Because words do hurt

We had just had an argument. He told me that if I didn’t do what he wanted, he was going to find another woman who would. It made me feel undesirable and so unloved. How could he threaten to cheat and speak to me like that? …

Because marriage isn’t for everyone.

Some people are not wired for marriage. They’d be a lot happier single. Yet they don’t listen. They get married and then spend years living in misery. Because not everyone is meant to get married.

According to “Changing Attitudes Towards Marriage and Single Life,” by A. Thornton and D. Freedman…

These are signs you’re being manipulated.

No one wants to meet someone, fall in love, and find out the person they have grown to adore is manipulating them. Narcissists are expert manipulators. They are damaged inside, often from a dysfunctional childhood which caused them to create a false identity and bury their true selves, which they…

Writer, Songwriter, Producer, and Mom

My name is L.A. Strucke, and not just because I love L.A. They’re my initials.

Early Life

My life began 2 months before my mother’s due date. I had a 50–50 chance to live. My first home was an incubator.

My childhood home was in New Jersey on a cul de sac…

Humor

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

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…

Our pets help us cope when life is tough

You’ve had a miserable workday. Throughout the day people stressed you out. The phone wouldn’t stop ringing, and everyone you spoke to was rude. All you wanted to do was escape from dealing with people, and head home to your little furry friend at home.

He’s been waiting for you…

So you can live your best life

Ever regret not listening to someone who had your best interests at heart? I have.

Throughout life, people give us advice. We brush them off or don’t want to hear it. …

You may have Obsessive Love Disorder.

I once loved someone so much, I lost myself. This was the kind of unhealthy, unrequited love that wreaked havoc upon my entire life. He was perfect to me. I put him so high up on a pedestal that he could do no wrong.

I prioritized him before everyone in…

Because classy is better than trashy

Have you ever seen a high-class person? They carry themselves with dignity. They walk in a regal manner and are always welcome in social circles. Wondering if you’re classy too? Here’s how to tell:

You Don’t Vent Your Problems to Strangers

You don’t vent your problems and dirty laundry to strangers…

Suppressing your emotions is bad for your health

My cousin Jacki was concerned about me. My 15-year-old sister had been in a terrible accident and passed away. It had been a week since it happened, and I still hadn’t shed one tear. Everyone around me walked around with tissues, except for me. My eyes were completely dry.

“Your…

L.A. Strucke

Writer and songwriter. Interests include music, poetry, art, and all things creative. Editor of The Creative Project.

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