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Award-winning author. Travels via RV with her husband, 2 Black Labs & Camera.
The Lighthouse by Jessie Newton

This piece of women’s fiction, The Lighthouse, is my first Jessie Newton read. It held all of the components you look for in a book…good writing, relatable theme and storyline, and believable characters that you want to root for.

What better place than New England as the backdrop to a lighthouse story and friendship? Due to the passing of Joel Shields, five friends reunited to mourn the passing of Joel Shields, whose life impacted each of them in different ways. While it took death to bring the friends back together, life lessons are learned along the way. The friends, Robin…

Real Estate Investing QuickStart Guide by Symon He, MBA

As full-time RVers, we are in a lot of Facebook groups on the topic. Recently somebody posed the question, “why not just stay at Airbnb‘s?”

My response explains exactly why we love living in our RV and the lifestyle has absolutely no correlation to staying in an Airbnb when you travel.

Here are several reasons why you can’t compare an Airbnb to what is your home.

We are full time with two dogs (most Airbnb’s don’t allow dogs).

We sleep in our bed every night with our sheets and we know when they were last washed.

We shower in our…

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Other than “What do you write?” I am often asked, “How did you succeed?” Besides being an author, I fill the roles of ghostwriter, editor, and writing coach to aspiring writers. Some clients come to me feeling defeated after several attempts to land an agent, let alone achieve the status of published author. Others are newbies with high expectations and don’t necessarily want to write books. Yet, my response to anyone who is looking to publish a book or to build their curricula vitae with articles, is the same, “Be the Writer!”

To help you put your heart in it…

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Behind every legend is someone who in some way helped launch their career, to fulfill their dreams. Perhaps it was a teacher, a coach, a spouse, a ghostwriter, or… a comedy writer.

When the legendary comedian Joan Rivers passed away five and a half years ago after a nearly fifty-year career in comedy, I was stunned along with the rest of the world. Lately, I’ve thought about Joan again with the popularity of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and what it must’ve been like as a female comedian back in the ’50s and ’60s. But, what most people wouldn’t know —…

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UV, Polarizer, and Neutral Density Filters

If you want to go from amateur to professional as a photographer, one of the first moves is to invest in these three filters: UV, polarizer, and graduated neutral density. Each filter has its own purpose and benefit.

UV Filters

UV filters are probably the most purchased filters due to their main purpose of protecting lenses. Is that all they do they do? To better answer this, it’s important to understand more clearly what UV light is.

The visible light spectrum runs from red to violet. Red light has the longest wavelength and violet…

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We are Family is a publication focused on sharing stories and articles about siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, step-siblings, parents, etc.We are not a parenting publication, however.


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All submissions must be unpublished. Click here to see how to submit a draft to a publication.

All submissions must be family related, well-written, and original content.

It’s ideal when you use photos in your submissions. They can be your own or from Unsplash. Either way, photos MUST be credited in the caption.

Once your article/story has been published, please don’t remove it from the…

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You know those moments — suddenly something doesn’t feel right. It could be a headache, an irregular heartbeat, a cough, or something worse. Our minds reel with possibilities of what could be wrong. After all, the symptoms of the Coronavirus are not much different than a cold or the flu. (As I type this, the Coronavirus death toll topped 2,000 worldwide.) The onset of the stomach bug could also be gallbladder issues. But, when any symptom starts, there’s that encapsulated time between wondering and worry and eventually hearing a diagnosis.

I sometimes think about younger adults diagnosed with cancer, especially…

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Growing up, my friends always spoke about their cousins. How they took family trips together, usually over the summer, where they spent quality bonding time with them. Some had only a few while others had several. When I went to friends’ houses, there were always photos on the mantels, tables, or walls of a bunch of cousins laughing and playing on the beach or at a park or a birthday party.

Aunts and uncles bought them Christmas gifts, were named as Godparents, and provided these built-in playmates for my friends and their siblings. Aunts…

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Let me start by saying, I don’t date white collar. It has nothing to do with politics, religion, or socioeconomic class. It has everything to do with the fact that I like to travel or even move…on a whim. And often. Between my twenties and forties, I drove cross country ten times — dogs make great travel companions. I-80, I-70, I-40, and I-10 — I’ve driven them all. Connecticut, Virginia, California, and Colorado — I’ve lived in all of them. As a professional writer, I can live anywhere Wi-Fi is available.

Alternatively, most of the white collar men I met…

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