Actor Becomes Best Friend And Caretaker For 89-Year-Old Neighbor

There’s no telling where you might find your best friend. 31-year-old actor Chris Salvatore found his living across the way in his apartment complex in West Hollywood, CA. Her name is Norma Cook. She’s 89-years-old. Their friendship started slowly. Norma would wave from her kitchen window as Chris passed by. He tells the Today Show that one day she invited him in, offered up a glass of champagne and a friendship was born. It might’ve stayed that way. Except, Norma’s

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Custom Wet Suit Stitched Up For Penguin With Feather Loss Problem

It looks so fun to be a penguin. One with a feather loss problem? Not so much. Just ask a little squirt of a girl at Sea World who goes by the name of, “Wonder Twin.” She’s been losing feathers. Chunks of them. Which is a bigger deal than simply a fashion challenge. The Guardian reports this also makes it really hard for her to manage her body temperature and pop in and out of the water with the other

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The Awful Photo You Must Now Never Delete Or Throw Away

My finger needs to calm down. Fight the itch. The one that is so quick to delete. The one that is instant judge and jury over a photo not being worthy. I’m reminded of this lesson as I go through old family photos. Which to keep. Which to toss. Does your delete finger itchy, as well, Dear Reader? The one that is about to delete that imperfect photo. You know you’re inclined to do it. Make more space on your

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Shooting Survivor Inspired To Become A Doctor With A Wonderful Twist

Shooting survivor Kevin Morton, Jr. remembers the night his life changed forever. He was working at an Arby’s restaurant in Detroit, closing up, when he was shot multiple times during a robbery. His family was told chances were he would not survive. But the doctors at St. John’s hospital and in particular, Dr. Dharti Sheth-Zelmanski, would not give up on this young man. The road back was painful and difficult. The long stay in the hospital also gave Kevin the chance

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Frequent Flyer Miles Game: Getting Started

If you like this story, please check out my new book, “Hope Possible: A Network News Anchor’s Thoughts On Losing Her Job, Finding Love, A New Career, And My Dog, Always My Dog.” So, you’ve seen how my Mad Scientist Miles Husband has been able to create amazing international trips by collecting frequent flyer miles without flying. “Sign me up!” you say. Or “This has to be too good to be true.” Well, yes, and no. It is indeed possible.

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You Could Call This The Worst Anniversary Dinner Ever

You could’ve called it the worst anniversary dinner ever. This week, Husband and I were excited to celebrate our third wedding anniversary. Yes, can you believe it? It’s already been three years since this forever-single lady found a perfectly imperfect man who wanted to spend his life with me. Getting hitched at Silver Run Falls, NC. July 2012. We had reservations at a fancy, new restaurant in town. And sure, we could’ve gone there and had the latest “farm-to-table” dishes. But

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Teenager Sassy Talk Is Taking Over Our Family

We have a sass problem in our family. Teenaged sass. Talk back, argue, and try to negotiate every boundary kind of sass. “Take away their iPads!” you suggest. “Send them to their rooms!” you insist. Thank you very much for your parenting input. Thing is… The sass, well, it’s not coming from either of the two human teenagers who make their home under our roof. It’s coming from— The cat. The 3-legged cat. Pisa is her name. As in “Leaning

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When A Dozen Eggs Doesn’t Equal 12

Leave it to a bunch of chickens to teach me a lesson. About gratitude. About what is enough. About what makes a party. Yes, I did say, “chickens.” As in the 7 crazy chickens I have living in our backyard. Got my first chickens about four years ago, the day before my first date with my now husband. That was one lucky week. Lets get right to it. Folks always want to know do we get fresh eggs? Sure do.

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The Night Cancer Did Not Get To Win

Too many days. Too many days, that awful, despicable, rude, ruthless bully called, “cancer” has knocked on the door of those I love. That day in high school when it took the life of my best friend, Cyndi’s, mother. That day just out of college when my roommate, Sandra’s, mother was diagnosed. Doctors gave her less than a year. She got the rare last laugh and lived 10 more. That day in ’97 when it was my other roommate, Heidi’s

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The Hair Question Every Woman Eventually Must Answer

It’s the looming question waiting for every woman at the bottom of a plastic bottle. The answer you give that informs the world information about you without your saying a word. What do you believe? What is beauty? And so, Dear Woman, I know you’ve asked yourself. Will you or won’t you? Do you or don’t you? When that time comes, do you— Reach for the bottle? Bottle, as in plastic. Bottle as in— Do you choose to color your

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