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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.
  • THE HEALING POWERS OF KEEPING A JOURNAL

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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
  • WRITING YOUR WAY TO HAPPINESS

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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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August 24, 2006

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cheH

'It's beginning to hit me that I'm actually getting old---->

Uhh, you're difinately not alone dear!;)

May I know your age please? just kidding

K

At least your taste of music doesn't really show you're "old".

You simply got a cool attitude with your selections. Try listening to "Cassie".

Have a great weekend, Gigi.

Gigi

Hi CheH - I try to find things that give me some comfort of mind, especially when I'm about to turn another year older. Like how I'll always be younger than Courtney Cox, Christy Turlington, and Brooke Shields.

But then I think about how great THEY look at their age, and that doesn't make me feel so good anymore. :)

Hi K - I like Me & U but still have to hear the rest of her album (I've heard snippets only). I was planning to listen to the selections you have on your site, though! Have a terrific weekend, too (I have lots of plans so I'm definitely excited).

Wil

haha. couldn't agree more with you on the people getting botox injections. they either make you look scary or weird. neither is a good option. :D

Anna

Jeez, I started feeling old YEARS ago when the songs from my high school years started playing on the "Oldies" station. Physical reality hit at 30 when I realized my knees started to ache whenever I'd place any stress on them, and that my body didn't recover like it used to. Since then I've just resigned myself to noticing more and more signs as the years go by and I like to think I'm taking it in stride. The only part about approaching 40 that bothered me was the biological clock ticking and if not for that the decision to have kids would still be postponed to this day. The most sobering realization of age came when I developed heart problems at the end of my second pregnancy and actually faced my mortality.

At least I'm comforted watching my husband go through the same aches and pains. It's nice knowing I'm growing old with someone who still loves me, creaking joints, flabby belly and all, and that the feeling is mutual. And amazingly enough, the sparks still fly.

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  • LISTEN: "Pluto" by Chamsom

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    I don't have to understand Korean to love this song, although I think it's about a person who was in a rocky relationship that ended but still feels deeply for her former lover and is feeling lonely tonight. "You're like a little star that's far away from me and keeps disappearing." I suppose the title -- Pluto used to be known as the ninth planet from the sun but now isn't even considered one -- might provide a bit more context to the song's meaning. Spotify
  • IMMORTAL PERFUMES

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    Immortal Perfumes is a Seattle-based micro-perfumery specializing in historically inspired, handmade perfumes. All perfume blends are original recipes made from a mix of jojoba, essential and fragrance oils. None of the oils used in this shop are derived from animals. Every bottle is handmade by JT Siems in her Seattle studio. I'm already in love with the fragrance inspired and named after Duchess Georgiana Cavendish. Notes: Black Tea, Lavender, Jasmine, Amber, Bergamot. Read her story here. #6mosnoshopping