When the growing pile of Amazon boxes stops being relatable and starts indicating a problem.

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The brown tower of Amazon boxes in the garage grew taller than me. As the stack seemed to enlarge on its own, I proceeded to lose track of what the boxes contained. Surely, one of the cardboard rectangles held a Christmas gift for my brother. Another contained a new hair…

Finally, research has discovered the healthy side of being sedentary.

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When I am hard at work writing or editing, my body sits idle. When it’s time to rest my weary mind, I zone out on the couch and scroll through my phone, still as ever. …

Set realistic financial expectations to have a long, successful blogging career.

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You love words. You have a knack for putting them in a certain special order to express ideas and build strong narratives. You can harness this superpower to make millions. From the beach, from the bar, you can earn passive income even if you end up spending a weekend in…

Left unnegotiated, kill fees can dig a freelancer’s grave

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My first kill fee was pretty fatal. It happened after I wrote a story for a major national print magazine. When I say major, I mean this would be my biggest byline (at the time) ever.

I spent months interviewing, researching, and building trust with my sources. When I filed…

MTV’s marketing campaign would say … yes.

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Teens are becoming pregnant at half the rate they were in 2009, thanks to the reality TV franchise 16 and Pregnant. At least, that’s what MTV and the media conglomerate Viacom claim.

I was 16 years old when the MTV show 16 and Pregnant aired. Initially, the show was a…

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Sunflowers aren’t just for brightening up your Instagram. This radiant flower has long been used worldwide for its varied healing benefits.

Note: These are general wellness tips and should not be used to replace a consultation with your doctor.

The common sunflower (Helianthos annus) is so beautiful, it’s no wonder we named it after our celestial life force the sun. …

A look at how vampires have sunk their fangs into the vein of human sensuality since before written record.

Seductive and fatal, vampires have long enchanted their way into popular culture and our collective psyche. Take Edward Cullen from the Twilight saga, a pallid, forlorn teenager who not only falls for the new girl in school but has an irresistible blood lust for her. Twilight fans ravenously consumed the…

For two weeks out of the year, lightning bugs in the Smoky Mountains transform from random twinkling lights to a single, pulsing illumination. The collective lighting from the tiny bugs shines on the mountainside forest in an enchanting bioluminescence.

These fireflies that synchronize their lights have become a natural phenomenon…

Robert Mueller requests the aid of the stout, mustached Belgian detective (just in case he gets fired/jailed/murdered, etc.)

look at this dynamic duo!!

MUELLER: Hercule, I want to thank you for investigating this election collusion. I fear I’m in danger of losing my position, if not something more fatal.

The little Belgian detective gently combs his enormous mustaches.

POIROT: Monsieur Mueller, it is my pleasure. I haven’t come across any spectacular murders in…

Madelyn Brown

Late college grad, Air Force vet, unhealthy amount of skepticism

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