What Do You Keep If Your Entire Life Had To Fit In Five Boxes?

Daria and Jim are a nightmare. At least to certain forces we face every day. The companies and marketers who bombard us with romance of stuff. No matter how much you have, you need more. Clothes, shoes, boats, houses, trinkets. Daria, especially, gets that. Stuff-loving hoarder. That’s how she described herself. So much stuff it led her to having one of those “How’d we get here?” moments. “We looked up and realized we had lived in the same house for

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Grieving Capital Gazette Newspaper Staff ‘Put Out The Damn Paper’ Hours After Massacre

No one inspires me more today than the Capital Gazette Newspaper staff. Hours after a sick, twisted gunman burst into their newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland and started firing, they put out their newspaper. This #$)#% doesn’t get to stop them from doing what journalists around the world do so bravely every single day. Telling the story. This time, telling their story. How better to honor their five co-workers and friends who were massacred Thursday? How better to encourage the other

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Golden Buzzer Moment For Father Son Duo Reminds Us We Are The Lucky Ones

I watched this Golden Buzzer moment on “Britain’s Got Talent” YouTube channel and thought, “This.” This is what I need. This might be what you need this weekend. Odd to feature a father-son duo on Mother’s Day weekend? Perhaps. But it was the feeling that got me. On this, A weekend that is hard for a lot of folks. Stomp your feet that, “Mother’s Day is a made up holiday. Whatever. It can just be hard. Hard if you don’t

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South Carolina Woman Decides To Take Down Confederate Flag She’s Flown For 7 Years

There are few issues that can heat up tempers in the South like the Confederate flag. Many see it as a symbol of racism and hate. Some see it as an homage to their heritage and Southern ancestors. Annie Caddell was one of the latter. She moved into a modest home just outside Charleston, SC about eight years ago. One of the first things she did was put up her confederate flag. She saw it as a tribute to her

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Friend’s Unfinished Business Shines Light On Never Knowing Someone’s Whole Story

And here, I thought I knew the whole story. Which makes me laugh now. You, too, probably. I imagine from time to time, you fall into the same trap. Casually following someone on Facebook. They look like they have everything. Especially, the thing you think you’re missing in your life. In this case, Incredible career success. This woman, Meg, must have it all. She’s worked for Oprah, after all! Her career has continued to bring her amazing opportunities even after

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News Anchor Wears Viewer’s Jacket And Inspires A Wave Of Kindness

Like most local news anchors, Kyle Clark wears a suit jacket each night when he delivers the news for KUSA in Denver. As he does, he really has no idea who is watching on the other side of the camera he’s looking into. For years, that had been Connie Larson and her husband, Doyle. The Larsons had an ongoing joke. About a certain suit coat of Doyle’s. Connie thought it was awful. Forbade Doyle to wear it out of the

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Beloved Grandma Leaves Holiday Treasure For Grieving Family Who Miss Her So

Why now?      Why do the holidays have to come now?      Sure, I know, they come the same time every year.      But some years,      It sure seems it would be better if they didn’t come around.      Not so soon.      Too soon for my friend, Suzanne.      She lost her mom in September.      Suddenly, unexpectedly.      There is something about the first time you lose a parent.      Is it better,      Or harder when

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How Daughter Is Sure Mother With Alzheimer’s Will Get The Last Laugh

How could I laugh? How could I not? Laughing with my friend and neighbor, Pat. For the last couple of years, she has posted stories on Facebook about Momma Jane. Her 91-year-old mother who is living with Alzheimer’s. This means, of course, that Pat has been living with Alzheimer’s, as well. You expect that. You expect a disease as awful as Alzheimer’s to affect an entire family. What I didn’t see coming, Was the laughter. Yes, laughter. Pat just has

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I Didn’t Know I Had It In Me To Make One Man’s Dream Come True

I made a man’s dream come true this week. Not just any man. My 84-year-old uncle. My late mother’s only brother. I didn’t think I had it in me to carry this off. Sometimes forces beyond take over. Uncle shared his last wish with me about a year and a half ago. About six months before my mother died. His wish? He never wanted to see me again. Ever. He hated me. Not in the “Ha ha, Daryn is going

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How I Know The Real Excitement About The Solar Eclipse Has Nothing To Do With Science

I finally get all this historic solar eclipse stuff. Not the science part. I’ve understood that for some time. At 1:16 pm EDT on Monday, the moon will butt its way between the sun and Earth. It’s going to make things really dark in the middle of the day across America. Such excitement! The plans and celebration! People are traveling thousands of miles hoping to see a total eclipse. I get it. Though, I don’t believe all this enthusiasm is

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