Detroit Man Kills People for Money

Vincent Smothers, 28, will be going to trial soon for being a hit man in Detroit. He confessed to police: "I don't have a profession", "I kill people for money." Detroit Police caught him in a suburban alley and heard his confession of several killings in Detroit. According to the authorities, it is very rare for someone to be charged with so many death crimes. ...more

Anne Frank, the Holocaust Shooting and Forgiveness

Anne Frank would have been 80 years old on June 12th.  How ironic that within days of this anniversary, once again Jews were attacked - this time at the Holocaust Museum, a place designed to memorialize the victims, including Anne, of the Holocaust itself.  It's an ironic reminder of what all our mothers  - and most of our rabbis -- told us -- that there will always be people who hate Jews and that they will always find ways to try to hurt us - singly or in great numbers. ...more

Musings of a Perimenopausal Pagan Mom

   I'm stepping into changes in career, marriage, parenting, spirituality, home, and health. I'd like to talk to others on similar jouneys. More than that, I hope to shape my journey by joining in some of the ongoing conversations I find on the web. One of those Web conversations (webersations?) circles around being a thinking, mature Pagan. ...more

Pet Death: Part Two

In January, I wrote "Do Cats Go to Heaven?" talking about pet death. Suddenly the Arens household is revisiting this discussion, as we lost eight-year-old Bella the Monster-Eating Cat last week to acute kidney failure. ...more

Our beloved furballs...sigh...they do get so dear to us. My sympathy to you and your family for ...more

Something like a sweetness - the progress of grief in the spring

My Father used to tell me about grief. He said that he always missed his mother. But he added -- "...somehow, over time, the hurt doesn't ever go away for good, but something like a sweetness comes in beside it." I've been talking to a lot of grieving people lately -- people who are recalling losses from long ago. Is it the spring that does that? The sudden life reminder? Does the arrival of new life remind us of old departures? ...more

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Boy beaten till brain-dead

this may not sound good at all. but i would like to share this piece of article/news from sunny Singapore with everyone here. it's really sad but it's a fact of life. i hate to admit this, but there's nothing i can do to ease the pain and lift all that had happened. at the same time, i would like to vent a little anger and frustration here too which was caused by this news. ...more

Dating Episode #0: My Elbow Was a Delicious Cake

We went around the circle in grieving group. What happened in your life this week? I was all a-giggle. “I BOUGHT PERFUME! Here smell this!” I oozed manically, extending my cleavage to Viv. I’d never bought a perfume before. Sure, I used to wear sandalwood or musk oil, smearing it through my hair before martial arts class. But I’d always been skeptical that the marketplace could come up with a fragrance that really suited me, me, me, and it seemed that every perfume I tried smelled like my Grandma, mostly half-rotten lilies, at least on me. ...more

A Serial killer is loose in Milwaukee

This killer is unknown and has no police record but his DNA has been found on the bodies of 5 prostitutes in Milwaukee. Over the last 21 years, this serial killer has taken advantage of these consensual prostitute victims. The first victim was on October 10th, 1986. The serial killer's last prostitute victim was in April 2007. ...more

The sweet escape

Today I woke up and I am still sad about the loss of my cat. But, I am feeling like I am gaining more closure. I talked to my boyfriend today and it was a really nice conversation. I am grateful that even though my cat is no longer here with me at least she is in a better place. I'm grateful I still have my other two cats. I'm grateful for the spring and the flowers blooming and I saw the cutest baby bunny eating grass today. Those are sweet moments and I'm grateful for them. I'm grateful that the Lord have me another day on earth. I filled out my application ...more