Luggage Tag – By Dalia Al Saad


Each person comes with a unique baggage set that is carried along in this wonderful journey of life only to increase in number and vary in shapes, sizes, colors, and most importantly, in content. This baggage set that we carry around day in and day out can either make us or break us, if we allow it to.
This load that one is carrying can build muscles thus strength or just pull ..one ..down. Continue reading “Luggage Tag – By Dalia Al Saad”

The Magical Mystical Wonderland – By Samir Sarfraz


You never know what the day holds when you wake up. You may have an idea but no convincing concrete slab. One’s will is to put the cement, that has been churning overnight, in to the ground so steps can be made.

It all sounds a bit overwhelming but ironically, it’s not done overnight. Decisions are made that lead to situations; soon after, trust is called upon so your hand has something to hold on to.

In my life, there has only been a handful of times when I could say with certainty ‘I know what is going to happen’. Most of those times have come when an outside party isn’t included. The only time someone else was directly involved, was the day I asked my girlfriend to marry me. This was by far the biggest first step I or anyone else will take in their life. But it was a second step scarier than the first, which was buying the ring. So let us start there.

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Wildflower: A Valentine’s Day Tribute to True Love – By Dalia Al Saad


A date, a break-up, an estrangement, the famous Aurora shooting, a lot of pain, a deep friendship, a genuine love, that led to the most elaborate marriage proposal!

Max and Bonnie Kate Zoghbi share their story with the rest of the world reminding us all not to underestimate the power of patiently waiting for what you want, giving service, and praying… Continue reading “Wildflower: A Valentine’s Day Tribute to True Love – By Dalia Al Saad”

3 Pillars – By Dr. Hilana Omer


Once upon a time, there lived a little family of three, a father, a mother, and their only daughter.

On a sunny day, they decided to go on a picnic somewhere in the forest. The father was a  gentleman, but he had many bad health habits. The daughter had a bone disease; if any of her bones fractured, it can’t be realigned. The mother was a healthy housewife who was always taking care of her family.

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Pride and Joy – By Helen Hollister


Every new school year I have the talk with my teenage son. First, I tell him to make good choices and be particular about the friends he makes. Then  most importantly, I encourage him to  do his best . I have learned over the years that the best encouragement is his own personal achievement.

As parents,  we want our children to strive, be at the top of the class, and we shine with great pride. We can boast about our child’s achievements and our own standards of learning instilled in them. But are they making the grades for themselves or for us? Maybe they are just passing the class or just going with the flow of school. We can push and pull in every direction to set them on the right track, but push and pull how much? I can’t go to class with my son, take his notes, study for his tests, and take the test too.  I would be labeled a helicopter parent and he a mamma’s boy.

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Friendship: A Special Relationship – By Valentina Coppola


 

Everybody needs somebody to share experiences, situations, and moments with. Someone who’ll be there when everything goes wrong. Everybody needs a friend.

What is true friendship? Why do two people decide to be friends? Well, it’s not easy to find a real friend and it isn’t easy to be a good friend either. If you find a real friend, you’re really lucky.

Friendship is a special kind of love: If you have a friend, your life is definitely better. You feel stonger because you know your friend is always by your side. It’s a precious blessing for everyone. It’s a lovely feeling, a unique blend of affection, loyalty, respect, trust, love and loads of fun. Without friends, no one would choose to live. It’s one of the most important things to have in life.

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My Head in the Sand – By Helen Hollister


 

 

People marry for richer, for poorer; in sickness and in health and share each others’ cultures. Many marriages today are not only mixed by color or race but by culture. But will marital bliss be disrupted by family traditions that one of the two did not grow up with? Continue reading “My Head in the Sand – By Helen Hollister”