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Broken Light: A Photography Collective

Please welcome first-time contributor Kevin, an 18-year-old photographer from China. He is currently based in Chattanooga where he attends high school. He’s been struggling with depression and anxiety for almost two years. He considers photography to be the best way for him to express himself.

About this photo: “I always enjoy walking on crowded streets searching for a bit of quietness. New York is where this photo was taken. For me, this city is fascinating, people walking on the streets encountering and passing by each other with different thoughts on their minds. They are always too busy to pay attention to what’s going on around them. This image represents this idea while the security man contrasts with the tourists. He’s turned back to the amazing view of the city while the tourists were fascinated. I see myself in the security man. Depression has killed my passion for my normal life where…

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mint wish list


if i was rich i’d buy it




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Nectar for our Hummingbirds


A new friend  at my patio  garden  #hummingbird

Here’s my simple recipe for making nectar for our Hummingbird feeder:

  • 4 cups of filtered water
  • 1 cup of refined white sugar

In a small pot boil water then add sugar and stir until sugar melts.  Make sure that nectar is at room temperature before transferring to hummingbird feeders.  This is a great recipe and they love it!

Important note: Do not use different forms of sugar except White Refined Sugar only.


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All the Best in a Harsh Reality~

Raise Your Energy

The Cathie Barash Blog

a life loves me

I heard an affirmation today in a recent interview by author Louise Hay, and really liked it. She suggested saying “Life Loves Me” throughout the day as a powerful mantra to increase our energy, attract positive experiences, and just feel great.

This, and similar positive declarations can instantly shift our mood, and feelings to a higher place, as opposed to the depressive state that often follows a negative statement such as “Life is one problem after another.”

Additionally, when combining our affirmations with the familiar technique listed below, we can turbocharge our energy levels as well.

  • Find a quiet and peaceful place where you won’t be disturbed.
  • Close your eyes and take several deep breaths.
  • Breathe in good thoughts, soothing images, and peaceful outcomes.
  • Breathe out tension, stress, anxiety and fear.
  • Select a positive statement or series of statements such as, “I am healed,” “I am well,” “Life…

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Finish It #17: Three Girls and a Cheater

This is Another Story

Three people walked into a bar. They used to be friends. What happened next nobody will ever understand. Let’s just say that a fourth person was involved. Fact is that nothing will ever be the same again.

“Girls,” Jodie announced, chaining her arm around another arm, “I’d like you to meet my fiancee, Wyatt.”

“Wait, Wyatt?” Sadie said, surprised.


“You two know each other?” Jodie asked and unchained her arm immediately. Did they used to date? She wondered. Was she dating her co-worker’s ex? Eww, she thought feeling disgusted. She was dating someone else’s garbage.

Sadie crossed her arms. “Yeah, he’s my brother. Jodie, can I talk to you for a minute?” Sadie grabbed Jodie’s arm and pulled her toward the restroom, leaving their co-worker, Jennie, at the counter with Wyatt. “What the hell is wrong with you?” Sadie asked.


“Dating my brother.”

“Why not?”

“Uh because…

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Your Conscious Or Subconscious – What To Use While Writing

Story Life

It’s important to have conflict on every page.  And don’t forget to always drive the plot forward.  Make sure you’re always developing your characters.  Use tight sentences that convey a lot of information.  Write natural-sounding dialogue.  Build tension throughout the book and always increase the stakes.  Avoid the passive voice like the plague.  Be true to your characters’ personalities.  Give every person in the book a desire.  Reveal enough to interest the reader, but not so much that it ruins the intrigue.  Build sufficient credibility to suspend disbelief.  Make the reader empathize with the protagonist.

Okay, now close your eyes.

Do you remember every piece of advice you just read?

If you said yes: (1) I hate you, (2) go be a scientist or something.  If you’re like the rest of us, you probably can’t keep all of those things at the forefront of your mind at all times.  If…

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