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My grandparents lived a quarter mile up the road from us; their homestead sat on around twenty acres — their house was a three-bedroom bungalow that Grandpa built with his own hands. There was a rough-shod fence that divided the “little” yard and the “big” yard. …

His perturbed transition to his new home ruffled our feathers.

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Meet the Quaker parrot, possibly one of the most annoying birds to have as a pet. They are noisy, bossy creatures of habit who demand that strict routine be adhered to by all household members. …

Maybe he can explain why you can’t sleep

A sitting woman wearing a grey sweatshirt and fuzzy pajama pants holds her knees to her chest, looking exhausted and worried. The foreground is dark, indicating it is late at night.
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You lack the season of all nature, sleep. — Lady Macbeth

There is something deeply special about sleep. Its purpose is to shut out the world, place our thoughts on hold, and pause dealing with life. Sleep provides a time of mental pausing when you cannot focus on your problems…

Crystal Garrett

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