Diary of an Arizona Girl with Dori Owen

10 Great Hacks for Holiday Travel

“The major advantage of domestic travel is that, with a few exceptions such as Miami, most domestic locations are conveniently...

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I Dreamed of You Last Night

You found your way into my dreams again You are never unwanted You are such a welcomed change from nightmares that haunt me over and over...

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Why I Rarely Tell People I Have a Mental Illness

Why is it that every organ in your body can get sick and you get sympathy except the brain? ―Ruby Wax Subtitle: It would be so much...

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Someday Someway

If someone should ask what is a regret? I would answer truthfully and say not mastering how to stay. I’ve pretended to sleep with men...

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Sabado Gigante: A Saturday Night Tradition With My Father

My father and I had a unique tradition on Saturday nights. We spent this night together for years. First, during summers when he would...

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The Friday Bookmobile

Take no heed of her…. She reads a lot of books.―Jasper Fforde, The Eyre Affair I cannot tell my son I walked to or from school in...

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10 Tips on Becoming the Perfect Houseguest

“Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.” ―Benjamin Franklin I lived in Laguna Beach, California and hosted many...

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Aurora and the Prime Cuts Hair Salon

“That’s the whole point of life, you know? To meet new people.”              ―Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary...

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25 Things About My Mother

“But behind all your stories is always your mother’s story, because hers is where yours begins.” ―Mitch Albom, For One More Day...

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Falling in Love in Mexico

“You’re pretty low maintenance, as women go.” “I am, am I?” She sounded amused. “Yeah. Like a cactus.”...

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Bad Things

“And all those shadows they’re filled up with doubt. I wanna do bad things with you.” –Jace Everett, Bad Things...

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When the Parent Becomes the Child

“It’s paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn’t appeal to...

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I’m Stable. Now What? My Radicalization Journey

“I don’t want to stay in the bad place, where no one believes in silver linings or love or happy endings.” ―Matthew Quick, The...

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Before It Was Date Rape

I grew up in a university town and was dating and partying with college boys while I was still in high school. These boys had gone to high...

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16 Things My Father Never Told Me

It has been 13 years since my Father died. His birthday fell on the same weekend as Father’s Day. I try to avoid everything Hallmark...

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The LA Story of a Kept Woman

Noun. 1. A woman who is given a home and money by a man who she has a sexual relationship with. 2. Lover. A significant other to whom you...

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The Kleptomaniac

Kleptomania (klep-toe-MAY-nee-uh) The recurrent failure to resist urges to steal items that you don’t really need and that usually...

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I Am Jodi Arias’s Mother

This interview is the first time Sandy Arias has spoken publicly about her daughter Jodi Arias. Sandra Dee Allen was born in 1958 in a...

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Being a Birthmother on Mother’s Day

As with most pregnant teens during the “love generation,” I was told that the right thing to do was to relinquish my baby to a...

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Crazy Girl Summer Camp

“When I compliment her she won’t believe me And it’s so, it’s so Sad to think that she don’t see what I see...

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All I Ask

I told you once a long time ago. Truth be told I’ve told you so many times. Stay away. Keep your distance. You know the consequences...

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10 Do’s and Don’ts for Finding Gold at Goodwill

upcycle using ordinary objects to make something extraordinary —URBAN DICTIONARY Anyone who knows me knows not to mess with my every...

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Catholic Girls

They showed you a statue and told you to pray They built you a temple and locked you away But they never told you the price that you pay...

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Don’t Leave a Voicemail Unless You’re My Mother

Even with this clear instruction recorded on my phone’s greeting, invariably, friends and family will still leave me little messages...

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Throwing it all Away

We cannot live together We cannot live apart That’s the situation I’ve known it from the start....

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West Coast Booty Call, It Doesn’t Get Any Better

I met this guy once. Purely by accident. My friend’s son played high school football and our tradition was to gather and have dinner...

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