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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Professor’s Special Talent Helps Man With Alzheimer’s Capture Beautiful Music Before It Disappears Forever

A beautiful thing is happening with a musician with Alzheimer’s in Portland, Oregon. Three years ago, Steve Goodwin was diagnosed with the awful disease. There is so much that he is losing. None more heartbreaking than the music he has spent almost 50 years composing and playing for his beloved wife, Joni. It has been the soundtrack of their long and happy marriage. The problem is Steve never wrote any of the songs down. Always played from memory. His disease

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Middle School Girls Get Back-To-School Surprise Thanks To Some Awesome Teachers

Middle school is a tough time when confidence can sink. Dreams deflate. Kids can forget the awesome sauce they were in elementary school. It can be especially tough for girls. The teachers at Simmons Middle School in Hoover, Alabama have a great and inspiring surprise waiting for their 6-8th grade girls. They’ll find it in the girls bathroom. AL.com reports the girls will find inspiring messages sprinkled throughout the freshened up bathroom. Sparkly sayings like, “You are beautiful.” Five teachers

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What Happened After Britain’s Got Talent Judge Told This Kid To Get Singing Lessons?

“Britain’s Got Talent” is the overseas first cousin to this country’s “America’s Got Talent.” And just like the US-based show, the program is built on dreams. Dreams of having your talent recognized. Dreams of getting a shot at sharing your talent with the world. It means taking a a huge risk. That’s what 12-year-old Kyle Tomlinson found out when he tried out in 2014. Judge David Walliams told the kid in no uncertain terms he should go get some singing

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The Question Every True Dog Lover Must Answer

Panic set in this week. During a phone call home while I was out of town. A last minute trip I’ll tell you about sometime. For now, this panic was about our “newish” puppy. Because of the last second nature of this trip, I left all the animals in care of my husband. There was a time when this would’ve seemed impossible. This man who didn’t want any pets. This man who has come so far. Early on, he learned

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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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The Awesome Reason Football Star Leonard Fournette Helped To Melt Down 700 Trophies

Leonard Fournette knows what it is to achieve greatness on the football field. He was an All-American running back at LSU and the fourth pick in the most recent NFL draft. No doubt a ton of accolades have been showered on him in the run up to what is about to be his rookie season in the NFL. With accolades come trophies. Lots and lots of trophies. Which are good for stroking your ego and collecting dust. At least that’s

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Training Arctic Seals To Help Save Species

In the spirit of learning to help yourself, arctic seals at the UCSC Pinniped Lab in Santa Cruz, California are learning how they can help scientists collect data on them that will ultimately help save the species. Animal behaviorist Colleen Reichmuth and animal physiologist Nicole Thometz lead a team scientists and their animal partners to study how ice-dependant seals live. Video by Teresa L. Carey. By the way, if you love ocean wildlife, you should check out and follow Emma

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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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WWII Veteran Meets The Sailor Who Saved His Life, 72 Years Later

WWII Veteran Norm Lasman carried an incredible question for decades. WGN reports he never knew who saved his life on May 11, 1945,  the day Japanese suicide bombers attacked the American aircraft carrier U.S.S. Bunker Hill.  The smoke and flames left him unconscious and suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning for 19 hours. Then, along comes a book called, “Danger’s Hour.” It’s written by Bobby Kennedy’s youngest son, Maxwell. Reading that book sparked memories for Norm and he set out on

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