As the years pass, this amazing gift of friendship continues to grow. Sometimes we'll go a year without talking and yet we pick right back up where we left off the minute we gather. We carve out 4-5 days, push the pause button on our lives at home and come together to laugh, cry, laugh more, share and listen to what the others are facing in their day-to-day.
WorldPost Asia Pacific,
The Other Hundred,
Maria Fatima is the chief of Maudemo, a village in Timor-Leste where life has long centered on small-scale farming. But with output from village farms facing rising competition from cheap, factory-processed foods, Maria spends much of her time helping her community look for ways of producing better tasting, higher-value food both for them to eat themselves and sell in nearby markets.
I never thought I would become a vegetarian. To be honest, I used to think vegetarians were snooty people with "holier than thou" attitudes. I never asked the questions I was afraid to know the answers to. Now, I know the truth.
I wasn't the girl who dreamed of a great big wedding. Marriage to me was never a must and I believed in commitment without the certificate; yet I knew without a doubt that I wanted to marry this man. So I said yes.
The link between female genital cutting and cases of keloid, dysmenorrhea and urinary incontinence became clear. Five years ago, I decided not to practice excision any more. Soon after, my village decided to ban FGM.
This is the life of a teacher. Once in a while, you get stories like the one Marcus is telling me. He is all grown up, with children of his own. But he still remembers what you said. You write a long apology back, and you hope maybe he will forgive you.
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.
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.
Good News News
Whether you win or lose, it's about playing the game. Football, skiing or dance, any sport teaches us to never give up. Give it everything you have. Do your best and that will always be good enough. Same goes for life, no matter what comes your way, NEVER GIVE UP!
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?"
Brad Croft, director of operations for Universal K9, has trained hundreds of dogs for police work. But if you ask him who stands out most to him, without hesitation he replies, "Kiah is one of the top three dogs I've ever placed." Kiah is a pit bull...
The police department in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina not only schooled us all on how to use social media with impact but scored huge points with residents all over the state by posting reports about the "Ham on the Lam" to the department Facebook Page.
Power Of Humanity,
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.
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.
Judson Senior Living is not your average retirement home. Students are invited to stay there, for free, in return for companionship. These two generations bond over music, long talks and meals. This intergenerational program benefits the lives of everyone involved. In 2010 Judson Senior Living and the Cleveland Institute of...
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 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.
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.
A member of Maui County Federal Credit Union who had a loan with us lost his job at a time when his wife was on long-term disability. For more than two years, we worked with the couple until their income was stabilized such that it made sense both for them and for the credit union to do a modification.
There once was a time when I thought my dog, Cuda, was the only dog of her kind. She has short spine syndrome, a rare genetic condition that causes vertebra in the spine to be compressed -- giving dogs an unusual, scrunched-up look. I recently introduced you to her and the other dogs who are thriving and living happy lives despite the condition.