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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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Dear Rachel, I wanted to start this letter off by saying that I don't hate you. I know that 99.999 percent of the people on the planet dislike you with an intense passion and I wanted you to know that I don't feel that way. But your viewpoint and what you did is extremely dangerous and I want you to know why. As a 15-year-old mixed race girl I fully understand the struggles you pretended to know. I am either too white or too black and I never fit in. I have had racial insults thrown at me more times than I would like to admit and I don't fit in anywhere. I can't walk into a store without being looked at as a thief. I am an anomaly. And for you to pretend to be me because you "feel black" is more offensive than you will ever know. Growing up at a little black girl at 5'3" I was...
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Dear Katie, Earlier today it came to my attention that you had tweeted your opinions about depression - the biggest mental health issue that faces this country, bar your ignorance. Many believe that the opinions you spout are nothing more than a cry for attention much like when a dog defecates for the attention of its owner, which ironically is a form of separation anxiety. When I read your tweets I was not surprised that you had decided to shit on the floor in the hopes of a reaction - something you have done many times and will probably continue to do until you fade away into obscurity. Unfortunately this is not the Big Brother house so you cannot be voted out and we cannot turn you down as you did to Lord Alan Sugar - because, like a bad smell you return to fill the nose of...
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Ms. Jolie Pitt, Hi! My name's Camille. We've never met, for obvious reasons, but after reading your recent op-ed in the New York Times, I feel like we need to have a conversation. I feel like you may have missed some things. Important things. It's not your fault, really. You lead a privileged life, and I don't begrudge you that. I believe you work hard, and you seem like a good person. But you need to acknowledge your unique position before you begin parceling out advice, especially about a subject as heavy as cancer or women's health. Let me tell you a little about myself. I am one of the women you "feel deeply for," who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at a young age. A week after my 21st birthday, I found myself in the emergency room having a 50-pound cancerous tumor...
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Dear people who are good at NFP, Have you ever found yourself saying things like, "Oh, I don't really even have to chart, I just KNOW," or "I'm sorry, what did you say? I was just noticing myself ovulate," or "You just need to try Creighton, it's made of SCIENCE."? If the answer is "yes," then we need to talk. If you have had an easy time with NFP, I am sincerely happy for you. If you are good at NFP and knowledgeable about it, I absolutely understand that you want to share your expertise with others. Especially when it's about something as important as NFP. But, oftentimes, in private conversations or in com boxes you folks who are good at NFP can come across as unsympathetic and single-minded towards those of us who have struggled with NFP. For those of us who have...
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We are doctors and scientists, who spend our lives developing means to care and protect health and lives. We are also informed people; we teach the ethics of our professions, together with the knowledge and practice of it. We all have worked in and known the situation of Gaza for years. On the basis of our ethics and practice, we are denouncing what we witness in the aggression of Gaza by Israel. We ask our colleagues, old and young professionals, to denounce this Israeli aggression. We challenge the perversity of a propaganda that justifies the creation of an emergency to masquerade a massacre, a so-called “defensive aggression”. In reality it is a ruthless assault of unlimited duration, extent, and intensity. We wish to report the facts as we see them and their implications on the...
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At my age I should be in a certain way. Please don’t stop me being the way I am. I don’t want to be old and sick like many others of my age. Please don’t create another old person. So even when I am rocking on the stage, they are totally hard on me. They demand the musical standard of a classic musician and attack me for the rhythm or some notes which are not precisely in tune. I am not concerned with what my voice is doing. If I was, what you experience would not be. My voice will be dead, once I am concerned about it, in the way you are asking me to. Go to a classical concert, if you want to hear a “trained” voice. What I escaped from when I was very, very young. I created my own niche. If I tried to present you classic music it won’t be what I created. You don’t get that way, with...
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Dear Oprah, Do you remember when you learned to read, or like me, can you not even remember a time when you didn't know how? I must have learned from having been read to by my family. My sisters and brother, much older, read aloud to keep me from pestering them; my mother read me a story every day, usually a children's classic, and my father read from the four newspapers he got through every evening. Then, of course, it was Uncle Wiggily at bedtime. So I arrived in the first grade, literate, with a curious cultural assimilation of American history, romance, the Rover Boys, Rapunzel, and The Mobile Press. Early signs of genius? Far from it. Reading was an accomplishment I shared with several local contemporaries. Why this endemic precocity? Because in my hometown, a remote village in...
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