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WTF is renters insurance really, and do I need it?

I live in an apartment, but it doesn't explicitly require renters insurance. I've been renting my own places for four years now, and have gone without it. It seemed like a good thing to have, but not something to prioritize as a working (sometimes struggling) artist. Can y'all help a Homie out and break down what your experiences have been, and any advice you have on renters insurance?

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Growing up and letting go of obsolete relationship dynamics

My sister is amazing with people, confident and outgoing and extraordinarily empathetic. And me? Well, I was the best at logistics. I always had two sets of lunch money in case my sister forgot hers (which was often useful), and contingency plans for every situation. As we grew up and left home the relationship dynamic stayed the same. Then, last year, we had a family crisis, and I realized that the dynamic had shifted, and I needed to shift as well.

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There is a certain joy in ritual

While at face value, following a specific set of actions may seem difficult or complicated, the reason it works is because, in actuality, the rituals make life more simple. Simplicity during the times I feel most sensitive to worry is like a little gift to myself, the gift of certainty. There are so many times in a day that I worry about what's next. When I know exactly what is going to happen next, I don't worry about it. Reducing worry in my life is one of my major goals in my search for personal serenity.

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The 8 awesome advantages of having a tandem bike

My husband is the kind of person who, when faced with an escalator and a set of steps that both stretch as far as the eye can see, will ALWAYS choose to run up the stairs. I have been known to get out of breath walking up the few flights of steps to our flat. I wanted to get more active with him, but when it came to ways of spending time together that satisfied my husband's love of endorphins, we were a little bit stymied. A few years ago we found the solution — a tandem bike that we've name Daisy.

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The risks and rewards of playing competitive softball while pregnant

If I had to pick a religion, it'd be sports. And if I had to pick a method of worship? It'd be aggressive softball playing. It fills my spiritual cup in a very serious way. It's no accident I met the love of my life on the softball field. And it's no accident that I'm still playing in my second trimester, side by side with that same man. If my heart were a puppy, this would be her dog park.