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The Definition Of Beauty

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When Emily Dickinson writes about beauty, I see home — New England in winter, alive with fun; I am sinking by a glowing fire into chairs upholstered plushly, with embracing arms and embroidered pillows.

I smell wet ink and the pulp of fresh paper being etched with slant rhymes about death, about truth. I see books on shelves and caches of poems stashed in boxes under 4-post beds; they are coming out of hibernation, piles of words spilling over themselves and out onto a carpeted floor… I sense Verses, alive.

When she writes about beauty, I see carved desks of cherry and maple neatly tucked into bay windows that drink the sun in rays and stare out unselfconsciously at complicated chambers of life. I bask in the smooth richness of the heavy wood and imagine an orchard of ancestors rooted snugly under a blanket of moss and soft earth…

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Guys Can Be Heartbroken Too

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Somewhere along the line, they’ve forgotten about us. And that’s understandable; it’s probably best for some of us that they do so. They forget that not all of us are women. We don’t just break hearts, we own them. And sometimes, despite our best efforts, they get broken too. We’d never admit it to our boys, nor would they to us. We choose not to show our emotions in the way that women want.

We like to pretend that we don’t have emotions. There are no hearts on our sleeves, we went to a tailor long ago and had them removed and stitched up. Yet somehow, despite our best efforts, here we find ourselves broken hearted and alone.

For us, there is no girl’s night out. There isn’t a big container of ice cream and break up movies to keep us on those lonely nights. What do we have?…

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17 Things To Expect When You Date A Girl Who’s Used To Being On Her Own

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1. Expect her to do her own thing often and without letting you know, at least at first. It’s not that you don’t matter; it’s just that she’s learned to love doing what she wants, when she wants, and without asking permission or informing anyone.

2. She’ll probably want to take things slowly because she’ll not be used to all the attention. Don’t think she doesn’t like you enough, she probably likes you a lot; it’s just all new to her.

3. Expect her friends to be overprotective of her and to be suspicious of you at first. They’re not used to her being with someone and they’ll want to make sure you’re the kind of guy who will treat her well.


4. She’ll have a hard time letting you do things for her. Try not to take this personally. She’s just used to taking care of herself…

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15 Things You Forget To Thank Your Best Friend For

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Nick OliverNick Oliver

1. Thank you for always listening to me complain, cry, gush about the same love interest (even when I promised I was going to stop).

2. Thank you for indulging me in crazy, half-baked plans. Like driving an hour to potentially see a crush at a party. Or creating an Etsy business because I read about Nasty Gal founder, Sophia Amoruso, and figured I could TOTALLY do that.

3. Thank you for letting me crawl into your bed on the nights I can’t handle being alone.

4. Thank you for knowing when to let me soak up some solitude.

5. Thank you for reading between the lines, understanding moments when I say “I’m fine” but I’m not fine.

6. Thank you for mornings when I wake up with sore abdominal muscles from laughing so hard the night before with you.

7. Thank you for knowing my coffee order…

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14 Things You Learn From Having An Unconventional Mother

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Andrew SeamanAndrew Seaman

My mom rarely gave me the traditional guidance most mothers give their children. She didn’t give me the sex talk or know how to enforce a curfew. Vegetables weren’t mandatory and playing with glitter was prohibited. But she still taught me valuable life lessons that have served me well all these years. Your mother may have told you to brush your teeth every night before bed, but mine told me that if you drive a shitty car going 80 on the highway, you’re going to blow up.

1. Be kind and personable – Talk to people like you know them. It may seem like a silly suggestion but it could make someone’s day just to have a friendly exchange with a stranger.

2. If you’re going to do something bad, do it alone and then tell no one – Not your standard motherly advice, but makes sense, doesn’t…

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The 50 All-Time Greatest Quotes About Mothers

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God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.
—Rudyard Kipling


Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face.
—George Eliot


A mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go.


Call your mother. Tell her you love her. Remember, you’re the only person who knows what her heart sounds like from the inside.
—Rachel Wolchin


Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.
—Stevie Wonder


Blessed is a mother that would give up part of her soul for her children’s happiness.
—Shannon L. Alder


Mothers can forgive anything! Tell me all, and be sure that I will never let you go, though the whole world should turn from you.
—Louisa May Alcott


Moms are life’s number one…

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42 Struggles Only People With ADHD Will Understand

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1. Nothing on earth is interesting enough to keep your attention over the sound of loud shoes click clacking against the floor.

2. You know the easiest way to clean a room is to throw everything away.

3. As soon as you let me know you got adult ADHD, you get to hear a half-hour tale on how they also have someone with ADHD but are not diagnosed and how they do all the same things and they totally relate.

4. Whenever anyone tells you that, you just lack discipline.

5. You get highway hypnosis from reading long books.

6. When you have to work in any open space that is not the quietest, emptiest, most boring library ever.

7. The one time you found your purse in the fridge.

8. Every time, there is something that keeps getting you… missing the little details.

9. You keep 23 windows…

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