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Dear Ms Rowling, This letter, albeit belated, is to apologise for the behind-the-scenes verbal bashing you have unknowingly received from yours truly, and possibly, from other Harry Potter fans alike. As a Harry Potter enthusiast, I've always been quick to reprimand your decision to end the series with The Deathly Hallows, feeling that you ought to have kept writing: be it pre-Harry, or post-Harry. In the past, I have commonly argued that there was much more to be said about Voldemort, much more to be known about Grindewald, and much more to be learned about the founders of Hogwartz. I believed, as do so many of your fans (still), that the Harry Potter series had more life yet; that perhaps that life extended beyond our three most favourite characters (Harry, Ron, and Hermione...
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I grew up in a tough area in Newcastle. I saw drug and alcohol abuse, crime and poverty. I also saw how the lack of role models meant that many of my friends felt they had nowhere to turn. It's easy to see why so many people I knew didn't do well at school and ended up mixing with the wrong crowd and heading down the wrong path to a life of unemployment and sometimes even drugs. It's scary to see that this is still happening. This week marks an incredible turning point for hundreds of thousands of young people who are waking up this week about to embark on a new chapter of their lives. For those who did well with their GCSEs, or even managed to just scrape by, their world is about to change. Maybe they're about to take up a place at college to study their chosen subjects, or...
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"I" am the one who complains all through the year how political parties have lost their morale and sense of service. I am the one who complains that it is a weekend and a dry day owing to elections. I am the one who chooses to lazily sleep through the weekend giving not a damn about the elections. "I" am the one who complains that the govt is not doing enough on securing this country from terrorists. I am the one who at the first hint of a smoke in a bus will push people around - women and kids and old folks - to come out safe. "I" am the one laughs at the "godmen" and their dramas. I am the one who will knock a godman's door at the first hint of trouble in my 'kundli'. "I" am the one - who immoral politicians loot, the terrorists use to instil fear and the godmen trick. "I"...
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Love, I know you. I know your tea preference. I know your favorite movie (Dirty Dancing, as embarrassing as that is.) I know where to find the green tea you hide in your basement. I know that no one will ever care that I don't bother to knock when I come over anymore. And most importantly, I know your heart. You are loving in your own special and unique way. You have a really hard time saying how you feel and I can relate. I know you put yourself out there and get hurt and it hurts me to see you so hurt. A boy in high school probably isn't going to matter in 10 years. If he does, we'll reevaluate. (Unless you end up with some super crazy love story and you meet up again at the same university ...) You deserve someone genuine, like you. I know you've had a dark time. I had one...
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Whoever is reading this, please read both parts of the letter. They are equally important. Dear Anyone Angry with Zayn, First of all, why all the controversy? He did what he wanted. If you were true fans, you'd be happy for him, but for some reason your angry. Why again? For leaving the band? For working with Naughty Boy? For getting a Record Deal? Let's break this down shall we... He did what he felt right. He decided to leave the band. He may have wanted something different or maybe tired of all the hate or I don't know his reasons, but whatever they are, they deserve some respect. I'm pretty sure he didn't just wake up one day and say, I'm leaving the band. He probably put a lot of thought into his reasons for leaving. The pros, the cons, what the guys would think, and what'd...
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I realise that at this point in time that my letter is probably a drop in the ocean, and also that it is very likely that it will never be read by any of yourselves. However, if my job has taught me anything is that even the smallest efforts matter so I implore you to read what I have to say. My name is Benjamin Carter, I am 26 years old and I work as a paediatric junior doctor in St Richard's Hospital in Chichester. I came from a working class family who believed in my ability and helped me push myself to become who I am now. I endured 6 years of medical school, 2 years as a foundation trainee doctor and having worked a year as an extra paediatric junior doctor on our rota I now have the privilege to take up a paediatric speciality trainee job in September. I love my job, my hospital...
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Dear best friend, I want to start by saying I love you, because I sincerely do. I also want to say that I have no idea where I'm going with this, but I wanted to writes you something. I know that at 17, we're talking about never having children because we hate the idea of dating a gross high school teenage boy, but at 27, what will we be thinking? At this point, we are about to be high school seniors and have never dated anyone, except for Netflix, if that counts. However, later in life, if you do find someone, I want you to be the happiest you've ever been. I want him to know that if he ever did anything to hurt you mentally or physically, that you would have the wits to take him down. Because you are an independent woman who can and could make it without him, but chose to...
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After more than two years at reddit, I have resigned today. My first day was April 1, 2013 (go orangered[1] !), and every day since has been an adventure. In my eight months as reddit’s CEO, I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly on reddit. The good has been off-the-wall inspiring, and the ugly made me doubt humanity. I just want to remind everyone that I am just another human; I have a family, and I have feelings. Everyone attacked on reddit is just another person like you and me. When people make something up to attack me or someone else, it spreads, and we eventually will see it. And we will feel bad, not just about what was said. Also because it undercuts the authenticity of reddit and shakes our faith in humanity. What has far outshone the hate has been the positive on...
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To Matteo and Valentino From the first moment you were in my arms, I have told you how incredibly grateful, honored and blessed I am to be your father. But I don’t believe I ever told you how you changed my life. For years, the one thing always clear in my heart was that I wanted to be a father. I dreamed of it often and found great strength and inspiration from the possibility. When this dream became a reality, you can’t imagine the joy and emotions that filled me. I was anxiously awaiting your arrival, counting the days, the hours, the minutes until your birth. I must have read every book out there about parenting, preparing myself for your arrival. Then, finally, the first time I held you in my arms, the world stopped for me. The most beautiful and indescribable feeling...
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