The day before, I’d had to put down my beloved dog, Ben. I’d spent the rest of the day in a haze, agonizing over my decision. Ben had been 12 years old, with rapidly declining health, and his veterinarian had assured me I’d made the humane choice. But was it? Had I really done the right thing?
On the other side of the room, my husband, Jon, was helping our six-year-old son, Gus, with his homework.
“Which of these worksheets should we have him do first?” he asked me.
“I don’t know. Just pick one,” I said, distracted.
Our older sons, Ted and Lou, played together, chatting happily. My stepson, Oliver, was in his bedroom. With four boys, the house was never quiet. Still, it felt so empty now without Ben.
Before Ben became the family dog, he’d been all mine. In 2008, I went through a difficult breakup. I had just bought my first home and found myself in the perfect situation to finally have my own dog.
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“My mom found a house for us to look at,” said my fiancé, Jon. “It’s in Richfield, not far from where I grew up.”
“Can you perform a hymn for us next week?” my pastor asked me after Sunday service.
The Girl in the Dream
Was this a church? The high, vaulted ceilings made it seem like one—almost but not exactly.
News From Around Our Wonderful World
Liverpool, England Joanne Carr is hailing her son, Dougie McInerney, as her guardian angel.
A Light in the Blizzard
I stepped on the gas and shifted into drive, then reverse, then back into drive again.
Straight From the Fish's Mouth
Florence, Italy. I’d been there before on one of those scruffy five-dollar-a-day youth-hostel jaunts through Europe, but now, just graduated from college, I was wondering what to do with my life.
Have you ever felt called to a purpose?
As I reached to turn off the lamp on my bedside table, my eyes fell on the card my brother Isaac had given each of us siblings on what would have been Dad’s sixty-eighth birthday.
It was midafternoon, and I was already curled up on the couch in the living room with no plans to move.
A Doll's Hat
My fears around the surgery built all day.... God, please let me be as strong as my young patients are.
More Mayhem, Please!
I bought back the General Mayhem ’68 Dodge Charger! If you’ve watched my Roadkill show (on MotorTrend cable TV or on the MotorTrend app), then you know why this is a big deal to me. Not only did I get my hands back on one of today’s most unaffordable body styles, but also on a car that meant a lot to my career and that provided some of the best days ever on the show. Here’s the story
THE MANY FACES OF MORIARTY
By 1893, Arthur Conan Doyle was a worldwide literary sensation. But he was also a man dogged by an unlikely enemy, and that enemy’s name was Sherlock Holmes. Frankenstein-like, the fictional detective haunted his creator, tormenting him, and would not leave him alone. For it must be said that Conan Doyle was a man of high literary aspirations, with a yearning to write books of both “serious” literature and psychical research. But the demand for new Holmes stories prevented him from realising this ambition. Speaking of this period in his career, Conan Doyle observed in an interview for Tit-Bits in December 1900 that “My low work was obscuring my higher.”
STEPHEN MACK JONES
If the meaning of life is a puzzle awaiting assembly, then writers are purveyors of its pieces.
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GHOSTWRITER PENNED BEN'S J.LO LOVE NOTES!
LOVE-HUNGRY Ben Affleck wooed former fiancée Jennifer Lopez with romantic notes to trigger their recent reunion — after enlisting writer pals to help him up his game, sources snitched to The National ENQUIRER.
LETTING THE DAY GO BY
BENTLE ROLLS-ROYCE, AND AN EPIC SOCIALLY DISTANCED DRIVE UP THE PACIFIC COAST
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ONE VOLVO AND A CHOICE BETWEEN ELECTRICITY OR GAS. HOW DO YOU CHOOSE?
Convenience. It all comes down to convenience.
The Recipe for Success: Strategy and Flexibility
A year after opening his first Curry Up Now, Pritesh Benjamin knows one thing about business ownership: You’ve got to be ready for anything.
BEN & J.LO'S REUNION IS SOOTHING BRUISED EGOS!
AFTER the crash of their recent romances, ex-lovers Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck have cozied up again, but insiders claim the reboot is a hoax to keep them in the limelight!