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Celebrating the life my mom lived rather than the one we had hoped for her

Celebrating the life my mom lived rather than the one we had hoped for her

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When my mother, Lynn Eleveld, passed away this week at 78, little more than a handful of folks attended her modest funeral service in Grand Rapids, MI, the place of her birth. Mom's extended family had largely become the staff members at her group home who had given her excellent care for over a decade in the waning years of her life. It was a sweet little gathering but profoundly different from the bash we threw to mark my father's death just last year, complete with shrimp and prime rib, beer and wine, and some 500 of the many friends he had made along his journey.  To some, the lack of fanfare for my mother might seem sad, but to me the experience of her passing was equally as meaningful, even if in a different way. My mother lived with a debilitating mental illness most of her adult
Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich Gush Over Newlywed Life: 'It's Just the Greatest Thing Ever'

Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich Gush Over Newlywed Life: 'It's Just the Greatest Thing Ever'

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Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich are really enjoying newlywed life. “It’s just the greatest thing ever to marry your best friend,” Laich, 34, told PEOPLE at the Love United Charity Ride at SoulCycle in Hollywood on Saturday. “We thought we loved each other when we were engaged, and then marriage is a whole new level. It’s just fun to see the love continually grow everyday,” the former NHL player continued. “I just feel like a pretty lucky man right now. It’s the best.” Enthusiastically, Hough, 29, agreed saying, “Ditto! Ditto!” RELATED: Brooks Laich Admits He Checked Julianne Hough’s Ring Size Before They Were Dating on Paris Trip Shedding some light on why the couple started Love United, a humanitarian mission geared toward providing clean drinking water to those in need, the former Dancin
Skater Adam Rippon Exults After a Bronze-Medal-Worthy Olympic Turn: 'My Life Has Changed Forever'

Skater Adam Rippon Exults After a Bronze-Medal-Worthy Olympic Turn: 'My Life Has Changed Forever'

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Figure skater Adam Rippon has officially wrapped his first Olympic competitions — and he tells PEOPLE he’s likely to celebrate with a “stiff drink.” The 28-year-old, who made history as the first openly gay man to compete for America in the Winter Games, has become the toast of Twitter in recent weeks, as much thanks to his strong showing in the skating team event as for his quick-tongued social media presence. Hollywood, too, has taken notice, with Rippon exchanging messages with the likes of Zach Braff, Reese Witherspoon and other stars. But all of that — the personality-driven spotlight, the plaudits from celebrities, the thousands and thousands of retweets — is secondary to the skating, and it’s his skating that gave Rippon reason to smile. “I came here as an athlete, I came here as at
Lucy Hale Shares a Romantic Kiss with Life Sentence Costar Riley Smith on Valentine's Day

Lucy Hale Shares a Romantic Kiss with Life Sentence Costar Riley Smith on Valentine's Day

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Lucy Hale has a new man in her life! The Pretty Little Liars alum, 28, was spotted locking lips with her Life Sentence costar, Riley Smith, 39, after the pair shared a Valentine’s Day dinner together at Pace Restaurant in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Hale was dressed casually for the dinner date, wearing a black leather jacket, ripped jeans and a pair of black heels, while she carried a pink rose in her hand, which was presumably given to her by Smith. Smith also dressed down for the date, wearing a camel-colored jacket, jeans and a pair of boots. In September of last year, Hale previously posted a photo of the pair walking together on her Instagram. “@jayson_blair : Vancouver’s #1 paparazzi,” she captioned the shot. The actress previously dated musician Anthony Kalabretta. The pair was firs
Puma Rescued from Russian Zoo Lives Luxurious Life as Insta-Famous House Cat

Puma Rescued from Russian Zoo Lives Luxurious Life as Insta-Famous House Cat

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  He loves his scratching post, chasing toys and stretching out on a soft blanket. In fact, the main difference between Messi the puma (named for football player Lionel Messi) and a regular house cat is not necessarily his size — though it certainly can’t be discounted! — but rather that he enjoys getting a good scrub in the bathtub.   Pumas (also popularly known as cougars or mountain lions) are meant to live in the wild. However, Messi was rescued from a Russian “contact zoo,” where he lived a terrible cramped life in a small space where anyone could come in and touch him. Messi was sick and needed around-the-clock care when humans named Sasha and Masha adopted him, reports Laughing Squid. Nowadays, Messi lives the good life. The big cat is as spoiled as a domesticated kitty, and he ha