• Ruth Cowan
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    Hi Mammy, Did you remember that today was our special day? Today was the day four years ago that you brought me home. I remember I was so excited that I couldn’t stop licking you and daddy. You see, it was the first time I ever felt loved. Before that, my first family left me ...
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    ***Trigger Warning*** Even though this is a work of fiction… The story depicts domestic violence both physical and mental. Read Part One Back in the present, Elizabeth came back to reality as Valentin began coming up the stairs. He stomped loudly and shouted her name over and over. Oh Lord Help me, the devil is ...
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    4:00am- You wake up. There he is, standing next to you. Shivering. Shaking. Violently. He puts his paw on the bed, the whole mattress shakes. Immediately you are awake. In action mode. You try to calm him down. Is he cold? Does something hurt? Maybe a bad dream? Nothing works. Maybe a treat or some ...
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    The fall season is hands down my favorite time of year. The leaves begin to fall and turn to beautiful shades of red, yellow, and orange. I am always eager with anticipation for stepping outside to feel the crisp, cool air brush against my cheeks. Wearing comfy sweaters and flannel pajama pants again. Smelling the ...
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    While I was sipping chamomile tea from a styrofoam cup and lying on the mustard-colored couch during what my shirk had referred to as “one of our most productive sessions yet” in July, Laura and I decided that it was best for me to “unplug” for a little while. So after living off Ramen noodles ...
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    Staring out her bedroom window, an ominous feeling grew in the pit of Anna’s stomach. She looked at the scene before her. Menacing flames from a recent forest fire threatened her residential community, but firefighters saved all homes. However, the inferno scorched nearby hillsides and distant mountains, leaving thousands of acres consumed from its feeding ...
  • “College dorm room” by Footprint is licensed under CC BY 2.0
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    As a parent of a new college student, I feel obligated to ensure my child is set up properly in his dorm room. He will be living there more than at home from now on, after all. I would like to point out that by this stage of life, my son is pretty self-sufficient. He ...
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    If this doesn’t prove that I am a pushover when it comes to Hannah and CJ, I don’t know what will. All Hannah did was ask if I would write a special article about her for her 17th birthday. Based on this article, I’m sure you can guess who won that conversation. Hannah turned 17 ...
  • Photo of a homeless teenager by Nicole Law courtesy of Pexels.com https://www.pexels.com/photo/woman-in-gray-dress-lying-on-bench-757456/
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    Daddy’s lashes tickle her cheek. Butterfly kisses, her favorite sweet. Mommy loved her but left too soon. Daddy didn’t last much longer. She couldn’t understand the lady dragging her away by the hand. Tears streaming down her face A broken heart, a broken home. Bouncing from house to house, an unwanted problem, a man’s vile ...
  • Alena Orrison
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    My oldest son started college this fall. He is the first of my children to follow what society deems as the “traditional” schooling path. It has been an adventure for me as well as him! One of my sweet friends told me I should write about everything I’m learning from this experience. Naturally, I decided ...