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A Good Guy?


poofy hairWhile definitely not an authority on men, like you, I am looking in the daytime with a flashlight for a good one. I’ll admit it, I am single, and would not mind finding a quality guy, but at the same time, I’m picky. Not just any man is up to my standards, and there are qualifications he has to meet. For me, I would rather not date at all than go out with a loser. Why waste my time and effort on someone who is not worth it, just to be able to say, “I was on a date this Friday.” Some women derive satisfaction from being able to say this. It boosts their self esteem when they are asked out my multiple men, but not me. I will take one good one over a whole pile of losers.

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There have been a whole host of women who made me think, “I want to be just like that when I'm twenty-two, thirty-two, forty-five, sixty...” They've shown me how to be a woman. First, of course, there was my mom. Moms are the first role-model for every girl. But at a certain age we look beyond. I learned how to put on make-up from a friend when I was twelve. My friend Becca taught me that you overcome shyness by pretending not to be shy. I learned how to dance from my fun aunt. From Judith Martin's columns I learned that nothing crushes your enemies like good manners.

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A Froggie Or A Prince


looking up at skyWomen were not designed to be alone, we were designed to love and be loved. It gives us drive and purpose in life.

When I was a child, I read stories about Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Rapunzel, and all the rest of those super-lucky and super-perfect babes that got Prince Charming, and I knew, that I knew, that I knew that one day I would find a Prince and live happily ever after.

Well... Prince C has still not come to carry me off into the sunset. But that's not going to ruffle my feathers, because... well, he's supposed to come along! He has to. He must! It's how the story ends!

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The Pregnancy Glow

At the beginning of my pregnancy, I was determined to look fantastic all the time. No one was going to say, Poor thing. She shouldn't have gotten pregnant so early. I wanted my appearance to reflect how I felt about having a baby.

As the weeks wore on, however, I was aghast to see a drooping form in the mirror with tired, shadowy eyes, a form that moved painfully, as though it were about to throw up. (It was)

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Woah, I'm not alone!

When I discovered, just days ago, that I am pregnant, I burst into tears. Pregnancy has a way of bringing emotions to the surface. And what a time for emotion! It is a momentous occasion no matter how young or old you are, a rite of passage like your first date, your first period, your first car —and even more so, because it is more powerful.

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To Expecting Mothers: A Perspective on Pain

Trying to avoid pain is perfectly natural, and like most instincts, our society shamelessly encourages it. Think of commercials on TV. For every imaginable discomfort there is a product that will remove it. For every pleasure there is a product that will enhance it. And most of the time we succeed. We have pain relief drugs in the bathroom cabinet, clothing for all extremes of weather, and medical relief just a phone-call away...

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Looks Like...

During the question period, one student put up his hand and ventured that the human fetus couldn’t be a person, because at an early stage it looks exactly like a pig fetus. The professor, who was arguing that the human fetus is a person, and therefore had human rights like any other, said sharply...

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Can Clothing Speak?

We women derive great emotional satisfaction from knowing we are attractive. When we feel sexy and desirable, we have more confidence in ourselves. We move with greater ease and speak with greater assurance and vivacity. We feel more comfortable. This is perfectly normal, the result of a natural desire to be attractive.

Men, though they have the same basic needs and desires, have slightly different wiring. For one thing, they are more sexual. Instead of a drive to be sexy, they have a drive to have sex. (This is not to be flippant about a woman's sexuality, for of course we have a sex drive too. It is just operates differently.) Arousal for men is immediate and intense. They can be sexually stimulated simply by seeing a picture of a beautiful woman.

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Who are you?

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the ultrasound at 10 weeks. There, on the blurry, black and white screen, was a perfectly formed, active baby, swimming and twirling. I couldn’t feel her from the inside yet, but when I saw the baby, I thought, “there really is a person in there!”… a person with a rather big head (hey, you looked funny at that age too!), but with perfectly discernable fingers and toes, a huge beating heart, and a little elfin face. All that, and I didn’t even look pregnant!

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Whose Baby?

MaryWhose baby? "Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you. " This is how the poet Kahlil Gibran expressed the mystery of childbirth.

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