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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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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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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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How to Really Enjoy Your Retirement and Live on Your Own Terms

When you finally reach retirement, you might find that reality doesn’t measure up to the dream. Having so many options can feel like a lot of pressure

“You’re never too old, never too bad, never too late, never too sick, to start from scratch once again.” – Bikram Choudhury

Picture this: The kids are out of the house; there’s no to-do list to check off; and the daily hustle is no longer part of your life. You take in a deep breath and realize, with excitement, “Retirement is finally here!” Then you think again, this time with some anxiety, “Huh, …

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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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Injectable Silicone for Body Contouring and Enhancement – FDA Warning

Injectable silicone is permanent and stays in your body. It is is different from silicone oil used in small amounts in the eyes or the silicone used in FDA-approved breast implants.

By:  FDA Consumer Health Information

Are you considering a procedure to shape or increase the size of certain parts of your body? Beware of using injectable silicone for body contouring, or any other unapproved products to achieve your goals.

Injectable dermal fillers are medical devices regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Although the FDA has approved certain injectable dermal fillers for use in the face (for example, …

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FDA Warns About Stem Cell Therapies

Stem cell therapies may offer the potential to treat diseases or conditions for which few treatments exist.

By: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Stem cells have been called everything from cure-alls to miracle treatments. But don’t believe the hype. Some unscrupulous providers offer stem cell products that are both unapproved and unproven. So beware of potentially dangerous procedures—and confirm what’s really being offered before you consider any treatment.

The facts: Stem cell therapies may offer the potential to treat diseases or conditions for which few treatments exist. Sometimes called the body’s “master cells,” stem cells are the cells that develop …

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Money Is Not a Source of Creation

Possibility does not come from money. It is about what you can choose and what you can do because of choices that create greater possibility.

A lot of people think of money as a tool for creating, but money is not a source of creation. You are the source of creation that creates money. Money is a lazy pile of shit. It doesn’t want to work that hard. You, on the other hand, are not a lazy pile of shit. You like to work hard because it makes you happy.

Are creation and creativity a source of money? No. Money …

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Conversations with Teen Mums

Conversations with Teen Mums is a web-based interactive documentary about millennial and generation Z young mums. It depicts the lives of girls catapulted straight into motherhood while still young themselves.

Funded by NZ On Air with additional support from the NZ Film Commission, Conversations was made in Auckland over a period of four years.

Featuring a combination of photographic portraits, personal quotes, written interviews and films, the Conversations website offers audiences a unique window into the minds of NZ young mums who are coming-of-age as their children grow.

Visit the Conversations website and read the honest, heartfelt stories that these …

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‘Til Death Do Us Part – My Daughter’s Wedding

The autumnal morning chill promised to warm quickly with the rising sun, making for a perfect wedding day. My heart was pounding. My knees felt so weak I thought my legs would no longer hold me.

By: Dr. Carroll James

My heart was pounding. My knees felt so weak I thought my legs would no longer hold me. Tara hooked her arm through mine and I patted it with my moist hand.

My eyes watered, and feeling light-headed I wondered, Was I this nervous at my own wedding? Tara, my beautiful daughter, had become an independent young woman.

The rehearsal …

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20 Business Ideas for Young Entrepreneurs

For young entrepreneurs, nowadays the sky is the limit. Discipline, self-motivation and hard work are some of the key qualities to master if you want your business idea to succeed.

Entrepreneurship has taken a new form in the past couple of decades. Modern technology, the widespread use of the internet, and gadgets galore have made it possible for anyone to come up with a business idea and try it for themselves be it online or offline.

For young entrepreneurs, nowadays the sky is the limit. Discipline, self-motivation and hard work are some of the key qualities to master if you …

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Life Changes

No matter what change or transition is going on, no matter what decision you need to make, find some time to be alone and silent.

By: Ariane de Bonvoisin

When we make a change in our lives — going back to school, starting a business, pursuing a creative path — we also provoke an identity shift. And even though the changes are external, often it’s more of an internal journey that we are being asked to take. To ensure that we don’t get lost along the way, we need to connect with the core of our being, the essence of …

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Five Ways to Stand Out from the Crowd

There are many ways to stand out from the crowd. They include things like using proper grammar and spelling, volunteering for thankless jobs and always being courteous.

By: Terry Mitchell

Some people are content to just be another face in the crowd. By assuming this attitude, they are saying, in effect, to the rest of the world, “I’m just average; there’s nothing special about me.” For those of us who would rather stand out from the crowd, there are some relatively easy ways in which we can accomplish this mission. None of them requires a whole lot of skill or …

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Interviewing a Caregiver—Who Will You Trust with Mom or Dad?

When keeping your day job requires outside help, who will you let in? Here are 8 questions to ask before hiring any caregiver.

By: Stefania Shaffer

My mother’s decline seemed to happen almost overnight—but on a calendar, it was more like four years and one month of strange occurrences that would only be recognized in hindsight as onset dementia. Still, the slide down this slippery slope happened quickly, all things being relative.

In December she was still enjoying her hearty appetite until January came when she began pushing her food around on the plate. Maybe I hadn’t realized how long …

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How to Use the Power of a Smile

When you come across somebody who smiles at you, despite your weariness, you can’t help but smile back. If you want to make a good impression, smiling is your best option.

By: Codi Morieta

Have you ever noticed how the word “smile” assumes the position of a smile on your face right after it has been pronounced?

The same is true with a grin or a grouch.

Much of the words in the English language or perhaps in other languages of the world assume the facial expressions of the person pronouncing them. Perhaps this is how words came into existence.…

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