Thank you so much for your comment, Carol. You're so right. I've often thought of dogs as little Zen masters that can honestly teach us so much about the "right" way to live and Jersey always taught me that- especially so now that she is gone. Thank you for taking the time to read this post which I've dedicated to my furry friend. I really appreciate it and I'm glad you liked it!

Man’s best friend believes in you

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My dog, Jersey, was the love of my life.

The moment I laid my eyes on her at the ASPCA, she had my heart. She started barking excitedly the moment she saw me and there was so much love in her eyes. Something said, “this is the one” and the rest is history.

Jersey was in my life for a little over seven years and I loved her more than I love most people. …

Science-backed reasons to form a routine and simplify your life

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As someone diagnosed with ADHD (combined type) in my early twenties, I have always struggled with keeping a routine. It always seemed so much easier to just fly by the seat of my pants and take each day one by one, never constraining myself to a schedule. As I’ve learned in the years since this was a classic case of me working against myself. As it turns out, failing to create and stick to a schedule only made my life 10 times harder.

If you or someone you love lives with ADHD, there are 4 science-backed reasons to sit down…

The story of the father I had and lost

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We all have our pet peeves, things that irritate us to a point of near madness. Maybe you can’t stand it when someone talks with food in their mouth. Perhaps you feel your rage rising to the surface when you’re being micro-managed. I, on the other hand, absolutely can’t stand it when people say two things:

  1. That video games promote violence.
  2. That daughters need their fathers.

I can’t explain the level of frustration I feel when someone utters either of these beliefs. The first phrase pisses me off for obvious reasons: I love video games. I grew up with them…

“Mysterious” doesn’t even begin to describe these bizarre cases

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If you consider yourself a true crime lover, you’re probably familiar with the thrill that comes with solved true crime cases. Whenever a horrendous murder occurs, we armchair detectives find ourselves diving into every aspect of the crime, and, as proven puzzle lovers, we want to find answers.

That being said, sometimes cases go unsolved. Experts estimate, based on UCR data, that our nation currently has 250,000 unsolved murders and this number is thought to increase by about 6,000 cases per year. …

“Writing great content is a choice”

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For the last month or so, I’ve found it incredibly difficult to come up with ideas for Medium stories. Like, outrageously hard. I’ve been wracking my brain, spending an hour at a time sitting on the couch with my trusty notebook in hand, waiting for ideas to start pouring into my brain from the figurative basin of inspiration. And nothing came. Well, I guess I should admit that there were ideas but, well, none of them felt good enough.

Today, I had a session with my therapist in which I told her about my success in finally cranking out a…

Why are we so addicted to the darker side of life?

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I’ve been addicted to true-crime from an early age. When I was around 12 years old, I remember gleefully sitting down with my family on weeknights to enjoy the latest episode of Forensic Files and 48 Hours. As I grew older, my love for true-crime only grew along with me. Soon, I was consuming one true-crime book after the other, spending my free time reading massively popular classics such as The Stranger Beside Me, Helter Skelter, and Mindhunter. I was widely known as the girl with “an unhealthy true-crime obsession” amongst friends.

When I reached my twenties, true crime podcasts…

And it won’t be the first time, either

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When many of us picture the arrival of aliens on our planet, an image of a giant flying saucer with a diameter so wide it blocks out the sun tends to come to our minds. This doomsday scenario calls to mind images from blockbuster movies depicting alien contact as a malevolent force, something like is found in Independence Day or War of the Worlds. According to a Harvard professor, however, the first signs of intelligent life to visit us from outer space won’t resemble these popular images. Rather, we may just come across an alien civilization’s discarded garbage. …

Self-sabotaging behavior has kept me from living, and I plan to break free

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“I am in prison.

But instead of bricks and bars, my prison is made from thoughts, habits and fears. For a short while each morning, I’m allowed out of my cell to enjoy a little freedom, to feel the sun on my face and the wind in my hair. This never lasts very long, but I live for these little daily escapes, even though I’m fully aware of the fact that, when I go back to my cell, it will be even darker and lonelier than I remember.”- How Depression Keeps Me a Prisoner in My Mind, The


Sometimes you just don’t know and that’s okay

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Tomorrow, I have my weekly appointment with my therapist. Lately, as I’ve sat behind my laptop and signed in to our weekly Zoom meeting, the same sense of anxiety tends to well up inside of me. I always know what the first question to leave her mouth will be: “So how have you been doing?”.

Frankly, I just don’t know.

As someone diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I’m well-acquainted with my periodic shift in moods. Typically, in the mornings, I rise filled with hope that the day ahead will be better than the last. Thank God for that, too. If I…

Renee Rose

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