I don't know when it happened, but I recently came to realization that I needed to reevaluate my relationship with alcohol. The question I've found myself asking lately is, "When did drinking booze become an obligation?"
Divorced dudes. Listen up. In fact, all dudes might want to take this in if you have any desire to raise your sexy index out of the gutter.
If you were born to write you knew that the something else had to do with the inseparable and ceaselessly creative link between curiosity and imagination. It was the one thing you could not see, and yet it was the one thing upon which so much depended.
Send your kids to art school. Heavily invest time and resources into their creative literacy. Do these things and they will stand a chance at finding work and or fulfillment in a future where other human abilities become irrelevant.
The fact is that happiness is something that's attainable, and we all have it within ourselves to be happy right now. Winning the lottery won't do it. Or being handed a million-dollar inheritance or the perfect job won't do it either. We will always just find something else to chase after.
Being a mother has caged me, grounded me, freed me, limited me, taught me, and made me. It's made me learn to love myself and get past others' opinions, even my childrens'. If I think too hard about this process, I'll skip the present if this moment and be sad.
If you are an achiever or an overachiever, this post is not for you. I'm giving a shout out to those of us who are fine going through life without goals, just bucket lists. Without the need to be better or constantly improving ourselves.
To me, marriage is more than an ancient tradition of dowries. I'm married, and I'm a feminist. I'm not religious. I got married because I wanted to love this one man for forever, or for as long as our forever on Earth could be.
They say, "Home is where the heart is." In this case, "home" is Malta House, an assisted living community in Hyattsville, Maryland. And the "heart" is Olivia, a German shepherd mix who now shares the residence with 31 senior citizens.
While progress is possible, it is not inevitable. If we're going to keep the promise we made in 2012, it's time to step up and get to work.
If you get a group of nurses talking, we'll start telling stories. And suddenly, it'll be three hours later and we're all laughing and crying at the stories. It's the same way being a mom -- only it's my kids instead of someone else's.
They are serving as ambassadors for us in our quest to connect people with homeless animals and to save millions of lives.
Kat Duff is the award-winning author of The Alchemy of Illness and The Secret Life of Sleep, which both set out to illuminate experiences often dismissed as private and off limits. In answer to my questions, she shared her insights on sleep in ancient cultures, changing attitudes toward sleep over time, and how (and especially how not) to wake someone up.
To my fellow parents, remember: you don't need to follow the crowd. You don't need to go with what one doctor says. You don't need to abide by the book that everyone swears by.
If the real intellectual and heart-cleansing message of Islam is not publicized or promoted, then the field is left to the belligerents and deadly aspirants of Armageddon. Why do beautiful things have such a hard time being noticed? Can't we try a bit harder to get back on that "Peace Train" again?