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Amazing Grace

I once was lost, but now am found. Was blind, but now I see. Even though the average life span has continued to increase over the years, many would still argue that life is short. A life well lived, however, could not be qualified by a mere number. Life is full of a roller coaster of seasons -- joy, despair, ecstasy, grief -- what makes the difference...

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The Death Of Leland Sturgis
The Death Of Leland Sturgis

Did you ever have an imaginary friend growing up or know someone who did? Maybe a child you know has one. While it's generally considered acceptable for kids, what do you do when a friend refuses to give up their imaginary friend as they grow up? What does "growing up" mean to you? In this video, one man is challenged by an old friend to give...

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What’s the Most Socially Taboo Topic?
What's the Most Socially Taboo Topic?

What is the most socially taboo subject you can think of? Now imagine that you are dealing with that exact problem. Maybe you don't have to imagine it, maybe you already are. Since the topic is so taboo though, who can you talk with about it? Earlier this year we posted about the increasing prevalence of "life coaches." They fulfill a different...

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A Pet Owner’s Greatest Fear
A Pet Owner’s Greatest Fear

It hurt today as I said goodbye to Max. Our little dog would have turned 13 in a few days but he never made it. He was getting weaker and on Monday he was so sick that I stayed home from work with him and held him most of the day. I had to carry him as he had no energy even to come back in from going outside. There was nothing the vet could

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Alcoholism & Family
Alcoholism & Family

"Alcoholism has an effect on everybody around the person suffering from it. This is especially true for a family." says William Belle in the Ole! Times. In his article, which recounts his own struggle with alcoholism and (for the moment) sobriety, he provides statistics about how pervasive the problem is: According to a 2002 survey conducted by...

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Escaping your Legacy
Escaping your Legacy

Have you been able to escape your family legacy? Should we even want to or try to? As much as we seek to become independent people and become individuals apart from our parents, to some extent we all struggle with our family legacy. For example, Frank Zappa was a rock musician, and one of the most talented and influential of the 60's, 70's and...

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Help for when School Sucks
Help for when School Sucks

Approximately one in three American college students drops out. That's a scary statistic, and you're likely hoping that you won't become one of those unfortunate ones who end up leaving school before completing your degree. By now, you've been at college/university for a few weeks. Maybe a trip or two back home, maybe not. Whether it's your first...

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Growing up … eventually
Growing up ... eventually

Why are so many people in their 20s taking so long to grow up? That's the question an article in the New York Times recently asked. It seems that it's taking people longer to grow up. Psychologists have even come up with a new term for it: "emerging adulthood." It’s happening all over, in all sorts of families, not just young people moving...

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