Burden of Strength

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There’s an invisible armor that we all tend to bear… Its superhero characteristics include the illusion that you have it all together. There is no moderation in these commendable qualities you possess. You can take care of others, be independent, put your needs aside or indicate that you do not have any to begin with. This armor of strength is your superhero mechanism to reject all forms of denial, depression, or sadness that you may feel because you have an obligation to control yourself and those around you. Nothing happens without you or without your consent. Nothing comes past this armor that you bear. Nothing…

The saddened state of this armor is that you probably did not put it on yourself. Society teaches us to be independent, strong, financially dependent, and incredibly self-sufficient. For the African-American culture, there is an epidemic of the stereotypical “Strong…

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The Real Fake News Epidemic

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Th3 Platform

It was no surprise to see the Left cry foul play and blame everyone but themselves when they lost this election. They will never be able to accept that their ideological agenda, socialism and globalism, is flawed and terrible for America. When the contest is based on the agenda alone, Democrats will lose handedly most of the time. That is why they have lost over 1000 elected seats under Obama’s tenure. However, when they couple their agenda with the mainstream media’s lies and artificial narratives, it gives them an unethical advantage to level the playing field. They draw their power from exaggerating conflicts or completely making them up. They accuse Republicans of being holistically racist, sexist, and xenophobic. They have also begun the fake news narrative this election cycle. This is an attempt to discredit any type of Right wing media as false. I want to explain where the real…

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An Honest Post on Preparing For a New Year with Chronic Illness

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Tripping Through Treacle

I’ve been thinking about my first blog post of 2017 for some time now… churning over ideas in my head about what I would like to write about. Should I tell you about my new year’s resolutions? Should I reflect on what 2016 was to me? Or perhaps take a different slant and talk about how having the kids at home over the Christmas holidays has beenexhausting, but alsojoyful and fun-filled, spending time with them on wintery walks (scoots, in my case)?

I could write about all of those – well, perhaps less so on the new year’s resolutions, as I haven’t really set myself any major ones – but the one topic that keeps coming back to me is how much my view of new year has changed over the past few years.


10 years ago, on New Year’s Day, I would have probably been nursing the mother…

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Half a cup…

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A Hansen Chronicle

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If there is a recipe for contentment, it calls for four ounces…

In this recipe, though, the unspecified ingredient is less important than how the cook views that half a cup. Four ounces in an eight-ounce glass: half full or half empty?

I think most of us see ourselves as leaning naturally toward either optimism or pessimism. Those who tend to be more hopeful know how to look for the good in difficult circumstances. Those who brace themselves for the negative don’t want to be caught off-guard when trouble comes.

It seems very few are exclusively one or the other. The popular idea of new year’s resolutions requires some optimism – though the pessimist might simply anticipate failing sooner.

A well-known quote resolves the opposing tendencies with a third option:  “The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The realist adjusts the sails.” I love this…

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Family

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Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

I am sitting here thinking about family. Mine are a comfort and they’re there for me and all my issues. I think they realize now what is going to be like from now on, but they will be there.

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Here is my dad with me and my two daughters. On the left is the nurse. Both have 2 children. I don’t have new pictures of the kids and besides they really don’t like the children on social media too much.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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Plug Into What Matters

I love this video on In the Arena!

In the Arena

I’m not much of an artist, but allow me to try and paint a picture here for you. The courtyard of the high school where I teach or probably any high school for that matter may fit this description…

-Ketchup packets strewn about on the ground that some teen thought would be funny to stomp on all the while engaging in flip the bottle contest with pals.


-A table full of girls turning their backs to a couple of boys who like sloths slowly make their way over, move in with a sly grin, throw out a couple of jokes and boom-score a number!

-Laughter, smiles, teens vigorously trying to type their essay before the next class.

-Group of boys rough housing it on the lawn, tormenting the young bucks on the team with a few slams to the ground and a lunch monitor giving a slight warning to knock…

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Cabin Fever!

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The Epicurious Texan

If you’ve been around awhile, this blog post might seem a bit familiar, as well, I’ve written about it before.  A LONG TIME AGO IN A PLACE FAR, FAR AWAY I had another blog, who’s life was tragically cut short by hackers (okay, okay, fine posts were getting few and far between, but still!).  My last few meager posts on were blurps about our Turkey and Greece trip, but in perusing one titled Cabin Fever! I was reminded of our last full day on the yacht boat.

And literally, it was a FULL day on the boat, as we were stuck in the middle of the Aegean Sea. Not to worry, we were within swimming distance to the shore.  We were “in” Knidos and yes, I’m using quotation marks because we weren’t in Knidos, we were in a small docking bay at the edge of Knidos.  The problem was that by…

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Warrior

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ONE MORE SHOT PLEASE

All eyes on me,

the criticizing gems glaring at me as

this bodacious scarlet gown sweeps across the stage,

caressing every inch of my bare body.

Nervous and irregular breaths escape my chest.

Photography flashes flicker throughout the auditorium,

like the flames of a lit candle.

What do they think of me?

Then my mind wonders,

who are you to judge me

when I don’t even know myself.

My soul possesses confidence and beauty.

I am a warrior by heart.

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Meet and Greet: 1/13/17

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Evelina and I are Disney bound so that means…it’s the Meet and Greet weekend everyone!!    

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