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My Stepfather, The Peeping Tom

My mother’s husband confessed to having spied on me in my bedroom and bathroom years ago. Figuring out how to maintain a relationship with him — and with my mother — has been traumatic, even if they don’t consider it sexual abuse. View this image › Justine Zwiebel / BuzzFeed My last visit back to Florida to visit my mother was years ago. In the morning I would wake up and find an empty coffee cup and a shining teaspoon waiting for me on a folded paper towel before the…

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What This Dying Father Did For His Little Girl Is Simply Beyond Words. It’s Unforgettably Beautiful.

Jim Zetz knew that he didn’t have long on this earth. He was a father that was fighting a losing battle against Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. So, he wanted to do something special for the beloved wife and daughter he was going to leave behind. It all started with a photo series by photographer Lindsey Villatoro. She took pictures of Jim and Grace during one of her “forever loved” photo sessions. After meeting the couple, she was moved. She said they were “the most beautiful people I’ve known are those…

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A Doctor’s Dying Wish For His Wife Will Move You To Tears

When you are about to take your last breath, you experience a certain type of clarity that most people don’t quite understand. Suddenly, everything around you makes sense. It all seems to have its place. You also gain a valuable perspective on what’s most important. For Doctor Paul Kalanithi, that couldn’t have been more true. He found out that he had stage 4 lung cancer, which forced him to take stock of his life. His dying wish was to have a child with his wife. When asked if this would…

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10 Holiday Traditions That Are A Little Odd, But Also Totally Relatable

We all party in different ways when the holidays roll around. No matter what you celebrate, your family members probably have a unique (read: weird) tradition that they rope everyone into carrying out year after year. Sure, they might be a little bit embarrassing, but these rituals are what make the holiday season so much fun. The folks at New York Life Insurance Company asked people to share their family traditions. Check out their stories below! Who knows? You might even relate to a few of them. 1. Swedish Smorgasbord…

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