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HOW DO I PLAY A GAME OF LIFE?
Posted by Desh Torres on March 09, 2014 / 274 views
Wow!!! What a question… Is LIFE really a game that we simply play? I am a 32 year old woman, at my age I could say that I have grown in maturity… I guess… But I also know that there are still lot of things for me to learn… I still have thousands of questions left unanswered… or maybe I am just exaggerating things… The truth is I am still unhappy… I am often in nostalgia… I am still searching...
This Is Kyle, And He's About To Restore Your Faith In Humanity
Posted by Justin Thompson on March 07, 2014 / 7874 views
One day, when I was a freshman in high school, I saw a kid from my class walking home from school. His name was Kyle. It looked like he was carrying all of his books. I thought to myself, "Why would anyone bring home all his books on Friday? He must really be a nerd." I had quite a weekend planned (parties and a football game with my friends tomorrow afternoon), so I shrugged my shoulders and went on. As I was...
In And Out
Posted by Joseph J. Mazzella on March 04, 2014 / 1773 views
It was my freshman year of college and I was sleeping in my bed after a long day full of taking tests. Suddenly, a loud knock woke me from my dreams. Wondering who could be knocking so late at night, I stumbled out of bed, turned on the light, and opened the door. It was my best friend and roommate. The girl he was dating had just broken his heart and he had attempted to drown his sorrows with 13 Whiskey Sours....
Remembering Red Skelton, Painter of Fine Art
Posted by Deborah J. (Harvey) Bowers on March 03, 2014 / 525 views
The Winter here in Iowa has me rather discouraged. So in looking for ways to cope I've watched youtube.com for videos of good things. I came across an interview with Red Skelton from 1980 or 1981. I learned he was a painter as well as a tv entertainer. So I've looked at some of his paintings and was inspired to copy one in my own way. I'm sharing it with you. I am thinking of stopping looking at the regular...
The Elephant Rope
Posted by Chris on March 02, 2014 / 2744 views
As a man was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not. He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. "Well,"...
Ye I Walk Through the Valley of Death, I Shall Fear NO Evil
Posted by Combax on March 01, 2014 / 1372 views
Another adventure, NOT one i want to repeat, but i felt NO Fear at anytime knowing i was wearing God's Power Armor in the Valley of Death. My slightly inebriated friend HAD to get a beer from the local Mini-mart in my neighborhood. He wanted to walk there too (about a mile) and said the exercise would be good for us. I told him that it is not real wise to go strolling around my neighborhood at around 10 pm. We...
Through The Veil
Posted by Joseph J. Mazzella on February 24, 2014 / 1850 views
My two sons have Autism. It makes life difficult for them on even the best days. The condition is insidious. It hurts them and chains them in so many ways. Even though they are both full grown neither of them will ever be able to live on their own. Autism hampers their learning. It strangles their communication. It limits their interests. It traps them in their own minds. Autism makes them overly sensitive to touch...
The Treasure Guards
Posted by Sree Hari on February 23, 2014 / 1348 views
We all grew up listening to various tales about expeditions to unearth hidden treasures. The brave treasure-hunters had to cross daunting seas, fend off hideous monsters and make a lot of sacrifices just to get to the treasure trove. But in order to attain it, they had to face their wildest nightmare- the treasure guards. They were a group of fierce and brutal warriors whose only purpose was to prevent the treasure...
You Had Me at "Hello"
Posted by Valerie Mangrum on February 21, 2014 / 2486 views
I'll be the first to admit that I am not a "people person." I'm not particularly shy, by definition, but I suffer from social anxiety. My comfort-level in social circumstances is to fly beneath the radar, being perfectly pleasant but not sitting in anyone's lap. The whole notion of "working a room" is lost on me. It's something, as a professional, that I've had to deal with over the years, usually quite clumsily....
I pulled the string and he spoke.
Posted by Kevin24x7 on February 20, 2014 / 1054 views
I pulled the string and he spoke. As a young boy growing up in Nebraska, I wrote a letter to Santa and received my Jerry Mahoney ventriloquist puppet. I watched the television shows of the fifties and saw Edger Bergen with Charlie McCarthy, Paul Winchell with Jerry Mahoney, Sheri Lewis with Lamb Chop, and many other popular ventriloquists on the Ed Sullivan Show. Life moved on and I got involved in my high...
The Longest Winter
Posted by Joseph J. Mazzella on February 19, 2014 / 2307 views
It has been the longest Winter this year. First came the weeks of the polar vortex accompanied by record breaking, below zero temperatures, frozen water pipes, and wind chills that cut into your bones like an icy knife. Next came the snowstorms one after another burying our cars, driveways, and homes under several feet of wet, heavy, snow. Day after day I spent my time shivering and shoveling with an aching back and...
Lucky To Have Him
Posted by Judy on February 14, 2014 / 3050 views
While our elderly neighbors were away, my fiance shoveled their walkway. They came home with their grand kids ready to shovel them out and were pleasantly surprised to see it done for them. Since it snowed more last night, Ryan went over today and cleaned off their car, without letting them know that it was him looking out for them. They caught him in the act and brought us some fudge. I'm lucky to have this man...
Posted by Sound as a Crystal on February 11, 2014 / 1462 views
I saw that word, kinderstruck, on urbandictionary.com. I’m not even sure if it’s a real word, but even if it’s not, I love it. There is no other single word that evokes that feeling you get when a sound or smell puts you back in time to your childhood, feeling the simple pleasures and impressions you had before you inherited the worries of adulthood. Some of the things that make me kinderstruck: Jonie...
Posted by Crystal on February 11, 2014 / 973 views
I wanted to reach out to see if you can help with my friend, JP's story. He was diagnosed with T1 Diabetes at age 3 and has inspired me since I met him! He is an amazing young man, who is active in the community, with dreams and ideas of how to inspire other T1 diabetics reach their dreams. He has just moved to San Francisco from a Luling, LA to attend the Academy of Art University. He is the first person in...
Happy In This Life
Posted by Joseph J. Mazzella on February 11, 2014 / 3169 views
"How can you be happy in this life?" That was the question at the end of the letter. It was sent by a troubled, young woman who had read another of my stories on the internet. She had written about how she had tried all the ways popular in this world to find happiness. She had spent money, gambled, had casual sex, and tried both drugs and alcohol. All of it had only left her with pain in her heart and longing in her...
From Paralysis to Guinness World Record Ocean Rower
Posted by Sarah Weldon on February 11, 2014 / 1710 views
In 2001 I had it all, a good job, pension, mortgage, financial stability, and was over the moon when I was offered the chance to undertake public health research on maternal and child health in the urban and rural slums of Tamil Nadu, India. Unbeknown to me, my body had an adverse reaction to a routine travel vaccination, and whilst in India I developed sudden onset paralysis, which took a good 18 months to recover...
The Importance of Paying it Forward
Posted by Meetal Desai on February 10, 2014 / 1664 views
I am an Indian-American that was raised Hindu- my parents have become more religious as I have gotten older but my sister and I were never taught the Hindu doctrine growing up. Instead, my parents would encourage us to embody the many community-centric principles and the spirit of generosity embodied by Hinduism by participating in acts of service and always paying it forward. In my personal life, I feel a...
Why I will buy my children tablet computers
Posted by Layla Everard on February 09, 2014 / 1973 views
I am currently watching my 6 year old twin daughters create some wonderful artwork using plastic bottles, cello tape and lots of paint whilst my nearly 3 year old son is happily playing with his wooden train tracks. All this when there are 3 tablets turned off nearby. The only thing that is unusual about this scenario is that it's a rarity in this house for all three children to be playing so quietly and without...
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