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The Emotional Rollercoaster Ride of GoFundMe

My husband needs to have two discs replaced, so of course he needs the one operation our health insurance doesn’t cover. Oh well. That means we’ll end up with a huge medical bill, and have to use vacation money for the next few years to pay it off. It turns out that...

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Is Life Like the Movies?

Life is like the movies. In the movie “Last Holiday” with Queen Latifah as Georgia Byrd, when the main character goes to her Health Maintenance Organization with an ailment that requires surgery, they explain her policy doesn’t cover the necessary procedure. The same...

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Addiction to Drama

It turns out that one of the biggest blocks to your daughter’s happy state is her Addiction to Drama. Believe it or not, our Addiction to Drama is as powerful as a narcotic because drama produces a jolt of adrenaline— an increased heart rate, heightened senses, increased strength and feelings of power.

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Stuff In A Pot

Stuff In A Pot is a great way to stretch the budget. The addition of veggies reduces the cost per serving of the meat. One pound of ground meat will now produce 10 flavorful servings. All of the fresh and frozen ingredients are free of additives and harmful chemical compound found in processed foods. And, you can stretch it further if you serve it over organic rice or gluten-free organic pasta.

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I Appreciate You

My inbox is loaded with so many messages with the word “Thankful” in the subject line that I mentally brush them off. I get that it’s important to jump on the bandwagon during the season of buying, but it gets a little redundant.

That’s why I took note of an email entitled “I appreciate YOU!” It stood out from the crowd, but more importantly, it sent me right down Memory Lane and made me laugh aloud. Here’s why.

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5 Tips for Newbie Writers

When your ego tells you, “You’ve been writing long enough. You should have something done by now,” tell it to chill out. How can you possibly determine how long it will take you to complete your project when you have never done it before? C’mon, cut yourself some slack.

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Nurturing the Mother

This year, I’d like to suggest an outside the box twist on the traditional Valentine’s Day. Normally, February 14th celebrates that special love between a man and a woman. But for the nearly 12 million widowed women in the USA, Valentine’s Day can represent a day of loss. It can also be painful reminder that they are alone for the more than 53 million women raising families by themselves.

Let’s nurture the women who nurtured us, the women who are raising our next generation. Let’s take them out for Valentine’s Day, or spend the evening with them.

Here’s 10 ways to turn the day that ignores those without a significant other into a celebration of appreciation. Enjoy some quality one-to-one time, or gather a posse of your constituents, and celebrate in style.

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Ten Jokes For The Road

When I was a teacher, there were two ways to end the class:

Teach until the bell rang, and have the kids scramble to get to their next class in 3 minutes; or

Stop a minute early and let them get ready to leave.

I was known to do both, depending on what I was teaching. But, on the days when we had a minute to spare, my students were charged with making me laugh. A good joke, especially a science joke, was their ticket out of my room before the bell. (That was actually frowned upon, but the kids never went too far because they were listening to the others jokes.)

But there were rules. (Of course there were rules. We were in school.) No profanity. Nothing derogatory, sexist, racists, blond-ist, etc. Here’s a few I jotted down in case I ever needed them.

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Perfect Timing

Right before her wedding, my advice to the couple had been for the both of them to take a personality test to identify their differences, and then identify strategies for relating despite them. It had worked wonders for my marriage, and I wanted that type of happiness for the newlyweds.

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Teen Advice Quiz Week Eight

Advice to Your 15 Year Old Self: Week 8 If I knew then what I know now... but would I have listened?  Teen Advice is a plentiful as leaves on a tree, but I'm offering some advice... with a bit of a twist. I polled a huge variety of people, asking them this one...

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