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The 7 Sketchy Ingredients That Are Probably Lurking in Your Dog’s Food
Do you know what’s in your dog’s food? If not, you might be surprised—and not in a good way. Many commercial pet foods include sketchy ingredients that could harm your furry friend.
Three Bits of Wisdom I took from ‘The Woman King’
Recently, I checked out a fantastic film entitled “The Woman King” that dropped in theaters this year (September 16th). There were so many lessons that I learned from this movie, but I wanted to lay out a few that particularly landed with me.
Tomorrow Never Knows
Neala Fitzgibbons had sworn she was done with relationships. She’d survived two divorces, raised two kids, outlived two dogs, a hamster, and three goldfish. At age 54, all Neala had to show for it now was a tired-looking face framed with grey hair, crow’s feet around her hazel eyes, a lacklustre credit score, and the invisible scars cleft from travelling her trail of broken dreams.
First Day Jitters
The cool air of the moon still lingered through the morning as my eyes opened to the light. I pulled the covers over my face in hopes of returning to the hours of least expectation, recreating the darkness to hide from the affliction of my responsibilities. To no avail, the alarm rang into my ears and shook me out of bed. I dragged my body to the edge of the mattress, ripping the blankets from my sheltered skin, to embrace the sting of the unforgiving breeze. The crisp cold greeted the tip of my nose as it leaked in through the cracked window. It was the only way I could ease my bones into sleeping, but it always became somewhat of a rude awakening. I stumbled over, collecting what was left of the joint from the night before, and pushed the window closed.
It's a gloomy, rainy day here in Upsate New York. As though on cue, as soon as September 22 arrived, the temperature plummeted from 80 degrees to a chilly lower 50s, complete with frost warnings. Frost warnings? Granted, we are used to getting snow early in the season, but this year we shifted from t-shirts to wool socks and sweaters overnight. These months always leave me slightly disoriented, feeling like it could be spring and reminding myself that we are, indeed, heading into the cooler months. Winter is coming.
horseback riding + therapy
One of the programs that helped Abby the most was her horseback riding Technically, she participates in Specialized Equine Therapy and it is a bit different than the typically hippotherapy.
When I am 4, I meet my first friend. He puts a hand on my shoulder and tells me a funny story. He is small, like me and very pale.
3 Ways to "Read Art" at a Museum
My children are spoiled. In many ways, but in this article I'm referring to their exposure to arts and culture, and particularly to museums. They won't realize how spoiled they are until they grow up and realize that not everyone else's mom worked in museums let alone at a leadership level in museums and could provide unlimited access to the extraordinary.
Giving Up Hope
I opened Pandora’s box and made it mine I’ve tasted all the fear and hate The loathing and raging Tangled around me like webs, like chains
It takes the littlest things to keep things going. This list is just a few of the things you can do when you have been together for a long time to make the connection stronger. They are the things that I have discovered.
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Write Here, Write Now: Everyone has a Yellow Coat by Flora Weston
From Write Here, Write Now: A Vocal Podcast, Everyone has a Yellow Coat by Flora Weston. People aren’t always what you expect; it’s wise to pause before rushing to judgment. After a reading of “Everyone has a Yellow Coat,” host Erica Wagner talks with author Flora Weston about how asking a simple question about an ugly coat actually changed her life.
Write Here, Write Now: My Single Friend by Caitlin Fladager
From Write Here, Write Now: A Vocal Podcast, My Single Friend by Caitlin Fladager. How do you keep that 'first date' feeling alive after 12 years of marriage? What happens when you start to yearn for your single days? In the inaugural episode of Write Here, Write Now, host Erica Wagner sits down with Caitlin Fladager, TikToker extraordinaire, passionate advocate for mental health—and a wife and mother. They cover everything from first date to first child to how her family is today.
Introducing the Vocal App
2022 has been a year of explosive growth for Vocal. At the heart of our product strategy, we have remained laser-focused on building social-oriented features to foster community across the platform. A perfect highlight of this was the recent release of our most requested feature, Comments. With over 25,000 comments exchanged and counting, this feature was the most quickly adopted in Vocal history.
Write Here, Write Now: A Vocal Podcast
When I asked Vocal creator RJ Wade whether she found a commitment to writing early on in her life, or whether the development of her gift was a slower burn, her response was immediate and powerful. “It was right away, and it was full-blown and passionate,” she said of her love affair with the written word.
The Vocal Community Reacts to Roe's Reversal
The constitutional right to an abortion—granted to all U.S. citizens in 1973 in the case of Roe v. Wade—was overturned by the Supreme Court on Friday, drastically altering the future of health care and bodily autonomy in the United States. The Vocal Team recognizes and acknowledges that this is a deeply complex ongoing conversation, and many groups are divided over this issue. While some are celebrating, others are grappling with feelings of hopelessness, confusion, and grief due to the Court's decision. To aid our community, we have created a list of links and resources to inform and facilitate ongoing discussions around the subject of abortion rights in the U.S.
The Fantasy Prologue Challenge Winners, and a Very Special Announcement
I've been looking forward to this day for a long time. We recently closed The Fantasy Prologue Challenge, which has been our most successful Challenge so far this year. Nearly 4,000 original fantasy fiction stories were submitted, all beginning with the same sentence:
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