Most of the time, royal fairy tales end with an ambiguous “and they lived happily ever after.” It’s a phrase that glosses all manners of sins, a blanket declaration that things work out in the end. In the case of Prince Charles and Princess Diana however, the one thing we do know about their love story is that they decidedly did not live happily ever after. …

As the holidays near, consider what it means to be kind.

Babies! They’re such jerks, aren’t they? They wake you up in the middle of the night. They make huge messes for you to clean up. They never even say “thanks.” And let’s not mention the inevitable diaper blow-outs that happen at all the wrong times. Who do they think they are, anyway?

Of course, that’s not a very healthy attitude and it’s a pretty awful way to think of infants. …

Note: This guest post was written by Cheryl Maguire

The laundry hamper was overflowing with dirty clothes. Lacking the motivation to throw it into the wash, I pushed the clothes down deeper into the bin so I could fit more clothes. This occurs almost every other day. When you are married and the mother of three kids, the laundry is a never-ending task especially since we are all active in sports or working out that often require multiple clothing changes in one day.

Mustering up the motivation to do a dreaded task is a common struggle that most people can…

Not enough alcoholics are educated about this

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Myfather died of alcoholic liver cirrhosis four years ago. It came as a surprise to all of us, even though it was clear he had a severe drinking problem for decades. It was especially surprising to me, as a former nurse and a recovering alcoholic. You would think I’d know more about liver problems and alcohol use than the average person. But the truth is, in the months before his death, I had no idea my father’s liver was struggling at all. …

Eye-opening messages in case you need a push right now.

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Seven years ago, my life was in the gutter. But after 15 years of addiction, a near-death experience finally gave me the wakeup call I needed. After several months in detox and treatment, I began reading about personal growth, and one line, in particular, hit me square in the face:

“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” — Thomas Jefferson

Having lost my entire adult life to addiction, mostly through inaction, it felt like I’d nothing to lose by going in the opposite direction…

“How am I still single?” you ask. Let me explain the ways.

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1. Must love kids, but not really want them.

I don’t trust people that don’t like kids and I don’t completely trust myself to have them. On the off chance we do have little baby alien humans, you must be a magnificent father because I will be a mediocre mother at best.

2. Must be over 5’8’’ even though I’m under 5’3’’.

It’s important that I feel like a little spoon at all times, which requires at least a five-inch height difference. This will allow me to gain a bit of weight (something I can do but you probably shouldn’t) and still feel small in comparison.

3. Can’t be religious but should be comfortable with my overwhelming Jewishness.

We don’t believe in God in this…


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