be neighborly, White went to a PartyLite... Continue Reading

  • Behind the Super Bowl: Firing Up the Halftime Fireworks

    Behind the Super Bowl: Firing Up the Halftime Fireworks

    Watching the Super Bowl is a rite of passage in America. It makes people feel American, like apple pie and Fourth of July parades. But for one Californian family working behind the scenes at the Super Bowl, it's more than an American pastime, and more than just a job -- it's a family affair. Continue Reading

  • Door-To-Door Vacuum Salesman Educates Youths About the Benefits of Direct Sales

    Door-To-Door Vacuum Salesman Educates Youths About the Benefits of Direct Sales

    If you told Daniel Cook in 1981 that selling vacuums while hitchhiking to and from work would be his key to a lucrative career in direct sales (DS), he probably would have laughed in your face. Cook had been happy to get a job as a junior expeditor with IBM. It was manageable work that provided a decent... Continue Reading

  • Struggling Economy Makes Environment Ripe For Job Scammers

    Struggling Economy Makes Environment Ripe For Job Scammers

    If you are among the many Americans desperately looking for work, then you also might be among the growing number of victims who have fallen prey to job scams. Jobs that promise "easy money," "flexible work from home hours," or advertise "no experience necessary" are just some of the ways con artists posing... Continue Reading

  • Retaliation in the Workplace Exceeds Race-Based Claims for First Time

    Retaliation in the Workplace Exceeds Race-Based Claims for First Time

    In an ideal world, everyone would just get along. There would be no bullies at schools or shootings at supermarkets, and of course there wouldn't be any conflicts in the workplace. But, unfortunately, in any place or situation where you mix together a lot of different people and their personalities, you are... Continue Reading