An ability that I prayed would go away

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Is it possible to actually see death coming for someone by looking into the person’s eyes?

They say that the eyes are the mirror to the soul. But the eyes of those close to death seem to no longer mirror their souls, but rather reflect the presence of an eerie non-presence and the darkness of a once-lit dwelling.

This is what I’ve seen — five times too many.

And each time, I could see that the house was there and the doors and windows were unlocked but the lights were out. …

Words I live by to make sure my uniqueness is always employed even if I’m not

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If there’s one thing I can always win at, it’s being me. Nobody can be me better than I can be me.

It took a while in life but I finally came to understand that I am a unique expression of life and inner light.

I meditate often on the Good Book saying that “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” — Psalm 139:14.

In the context of this Bible passage, the word “fearfully” is referring to having respect and reverence for the Creator. And, the word “wonderfully” translates in Hebrew as “pala”, meaning to be unique and distinguished.

Yeah. I…

I crawled my way back from the abyss that anxiety threw me into and left me for dead — I’m just sorry I needed a gun to do it

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How old must I get before the boogie man is no longer hiding in my closet at night? A child of the 70s but now a grown woman should know there’s no such thing as a boogie man, right?

So why am I so paranoid about the closet door being ajar and getting up in the night to close it tight — just in case?

Yeah. Just in case.

I know it seems silly but there’s somehow still this little girl’s fear inside of me that feels like somebody’s actually in there, lurking and waiting until I go to sleep…

There’s plenty of room on the planet

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With the current state of affairs that the world is facing, social distancing and giving people their personal space as well as demanding that others respect our own space is more important than it ever has been.

When it comes to my personal space, I’ll say to anyone, “Excuse me! Six feet, please. I’m going to need you to put a little space between us.”

This is a familiar line that I’ve used more times lately than I care to admit. And, I don’t say it just because of Covid.

But, is it just me?

Or, am I just one…


He’s known as the Grauballe Man, a bog body, unearthed in 1952 at the village of Grauballe in Jutland, Denmark

Look at the astonishing detail of this corpse of someone who died over 2,300 years ago! It even shows the wrinkles on his face and the hair still on his head. This is such a remarkable display of ancient human history. Image by Sven Rosborn, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons

N, that’s not a toupee the mummified corpse is wearing. It’s his real hair that’s been preserved, along with the rest of his body, by a natural preservation process from sphagnum moss (aka peat moss) combining with low temperature, highly acidic water, and a lack of oxygen, which is also the reason his skin is leathery and tea-colored.

Sphagnum moss can be found blanketed on top of bogs, which are wetlands of peat (aka turf), dead plant material, and other mosses. …

And it saved my life

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In hindsight, I knew I should have never gone into the alley trying to take a shortcut, even though my friend was only three houses down. But, unfortunately, it is as they say, “Hindsight is 20/20.”

“Grrrr! Grrrr! Grrr!” It had a base sound to it and it was so loud in my ears, coming from this mad, knarling animal rushing towards me from out of nowhere.

When I found the pic above, I got goosebumps and a chill ran down my spine. …

Some people make more or as much money working remote jobs from home while enjoying more freedom (I’m one of them)

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I have a confession to make. And that’s the fact that since having a taste of what it’s like to make a living working from home, I can honestly say that going back into the office is not an option for me now.

Is this a good idea?

I’ve given it a lot of thought and I’ve analyzed both scenarios (working remotely vs. working onsite).

Here’s what I found out.

The pandemic has forged a culture of new normals in many aspects of life as we know it, and the way people are able to work is no exception. …

You can have control over more than you realize

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Have you ever been in a relationship with someone who made you feel like you weren’t enough? And, did it cause you to experience pain on the inside of your soul to the point of exhaustion sometimes?

When this happens, you may feel extremely heavy in your heart and wonder why. You may go over situations in your head trying to pinpoint exactly what you did wrong, or what did you not do that you should have done, to make the person not see you as unworthy.

But, perhaps it’s time you contemplate something different like maybe you didn’t do…

Don’t get your bank, stock, or crypto accounts drained by hackers

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Yes. This has actually happened. Cash App is full of hackers. People have gotten all of their cash, stocks, or bitcoin stolen by hackers through payment platforms linked to Cash App.

One payment platform, in particular, that’s seen hacking problems is Squareup (SQ). It runs through Cash App (which has over 36 million users a month).

So that’s a large pool of potential hacking opportunities, and these hackers are getting more sophisticated as time goes on. And, it appears that Cash App offers little help in many of these situations.

You get your account hacked and they take all of…


There’s nothing to lose by submitting your story to win $50,000, $10,000, or $100 while it earns from reads

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The only difference between a story submitted to the MWC challenges and one that is not submitted boils down to one tag.

One tag makes the difference.

How much effort is it to just add a tag to a story?

Granted, the story must be written in response to a title prompt and that does take a bit more effort. But, look at it this way — it will stretch and strengthen your creative writing muscles. Isn’t that what you’ve been wanting anyway?

Don’t you want to be able to crank out stories that people want to read and that…

Audrey Malone

Audrey writes about life, self-improvement, psychology, relationships, spirituality, healthy living, and history. Owner of

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