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  • ADVENTURES WITH A (DYING) DOG

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    This one made me weepy this morning. Girl finds out her bestfriend and roommate -- a 160-lb English Mastiff has terminal bone cancer and only has a few months to live. So armed with a bucket list of adventures she would like to share with her dog, they go off on canoe rides, road trips, visits to both busy spots and quiet spaces and, finally, spend a last day together by the ocean in Maine, where she finally finds peace and acceptance. This is real love, people.
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    I still keep a journal despite having a blog. No matter how spill-all-my-guts-out open I may seem, there are many things I do and think that I'll just never tell. I've always thought it kept me sane to be able to express myself without fear of being censored or criticized. Whenever I pick up an old journal, even one from my 13-year-old self I realize that as much as I've changed so much is still the same. I just know how to dodge bullets faster and better. From: HUFFPOST Healthy Living, 01/20/15
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    Which is why I've decided to keep this blog around, at least for a little while longer. I've always picked up a pen (or sat in front of a keyboard) any time I needed to make sense of my world; writing allows me to get into my head and get all my thoughts out without having to worry about how ridiculous I sound (that's where the editing comes in). From: The New York Times, 01/19/15
  • HOW TO BECOME A WRITER
    This was lovely. The post is by a novelist who was asked how to encourage a young writer. It sounds eerily like the story of my life -- now all I need is to keep reading and keep writing (and, okay, start submitting). From: M Molly Backes' blog, 07/12/11
  • THE "PERFECT" FEMALE BODY

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    Every day at work I see all kinds of female bodies: athletic, boyish, curvy, voluptuous, natural, enhanced, preteen, post-baby, postmenopausal -- thousands of different bodies I've seen up close and personal in my lifetime. This infographic shows that the description of the ideal female body changes every decade or so, going back hundreds of years. I hope that soon we define the "perfect" body as one that is simply healthy and functioning; that what matters is that we're comfortable in our own skin. From: Greatist, 01/15/15

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March 14, 2006

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John

This may be the best time to get started on Tolstoy. Anna Karenina begins with that immortal humdinger: "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."

Welcome home (from home)!

dexie

i've concluded a long time ago that we are all dysfunctional one way or another. but hey, at least we're not in Jerry Springer or in an episode of Maury Povich show. So yeah, we're good compare to those dysfunctional families....LOL.

Gigi

Hi John - Hmm, maybe I should finally tackle Tolstoy and stop being such a literary wuss. And btw, home there wouldn't be home if it weren't for you and the rest of my bros to come home to.

Hello Dex - I have to keep telling myself that. :)

chiqui

When I tell people our family's very dysfunctional, they don't say, "Don't worry...every one is." They agree.

Gigi

Hi Chiqs - LOL That's so, so funny! Maybe the trick is to find friends whose families are more dysfunctional than yours. :)

sarah

damn and i thought my family was dysfunctional! my dad once stopped his car in the middle of EDSA just to harangue a bus driver who cut him off.

good memories.

Gigi

Hi Sarah - Ah, I can relate! My mom once punched a bus driver because he didn't want to stop at the usual stop, where my mom would get off so she could go to work. She was in a dress and stilettos (this was in the '60s) and walking from where HE wanted to stop instead was an impossibility (at least if you were dressed as she was). He got snarky with her, she punched him, and when he tried to punch her back, she ducked. During the court case (yes, there was one) the judge asked the driver why he couldn't have dodged her fist as she had his. He said, "Masyadong mabilis siya kasi!"

sarah

wow, your mom is spunky! i love that story! who hasn't wanted to punch a bus driver at one time or another? =D

i'm glad you're back safe and sound too.

bingskee

each family has its own flaws because it is a set of diverse people. families differ in the degree of abnormality. in my observation though, some products of dysfunctional families rise above the others. maybe from the desire to be different from their family.

Gigi

Hi Sarah - Thanks again :)

Hello bingskee - So true...

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