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Over the last few years, I have learned (unintentionally) to take better pictures with a smartphone for three reasons. The…

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One of the biggest challenges I have faced as a parent lately is to get my eldest child interested in…

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“When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people. As I grow older, I admire kind people.” These wise…

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About ten days ago I had to run an errand. So I put on my black coat and off I…

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