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Raising Drama: What is Success?

Anyone who has ever watched a reality show has seen passion. Passion exists when against all odds, one continues to pursue something that one desires. Passion for singing, passion for a new business idea, passion for decorating, passion for cooking, and it goes on and on. The problem is that passion alone is not enough to make a person successful.

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The Damned has a familiar plot, but there are a few moments of tension that counterbalance the similarities to other films.

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The hotel in Jaypore turned out to be surprisingly nice, clean and comfortable. I went to meet Sarat's family after checking in and had a lovely authentic Oriya dinner with them. Jaypore is one of the oldest and most prominent cities of Odisha and is snuggled in the Eastern Ghats. It has a rich royal…

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13 hours ago

Have you noticed?

The youth within our society today, either with headphones to tune out verbal encounters, or a screen which cuts off their peripheral vision to the surrounding world?

This doesn’t go just for youth, young adults, but beyond to older individuals, myself included. Maybe the lack of one-on-one personal relationships has deteriorated how we act toward others or respect those outside of those we regularly associate with, our personal ‘bubbles’.

Actions which come across as disrespectful and thoughtless to the ones you are dealing with.

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16 hours ago

Journey back to the good ol' days with this old-fashioned Coca Cola cake with a twist! Cherry Cola Cupcakes with Cherry Cream Frosting are whimsical and sure to delight the young and old!

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17 hours ago
Fear And Love

What's the scariest thing about falling in love?"

Falling in love is like jumping off a cliff; you don't know if you'll crash and burn, or if someone will save you. You free fall until falling doesn't feel like falling anymore. Sometimes, it feels like it will never end, and other times, you come crashing down faster than you expected.

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17 hours ago

Remember balancing your checkbook? (And how you hated-doing-it-slash-never-did-it?) If current trends continue, checkbooks are becoming a distant memory for everyone. A study released by the Federal Reserve this week shows that checks are quickly fading away.

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18 hours ago

No nation anywhere can be expected to tolerate assaults on its citizens, and Israel has every right to defend itself vigorously and decisively.history has shown that Hamas is an implacable enemy sworn to Israel's destruction.

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18 hours ago

Do you have a random assortment of vegetables in your fridge that need to be used up? If you do, grab some quinoa, get chopping, and in no time you'll have a delicious vegetarian, healthy meal ready for eatin'! I was having a hard time deciding (as per usual) exactly which vegetables to include in…

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20 hours ago

Medical advances, an abundance of food and an increase in the general standard of living in Western nations is leading to an aging population. Road traffic accidents and natural disaster aside, the average life expectancy continues to rise. Of course, with greater longevity, there is a concomitant rise in the risk of a person succumbing to what might be referred to as geriatric diseases, including late-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

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21 hours ago
Mystery Writer Woes

Trying to complete an assignment given in an online Mystery Writing class this week, I kicked ideas around. What to write? The teacher, Steve Alcorn, recommended figuring out what you're passionate about before plotting a work of fiction. "Your passion, the raw emotion driving your desire to write, will lead you to the theme," Steve wrote.

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21 hours ago

Two days ago my husband brought home the book, The Fault In Our Stars. Against my body’s plea to get sleep, I stayed up late the last two nights reading it, unable to set down this heartbreakingly beautiful book, unable to release it from my grip in fear that if I stopped reading, then the story would end; while all along knowing that in reality, if I continued to read, the story would eventually end.

“You are so busy being YOU that you have no idea how utterly unprecedented you are.”
-John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

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