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Tips to Protect Your Child from Bullying

Awareness about bullying is at an all-time high and spotlight on it has become very helpful in trying to stop the spread of bullying.

One of your primary goals as a parent is to keep your children safe. As parents, you try your best to keep your child protected from things that may cause them harm. When your child is born, you take measures to keep your home safe for them, installing baby proofing equipment to make sure that your child is not in any danger when inside your house. Whenever you go out with your child, you always try …

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love

It’s Time for You to Find Romance

In today’s world, online dating is the smart way, the most solid way to find romance. Men especially like dating online, and it is their choice for finding romance.

By: Gail Karpus

I’ve heard it said that you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find your prince . . . Well . . . Then my face should be covered with warts!

The saying, “Love needs no map because it can find its way blindfolded” is a lovely quote—but really? Maybe with a cane and a good-looking guide dog by your side . . . Hey, it’s hard …

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Who Are You Now? A Guide to Getting and Staying Organized

The organized enough clothing closet: Get rid of hangers and plastic from the dry cleaners immediately. Group items first by category.

“I know myself, but that is all…”
Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise

Fitzgerald understood better than most the double-edged sword of the American dream. He also created the character of Gatsby, the iconic self-made man, and yet a tragic one. Today, almost a century later, a vast world of products to buy makes it possible for the average person to reinvent herself anytime she likes. But it is a constant merry-go-round: If you can be anything, what should …

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grief

The Essential Guide to Helping Anyone in Grief

Grief makes us uncomfortable, and we are at a loss as to what to do. Often we blurt out something we shouldn’t. Or, sometimes, we simply do nothing.

I had always considered myself a great friend — encouraging, there to help when needed, sensitive, able to see when people were suffering and how I might comfort them. But when my husband died so suddenly, I soon came to realize that, when it came to helping someone who was grieving … I KNEW VERY, VERY LITTLE!

As I began my own journey of grief, I became painfully aware that in the …

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War is Hell and Then There is PTSD

PTSD is the mind’s own grim reaper that has one, single purpose…to kill the human spirit over time.

A few blocks away, a boy on a bicycle peddled in their direction. Although the 13-year-old was never greeted warmly, everyone knew Harvey. His bike had a bent pedal that nicked the frame slightly, warning that he was coming. This morning, his first stop was a block north on Market Street.

As he rounded the corner, two neighbors talking over their fence abruptly stopped upon seeing him. They stared, wondering where he was going. They resumed their conversation only when he’d passed. …

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7 Easy Ways to Support Caregivers

If someone in your life is a caregiver, you should step up and do what you can to care for them. However, this is often much more difficult than it seems.

If someone in your life is acting as a caregiver, then you know just how demanding this job can be. It is so important for caregivers of all types to be able to reduce stress and find peace and calm in their chaotic lives. However, this is often much more difficult than it seems. Due to the nature of their jobs, many caregivers are so dedicated to caring for

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Bali Indonesia

A Journey from the Boardroom to Bali and Back

He made the bold, audacious, and potentially career-ending decision to travel with his family to Bali on an eight-month sabbatical.

The kids didn’t wake until late morning. One by one they emerged from their jet-lagged slumber. We introduced them to Putu and Made, but there was no time to linger. We were already late for a tour of their school, which we had arranged through Ben McCrory, the school’s head of admissions. Victoria and I rushed them through a quick meal and herded them into the rental car Nyoman would drive.

On the ride to school, Nyoman drove aggressively, leaving …

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single women

The New Old Maid: Satisfied Single Women

She has no regrets about remaining single because she’s gotten to have the life she dreamed about since she was a young girl.

By: Maureen Paraventi

It hardly needs to be said that women who remain single lead very different lives than their married counterparts. So why am I saying it?

Society has long focused on what single women don’t have – husbands – while ignoring what we do have: independence and autonomy. The freedom to do whatever one wants, whenever one wants to do it was a recurring theme raised by the women that I talked to.

Traditionalists may …

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U.S. National Missile Defense Scrambles to Defend All American Families

We boomers have repeatedly faced the threat of nuclear missile attack since we practiced duck and cover in elementary school. Many of our generation are concerned about possible impacts to their families as diplomatic and military moves play out on the Korean peninsula over ballistic missile proliferation.

So I thank Rita Morgan for letting me provide this guest commentary to her readers.

I’m speaking up because I have some expertise regarding the strengths and weaknesses of America’s missile defense capabilities. I gained it by working 25 years in the military and in the aerospace industry helping develop the Army’s Mid-course …

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my baby

I Gave My Baby to Strangers

Before I could argue my case any further, the courtroom doors opened and the bailiff called my name. By signing my baby away, to strangers, my life could return to the way it had been.

By: Margaret Mott

I touched my mother’s arm and pleaded in one last desperate attempt to stop the events from unfolding. “Please don’t make me do this”.

“Don’t start.”  She sat stiffly in her black dress, her court attire, as though she was at a funeral.  She was – mine.

Mom insisted that I wear the new white dress she had bought me as though …

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make love

Can a Man Make Love Like a Woman?

A woman can make love for other reasons besides strong desire. To feel close, or emotionally connected to her partner.  To promote loving feelings.

By: Stephen Snyder, MD

Several years ago, a merchant in my neighborhood learned that I was both an MD and a sex therapist.  The next time I was in his shop, he asked me if I could get him some Viagra.

“How long have you had erection problems?” I asked.

“I don’t,” he answered.  “But my wife and I have been married for 30 years.  To tell you the truth, sometimes I’m too tired or preoccupied …

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My “Heart Dog” Prince

A striking black and tan German Shepherd dog, Prince had been with Linda for seven years. Guarding her. Protecting her. Loving her. At just a year old, his protective instincts were well-formed.

Her life is filled with love stories. A thoughtful and devoted husband of forty-seven years, precious children, and adorable grandbabies. And she lives on an idyllic farm in the south with lush rolling hills, a sparkling lake, towering sunflower fields, and tall, sturdy pines that stand like sentinels. Dogs, cats, horses, ducks, geese, and other wildlife add dimension and beauty to her life. But one special dog will …

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stuffed animal

5 Gifts You Can Give Your Grandkids for Christmas

Toys that teach children something are always popular. They keep kids of all ages entertained and helps them develop important skills.

Christmas is less than a month away which means you are thinking about gifts that you might like to give to your loved ones this year. Grandkids are a special treat because they grow up so fast and the one toy we thought would last a long time, isn’t so interesting anymore. Therefore, it’s important to find a toy that will keep them occupied for some time. Most toys that are like that tend to teach children something. It …

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military kids

Why We Baby Boomer Military Kids Developed Differently Than Civilian Kids

When I get together with other baby boom military kids, we frequently talk about how we turned out “different” from civilian kids.

I was one of the first baby-boomers, born to a father in the Army. When I get together with other baby boom military kids, we frequently talk about how we turned out “different” from civilian kids.

One reason is that our families moved so much. It became normal for our family to move every two to three years, sometimes more often. It was normal to have to leave friends or to have them leave us. It never occurred …

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earthquakes and miracles

Earthquakes and Miracles Happen Every Day

Miracles are a lot like earthquakes. They happen every day. Quite often they are happening all around us and go unnoticed.

By: Charles Gardner

Where I live, in California, there are earthquakes every day.

Today alone (July 1, 2017), there were 18 earthquakes recorded. Most often, they are the sort that are so low in magnitude on the Richter scale that you don’t even feel them. But every now and then, there are the ones that make you feel a little dizzy, the lampshade swings a little bit, and you know something is happening.

And then, every so often, WHAM! …

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