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A Playlist For The Imperfect Phoenix
Trigger Warning: The following mentions instances of domestic violence and may not be suitable for all readers. You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise. (Taken from Still I Rise by Maya Angelou)
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The Delicate Art of Counting to Three
It’s a remarkable balance, keeping oneself together in this brittle thing we call life. Honestly, it’s a miracle I hold myself together at all, but I try my best. It’s just that my best consists of exhausting, tireless repetition, repeated in threes, to simply, hopefully, make life alright.Jess SambucoPublished 2 years ago in Families
Hospice Came Today
My mom dedicated her life to her children. She took care of us. GOOD care of us. All while battling her own demons. She is kind-hearted, loving, and funny. Christmases, Easter, and our birthdays always brought great gifts, above my parent’s means. And today, hospice came for her.J. Delaney-HowePublished 5 months ago in Families
Bear with me. What I thought was a chance encounter with a fellow toddler turned out to be more important than I ever thought at the time, and even for the first sixteen-plus years of my life, didn't fully figure out. I'll tell it to you as I remember it now, not as my tiny brain recorded it then.Meredith Harmon
Meeting in the Middle
I am embarrassed to say that I am not great at playing with my daughter. From what I hear from other parents, that’s not uncommon, but it’s still frustrating and it gives me a pretty serious case of mom guilt. When she was a baby, it was easy. All had to do was jingle some keys or give the teddy bear a silly voice. Now things are more complicated. Don’t get me wrong, she has plenty of friends in her classes and around the neighborhood. I am happy to send her outside to play with them whenever possible. I wish that was enough, because I am usually too exhausted to play.Leslie Writes
Wanna hear a funny story?
The story I'm about to tell is just a tiny glimpse into life with four children. And by children, I mean a 21, 20, 17 and 15 year old. They may drive me absolutely bat-shit crazy most of the time, but they are without a doubt, awesome.Heather Hubler
He Chose to Chance the Rapids
“You were his favorite uncle, you know.” My sister's words, like an ice pick, plunged straight to my heart. It wasn't her fault; she had meant to make me feel better. On that day, sitting there with my siblings, the surge of emotion was too much to hold back, especially after the stress of the past 48 hours. I couldn't respond, for fear that the dam would break.Dana CrandellPublished 3 months ago in Families
A heart is a universal symbol for love – especially on Valentine’s Day. February is also American Heart Month. Raising heart disease awareness carries a deeper meaning for me because my mom, who was my best friend, died of heart failure on January 6 last year after a seven-year battle with lung and heart disease.Lori MeltonPublished 4 months ago in Families
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Kids Say the Darndest Things
The unfiltered truths from the fruits of our loins. And the creepiest things they've ever said. Help?
Do or do not - there is no try. The ins and outs of one of the most difficult jobs on earth: parenting.
Nature vs. Nurture
What plays into our humanity? Nature vs. Nurture – how two factors affect one individual.
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Empower your child to "plug" into their own potential and seek out the light of their own unique path.
In today's world, children have access to an unprecedented amount of information. With the internet and technology at their fingertips, they can easily find answers to their questions and learn about the world around them. However, this multitude of information can sometimes be more counter-productive than productive. It can blur their thinking and cause them to lose their way.Meng Don Danny Lim
Title: Money and Relationships: Nurturing Financial Harmony
Title: Money and Relationships: Nurturing Financial Harmony Introduction: Money plays a significant role in our lives, impacting not only our individual financial well-being but also our relationships. Financial disagreements can strain even the strongest bonds, but by nurturing financial harmony, we can build stronger, more resilient partnerships. In this article, we will explore the profound connection between money and relationships, providing inspiring insights and real-life examples to guide you in fostering a healthy and prosperous financial partnership.
Investing in New Residential Projects in Mumbai: Tips for Beginners
Mumbai is a city, deservingly referred to as the commercial hub of India, that attracts a lot of investors from around the world to capitalize on its vast business potential. Over the last decade, the city has witnessed a rise in population, employment opportunities, and new business developments. Reports also suggest that the real estate market in Maharashtra has contributed significantly to the state’s economy.Kalpesh Shirke
How To Find The Perfect Trekking Adventure: Tips For Choosing The Right Tour Deal — 2023
In a fast-paced world filled with technology and urban landscapes, the allure of nature holds an irresistible charm. Trekking adventure offers an exhilarating escape from the monotony of everyday life, allowing you to reconnect with the awe-inspiring beauty of the natural world.
Why do men cheat?
oh yeah! I know you are wondering why men cheat? so here we go. Infidelity is a painful reality that affects many relationships, causing heartbreak, mistrust, and emotional turmoil. While both men and women can be unfaithful, the focus of this article will delve into the reasons why men cheat. It is important to note that generalizations cannot capture the diverse experiences and motivations of individuals. Nevertheless, by examining some common factors, we can gain insight into the complex nature of infidelity.Vincent Blessing
Unveiling Shadows: The Tale of Zephanie Nurse
Zephanie Nurse's abduction is a true story that unfolded in Cape Town, South Africa. Zephanie was born on April 28, 1997, to her parents, Celeste and Mornay Nurse, at Groote schuur Hospital via a cesarean section. It was a joyous occasion for the couple, who had eagerly prepared for the arrival of their first child. The baby's nursery was adorned with blue, yellow, and white colors, and they had all the necessary items ready for their newborn.Dexter Owino
Unveiling The Mystical Journey: Kedarnath Tour Package from Rishikesh — 2023
Nestled in the serene Himalayas, Kedarnath holds immense significance in Hindu mythology. It is believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva, and pilgrims from all over the world undertake the journey to seek blessings and spiritual enlightenment. Rishikesh, on the other hand, is known as the “Yoga Capital of the World” and offers a tranquil setting for self-discovery and inner peace.
The Power of Positive Thinking:
Optimism is a powerful force that can transform your life in many ways. Positive thinking is not just a mindset, it is an attitude that can help you achieve your goals, improve your health, and enhance your relationships.
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