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  • Karen McConnell
    Published about an hour ago
    Body art challenge

    Body art challenge

    I got pregnant when I was just 15 years old, by all accounts just a baby myself-now raising a baby. My son and I have lived through very many trials together and in all honesty grew up together with only having 15 years to separate us in age.
  • Leavie Scott
    Published about 5 hours ago
    Chiraq VIII

    Chiraq VIII

    Chapter 8
  • Myndi Mullins
    Published about 8 hours ago
    The House

    The House

    She stood outside of the house, looking at it from the road, staring at it like she could see inside and through it. The memories were there and wanted to escape from her eyes and roll down her cheeks, but damned if she was going to let that happen. Not over a house. But was it really ever just a house?
  • Ed Mackey
    Published a day ago
    Anyone can be a hero!

    Anyone can be a hero!

    On August 6th, 2017, my family and I were involved in a horrific auto accident on Interstate 81 in Bristol, TN at 9:30 pm. We were traveling to visit our son attending Marion Military Institute in Alabama. That evening, a dump truck that had his bed up ran into a bridge and separated from the chassis. It fell in front of us and we hit is at 72 MPH. I suffered a fractured skull, 2 broken vertebrae, a broken wrist, lacerated spleen, concussion, minor brain bleed, a traumatic brain injury and other bruises/cuts. I now have a plate with 4 screws in my neck. I was the front passenger and I don't remember the incident or the 1st 10 days post accident. I was in ICU and ended up in a nursing home. The worst part of my rehab was I had double vision for 7 months, major trouble talking and had to learn how to walk again. My family also experienced very serious injuries including our 16 year old daughter who now has 2 bars and 10 screws in her back.
  • Gala Valeria Sandoval
    Published a day ago
    Leave the Geese Alone

    Leave the Geese Alone

    Fast as hell is little to say, I had never seen anybody run as fast as my dad did when he saw my brother fall into a nearby lake. But I should back up a little...
  • Tammy L. May
    Published a day ago
    The New Art - "Reborn" Dolls

    The New Art - "Reborn" Dolls

    Through the 1990's doll gathering took on fresh life with typically the introduction of "reborning". Reborning started since a technique of using pre-fabricated dolls in addition to making them seem more life like. Since then, reborning provides evolved right into a new art form.
Staff Picks
  • Jay Cordero
    Published 4 days ago
    Dominicana Soy

    Dominicana Soy

    It is difficult to celebrate a heritage that is constantly rejecting you. You never felt Dominican enough. You always felt a need to overcompensate for some of your “undominican” behavior. You took classes to learn how to dance bachata and salsa. Still, your latinadad was constantly in question. You don’t look Dominican. You don’t sound Dominican. Those words were often spoken to you.
  • Nathalia Ramos
    Published 4 days ago
    Celebrating My Spanish Heritage

    Celebrating My Spanish Heritage

    For my entire life people have always been surprised to learn that I speak Spanish. This is typically followed with something along the lines of "No way, you don't look Spanish at all." I know, right? The blonde hair, blue eyes, it always throws people off. This never bothered me, in fact, quite the opposite. From a young age speaking Spanish was like my secret superpower. I'd love to surprise people with a simple "gracias!" or casually dropping in to conversations in Spanish. On a few occasions I've actually pulled out my cell phone to have a pretend conversation with "Papá" when unsuspecting victims were saying things they probably would have preferred I didn't understand.
  • The Bronx Vegan
    Published 4 days ago
    Hispanic Heritage Month on Vocal

    Hispanic Heritage Month on Vocal

    It was never an unusual sight to see my great grandmother handing out homemade papa rellena to everyone in her Queens neighborhood. The community would pitch in money to buy bulk foods like potato, rice, meat just so they can give it to her to cook it. You may have even seen my grandmother running her own concession stand in the busy bustling streets of Puerto Rico where she would put her own touch on pastelillos that would make anyone stop dead in their tracks just to taste. When I started my own food journey through The Bronx Vegan, it may have been a surprise to my family that I was taking on a new approach to food but when you look at the dedication and passion for food that runs through my family history, this work really isn’t so surprising at all.
  • Jose Soto
    Published 4 days ago
    Celebrating My Heritage: Sometimes in English, Others in Spanish

    Celebrating My Heritage: Sometimes in English, Others in Spanish

    When I was around four-years old, my family and I moved into a rented home in El Paso, Texas, a city a mere mile or so north of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. Having moved to El Paso from Juárez two years prior, I was introduced at an early age to the binational, bicultural, and bilingual phenomenon that people living in El Paso and Ciudad Juárez are accustomed to.
  • Gabriella
    Published 4 days ago
    Stereotypes

    Stereotypes

    What comes to your mind when you think of the word "Latino"?
  • Annie
    Published 8 days ago
    Recent Wildfire Started from a Gender Reveal Sparks Questions about Gender Reveals

    Recent Wildfire Started from a Gender Reveal Sparks Questions about Gender Reveals

    One of the wildfires currently going on in California was started from a pyrotechnic device used in a gender reveal party. The fire started in El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa and spread north on to Yucaipa Ridge. At the time this was written, the fire had consumed 12,610 acres and the people who started the fire haven't been charged yet.
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Advice
  • Georgina Bailey
    Published 5 days ago
    Unschooling Grandma

    Unschooling Grandma

    In my experience, there are three basic types of grandparents of unschooled children : those who need no converting, because it was their own style of parenting; those who were somewhere between sceptical and incredulous at first but are en route to being on board now; and those who think it is a damaging and irresponsible way to raise a child. For now, I'm going to tackle the last variety (figuratively speaking, no grandmothers were harmed in the making of this article!) as they can be one of the greatest hurdles on the unschooling path.
  • Ayesha Tabassum
    Published 6 days ago
    4 THINGS YOU NEED IN YOUR BABY GROOMING KIT

    4 THINGS YOU NEED IN YOUR BABY GROOMING KIT

    Every human being needs grooming, including babies. If you make a habit of grooming your baby since birth and continue it through their adolescence, they will understand its importance and start doing it by their selves.
  • Chanchala Gorale
    Published 9 days ago
    Kidpreneur-Make your kid an Entrepreneur

    Kidpreneur-Make your kid an Entrepreneur

    Many adults realize that only if their parent were supportive enough, they could have done a lot more than they can even imagine today.
Children
  • Marilyn Glover
    Published 3 days ago
    Proper Fractions

    Proper Fractions

    A proper fraction is a number whose value is less than one and the numerator is less than the denominator. So what does mathematics have to do with this challenge? Well, for my open letter to a best friend I have chosen to write to my four children. When I think of whom my best friend is I have to include them all. Each child representing one quarter of a whole has unique attributes that when combined together, create one amazing unit.
  • TruCare Dentistry
    Published 4 days ago
    Why Do Babies Need Teether?

    Why Do Babies Need Teether?

    Teething is one of the uncomfortable phases for babies. In this stage, babies might get cranky and frustrated easily, which creates anxiety for the parents. As teething is the major milestone development, the first few teeth will be painful for babies. The teething phase for a baby will differ from one another. From the first few months of through the first year, babies can experience teething. It is believed that babies are teething when they start to drool. But, sometimes teething babies do not drool at all. Every baby is unique, so is their development phase.
  • Lucinet Luna
    Published 5 days ago
    105

    105

    Writing has always been intimate for me, maybe it's the way I write, or the way my stories seem to sound made up; someone asked recently, why am I writing this on plain ol internet when I can write it in a book; they were referring to entry 104. I replied " He is not my story: I am " and all the doubt that had started in the back of my mind, was put to bed. I am a great writer, always been; I've written since I could spell, in both languages; Spanish and English. I wrote stories, related to experiences I had growing up, but I've never had the balls to write MY story and doing so now, is the most amazing feeling I've felt in a thousand years.
Extended Family
  • Mary Slattery
    Published a day ago
    Mama Maria

    Mama Maria

    It’s something we’ve talked about in passing; noticing and embracing signs from the universe. The both of us have our own little tokens we look for and welcome to reassure us, to ground us again when our circumstances gravitate back to chaos and catastrophe. And the company we keep, shared or otherwise, largely dismisses these romantic sentiments as amusing delusions that shouldn’t warrant any kind of faithful investments; they’re simply silly superstitions that are nice enough for child’s play but have no place in any sensible adult’s regular affairs. That’s probably why I haven’t confessed to you exactly how much faith I have in these metaphysical forces. I’m just tired of being mocked, tired of the implied pats on the head because clearly I’m detrimentally naive and I’m in for a rude awakening when this cruel world finally teaches me that magic is really just a made-up fairy tale.
  • Angelina M. Daugherty
    Published 3 days ago
    Betrayed

    Betrayed

    This story starts with my 2nd marriage; a little background for you to understand things: I was 26 living in NM and had a 6 year old girl Michelle and a 9 month old boy Chris, I was not getting along well with Chris' dad and so we separated. We had a mutual friend, who I will call Mr. S, and he helped me move out, and at the same time he took the opportunity to ask me out on a date. Mr. S told me how he had always wanted to date me since meeting me but I was never free, and knowing that I was now he wanted to get in before he lost the chance.
  • Barbara Bertino
    Published 5 days ago
    relative Insanity

    relative Insanity

    My family loves to get together and play all kinds of games. Since COVID we are getting together almost once a week. Recently my 14 year old granddaughter brought out a game she had gotten for her birthday in May and we gave it a try; with unbelievably hilarious results.
Fact Or Fiction
  • Rosaria Mulenga
    Published 2 days ago
    Short Story
  • Lady Austina
    Published 8 days ago
    Brandon's Legacy

    Brandon's Legacy

    In a day that she watched over you, she knew that she can't stay with him forever. His eyes tell her that he wasn't honest while his mouth says, "I love you." Her heart sank because it was just a lied. What she couldn't tell him was that she was pregnant with his child.
  • Nilda Juliana Johnston
    Published 9 days ago
    BELIEVE IT OR NOT

    BELIEVE IT OR NOT

    BELIEVE IT OR NOT
Grandparents
  • Duece Lee
    Published a day ago
    My Very First Tattoo

    My Very First Tattoo

    This is the story of my very first tattoo... and a man named Tattoo.
  • Rich Monetti
    Published 2 days ago
    There Was More to Uncle Willie than Just Wit

    There Was More to Uncle Willie than Just Wit

    Like the Yankees, the Monetti's had a very deep bench. I had so many aunts, uncles and cousins to rejoice in at family get together's, that it was almost dizzying. And then out of nowhere, we'd go visit Uncle Willie. I was reminded he was a star in his own right, and a telling moment from his 80th birthday party revealed that he could roll as well as the rest of the roster.
  • Nia Onor'e
    Published 6 days ago
    The Biscuit Principle

    The Biscuit Principle

    "I learnt a very specific lesson, a piece of sound Wisdom from my Papa, as a young child, every night before bed my Nana would make my siblings and myself a hot drink, she would give us the Biscuit Tin to take into the lounge , where my papa would be sitting in his chair, stationed in front of the TV.
Grief
  • Shirley Belk
    Published 2 days ago
    An April Kind of Day

    An April Kind of Day

    Her day had been a definite eight out of ten on the bad scale of long and taxing ones. To begin with, it started way too early; even earlier than her usual four am workday alarm. It had started with a phone call from the nursing home around three thirty from a familiar and panicked voice on the other end complaining that “the nurses aren’t giving me my medicines and they won’t give me any coffee.” As the seasoned nursing professor sat up in bed and listened to her mother, there was no being worked up in emotions, as she had run interference many times before. The difficult part was calming and appeasing her cherished, yet very stubborn parent. The staff would listen and follow any suggestions she would give them, not only because they knew her so well, but because she had been a clinical coach in college to many of them. Her mother would get a cup of coffee.Having put that small fire out, coffee didn’t sound like such a bad idea. Besides, her cat was insisting on being fed and the two dogs needed to go outside. She remembered she would need to dry her uniform to make sure it was fluffed out of any wrinkles. “Ah, another day,” she thought, as her morning routines began. By this time her mind had fast-forwarded to the plans she had for her students at the clinical facility where they were training.
  • Fathima Rinsha Sherin
    Published 5 days ago
    The Unexpected Life of Bella

    The Unexpected Life of Bella

    Sometimes we're unable to find the justice in the injustice, from the court. To prove what is right and wrong sometimes we might wait forever. That was the case with Bella. Some of you might know Isabella, Some of you may be Isabella! Wife of Joseph Irish Kimberly at Hollywood hills.
  • V M Donnell
    Published 7 days ago
    Journey To The Crown

    Journey To The Crown

    What does tomorrow bring? I thought to myself as I realized my mother was gone. Gone? Yeap gone. Never to exist except for in my memories and silly reminders. Like her favorite tv shows “Ellen” and “Steve Harvey”. To be honest I’m not sure if she would have been on this earth as long as she was without those two shows after being diagnosed. They kept her laughing, smiling, and breathing through it all. So, what does tomorrow bring? I’m not sure. I sat there in disbelief. Blanket draped over my shoulders. I never felt so cold and vulnerable. It was done. She left. I knew cancer had not taken her from me but rather a decision she made. A part of me felt relieved, it had been a grueling 11 months. I was tired, she was tired, we all were tired. But what does tomorrow bring for me? What lies ahead? I am motherless.
How To
  • Mia Morales
    Published 9 days ago
    How To Make Motherhood Duties Easier

    How To Make Motherhood Duties Easier

    Let's just be honest. There are certain duties that go hand in hand with motherhood that are not exactly filled with sunshine and candy. There will always be times of cleanup that are tricky and gross, but at the end of the day, your kids are totally worth it.
  • Victoria Marc
    Published 13 days ago
    Christmas Celebrations During Pandemic

    Christmas Celebrations During Pandemic

    The current pandemic situation has created a sombre and depression atmosphere, no thanks to the grim news that one reads daily on the number of infected cases and deaths, social isolation and physical distancing. Such atmosphere has made some skip or postpone family celebrations. Such celebrations include birthday, anniversaries, and holiday related celebrations such as Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • Robert Cordray
    Published 24 days ago
    How to Keep Your Monthly Bills Low as a Young Couple

    How to Keep Your Monthly Bills Low as a Young Couple

    There are so many fun things about being a young couple. You have your whole lives ahead of you filled with so many dreams and aspirations. When you get your first place together you might be surprised at just how much things cost! It can seem overwhelming, and you may wonder how you will cut costs and still have the things you need. In order to save on your bills, consider these five easy tips. It might not take as much effort as you think to take control of your finances.
Humanity
  • Karen McConnell
    Published about an hour ago
    Body art challenge

    Body art challenge

    I got pregnant when I was just 15 years old, by all accounts just a baby myself-now raising a baby. My son and I have lived through very many trials together and in all honesty grew up together with only having 15 years to separate us in age.
  • Myndi Mullins
    Published about 8 hours ago
    The House

    The House

    She stood outside of the house, looking at it from the road, staring at it like she could see inside and through it. The memories were there and wanted to escape from her eyes and roll down her cheeks, but damned if she was going to let that happen. Not over a house. But was it really ever just a house?
  • Ed Mackey
    Published a day ago
    Anyone can be a hero!

    Anyone can be a hero!

    On August 6th, 2017, my family and I were involved in a horrific auto accident on Interstate 81 in Bristol, TN at 9:30 pm. We were traveling to visit our son attending Marion Military Institute in Alabama. That evening, a dump truck that had his bed up ran into a bridge and separated from the chassis. It fell in front of us and we hit is at 72 MPH. I suffered a fractured skull, 2 broken vertebrae, a broken wrist, lacerated spleen, concussion, minor brain bleed, a traumatic brain injury and other bruises/cuts. I now have a plate with 4 screws in my neck. I was the front passenger and I don't remember the incident or the 1st 10 days post accident. I was in ICU and ended up in a nursing home. The worst part of my rehab was I had double vision for 7 months, major trouble talking and had to learn how to walk again. My family also experienced very serious injuries including our 16 year old daughter who now has 2 bars and 10 screws in her back.
Immediate Family
  • KayKay_Island
    Published a day ago
    BLUEPRINT

    BLUEPRINT

    BEST FRIENDS, USUALLY ARE NOT THE ONE TO COME AND GO OUT OUR LIFE! LET'S TALK NOT JUST OF A FRIEND, HERE I SAY MY BEST FRIENDS I'VE TREATED AND CONSIDER AS A SISTER OR BROTHER. I AM NOT SURE IF IT'S FAIR TO HAVE MORE THAN A BEST FRIEND, OR AS OUR SOCIAL WORLD WOULD SAY, MY BESTIE. FORMERLY, COULD IT GO ANY OTHER WAY IF IT WERE'NT FOR THIS ONE PARTICULUAR BEST FRIEND?
  • Tiajuana Gilmore
    Published 5 days ago
    My Journey In Tattoo

    My Journey In Tattoo

    Family...Where do I start?? I love you all and you all drive me insane sometimes. But no matter what happens, we will always stay together. Through the best times and worse times, we have always stuck together with a strong bond.
  • Sharon Smith
    Published 7 days ago
    Our House: the Days of Covid 19

    Our House: the Days of Covid 19

    Even before the pandemic was declared, my year started with a stressful 'bang'! My boss of many years had suddenly made the decision to retire. He left in mid-January; then my daughter in law's best friend and first cousin in Turkey passed away suddenly and she made a quick trip home to say good-bye just as we were first hearing about Wuhan. It was scary to think of her traveling so far so she made the decision to leave my youngest grandson home with his dad. My son and I altered our work week to take care of him.
Parents
  • Gala Valeria Sandoval
    Published a day ago
    Leave the Geese Alone

    Leave the Geese Alone

    Fast as hell is little to say, I had never seen anybody run as fast as my dad did when he saw my brother fall into a nearby lake. But I should back up a little...
  • Zuleyma Caballero
    Published a day ago
    Parents

    Parents

    “Namjoonie...” I call from the bathroom.
  • Grace HyeRyung Kim
    Published a day ago
    Forever Bestie

    Forever Bestie

    She has been my friend ever since I recalled the past. She was always by my side and with me. Her arms were open to hug and help me; To my every move, she reacted and cared as if it were her body and mind.  Someone who can touch, embrace, and take care of me without my permission. A person who gives unconditional love, praise, or encouragement. Of course, I couldn't remember when I was in her womb, birth, or infant. But she would have taken good care of me with sincerity and love because she was always full of love and consideration for me when I was growing up. When I fell to the ground, she ran to me and got me up. But more than her behavior, her face looked more painful and worried than me. She dressed me pretty and took me out to take a picture. Her face, which took my picture, looked happier and more joyful than me. I cried because my friend moved away. Her face looked sadder than mine. She laughed because of me and cried because of me.
Siblings
  • Chelsea Spack
    Published a day ago
    Sister

    Sister

    I’ll never forget sitting in the car with you the summer of 2020, the summer of the Pandemic, the summer the car we were sharing had no A.C., and we had to make our weekly grocery store haul. I was low on money. I was embarrassed. I worked up the courage to tell you that I couldn’t help pay for groceries this week, and you smiled and casually said, “I was already planning on covering it, anyway.” This is just a small example of how loved and accepted you make me feel, always.
  • Katie Shay
    Published a day ago
    Why my sister is the Best

    Why my sister is the Best

    To my best friend and baby sister,
  • Tiffany Linton
    Published 2 days ago
    Blood is Thicker Than Water, Always.

    Blood is Thicker Than Water, Always.

    Being bullied from middle school throughout high school was a very life changing experience, however it built character. Personally, I find myself still learning about myself in the midst of forgiveness and healing, but that’s what life is all about. I remember being tormented in my last year of eighth grade and coming home crying to my older brother about my appearance and how much I wanted to look like a different girl.