Something Heartbreaking Is Happening Behind My Daughter’s Bedroom Door

Something unbelievable is happening in my daughter’s bedroom. Behind a closed door. I know what she’s doing in there. Something big. Something heartbreaking. Something totally expected. Daughter is packing for college. I want to run in there 1,425 times an hour. “Have you thought about…?” “Have you considered…?” I stop myself mid-knock outside her door. I’m determined not to be that parent. Have you seen them? There is a special Facebook page for parents of students going to the same

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Wynton Marsalis And Siblings Celebrate Their Mother’s Life With A Jazz Funeral

Jazz great Wynton Marsalis and his five brothers have lost their mother. Dolores Marsalis was 80 years old when she passed away last month. What a life she had as the matriarch of this musical family. She was married to renowned jazz musician, Ellis Marsalis. Together, they had six sons.  Four of them are jazz musicians including Wynton and Branford. With so much music in the house, there was only one way to send off and celebrate this great woman.

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How Candles In A Church I Don’t Belong To Help Me Find My Way Home

Italy. The answer is Italy. If you caught last week’s column, Dear Reader, you left me stuck on a mountain top in Oman with a husband who was using frequent flyer miles prowess to get us home. “How about Milan?” he piped up as he worked his booking voodoo. He found a beautiful hotel and two first class seats through Dubai into Milan. For pennies, as he’s apt to do. “We can tour the city. We can go to Lake

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New Wedding Photos For Couple 38 Years After Originals Lost In A House Fire

Wedding photos. Few things are more precious to a happily married couple. That’s why Ashleigh Bing’s heart broke for her parents. Jennifer and Timothy Bing’s wedding photos were lost in a house fire only two weeks after they were married. That was almost four decades ago! With her parents’ anniversary coming up this summer, Ashleigh came up with a brilliant idea: Recreate the photos! How very convenient that Ashleigh happens to be a wedding photographer. She told ABC7.com that she

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Shocking News Inspires Son To Fulfill His Mother’s Bucket List Of Joy

One son figured fulfilling his mother’s bucket list of joy was the best thing he could do. The best way to help her heal from losing her job. The best way to make up for being a tough kid growing up. The best way to tell a wonderful, heartfelt mother-son adventure story. CBS News’ Steve Hartman says the adventure began with Rebecca Danigelis getting the news that she was losing her longtime job. She’d worked in housekeeping for years at a

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Boy Covers Thousands Veterans’ Graves In Flags And Respect

11-year-old Preston Sharp is on a mission to cover the graves of veterans in flags, flowers and respect. His passion surfaced a couple years ago while visiting his grandfather’s grave. He became upset seeing not all the other markers had flags. His mother told him if something bothers him then he needs to do something about it. Little did she realize the movement she was unleashing in her son. CBS News’ Steve Hartman has the story. Preston has a GoFundMe

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Jewish Nurse Breastfeeds Palestinian Baby After Mother Hurt In Car Crash And He Won’t Take A Bottle

Is there anything more beautiful than a photo of a mother as she breastfeeds a child? It happens millions of times a day around the world. One photo is making folks stop and breathe in something even more beautiful. It’s a shot of a mother feeding a child who is not her own. The Daily Mail reports Ula Ostrowski-Zak is a nurse at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Ein Kerem in central Israel. A Palestinian family was brought there after their

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Heart Melting Reason San Diego Chargers’ PR Director Won’t Move To LA With The Team

San Diego’s longtime NFL team, The Chargers, announced earlier this year that they would be making the move two hours north to Los Angeles. NFL teams do this from time to time. It’s about bigger stadiums. Bigger markets. About money. But it’s more than just players and coaches who are affected. The folks behind the scenes need to decide if they are going to uproot their lives. The team’s public relations director, Bill Johnston, has decided he won’t go, even

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Golfer Phil Mickelson Will Skip US Open For Daughter’s Graduation Ceremony

Phil Mickelson is one of the greatest golfers in the world. He also knows what’s really important. The New York Times reports Mickelson has informed the organizers of the upcoming US Open Championship that he won’t be competing. The reason? The opening round is Saturday, June 15th in Wisconsin. That’s the same day his oldest chid, his daughter Amanda, will be graduating from high school in San Diego. To truly appreciate this choice, you have to understand Mickelson’s relationship with

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Finding Meaning In The Aftermath Of An Exploded Soda Can

No one is claiming responsibility. It’s possible they were scared off by my rather loud verbal reaction when I came upon the scene of the crime. A crime, I admit, That probably started with a relatively good intention. Last weekend, someone, A mystery someone, Got the inspired idea to compensate for a lack of cold sodas in the fridge. Anonymous put a room temperature can of Coke Zero in the freezer. Which is a great idea. When you remember to

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