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Longtime freelance writer; mom of 3; big into music, food, health, education & style. Outlook, courtesy of Albert Schweitzer: "An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight... the truly wise person is colorblind."

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    Top 10 Songs About Teenagers

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    Getting an Underweight Cat to Eat

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    180+ Earthy Baby Names Inspired by Nature

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