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Motivating kids to love anything but their computer games these days can be really tricky. And, don’t I know it. But, my dear parents out there, it’s also completely possible. Opening the doors of possibilities for your little ones is a truly incredible journey that lets you fall in love with life and the world around you and that lets your kids to find their own interests and put their little minds to work. The process is never-ending, sometimes tiresome and wonderful all the time. Keep in mind that no force or strictness will work if your goal is to motivate children to love learning. It has to be their choice. But, it’s up to you to provide them with the choices and put them in a situation where whatever they choose will make a significant impact on their perception of the world...
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I assure you, most solemnly, that I do not simply write the following words merely to see them tumble out of my head onto a blank page. Rather, I have chosen them, curated them carefully in order to convey successfully to you, the reader, the depth, the breadth, and the scope of Craig Walker's Herculean efforts to help and support his daughter, Marissa. You cannot imagine his sheer determination, his jaw-dropping exertion..., you cannot imagine the time, the effort, the energy, or the money spent. You simply cannot. I have often feared that the extreme effort Craig put forth, receiving little to no support or succor himself, would kill him..., that I would live to see my lifelong friend, my brother, buried. That he has done so Marissa's entire life is even more astounding. Craig is her...
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My Wonderful Wife When I had the massive stroke 31 years ago the doctors and my family wanted to “pull the plug”. My wife of 8 years would have none of it. For the past 31 years she has loved me and cared for me as no one else could. The stroke left me quadriplegic with only slight use of the right arm and hand. I am a big man, 6’3” 200 lbs. Angie is 5’4” and about 115 lbs. She is now 64 years old and still cares for me. She washes me from head to toe. She rolls me over to do my back. Then she dresses me. She transfers me to my wheelchair and after I’m in the chair she will wash my hair. She prepares and feeds me breakfast and dinner, gives me water thru my feeding tube 4 times a day, and gives me my medication throughout the day. On top of this Angie somehow managers to do the...
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2015 my oldest daughter showed my youngest daughter a BTS video. At that time my oldest was a freshman in college, my youngest, a freshman in High School. My oldest daughter has always been into Cosplay, asian culture, Anime and world music. While she happened to like one of BTS' songs and shared it with her sister, she never really became a follower. The difference between my daughters is that my older one found her tribe young, in middle school in fact. So while she suffered all the angst and difficulties most young women do, she had her friends to lean on. My youngest daughter was different. She had friends. But, no one consistent and no one really close. She thrived academically, participated in extra-curricular activities, even made Captain of her school's Colorguard and...
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I am so angry with you. I have displaced anger that is coming out in all parts of my life. I let the lies you projected on to me affect me and I should know better. I am so angry at myself for defending and explaining myself to you again. You always come back to this: how I make you feel stupid, degraded, unintelligent, small, dumb, and lacking just because of who I am. You always call me a smart ass (which would mean I am making sarcastic remarks regarding your intelligence or other personal issues) which I do not. You state I ask too many questions and that makes you angry. When I ask you which ones, you can't answer. When I ask you which statements I have made, you can tell me which one. When I ask for specific behaviors, you can't list one. You have also stated...
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Before BTS, I believed dreams were best strangled before the world could get to them, but after finding Bangtan’s music and learning their story, I couldn’t help but fall in love with all seven members—and the ARMY that rallied around them. Our boys have shattered records and filled trophy cabinets with their genre-defying, thought-provoking, life-changing music—all in a language that many of us can only understand through subtitles. But it was a hard journey to the top, and their fight to be heard reminded me of someone else I love dearly: my younger sister has been a storyteller since she could talk. Over the past decade or so, she’s written several three-hundred-plus page books, with many more in the works: seven fully realized, wildly distinct worlds are fighting to get out of her...
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Dear Grandma, I’ll be honest. I’m heartbroken. I could lie to you and tell you I’m okay, but I’m not, and I’ve been crying since you told me the news. It doesn’t seem real. You were doing so well, and then in the blink of an eye, everything changed. You were walking again and your cancer was responding well to the treatment just a few weeks earlier; you even told me, triumphantly, on the phone that you thought you were going to be walking without any assistance by June. Then, suddenly, on Thursday, you called to tell me that I probably should take off work on Friday because your doctor had some bad news to share with the family. He would tell us what we all had feared — the cancer is no longer responding to the treatment and there are no other good alternatives. Your disease is...
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To my daughters father When we got back together things were great. You swept me off my feet. You told me how you wanted to get married and start a family. Everything I ever wanted with you. You told me how much you loved me and how you wanted me to take your last name. The first few weeks we great. It was how I always imagined us. Then... I found out I was pregnant. You were scared at first. You didn’t know what to say. Then you said you’d be there. Against my better judgement I believed you. We went on living our lives me pregnant and you doing what you always do. Then I went away with your daughter. My sweet girl and my friend and her kids. Everything seemed great. Until we got back. I found underwear in your bed. You cheated on me while I was away with your daughter. I tried to...
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Hey, I don’t know what to say nor how to say it. But the feeling I have for you are misconstrued. I grew up the first 10 years of my life not knowing you existed. After you left when I was 3 months old and my two brothers were 5 and 7. I grew up thinking I had no father. You were kept hidden, or you just didn’t show yourself to me during the first 4 years of my life. Thankfully, I had a real dad, a father, show up and take care of my single mother and her three kids. But my brothers... they knew about you, they missed you and wondered where you went, but without any contact from you in those 4 years they couldn’t do anything except tell my mother they missed you. They wanted to see you, it just took 10 years for you to “want” to see them and me. I put want into quotation because we both...
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As a mother of an 11 year old girl, and BTS fan since 2015, for a long time I didn’t take a lot of in depth notice to her love for BTS... Until “Love Yourself” launched. I was immediately drawn to the energy, passion and skills of these incredible 7 young men. I was hooked. And I started to understand why she was too. For years she’s been relentlessly bullied for her size, taste in clothes, hairstyle, artwork, love of singing and dancing, and mostly for her taste in music. Especially when it comes to BTS. Schools say they have a “zero tolerance” policy, but have never truly made an effort (except for a very few exceptional teachers) to stop it, or even address the bullying. Those very few teachers have shown her true kindness. But not many kids her age ever have....
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