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One Author Finds Strength Again By Wearing Five Loved Ones’ Wedding Rings

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We each derive strength from various places. Some take inspiration from other family members. Others ultimately believe in special traditions or superstitions. No matter the person and no matter how much easy confidence they have, everyone gets their strength from somewhere. For one woman, that comes from her family’s wedding rings.

Though she’s established a successful writing career for herself, Margaret Renkl experiences something we all can relate to. Stage fright. Putting words to paper or typing them up presents less intimidation than speaking in front of others. Because of the need for book tours, however, Renkl had to confront these and other public speaking events. Fortunately, in times of intense worry, she has a collection of very beloved family treasures to help her along the way.

Margaret Renkl carries grief and strength around her finger

One woman finds strength in the five wedding rings worn by strong, inspiring forebears
Five wedding rings / William DeShazer for The New York Times

The first and perhaps most precious of the wedding rings came to her during a time of heartbreak. Her mother lay dying in a hospital bed, watched over by grieving family members. Worried about such a precious possession being lost in what was to come, Renkl took the ring and slipped it onto her own finger. She kept it safe to protect for her mother when the beloved parent no longer could.

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But time passed and as it did, Renkl realized she was wearing the ring still for other reasons. The simple but meaningful shape represented traditional values associated with wedding bands. It symbolized faithfulness between two loving souls. But it also came to remind her of the bond between herself and her mother, of the support they gave one another and themselves. To wear that ring meant being reminded of her parents’ love of her, “as reliable as any immutable force.”

Each matriarch is a driving force behind her book tours

Even authors can be afraid of speaking in front of others, including during book tours
Even authors can be afraid of speaking in front of others, including during book tours / Margaret Renkl website

Renkl composed several personal essays and, according to her, at the heart of each is an important female family member. They are represented both in her writing and through the jewelry she owns. “I’m the keeper of other family rings: my great-grandmother’s, my grandmother’s, my mother-in-law’s,” she writes. Though at first she did not always wear them, she takes them out to contemplate the lives of each woman who wore those wedding rings.

When at last she did wear those precious bands, Renkl felt a change. Previously, the trepidation behind public speaking became easily overwhelming. But then she put the rings on. “In what might be another minor miracle, for we are clearly in the realm of magical thinking here,” she wrote, “it worked.” Their strength became hers. “I looked out upon all those strangers, and, lo, I was not afraid.” Though all five wedding rings contribute to Renkl’s confidence, she pays particular homage to her mother, remembered for having an infectious laugh despite her hardships. “For 18 years she weathered Parkinson’s disease without a word of complaint and set an example of dignity, forbearance and love that no one who knew her will ever forget,” she shared. In her own times of uncertainty, perhaps one daughter really did manage to channel a mother’s strength through her dearest possessions.

Margaret Renkl opened up about the importance of the wedding rings she carries like talismans against fear
Margaret Renkl / Margaret Renkl on Facebook

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NBC’s Kristen Dahlgren Discusses The Unexpected Breast Cancer Symptom She Almost Missed

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Kristen Dahlgren of NBC has contributed a guest post to TODAY’s website on a very serious topic. She discusses the unusual breast cancer symptom that she nearly missed. Her story begins in November 2016 when she was coming back from maternity leave. She was assigned to go to Rochester, Minnesota to interview a doctor at the Mayo Clinic. She learns from a research study in the UK that around 1 in 6 women diagnosed with breast cancer visit the doctor with symptoms other than just a lump.

Now, lumps are probably the most common symptom. But, the study includes other symptoms such as nipple changes, dents, dimples, pain or redness. Kristen interviews a woman for this story who earns a diagnosis only when she gives a second opinion. The woman noticed a very subtle change in the shape of her breast. Turns out, she has stage three breast cancer.

Kristen Dahlgren remembers the night she finds a dent in her breast

kristen dahlgren talks breast cancer symptoms
Kristen Dahlgren / Flipboard

Dr. Deborah Rhodes, an internist with Mayo Breast Diagnostic Clinic, talks to Kristen about this. “It’s profoundly important to be aware of your breasts,” she says. It turns out that this one story would end up saving Kristen’s life. Fast forward to September 2019. Kristen is in her 40s and she’s active, healthy, and happy. She notes in her piece that she does not have a family history of cancer. She also states that she had a mammogram earlier in April that came back negative.

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However, on her 47th birthday, this would change. She’s getting ready to meet some friends when she notices a slight dent in her right breast. Kristen says she’s not great with self-exams, but she makes sure to pay this close attention. Regardless of this scare, she plans to go into work the following day anyway. Between live shots during work, she would run to the local hospital for a mammogram and ultrasound.

In questionable moments, always seek out medical help

NBC's Kristen Dahlgren Discusses The Unexpected Breast Cancer Symptom She Almost Missed
Kristen Dahlgren / Courtesy Photo

Within just a few days, Kristen is diagnosed with stage two breast cancer. This completely changes the course of her life. Her life soon became doctors appointments, chemotherapy, and a lot of stress and tears. Kristen hopes that her story will inspire other young women to engage in more self-exams and learn every possible symptom of breast cancer before it’s too late.

She also learns that mammograms are actually only 87% effective and are less sensitive in women with dense breast tissue. If something feels wrong, ladies, get it checked out. It’s better to be safe than sorry. 

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ABC’s ‘All In The Family’ Cast Returns For Holiday Special With Justina Machado, Kevin Bacon, & Jesse Eisenberg

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  • A holiday special with the live ‘All in the Family’ cast is coming to our TV screens this month!
  • Justina Machado, Kevin Bacon, and Jesse Eisenberg will join the live cast.
  • Mark your calendars!

 

We are getting a holiday encore this month with ABC’s live cast of All in the Family! Joining us will be stars Justina Machado, Kevin Bacon, and Jesse Eisenberg. Woody Harrelson, Marisa Tomei, Ellie Kemper, and Ike Barinholtz will reprise their roles as Archie, Edith, Gloria and “Meathead.” The holiday special will air Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 8/7c on ABC. The new stars joining the cast do not have specific roles known at this time.

The second swing of Live in Front of a Studio Audience will feature episodes of Norman Lear’s All in the Family and Good Times. We are unaware of the cast for Good Times at this moment.

Who will be joining the ‘All in the Family’ holiday special

ABC's 'All In The Family' Cast Returns For Holiday Encore With Justina Machado, Kevin Bacon, Jesse Eisenberg
ABC’s ‘All in the Family’ Live / Courtesy of ABC

Eisenberg actually would appear opposite of Harrelson in film franchises like Zombieland and Now You See Me. Machado, ironically, was originally supposed to play the role of The Jeffersons’ maid Florence in the first Studio Audience special. She currently stars in Lear’s One Day at a Time reboot. We all know Kevin Bacon for his roles in classic films like Footloose (1984). This past year he has been appearing in the show City on a Hill in the role of Jackie Rohr.

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ABC has yet to confirm which episodes will be recreated for the new holiday special. The sitcom did produce some holiday specials of its own back in the day. This includes Season 2’s “Christmas Day at the Bunkers,’” Season 4’s “Edith’s Christmas Story, ”and Season 7’s “The Draft Dodger.”

ABC's 'All In The Family' Cast Returns For Holiday Special With Justina Machado, Kevin Bacon, Jesse Eisenberg
Justina Machado, Kevin Bacon, & Jesse Eisenberg / TV Line

The very first Live in Front of a Studio Audience would air on May 22nd this year. It averages 10.4 million total viewers and a 1.8 demo rating. According to TV Line, these ratings would give ABC its most-watched season-ending Wednesday in 12 years. It would earn a nomination for three Emmy awards and win Outstanding Variety Special. This explains why we’re getting another special! Who’s tuning in?

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Bob Barker: Fighter Pilot, Game Show Host, & Animal Rights Advocate

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At 96 today, Bob Barker can easily look back at his life and call it eventful. In fact, calling it “eventful” might even be an understatement. Not only has he gotten involved in numerous diverse areas, but he also has shown no sign of slowing. Today, on Bob Barker’s birthday, we are looking back at his incredible life.

Barker is famously known for hosting over three decades of The Price is Right. Roughly a third of his life went towards the iconic pricing game show we all know and love. But Barker did not waste any time in making the other 60 years enriching and noble. Not only did he bravely train as a fighter pilot but he also came to be a fierce animal rights advocate. Here is how Bob Barker came to be the remarkable man we know today.

The early years defined him in unique ways

Barker trained as a fighter pilot for quite some time
Barker trained as a fighter pilot for quite some time / NinjaJournalist

96 years define this long and eventful life. Bob Barker was born on December 12, 1923. Though he was born in the small Washington town of Darrington, he spent many of his early years on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. There, his mother taught at a local school, eventually remarrying when her husband tragically died in a work-related accident.

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Barker experienced another move, this time to Springfield, Missouri. After graduating from high school and attending Drury College, he joined the military. Initially, he enlisted in the Navy as a commissioned officer in 1942. But upon the Navy’s request, he remained at Drury College to fully round out his education. By the summer of June 1943, Barker was ready to report for active duty. Now fully committed to his military training, he began training as a Naval aviator. For 18 months, though he was not yet the star we know today, Barker could be seen soaring over the country in various aircrafts.

Barker might have had a very different experience if events unfolded differently

Bob Barker got his early start as a radio host and gained all the right attention
Bob Barker got his early start as a radio host and gained all the right attention / NinjaJournalist

After his practical training and preparation, Barker was ready to deploy in the summer of 1945. However, he never had to see any action in the Pacific Theater, as Japan surrendered before he went into any fighting.

With the war drawing to a close and his service no longer needed in the Pacific, Bob Barker took to enjoying life with his wife, Dorothy Jo Gideon, in Florida. Already, he showed an affinity for entertainment and audience engagement; in Florida, Barker worked as a newsreader on the radio. At the time, though, anyone with an interest in any form of public speaking engaged in a migration of sorts to California. Barker, wanting to establish himself in the field of broadcasting, once again moved. This time, his destination was California.

By Bob Barker’s next birthday, he would get his first taste of hosting

Recruiting Bob Barker ended up being the best choice
Recruiting Bob Barker ended up being the best choice / Jesse Grant/WireImage

Los Angeles gave Barker his earlier experience actually hosting a production when, after moving in 1950, he quickly earned a job with a radio station there. He additionally enjoyed great success as the station kept him on for six years. During those six years, he drew the approval not just of general listeners, but that of some pretty important people well established in their field. Connections can mean everything and though Barker did not personally know this person at the time, he managed to get just the right person’s attention.

Who should hear Bob Barker’s early years as a successful host? None other than game show producer Ralph Edwards. Edwards heard Barker and particularly enjoyed how the host interacted with his guests, appreciating the easy chemistry and personable approach he had. He also noticed Barker’s easy skill at improv. At the time, Edwards was the producer of Truth Or Consequences, searching for a new host.

And so Bob Barker the Game Show Host was born

Barker's success made him an instant hit - everyone wanted him as a host
Barker’s success made him an instant hit – everyone wanted him as a host / AP Photo

Edwards made a very good call when he took on Barker to host Truth Or Consequences. He, and the show, gained newfound popularity thanks to Barker’s quick wit and good humor. He put his improv skills to good use as well, thinking fast on his feet to give clever comments at just the right time. This experience gave Barker important recognition as a capable host. For about twenty years, Bob Barker kept Truth Or Consequences flourishing.

His run on Truth Or Consequences only came to a halt when Barker moved on to something else… a little game show we know as The Price is Right. Goodson-Todman Productions leads Mark Goodson and Bill Todman wanted to reprise their show from decades ago. In those years, a lot of game shows found themselves falling under, only lasting a few episodes. Truth Or Consequences became something of an anomaly with Barker at the forefront. In the early 1970s, they made their big move and recruited that famous hosting talent for The Price is Right. Instantly, the show’s return gained an admirable viewership. Over the years, it experienced its own share of hitches, with accusations of unfair treatment, stressful work environments, and prejudicial treatment heading Barker’s way. Most of these went unseen to audiences, settled instead through the judicial system.

The price is just right to take care of your pets

Barker hosted the Miss USA pageant for twenty years
Barker hosted the Miss USA pageant for twenty years / Pageanthology 101

At the end of each episode, Barker took a moment to address the audience and viewers at home and offer some important guidance. “Help control the pet population: have your pets spayed or neutered,” he said each day from 1982 until the end of his time hosting there. Just because Barker left, though, doesn’t mean the tradition stopped. He asked a very willing Drew Carey to continue his mantra after he left, and Carey happily obliged. In this way, he remains a fierce animal rights advocate on the show and off.

This matter is important to him on multiple levels. Focusing on animal wellbeing helped him through the loss of his wife in 1981. He was unabashed in his fight, going so far as to resign as host of the Miss U.S.A. Pageant in 1988 because the pageant did not tell contestants to stop wearing real fur. So ended his 20 years of hosting the contest. His money followed his heart, resulting in the birth of the DJ&T Foundation, named after both his late wife and late mother, to support funding for spaying and neutering pets. By the end of his 50th year as a television host, Barker spent 13 years focusing on issues important to him. To this day, he shows the same dedication and charisma that made him such a memorable presence on our screens and in our hearts. On Bob Barker’s 96th birthday, we wish him even more years of happiness and success to come!

On Bob Barker's 95th birthday, there is a lot to celebrate
On Bob Barker’s 96th birthday, there is a lot to celebrate / AP Photo/Lennox McLendon

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Georgia Cracker Barrel Waitress Receives An Incredible $1,100 Tip

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A waitress who works at a Cracker Barrel in Dublin, Georgia just got tipped $1,100 and we can’t even imagine what her initial reaction was! General manager for the Dublin Cracker Barrel Tabitha Coley tells the story to news outlets. She says that a party of 11 came in that morning and asked to have their best server. Coley gave them to Janet Ballard, who has been working with Cracker Barrel for nearly 12 years.

At the end of the meal when it came time to pay, each person tipped $100. The total would come to $1,100. Ballard says it’s the biggest tip she’s ever received and was so grateful. Coley confirms that Ballard is a great server and that she was incredibly appreciative of the generous tip.

Georgia Cracker Barrel Waitress Receives An Incredible $1,100 Tip
Dublin Cracker Barrel waitress / Courtesy Tabitha Coley

This isn’t the first time this has happened at a Cracker Barrel location. Many videos and stories on YouTube document servers (many out of Cracker Barrel) who receive a big tip simply for being happy, friendly people. Check out the video below of a Cracker Barrel waitress receiving a $900 tip, leaving her able to cover her mortgage payment! It’s truly such a beautiful and unexpected moment. When she counts the money and realizes how much is there, she can’t help but tear up!

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Teen Will Come Home Cancer-Free For Christmas After Being In Hospital For 500+ Days

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12-year-old Chloe Cress is finally cancer-free after being treated at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis for over 500 days. The best part is that she will be able to go home for Christmas to be with her family and her beloved dogs. In June of 2018, Chloe’s father Shawn took her to the hospital after she was experiencing some back pain and limping.

Unfortunately, they found an aggressive type of stage 4 cancer. Chloe was diagnosed with Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma. Chloe and her family have lived at St. Jude since her diagnosis. She went through radiation, several rounds of chemotherapy, and eight procedures.

Chloe and her family are going home for Christmas with good news

chloe cress and dogs
Chloe and dogs / Facebook

Shawn said that Chloe adjusted quickly to her new lifestyle and it seemed like she just knew she would beat it and be alright. This year, on December 21st, just before Christmas, Chloe will get to go home and she has officially beat cancer!

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shawn and chloe cress in the hospital
Shawn and Chloe Cress / Facebook

Her father Shawn said, “Thank God my daughter has beat cancer. It’s just crazy. It’s been so long, and you lose hope along the way, but it’s finally over. [It’s] surreal. You just can’t describe how happy you are. You kind of just keep going through the treatment and wonder when we’re gonna get there.”

chloe and shawn cress
Chloe and Shawn Cress / Facebook

Chloe said she is excited to go home to be with her family and play with her dogs. She hasn’t seen her dogs since she went into treatment and one was just a puppy when she had to leave home! Shawn also thanks the community for their support during this trying time. Chloe and her family have received many donations, gifts, cards, prayers, and other forms of support. If you are interested in donating, click here.

In conclusion, Shawn gives advice to others going through a similar struggle. He said, “Always have hope because when it seems like everything’s at it’s worse, God can make miracles happen.”

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