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My partner and I sort-of fell for a Craigslist scam. The logistical next steps are covered (we made complaints to Craigslist, the Internet Crime Complaints website, and the FTC; we're putting fraud alerts on our credit reports). But how do you cope emotionally after being scammed?
My hair is, and always has been, curly. Unruly, wild curls. Frizzy, big curls. Messy. My hair didn't grow down, my hair grew out. Nothing cascaded down my back except sweat in the summer. My hair wouldn't hold a barrette and it had an aversion to combs. It wasn't as beautiful as an afro or tight enough to control. It was just crazy. Somewhere around college and after, I stopped fighting my hair. I got tired of hating it. Correction: I didn't have enough time to hate it. And my entire opinion on my hair changed.
In my work as an attorney, I find that more than 80% of my clients have life insurance but few understand how it actually works. So here are the Life Insurance basics…
I lucked into a nursing job that provides free furnished housing. And while it's definitely nice having free housing and not having to buy my own furniture I don't feel at home here. How can I make my furnished rental my own?
My fiance and I live in the US, and are talking about whether or not this is the best place to raise our future children. So we have been trying to find out about other countries that might be a better fit for us. I know that no country is perfect, but there's got to be a place better suited for us than here. I want to hear from people who live in different countries. What are your countries values, social norms, government and financial systems like? What are the pros and cons about living in your country?
Wow, where do I start! If anyone had told me, three years ago, that this is how things would end up, I'd never have believed them, but there's only one constant in life and that is change. I suppose I had what you might consider a small, early, mid-life crisis.
When I was younger, I had a book with fabulous pictures of animals around the world, and the most prized page showed an alien smiling beatifically. Okay, it wasn't an alien, but axolotls (Ambystoma mexicanum) certainly have a prehistoric and downright Pokemon quality to them, and what's more with a big enough tank and the right care they can live in your home.