Don’t fall for that fluffy face with the cool sunglasses

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Do you see that cute fluffy cat that’s living with you? You know, the one with the sunglasses? Watch out. He could be a narcissist. Here’s how to tell.

1. He’s self-centered and craves admiration

Is your cat self-centered? Does he spend his time admiring his new sunglasses in the mirror? Does he expect your whole family to tell him how amazing and adorable he is? Those are classic cat signs of narcissism.

You don’t feed a special cat like this bargain cat food on a paper plate. No. He deserves the best. He expects freshly caught salmon in a china bowl with his name engraved…

Walk away and save yourself.

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Think you’re involved with a narcissist? Many people do. If you search the internet you will think everyone is a narcissist. Even though many people have narcissistic traits, true narcissists only make up .5 percent — a small percentage of the population. And 75% of them are men.

Here are seven signs that you’ve entered the frightening world of a narcissist.

Everything they do is to benefit themselves. You are just a means to an end. If they need your help for whatever reason, they will ring up your phone. When you aren’t needed for something, you will not hear…

Stop believing the lies the media tells you.

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If someone paid me every time someone told me they have to lose weight to get a date, I would be living in a mansion right now, with a Tesla parked in the garage.

There are people everywhere that believe the lie that they must be thin to attract love. They spend their lives desperately trying to fight genetics and change a body that refuses to cooperate. They order salads when they’re starving. They refuse a slice of their own birthday cake. This is insanity.

The diet industry constantly sends us on a merry-go-round of diets. They all promise they’re…

When it’s obvious you’re not the favorite child

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My mother had just passed away from a brain tumor. The funeral was over and all the guests had gone home. I was still in shock, dry-eyed, sitting on the floor in her room, going through her things. At the bottom of a box, I found a childhood drawing my mother had saved.

“It’s probably something my sister drew,” I thought. I picked it up and saw the name scrawled on it. It was mine. My mother had saved something I made for her. I burst into tears. Was this the proof I needed that she’d loved me?

My sister…

Because the pandemic is freaking a lot of people out

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Has the pandemic made you anxious about your health? You are not alone. Many people panic with every ache and pain they feel. How do we know if this is a normal concern for your health or an anxiety disorder? Here are six signs below:

Every ache and pain makes you think you’re dying

A while ago, if you had an ache or pain, you attributed it to an injury or something minor. Now you think every ache and pain means you have a terminal disease. …

Be the person you want to be

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Are you trapped in a rut? Is your job soul-sucking? Are you stuck in a relationship that makes you miserable? Are you yearning for a new place to call your home?

According to writer Ellen Glasgow:

“The only difference between a rut and the grave are the dimensions.”

I’ve been through all of these situations. I once commuted 2 hours a day for a job that caused me a lot of stress. I was in an unhappy marriage and had to sell my home and start over somewhere else. During these difficult times, I felt trapped, just like you may…

It’s all about how you react to life

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It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it. — Hans Selye

Life can be hard. A lot of us are struggling right now. Finances, work or the lack of it, and threatening health conditions can contribute to raising everyone’s stress level. But there are ways to make it easier.

If you feeling stressed about your life, here are 10 easy ways to stop your stress and enjoy your life.


There’s a reason, experts constantly suggest meditation. Meditation has been proven to lower blood pressure and helps with ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia, anxiety, and depression.

Because dehydration is dangerous

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It happened to me

One hectic day I was rushing around the house vacuuming. It was two in the afternoon and I was functioning on my sixth cup of coffee when all of a sudden I started to feel dizzy and light-headed. Then I panicked when I realized my legs were giving out on me.

I turned off the vacuum cleaner and stumbled to the sofa to lay down before I could collapse. My baby was upstairs napping in her crib, and the four-year-old stood there staring at me with a worried expression.

“Mommy, what’s wrong?”

“I’m not feeling well. Please go in the…

About a girl who wanted to sing

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She wanted to be a singer. It was her lifelong dream. Everyone tried to talk her out of it. Her parents said to go to college, and have a sensible career. Her friends talked all about all the people who sang better than she did.

She practiced and memorized a song, and auditioned for a community theater production. She didn’t get the lead part, but she snagged a part in the chorus.

At every performance, she watched the girl who played the lead role, receiving standing ovations after the show.

“I could never be her,” she thought. …

Our last sunset together

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I remember your kitchen
Morning breakfast sandwiches
Our coffee steaming in their cups
Our hands far across the table

I remember how distracted you were
How your eyes darted everywhere
Except for my direction
You were close but ever distant

Oh, how I loved you so
You changed that subject every time
There was nothing I could do
To make you reach across that table

A woman worked her charms
You called her an enigma
Not predictable like me
She moved like magic in your garden

Your eyes landed upon her My coffee turned bitter You played her favorite music…

L.A. Strucke

Writer and songwriter. Interests include music, poetry, art, and all things creative. Contributor to numerous publications.

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