Hurricane Katrina Made Me Want to Plant Roots

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Back then, they called it “The Storm” (and some still do, although the moniker lost power after Gustav). There were blue tarps on most roofs. There were large piles of debris that had not yet been cleared. The roads … well, you know. Still, every person I met was eager to share their experience. Every open restaurant was welcoming. In no time I was in love.

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Freedom Through Diagnosis :: My Journey with MS

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Here is what my experience taught me. Trust your instincts. If you believe something is wrong, find someone qualified to help you. Be a partner in your treatment. Be able to trust your doctor’s advice. Discuss side effects, discuss alternatives, find out how it will affect your lifestyle. Your doctors, your family, and your friends are all a vital part of managing your disease, so make sure you can rely

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My House Needs Work But I’m Keeping It

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I’ll be the first to admit that the pieced together look isn’t working for me. I’m pretty organized by nature, yet my home is full of cluttered spaces. Although we have plenty of large closets, that doesn’t equate to efficient. The hall closet I mentioned is full of gift bags, decorations, and storage, fit together Tetris style and (shamefully) rarely used. There’s definite overflow, and even more wear and tear.

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Why My Daughter Has Her Own Calendar

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Charley struggles with anxiety, sensory issues, and panic attacks. At the tender age of four, when we thought she was just dramatic, they began to surface. By the time she was six, they were near crippling. After a year of therapy, we’ve developed tools to help her manage. Her weekly planner is one of the most powerful. The planner is hers. She chooses the colors. She chooses if she is going

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