Jolie Merkle

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(Step)Fatherhood and the Blended Family

In 1986 my husband -- well, he wasn't my husband yet -- won the county spelling bee. I lost. His blue eyes and stellar spelling skills captivated me. We were 11. Later that year I would write in my Garfield diary, Joni Edelman, Mrs. Joni Edelman, J. Edelman, 73 times -- ok 373, but who's counting. …

28 People Share Their Most Ridiculous “So, I Was At This Party…” Story

We’ve all been to at least one party that we thought was crazy. I’ll tell you mine. I lived in a house with four other guys, and they loved to throw …

21 People Describe Their Encounters With The Paranormal And The Stories Will Give You Nightmares

Ah, I really love and hate creepy stories. I love reading them, but afterwards, I’m so freaked out, all I can manage to do is move my finger to …

Martin MacNeill Attempts Suicide After Convicted of Wife's Murder

A defense attorney is crediting jailers with saving the life of a Utah doctor who tried to kill himself after he was recently convicted of murdering …

Crime

Cousin Eddie Is Based On A Real Guy And Other Surprising ‘Christmas Vacation’ Facts

One of the things that made <i>Christmas Vacation</i> (which is a part of the Warner Bros. Holiday Gift Guide) so successful is that it touches on the image of a Normal Rockwell Christmas that so many people strive for during the holiday seasons, only to fall devastatingly and hilariously short. An outcome …

I Am A Home-Wrecking Sex Addict

Nobody wakes up one day and decides to be a sex addict. Just like alcohol, sweets and shopping, sex has become one of the many vices I use to feel …

What “I Love You” Means

When we’d fight and it was my fault, I’d try and soothe the wounds by saying, “I love you.” It’s a cheap trick, isn’t it? To use “I love you” to put …

21 Disney Employees Tell The Craziest Thing They’ve Ever Seen At The Park

Originally seen here on Reddit.<p>1. monorail_pilot<p>As my name implies, I work at WDW as a Cast Member. There are a lot of crazy things I’d rather not …

I Am The Crazy Girlfriend

I always wanted to be the cool girlfriend. You know, the girlfriend that your boyfriend could brag to his buddies about, and go to bed thinking, …

A Beautiful Girl

[THIS WAS THE EARLY DRAFT OF A PIECE OF SHORT FICTION WHICH I HAVE NOW CHANGED AND REVISED GREATLY; THUS, I HAVE REMOVED THE FIRST DRAFT. I THANK YOU …

7 Tips For Better Sex

Sex is a craft; and just like any other craft, one improves with study and practice. In our Western Society, sex is taboo, and most of us look on it …

27 People On The Creepiest Thing They Ever Caught Their Significant Other Doing

As seen on AskReddit.<p>1. jazzcatdrp<p>After my ex and I broke up, I started dating another girl. My ex became jealous to the point of madness. I’ve got a …

Too Blessed To Be Stressed

I’m admittedly one of the most anxious people you will ever meet. I’ve learned to joke about it, laughing about neuroses and my irrational fear of …

5 Crazy Exes Who Are Worse Than Yours

Screw ghosts and vampires, you know what’s truly scary? Bad breakups and psycho exes. Dealing with exes is rarely fun…unless, you know, you’re both …

‘Duck Dynasty’ family details pre-fame drugs and infidelity in Christian motivational film

Aside from their duck-hunting skills, bustling empire and hit A&E reality show “Duck Dynasty,” the Robertson family is just as renowned for their dedication to Christianity and prioritizing those dinnertime prayers. But such faith and devotion wasn’t always part of the daily routine for the bearded …

16 Sinful Hot Chocolate Recipes You Have to Try

We know it’s hard to put down your pumpkin spiced latte in favor of any other warm winter drink. But that will get a whole lot easier once you read these 16 absolutely sinful hot chocolate recipes. Looks like its time to start stocking up on marshmallows! ;)<p>1. French Vanilla Hot Chocolate: French …

50 Craigslist Meet Ups You’re Really Glad You Weren’t A Part Of

I’ve bought things from people off Craigslist many times, but I’m also super paranoid about serial killers and predators. For all the totally normal …

Sean Lowe & Catherine Giudici Shop for Wedding Flowers

They’ve already sent out save-the-date cards, so now it’s time for <i>The Bachelor</i> couple Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici to ramp up the wedding planning.<p>…

Weddings

He's a Sneaky Serial Eater

How To Live A Life Of Pleasure

Figuring out how to fill your days when you don’t have a regular (or any) job can sometimes be a challenge with existential anguish setting in if one …

The Rise (And Fall?) of Celebrity Name Miley

It's often hard to predict which pop culture names will inspire parents to choose them. I would have thought that Barack might have cracked the top 1000 after our 44th president, but no such luck. Only a handful of people have used Katniss or Peeta for their offspring, despite the Hunger Games' …

Martin MacNeill's Mistress 'Shocked' by Guilty Verdict

The former mistress of Dr. Martin MacNeill, the Utah doctor who was found guilty of drugging and drowning his wife so he could allegedly continue …

The Stress of Parenting a Teen -- and My Teen's Rebuttal

My daughter recently turned 13, ushering in that infamous stage known as adolescence. Although this term "adolescence," from the Latin word, <i>adolescere</i> -- "maturation or emancipation," focuses on what teens experience during this time, I selfishly submit that this transition is even more stressful …

New Teen Trend: 'Am I Ugly?' Videos

Let's face it. I am a clinical psychologist and a mother and I worry about our teen girls -- and with good reason. I have spoken to many of you about my concern about "selfies" in person, on TV and in other articles. It seems that everyone including celebrities, politicians and particularly our …

25 Ways To Become The Happiest Version Of Yourself

I wish I had the perfect recipe and could douse you all with a concoction of a timeless and magical potion for lifelong happiness. I’m hoping that …

Utah Doctor's Daughter Speaks Out About His Murder Conviction

Moments before the guilty verdict was read against her father Martin MacNeill in a hushed Provo, Utah, courtroom just after 1 a.m. Saturday, his …

Crime

41 People Reveal The Creepiest, Freakiest Fact They Know

Found on AskReddit.<p>1. apple_crumble1<p>The Colombian serial killer Pedro Alonso Lopez, who is known as the Monster of the Andes, raped and murdered over …

A Bold Makeover for a 19th-Century London Townhouse

The formal space looks years younger.<p>A formal townhouse in London's fashionable South Kensington neighborhood looks years younger, thanks to a bold and colorful design by Rob Southern.