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1 Thing I Want Everyone to Know about Mental Illness

When I was 14, mental illness redefined my family and reshaped our understanding of the world. My mother had showed symptoms of schizophrenia since young adulthood, but no one had understood them as indications of illness. For about a year, they had been growing more disruptive. Then one day when no one came to pick […]

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10 Cultural Phenomena (from the Last 40 Years) That Are Gone Forever and Worth Remembering

So my kids are getting ready to go back to school, and for some reason the smell of new notebook paper and pulling out the backpacks makes me nostalgic. In hope of preserving of mutual memory, I bring you 10 things to remember from the last 40 years. Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom This show […]

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Needed: Unknown People and Unexpected Problems

My family and I just wrapped up a two-week camping trip in Washington, DC, and Colonial Virginia. We enjoyed 14 very full days, learned a lot, shared some new experiences, and thoroughly toured our nation’s capitol. But the great times weren’t only about the tourism–they were about the camping experience too. With the exception of […]

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