Mother's Day Is An Emotional Landmine For Me

I have done some bad, bad things. Disastrous things. There is no hope for my salvation. There is no God to forgive me. Rather, I am bound to suffer the anguish of my misdeeds all the rest of my days as punishment for my sins. For I am certain that I contributed to my mother’s death.

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Why I Absolutely Love Being an Airbnb Guest

Despite the late hour, the door is unlocked. I step into a softly lit, attractive space. I close the door and drop my bag. Then, as a child on a treasure hunt, I dash through the house, intrigued, thrilled to discover what each room holds. I can’t deny it; my favorite find is a kitchen stocked with food and a hand-written note from my host. I breathe a happy sigh and begin to settle into my Airbnb home, smiling. And snacking.

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2017: Your Year of Adventure - Visit a National Park for Free!

There are ten dates in 2017 on which the National Park Service (NPS) invites visitors to enter - for free - the parks that normally charge entrance fees, including two weekends in April during National Park Week. 

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I Have an Excellent Super Power and I Know How to Use It

I suddenly couldn’t breathe and I couldn’t move. I knew he was big by how deeply I was buried in his violent embrace. Attacking from behind, he pulled me tighter, covering my face, trying to immobilize me as he began dragging me to a dark corner. 

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Do Not Despair: You Are Your Own Best Hope

This year for the first time my son cast his ballot in a presidential election. The results have him despairing for our future.

We celebrate our Veterans this week. In honor of their service and sacrifice that protects our rights and privileges, and as a citizen and a parent, I teach my son that he must not lose hope in this great democracy.  He can work to be the instrument of the change he wants to see. And so must you.

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What I Did First on the Road to Get Happy

I haven’t lived in a proper house in nearly a decade. In fact, I currently dwell in a space 93% smaller than the 4600-square-foot monstrosity I owned 10 years ago. I have a history, possessions, and a dog all in a home with the footprint of a one-car garage. I live comfortably in a tiny house and I love it.

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