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Juice WRLD’s Most Inspirational Quotes on Love, Life and Success

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Jared Anthony Higgins was abandoned by his father at the age of three, leaving he and his older brother to be raised alone by their mother. Being more on the stricter side, Higgins’ mother did not allow her boys to listen to hip hop, but he did learn a skill that gave him a unique heads-up. Jared started learning how to play the piano at just 4-years-old!

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His mother paid for his piano lessons, which would eventually lead to him taking up guitar, drums, and even the trumpet. He began making music and posting songs to SoundCloud using his smartphone, rudimentary production skills that would later help him become a successful rapper, singer and songwriter on his own steam.

But how did this talented, self-motivated young man become what many observers have called a contemporary icon in the industry?

Who Is Juice WRLD: The Rise & Fall of a New Hip Hop Icon

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In 2015, Higgins took the stage name Juice WRLD and by 2017, he released his first full-length EP titled 9, 9, 9 which included the single “Lucid Dreams,” a song that would become his first Billboard chart entry and one that remains his most streamed release.

Shortly after releasing this EP, Juice WRLD began to garner a huge fan following, while also being noticed by his peers like Waka Flocka Flame and Lil Bibby. Fellow rappers and fans were drawn to his unique hardcore rap grunge sound, as well as his relatable, yet poetic lyrics.

This momentum led him to signing with Lil’ Bibby’s record label, Grade A Productions, under which, he released an EP titled Nothings Different, in which his track “All Girls Are the Same” became a hit, leading to him signing with Interscope Records on a multi-million dollar deal.

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From this success came a string of major hits and collaborations with artists like Young Thug, Post Malone, Lil Uzi Vert, Halsey, The Weeknd, Benny Blanco, and many others. He was nominated for many awards and even won Top New Artist at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards.

Along with Juice WRLD’s fame, however, came a dark side. He openly talked about how he started using drugs and drinking alcohol from a very young age. His mother later revealed that he also dealt with anxiety and depression. Mental health is an issue that Juice WRLD’s mother still continues to advocate for through his social media account to this day.

The Death of Juice WRLD

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Sadly, in 2019, while Juice WRLD was on a flight from Los Angeles to Chicago, he succumbed to his demons and suffered a devastating overdose. He was taken to the hospital upon landing, but was pronounced dead shortly after.

His album Legends Never Die was released after his death and is one of the most successful posthumous debuts of all time. It also had the most U.S. top-10 entries from one album. On December 2nd, 2020, which would have been Juice WRLD’s 22nd birthday, Benny Blanco released a single titled “Real Sh*t,” which was in collaboration with the late artist. Just six days later, on the anniversary of Juice WRLD’s death, “Reminds Me of You” featuring Kid Laroi was released, and in 2020, Juice WRLD became Spotify’s fourth most streamed artist in the world.

To say that Juicy WRLD impacted many lives is an understatement. It is more than evident that he continues to live on as his songs, lyrics, interviews, and words have continued to inspire and touch the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds. He is truly a legend and lucky for his fans, and has left behind a wealth of knowledge and depth that people can always look upon for motivation.

Juice WRLD Quotes About Life

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“Don’t let the scale define you. Be active. Eat healthy. Be happy.”

“I wanna be more than a millionaire. I wanna change the world.”

“If anybody’s going through anything. I hope and I pray that you get through it.”

“The goal in life is not to live forever but to create something that will.”

“Ain’t nothing like the feeling of uncertainty, the eeriness of silence.”

“Our heads are so imperfect, we drown ourselves in this imperfection. We don’t know what imperfection is. We only know how to spell it — we don’t know how it feels.”

“I’ve always been different.”

“I numb and conceal them kinda like my feelings, but I still feel them.”

“Toss my pain with my wishes in a wishing well.”

“Break away from everybody break away from everything if you can’t stand the way this place is take yourself to higher places.”

“Growing up means realizing a lot of your friends are not really your friends.”

“Hate it when they play both sides. Too low in my life. Gotta stay high, gotta stay high.”

“A mistake is a mistake. Some are more severe than others, but we’re no one to judge the severity of someone’s mistake.”

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“Everybody has their mistakes. A mistake is a mistake. Some are more severe than others, but we’re no one to judge the severity of someone’s mistake. As long as we doin’ wrong, as long as we sinnin’, you can’t judge nobody else’s mistakes.”

“A minor setback paves the way for a major comeback.”

“Made mistakes, but that’s what life is about. My mistakes lead me to a better route.”

“People love to talk about the money that they make. Nobody wanna talk about the money that they save.”

“The devil is so beautiful and strong. but don’t be fooled.. you are much stronger.”

When it gets dark outside, in you I confide. You help me face my demons I won’t hide.”

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“Never been afraid to die but I always been afraid to die before I get where I’m going.”

“Exhale depression as the wind blows. These are the laws of living in vogue.”

“It’s good to put money back into communities.”

“Drugs can ruin your whole life.”

“A lot of men make fun of you for expressing your feelings because they don’t get it. They can’t wrap their heads around the concept of being completely honest and forthright.”

“Tell me that it is all okay. I have been waiting on this all damn day.”

“Everybody, stay positive no matter how negative life gets.”

“People will do you wrong over and over, but the one time you call them out you’re suddenly the bad guy.”

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“I feel like I inspire more people than I think I do. I just need to remember that.”

“Even if I’m talking about something that’s negative, I look at it as putting my mistakes out there for people to learn from it.”

“Thank you, God, for waking me up when u ain’t have to. This life is a blessing I won’t take for granted.”

“My music is straightforward because I want to give people me and let them know they’re not alone in going through the things that they go through.”

“I never thought about college, but my mom thought about it for me. I knew 100% it wasn’t for me.”

“By default I’m kind-hearted and it’s a gift, not a curse, you just gotta know who to show your kind heart to.”

The Most Famous Juice WRLD Quotes

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“We’re perfectly imperfect children. Rose from the dust, all of us are on a mission.” – Empty

“I really just like making music. People call that ‘work.’ Like, ‘Oh, you’re going to the studio to work?’ No, that’s even what I do in my off day. I love recording.”

“I feel as though, if you’re able to control your dreams, you have more power and control over your mind, like you could reach more areas of your mind. Therefore, I feel like it creates the ability for you to achieve more things in reality.”

“If you ain’t payin’ a hundred thousand, get them features out my face.”

“You found another one, but I am the better one. I won’t let you forget me.”

– Lucid Dreams

“I think it’s important to add a personal aspect to your music – that’s what makes it authentic at the end of the day.”

“Music is the best way that I can communicate with other people”

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“It is hard to separate the art from the artist.”

“Some people don’t get the credit that they deserve strictly based on the color of their skin.”

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“Nobody on this earth is perfect. Everybody has their flaws; everybody has their dark secrets and vices.”

“I talk about a lot of issues I go through and some of my fans go through and try to create a fellowship where people can relate to each other.”

“I just walked in the building. Look like a million, but I’m worth more than a million.”

“I had phases of listening to rap and trap, and then I had phases where I’d listen to post-hardcore, rap, grunge, metal… all that. I had different time periods of listening to different music. And now it all clashes together.”

“But now I got a bigger job, the world screaming my songs.”

“My school had a radio show, and when I first decided to become a rapper, I was on there, and I would like, freestyle.”

“Trust me—it’s cool to invest.”

“Some people don’t get the credit that they deserve strictly based on the color of their skin. And technically speaking, my people made up those same genres. They created that sound in the first place.”

-GQ Magazine

“I feel like that’s what’s going to be most respected at the end of the day, that I’m able to do so many different things and become less of a rapper and just more as a musician.”

“I got family members that’s police officers. I don’t got no problem if you a cop, as long as y’all doing y’all job, and y’all not harassing.”

“Some people don’t get the credit that they deserve strictly based on the color of their skin. And technically speaking, my people made up those same genres. They created that sound in the first place.”

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“Never been afraid to die but I always been afraid to die before I get where I’m going.”

“Words have a lot of power.”

“I freestyle everything.”

“Words can be as sweet as candy or as sharp as a blade. That’s the beauty of it.”

“My goal is to get overly famous, shine for a couple years then fake my death.”

“I try my best to make time with music that doesn’t have an expiration date.”

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“Honestly, the way I make music, you know it is like I don’t want to sound cocky or anything, but I try my best to make time with music that doesn’t have an expiration date.”

“All I ever wanted was real love. Got a pint of the lean, I done lucked up.”

“I chase thrills, you still crashin’ Hot Wheels.”

“I like to call myself an artist who can tap into a lot of different sounds. I can make a rap song, and then turn around and make music with a live band if I wanted to.”

-Elevator Magazine

“It’s funny how the blessed ones had the most curses.”

“I have these Lucid Dreams where I can’t move a thing.”

“What’s the 27 club? We ain’t making it past 21.”

“Nobody on this earth is perfect. Everybody has their flaws; everybody has their dark secrets and vices.”

“Roses are red, violets are blue, my heart is dead, I am such a fool.”

“Either I grow with you or outgrow you, I am not standing still for nobody.”

“I talk about a lot of issues I go through and some of my fans go through and try to create a fellowship where people can relate to each other.”

Juice WRLD Quotes About Relationships

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“You brought meaning to my life, all because of you I do right; because of you, I have a purpose; Fight for the world because you’re worth it.”

“It’s to the point where I love and I hate you.”

“You gave me a heart that was full of mistakes, I gave you my heart, and you made heartbreak.”

“You found another one, but I am the better one. I won’t let you forget me.”

-Lucid Dreams

“We are trying to hide our feelings, but we forgot that our eyes speak.”

“I’m sad inside, but I know it’s for the best, right? You had to realize when you drew the line. I would cross the line a thousand times; you’ve got what I need, bae, I need your spotlight.”

“Can’t take back the love that I gave you.”

“She told me to put my heart in the bag and nobody gets hurt. Now I am running from her love I am not fast so I am making it worse.”

“You done woke me up from my eternal slumber, “I’m the lightning you’re the thunder.”

-Flaws and Sins

“If you ever get jealous, just remember I chose you out of everyone else.”

“You just gotta learn to live and love on.”

“All girls are the same. They are rotting my brain, love. Think I need a change before I go insane, love. All girls are the same. They are potting my brain. love. Think I need a change before I go.”

“Once you fall in love you fall, there’s a reason why we use that word.”

“Don’t know when I met you, but I met you. Don’t know why I love you, but I love you.”

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“Don’t know when I met you, but I met you. Don’t know why I love you, but I love you. It is something bound by that dress, the way it fits you. I don’t even wanna tell you to take it off, but baby take it off.”

“One thing my dad told me was, ‘Never let your woman know when you’re insecure.”

“Tell me you love me, tell me everything gon’ be okay. Tell me you love me, tell me you love me, and you gon’ stay.”

“You said, ‘I love you,’ and I said it too. The only difference is, I didn’t lie to you.”

“I still see your shadows in my room. Can’t take back the love that I gave you. It’s to the point where I love and I hate you.”

“And I cannot change you, so I must replace you. Oh easier said than done.”

“Who knew evil girls had the prettiest faces?”

“Now I’m running from her love, I’m not fast. So I’m making it worse. Now I’m digging up a grave from my past.”

“I don’t know if it’s because my heart hurts or if I am insecure.”

“Why did I fall for you? I gave it all for you.”

“I bet if you someone you never even thought about giving a chance to you’ll be the happiest with.”

“They all always notice when you acting different but they never see what they did to make you start acting that way.”

“Even in high school, I went through a lot of relationship issues, and that’s at the center of my music.”

“You were my everything. Thoughts of a wedding ring. Now I’m just better off dead.”

“This type of love don’t always come and go.”

“Thank God, I finally found you. You put the light in my eyes when I’m around you.”

“Life is not the same with your pictures in my frame. Now that you’re here, I want nothing to change. You pick me up when I’m down; I need you around.”

“Date me, break me, easily replace me. Hopefully you see it clear. Hopefully, it’s HD.”

“The best feeling in the world is lying with my beautiful wife.”

“I’ve been through the wringer, tryna put a diamond ring on her finger.”

“Now I am insane, demons in my brain. Love, peace, I can’t obtain ‘cause all these girls the same, love.”


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Dave Chappelle’s Most Controversial Quotes and Why They Angered His Fans

By | Celebrities, dave chappelle, Food for thought, Quotes

The comedy game has changed over the past two decades, particularly in regards to the treatment of touchy topics. Comedians still seldom escape controversy, but nowadays, the criticisms of a provocative joke come from multiple directions. Negative responses to the controversial content of a comedian’s work are just as likely to come from concerned members of groups that have historically gotten the short of the stick as they are to come from the powerful moral guardians that comedy, especially satire, has historically targeted.

The 2000s were especially a decade dominated by edgy, satirical humor that attempted to push the envelope using politically incorrect terminology, imagery, and contexts. One of the most prominent proponents of this approach to comedy to this day is Dave Chappelle.

Unsurprisingly for a comic, especially one that uses satire to discuss some of the most sensitive social issues in the United States, especially race relations, Dave Chappelle has faced a lot of scrutiny. At one point, the American stand-up comedian’s program, Chappelle’s Show, was so popular that one of its sketches was blamed on the theft of a city council candidate’s campaign signs.

Despite having united audiences in poking fun at deserving targets like any other successful satirist, Chappelle has bit more than he could chew on several occasions. His trademark seemingly insensitive way of tackling issues has backfired before, and in recent years, appears to have attracted more vitriol.  

“You know, a lot of different feelings come up when they hear that word. But I’m thinking, is it because black people actually identify themselves as the “N” words? No. I don’t know. Maybe. But what if we just used the word for other people, would it be so bad? I don’t know? So, I made a sketch. It’s about a white family, whose last name happens to be [the word], that’s all. Let’s see how offensive the word sounds now.”

One of Dave Chappelle’s long-lasting schticks is using racist stereotypes to mock them, with the intent of subverting audience expectations. As a Black man, he especially attempts to represent a caricature of what it is like to be a Black American through classic switcheroos. This first quote comes from an introduction to one of the most infamous sketches of Chappelle’s Show, which involves a white family whose surname is the n-word but with an “A” instead of an “E.”

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The skit was notable for depicting the white family as other completely stereotypical, complete with a comfy suburban home and a black and white filter reminiscent of old sitcoms. The outlier is their casual comfort with their collective moniker, not even questioning the awkward implications of the way it is spelled and pronounced. The segment itself was considerably more provocative than the introductory quote that preceded it, but Chappelle’s inversion of the n-word had other effects in real life.

Mainly, Chappelle noticed that some white fans were getting too comfortable laughing at the race-heavy humor, making Chappelle ponder on whether some of his white fans are laughing with him or at him. The quote on its own is rather inoffensive, but it mirrors the baggage that came with Chappelle’s style, the same baggage that made him prematurely end his own show despite its astounding success.

“I look at like that word, used to be a word of oppression. But that when I say it, it feels more like an act of freedom, for me to be able to say that unapologetically on television.”

Discriminatory terms have a complicated standing in our world. While it is popular for marginalized groups to reclaim slurs and other derogatory terms, other people, including members of said groups, would rather discard them entirely, believing that they are incapable of being separated from the brutality of their history. Out of these two approaches to oppressive language, Chappelle clearly agrees with the former, and has been consistent about it in his career.

From an interview with CBS’ Bob Simon, this particular quote, once again about the n-word, felt liberating in an era of television that heavily focused on challenging the standards imposed by censors on all networks. To Chappelle as an individual, the appropriation of the n-word was intended as a middle finger to the racism it represents, not an endorsement. However, this quote, and Chappelle’s worldview in general, has been criticized as not having aged too well due to potentially leading to a slippery slope that could depict racism, especially anti-Black racism, with no intentions of challenging it.

There were concerns that due to Chappelle’s success, clueless imitators would parrot his jokes and take them at face value rather than have some introspection. In the end, this quote, similar to the one above, is a precursor to what Chappelle would end up feeling of the work that put him on the radar. Michael Richards’ own racist, n-word-filled tirade would prove the critics’ point, much to Chappelle’s discomfort.

Dave Chappelle in all black suit holding a microphone during his standup.

“Hollywood is no place for moral absolutism. You know what I mean? We must never forget that R. Kelly peed on a 15-year-old girl. And he also wrote “I Believe I Can Fly. Same guy, same lifetime. If I showed you that video of him peeing on that girl, and scored it to “I Believe I Can Fly,” you’d be torn. ‘♪ I used to think that I could not go on, ♪ You wouldn’t know how to feel, ♪ If I can see it ♪.’ It’s okay, my career ended many years ago.”

#MeToo is arguably the biggest scandal in contemporary Hollywood history, with the legacy of dozens of actors, musicians, and producers, as well as their works in some cases, forever being tainted after their dark sides were exposed. The Bird Revelation, Chappelle’s special from 2017, discussed the overwhelming cycle of powerful people being revealed as sexually predatory. However, while the special bothered some infamous figures such as Harvey Weinstein, this particular quote is about R. Kelly, whose own issues have been common knowledge for over a decade.

Chappelle’s mockery of R. Kelly was well-received, but polarized some fans due to who it focused on. Aside from R. Kelly himself disapproving of Chappelle’s jokes about him, this quote has been characterized as cheapening what R. Kelly did and shifting focus on the wrong target in a special specifically about recent scandals. According to Neal Brennan, even the R. Kelly sketch from Chappelle’s Show has polarized modern audiences for its irreverent treatment of the singer’s actions.

“Punched the LBGTQ community, right in the AIDS. Can’t do that. Can’t do that. But I do believe and I’ll make this point later that the kid made a very egregious mistake. I will acknowledge that. But you know a lot of the LBGTQ community doesn’t know DaBaby’s history, he’s a wild guy. He once shot a [guy]… and killed him, in Walmart. Oh, this is true, Google it. DaBaby shot and killed a [guy] in Walmart in North Carolina. Nothing bad happened to his career.”

Closer is Dave Chappelle’s most recent special, and arguably his most controversial work, although in a rare case for Chappelle, the emotional reactions to it were not strictly related to the usual racial themes of his work. In an attempt to criticize the double standards of politeness and what is considered acceptable to condemn by society, Chappelle compares how people individualize and defend racial minorities compared to sexual minorities using DaBaby. Just like Chappelle, DaBaby is a famous Black man that has been the subject of controversy. In DaBaby’s case, he came under fire for homophobic comments.

However, as the quote points out, he also got away with shooting and killing other people in public. Chappelle highlights the contradiction by characterizing it as people being too sensitive about words and too desensitized to violence, but several fans did not take them lightly. Among other things, Chappelle’s comments were seen as hypocritical due to their inability to see the parallels between homophobia and transphobia affecting LGBT people and how racism affected Chappelle’s own life as a Black man, a central theme of his comedy.

The quote also faced backlash because of how dismissive Chappelle appears to be about LGBT struggles and how unwilling he was to condemn DaBaby’s reactionary comments beyond calling it a “mistake.” Additionally, while many agree that gay, bisexual, and transgender people are not exempt from partaking in bigotry even with all the discrimination they themselves face, detractors of the joke thought of it as sloppy in execution. To them, the joke is a more bloated version of the self-admitted risks that come with Chappelle’s work, only much easier to misinterpret.

“I’m team TERF. I agree. I agree, man. Gender is a fact. You have to look at it from a woman’s perspective. Look at it like this, Caitlyn Jenner whom I have met, wonderful person. Caitlyn Jenner… was voted, woman of the year. Her first year as a woman. Ain’t that something? Beat every bitch in Detroit. She’s better than all of you. Never even had a period, ain’t that something? [laughter] I’d be mad as shit if I was a woman. I’d be mad if I was me. If I was in the BET awards, sitting there and they’re like “And the winner for [black man] of the year… Eminem.”

This quote is an embodiment of Chappelle’s current position in the entertainment landscape. In the current culture way, Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling has become one of the most polarizing celebrities for her own comments about gender, womanhood, and trans people, particularly trans women. This led to numerous people, especially Harry Potter fans, feeling betrayed and disappointed.

As her pseudonymously published new novel shows, Rowling stubbornly puts this issue at the center of her public persona. Having always appreciated the idea of free speech and never a stranger to inflammatory content, Chappelle felt compelled to defend Rowling on Closer, attracting both Rowling’s current supports and her critics. Similar to the controversy with Rowling, the above quote left many fans disappointed with Chappelle.

The open affiliation with the term “TERF” (trans-exclusionary radical feminist) despite knowing what the term means and the comparison of trans people to blackface through the Eminem reference were people’s main problem with this particular Dave Chappelle quote. People that disapproved of the jokes lambasted the comments as socially irresponsible and claimed that they fueled even more negative sentiments toward a group that already faces heavy prejudice. This quote is the infamous part of Closer, and will likely define Chappelle’s contemporary career in the next years.

Inspirational Quotes From the Comedy Legend

Dave Chappelle in green jumpsuit holding out his hand during a standup routine.

Chappelle isn’t known only for his incendiary remarks, the comic also aims at improving one’s self, watching for Hollywood pitfalls, and overcoming failures. Perhaps his biggest, most inspirational quotes come from his ability to see ‘magic’ in what he does and how it can bring people together.

“You know, be able to do something great in your life, you’re gonna have to realize your failures. You’re gonna have to embrace them and figure out how to overcome it.”

“The hardest thing to do is to be true to yourself, especially when everybody is watching.”

“I just always loved stand-up. It’s like magic. You say something, and a whole room full of people laughs together. Say something else, they laugh again. The fact that people come to see that and participate in that… I don’t know, it’s just like magic.”

As these quotes suggest, Chappelle went from being worried about how his edgy comedy would attract the wrong people to intentionally stirring the pot for the sake of it. A quote on success that he once preached indicated that not having “the right people around you” while moving “at a million miles an hour” can make you lose “yourself.”

These modern quotes show an insistence at rushing into an issue without knowing the full context. Chappelle is clearly still able to provoke, but as the responses to his latest special show, some fans believe that he is regressing into a state of being edgy just to be edgy. Chappelle will remain successful, but his audience may likely change.


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Lord of the Rings: Where Are the Original Cast Members Now?

By | Celebrities, Food for thought, inspiring, lord of the rings

Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power whisks viewers to the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth, long before the Third Age of the beloved movies. However, it also leaves fans nostalgic for Peter Jackson’s film adaptation, and for The Lord of the Rings cast.

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It’s been a lifetime since the 2001 premiere of The Fellowship of the Ring, which set new standards for fantasy films. Two sequels followed, with The Two Towers in 2002, and The Return of the King in 2003, retelling J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved story for the battle for Middle-earth.

As The Rings of Power unfolds, we take a walk down memory lane, with the original cast of Jackson’s Oscar-winning The Lord of the Rings, to see what’s happened to them since the end of the New Line Cinema trilogy. And, just is importantly, how the actors became real-life inspirations through their charity work.

What Happened to Elijah Wood After Playing Frodo?

Elijah Wood the actor and as Frodo in LotR

Elijah Wood was only 18 years old when The Lord of the Rings began principal photography. But even today, at age 41, he’s still fondly remembered as Frodo Baggins.

Over the past two decades, Wood has kept busy by exploring a variety of genres, including action-comedy (Spy Kids 3D: Game Over, 2003), romantic drama ( Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 2004), and psychological thriller (Maniac, 2012).

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He is now also a producer and a… DJ. In fact, Elijah uses his DJing skills during fundraising events for The Art of Elysium, an organization that provides a platform, and sometimes funding, for volunteer artists who wish to hone their varied crafts.

I am constantly inspired by the work of The Art of Elysium and how they use the transportive power of art to heal and inspire children; elevating them beyond the confines of their pain and discomfort to engage them in creativity and beauty.

Elijah Wood

Elijah also regularly supports charities such as Lifebeat, which is dedicated to advocating for sexual safety, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation

What Happened to Sir Ian McKellen After Playing Gandalf?

Ian McKellen the actor and as Gandalf in LotR

The Lord of the Rings is one of the greatest fantasy stories ever told, but who knows what the films would have looked like without Ian McKellen’s performance as the Wizard Gandalf.

During and after LOTR, the knighted actor played Magneto in the also hugely successful X-Men franchise. He is also one of the few original LOTR cast members to reprise his role in The Hobbit trilogy.  

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Some of McKellen’s more recent films are Beauty and the Beast (2017) and Cats (2019). He is also set to appear in the modern-day adaptation Hamlet Revenant,.

When he’s not busy acting, Ian McKellen is extensively involved in charity work. He’s been an advocate for gay rights since he came out in 1988. He co-founded Stonewall, an organization that provides support and resources for the global LGBTQ+ community.

McKellen is also the patron of Step Forward, and has donated to other charities, including those supporting AIDS and HIV education, and at-risk and disadvantaged young people, refugees and seniors.

In 2020, he became one of the leading voices to Project Northmoor, a crowdfunding campaign that seeks to raise funds to buy J.R.R. Tolkien’s home, and turn it into the world’s first Tolkien literary center.

What Happened to Sean Astin After Playing Samwise?

Sean Astin the actor and as Samwise in LotR

Astin portrayed the loyal hobbit Samwise, Frodo’s best friend and his most dependable companion.

Since the end of the trilogy, Astin has voiced several characters in animated films and video games. He even provided the voice for Raphael on Nickelodeon’s popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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In 2017, Sean played Bob Newby in Netflix’s hit series, Stranger Things, and we’re sure to hear more about him, as he has several projects in the works.

He’s also well known for his philanthropic work. He is an advocate for mental-health research, and started RUN3rd, a foundation that supports after-school running programs. Astin has also supported organizations like the LEAP Foundation, the Melanoma Research Foundation, the Make A Film Foundation and the Screen Actors Guild Foundation.

What Happened to Dominic Monaghan After Playing Merry

Dominic Monaghan played the beloved young hobbit Meriadoc “Merry” Brandybuck, Frodo’s distant cousin. A magnet for trouble, Merry has also proved to be a fearless fighter.

You might also remember Dominic from ABC’s hit drama Lost, on which he starred from 2004 to 2010. His post-Lord of the Rings activity includes X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. 

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He has served as a contributing writer for Paste magazine, and as the producer of The Millionaire Tour and the 2014 docuseries Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan.

Dominic has supported foundations such as Epilepsy Action and the Neurofibromatosis Association. An avid nature lover, he is a spokesperson for Project Last Stand, a nonprofit that strives to end the destruction of the world’s forests  He has even bought a mango tree forest.

What Happened to Billy Boyd After Playing Pippin

Billy Boyd has played Peregrin Took, better known as Pippin, the second chaotic hobbit who traveled with the Fellowship. Playful and party-loving, Pippin has had everyone laughing out loud with his “What about second breakfast?” scene.

After LOTR, Billy Boyd went on to appear in such films as Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and Seed of Chucky. He has also appeared in TV shows like Outlander and The Witches of Oz. The actor is still active in the Lord of the Rings community, as he often attends comic conventions and other fan events.

Billy doesn’t only enjoy singing and dancing in the trilogy, but in real life as well. So now he is the Patron of the National Boys Choir of Scotland and a supporter for Nordoff Robbins. He has also shown his support for foundations like Cahonas Scotland, which provides help for men living with cancer and other life-limiting diseases, and Children in Need.

What Happened to Viggo Mortensen After Playing Aragorn?

Viggo Mortensen the actor and as Aragorn in LotR

Viggo Mortensen played Aragorn, the son of Arathorn, heir of Isildur, and eventual King of Gondor. 

Viggo isn’t fond of Hollywood blockbusters, opting instead for smaller, more prestigious films. He has been nominated three times as Best Actor, for Eastern Promises (2007), Captain Fantastic (2016) and Green Book (2018). 

In 2020, he made his feature directorial debut with Falling. Viggo is also set to appear in Crimes of the Future and Thirteen Lives.

As for his charity work, Viggo has made short films to support the Spirit Riders Foundation. He has also donated to charities like The Children’s Clinic in Watertown, Save the Chimps, Return to Freedom and Free Arts NYC.

What Happened to Andy Serkis After Playing Gollum?

Andy Serkis the actor and Gollum from LotR

Andy Serkis is the undisputed king of motion-capture technology. His portrayal of Gollum in The Lord of the Rings was not only memorable but ground-breaking.

Afterward, Serkis basically began taking over Hollywood. He joined the MCU as Ulysses Klaue; played Caesar in the Planet of the Apes films; portrayed Snoke in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi; and directed Venom: Let There Be Carnage.

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You can also watch Serkis in the role of Alfred Pennyworth in The Batman. In the near future we’ll see him in the psychological crime thriller series, Luther.

During the coronavirus lockdown, Serkis raised more than $350,000 by performing a live reading of The Hobbit. The money benefited NHS Charities Together and Best Beginnings, for which Serkis is an ambassador.

What Happened to Cate Blanchett After Playing Galadriel

Cate Blanchett played the ethereal beauty Galadriel, a powerful elf who encourages Frodo during the darkest moments of his journey.

The Lord of the Rings opened many doors for Cate as she went straight to Hollywood royalty. She has shown her versatility in movies like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Cinderella, Carol, Thor: Ragnarok and Ocean’s 8. Cate took home two Oscars, in 2005 and 2014, for her roles in The Aviator and Blue Jasmine.

Cate more recently signed on to the Apple TV+ project Disclaimer. Not only will she star in the psychological thriller, she will also served as executive producer.

Despite her busy schedule, Cate finds time to help others. She was named global Goodwill Ambassador for the U.N. Refugee Agency in 2016. The actress visited refugees in Lebanon and helped raise awareness about this issue. She has also helped launch the Australian Conservation Foundation’s Who On Earth Cares campaign.

What Happened to Orlando Bloom After Playing Legolas

Orlando Bloom played Legolas, a prince of the elves’ Woodland Realm, a skilled archer and a reliable member of the Fellowship of the Ring.

He has appeared in some major movies, including Pirates of the Caribbean, Troy, Elizabethtown and The Three Musketeers. The actor is also passionate about theater, and in 2007 made his West End debut in a production of In Celebration. He later starred in a Broadway staging of Romeo and Juliet

Orlando notably returned to his role as Legolas in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit films, despite the character never appearing in Tolkien’s book.

When he’s not on the movie set or on stage, Bloom often devotes his time to charities. He has been involved with UNICEF since 2007, and in 2009 he was made a Goodwill Ambassador. In 2017, the actor traveled to Niger, where hundreds of thousands of children have been affected by Boko Haram’s violence.

Orlando Bloom has supported many other causes, including the Red Cross, EB Medical Research Foundation, Free the Children and Peace First.

What Happened to John Rhys-Davies After Playing Gimli

John Rhys-Davies played Gimli, the brave, ax-wielding dwarf whose unrequited love for Galadriel will forever melt our hearts.

Following The Lord of the Rings, the veteran actor had a multitude of film credits, including Anaconda 3: Offspring, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement and Aquaman. The Welsh actor has also been prolific on the small screen, making his appearance in series such as The Shannara Chronicles and Once Upon a Time. 

With one of the most recognizable voices in show business, John Rhys-Davies created ads for Hospice IOM, an independent charity that offers palliative care to patients living on the Isle of Man. In 2020, together with a large part of the LOTR cast, John joined Josh Gad’s YouTube series Reunited Apart, which promotes donations to non-profit charities.

What Happened to Christopher Lee After Playing Saruman

Sir Christopher Lee played Saruman the White, first of the order of Istari (Wizards). Although he was once a good and wise Wizard, Saruman was corrupted by Sauron’s influence.

Lee had a prolific career that spanned more than seven decades, but he will forever be remembered for playing Count Dracula, Count Dooku in the Star Wars prequels, and Saruman in LOTR. His final onscreen appearance was in 2014’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Christopher Lee passed away on June 7, 2015, at age 93.

However, some may not be aware of the incredible life Lee lived outside of acting. During World War II, he was a flight lieutenant of the Royal Air Force and Special Forces. His accomplishments were finally recognized in 2009, when he was knighted for his services to drama and charity.

Lee has contributed to many noble causes. But, most of all, he was a well-known advocate for children’s basic needs. His efforts during UNICEF’s 2007 Child Survival Campaign are well noted.

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What Happened to Sean Bean After Playing Boromir

Sean Bean played Boromi, a valiant warrior of Gondor who joined the Fellowship in its journey toward Mordor. Sadly, Boromir fell prey to the One Ring’s power, but ultimately died defending Merry and Pippin. 

After LOTR, Bean went on to star in a wide range of movies that include Troy, National Treasure and The Martian. In 2018, Bean won his first BAFTA Award for best actor in a lead role, for his work on the BBC series Broken. However, his highest-profile performance remains the one of Ned Stark in the hit HBO series Game of Thrones

When he’s not busy as a successful actor, Sean Bean is well known for supporting charities. The one that appears closest to his heart is The Sohana Trust for EB, which raises funds for Epidermolysis Bullosa research. However, the star has also donated money for the Dorset Wildlife Trust and for the Royal Osteoporosis Society.

In the past few years, Sean has attended the BGC Charity day, which aims to commemorate those lost on 9/11. All the funds raised at the event were donated to charities around the world.

What Happened to Hugo Weaving After Playing Elrond

Hugo Weaving played Elrond, ruler of Rivendell elves and the father of beautiful Arwen. While he cared a lot about the Fellowship’s goals, his primary concern was for the safety of his people.

We can’t talk about Hugo Weaving without mentioning his iconic role as Agent Smith in the Matrix franchise. However, the actor has been quite busy since The Lord of the Rings has ended. He starred in hits like V for Vendetta, Captain America: The First Avenger, Hacksaw Ridge and Cloud Atlas. The Nigerian-born Brit was also involved in occasional TV projects, such as Patrick Melrose.

The actor appears to be very involved in raising funds to protect our furry co-inhabitants. In 2004, Hugo became an ambassador for the Australian animal-rights organization called Voiceless. He was also a spokesman for the Epilepsy Foundation of Australia, as Weaving himself suffered from epilepsy as a teenager.

What Happened to Liv Tyler After Playing Arwen

Liv Tyler starred in the film trilogy as the elf maiden Arwen, who was prepared to give up her immortality to be with her love, Aragorn. 

Not long before The Lord of the Rings, Liv appeared in Armageddon, one of her most popular movies. After the trilogy, she played in a wide range of films, such as the romantic dramedy Jersey Girl and the horror flick The Strangers.

In 2014, Liv starred in the HBO series The Leftovers, and in 2020 she took on the role of Michelle Blake in 9-1-1: Lone Star.

Inspired by her idol, Audrey Hepburn, Liv became an ambassador for UNICEF. Angelina Jolie’s involvement in helping underprivileged children was also an inspiration. Aside from her contribution at UNICEF, Tyler has supported many other causes and foundations such as the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Food Bank for New York City, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

What Happened to Ian Holm After Playing Bilbo

Sir Ian Holm played Bilbo Baggins, the eccentric hobbit who adopted Frodo after the death of his parents. Bilbo became the “owner” of the One Ring after winning it from Gollum in a riddle game. He then passed it on to Frodo before leaving the Shire to settle with the elves in Rivendell.

Ian began his career on stage with the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company. He later became a prolific Hollywood actor known for his roles in Chariots of Fire and The Madness of King George. However, his highest-profile role remains that of Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings.

After the trilogy, he went on to play Professor Fitz in The Aviator and voiced Chef Skinner in the 2007 animated movie, Ratatouille. Ian returned to the role of Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and again in 2014’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. The latter was his final role.

Ian Holm passed away June 19, 2020, at age 88, but not before making his contribution to charity. Together with some fellow actors from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, he donated items to the Annos Africa Charity Auction to raise funds for disadvantaged children in Nairobi. 

Holm was known for being a generous man, but chose to remain anonymous almost every time.


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Gisele Bündchen’s Feelings on Tom Brady’s Return to Football Reveal the Challenges That Come with a 13-Year Marriage

By | Celebrities, Food for thought, gisele bundchen, marriage, Tom Brady

When Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady announced his retirement from the NFL in early February—”I have loved my NFL career, and now it is time to focus my time and energy on other things that require my attention,” he stated—everyone assumed that the 7-time Super Bowl champion would seamlessly slip into a post-QB sideline as a commentator while shining up his dress shoes for his future induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

But what a difference six weeks make, as Brady then said on March 12, just 40 days into his “retirement,” that he would return the following season again be the quarterback of the Bucs.

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These past two months I’ve realized my place is still on the field and not in the stands,” the 45-year-old Brady posted on Twitter. “That time will come. But it’s not now. I love my teammates, and I love my supportive family. They make it all possible. I’m coming back for my 23rd season in Tampa. Unfinished business LFG.”

That family support was led by Gisele Bündchen, of course, one of the world’s most successful fashion models and Brady’s wife of 13 years. Just how supportive Brazilian-born Mrs. Brady was at the time remains unclear, as inside sources immediately began to come forth with tidbits regarding a growing “tension” between Gisele and Brady.

Gisele and Brady Have Been Married for 13 Years

Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen

“Gisele was not happy when Tom un-retired from the NFL after such a short time,” one source said. “Tom is doing everything he can to make it up to her, they’re working through things and trying to come out the other side.”

What is clear is that in the case of Brady and Bündchen’s professional lives, it is Bündchen who downshifted her career as the two began to build a family, which includes a son, Benjamin, born in 2009; a daughter, Vivian, born in 2012; and Brady’s son Jack, 15, from a previous relationship he was in with the actress Bridget Moynahan.

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During the 2010s, Brady, Bündchen and their growing family lived in Boston, Mass., with Brady’s athletic legend growing as he served as thrived as the quarterback for the New England Patriots. During those years, Gisele cut back on her modeling commitments, carefully limiting herself to only a specific number of advertising campaigns, TV commercials and magazines covers each year. In 2015, she also decided to stop doing runway shows, the one exception being the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where she represented her country by sashaying across a 400-foot-long stage to the strains of “The Girl from Ipanema.”

Bündchen found those years to be a very satisfactory time in her life, particularly when it came to being at home during her children’s formative years.

“I’m so grateful to have been there in those moments that were really shaping who they are as people,” she stated in a recent interview with Elle.

Gisele Stepped Back from Modeling When Her Kids Were Young

Tom Brady, Gisele Bündchen and their family

But now that her kids are older, it’s not unrealistic that the 42-year-old Gisele might want to refocus some of her energy on her modelling career, particularly now that she is at an age where the opportunities in her profession are more restricted, even to a superstar. Perhaps she thought that her husband’s returning to the NFL at his age wasn’t going to play a factor in their immediate future! But then again, who would have imagined that an NFL quarterback, even a legend like Brady, would be so dominant in his mid-Forties? (He led the Bucs to victory in 2021’s Superbowl 55, defeating the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9.)

So the word is that Gisele is “frustrated” with Brady’s decision to return and has reportedly “been spending time away from” the superstar quarterback.

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The two and their family had a “happy summer together” prior to the beginning of the NFL season, according to a source, with Gisele throwing her husband a big birthday party in Italy. But things got a little uncomfortable as the season approached. And at one point in August, Brady was excused from practicing with the Buccaneers for an 11-day stretch “to deal with some personal things,” according to head coach Todd Bowles.

“Everyone has different situations they’re dealing with, and we all have unique challenges to our lives,” Brady told reporters following his hiatus from practice. “I’m 45 years old, man.”

Gisele Did Not Attend Brady’s First Game of the Season

Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen

Brady officially made his return to the league last Sunday, September 11, for the Buccaneers’ first game of the 2022-2023 season against the Dallas Cowboys. Gisele was notably absent from the game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, amidst what the New York Post reported as “an epic fight.”

That said, Gisele did log on to Twitter to post a message in support of her husband.

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“Let’s go @TomBrady ! Let’s go Bucs !, she tweeted right before the start of the game, which saw the Bucs beat the Cowboys with a score of 19-3.

The same source that spoke of the “epic fight” between the two also noted that Gisele “never” goes to the first game of the season.

Insiders and sources can still only provide limited insight to the dynamics of a marriage, particularly one that appears to be as happy and prosperous as that of Brady and Gisele.

Only Brady and Gisele Know The True Story

Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen

One imagines that a marriage that has lasted as long theirs is built upon on the support that they give to each other. When a couple approaches a time where one or both members want to explore alternative careers or lifestyles, a communicative support system is vital for the simple reason that the very idea of said exploration can be daunting. This might even be truer in the case of a couple like Gisele and Brady, where their every move affects the lives of so many other and it’s all constantly being put under the microscope by the media.

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Putting the time into trying to fix or at least calibrate what might not be working and possibly taking some risks together in an effort to move forward is what a couple must do to address the situation. Communicating with each other, supporting each other and knowing when to take that chance for the future is the first, best way to embark on a healthy and loving path forward.


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A Flower Seller Almost Gives Up on Mother’s Day – But a Stranger’s Shocking Offer Changes Everything

By | everyday heroes, Food for thought, stories, uplifting news

Usually, Mother’s Day is one of the hottest days of the year for flower vendors.

However, one young man was not doing the sales he expected until he met a kind stranger who would turn his day around. 

Why an Unlucky Flower Seller’s Mother’s Day Went Viral on Instagram

flower vendor has a tough day

Instagram influencer @akramadinas, who boasts more than 150k followers, recently posted a video that went viral. In the video, he asks a street vendor named Manuel, who had been selling flowers, if he had made many sales that day.

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The vendor replied that he hadn’t had the most successful of days. This was surprising, since the video was taken around Mother’s Day, when flower sales tend to be at their highest. Feeling for the vendor, the Instagram star offered to purchase the rest of the inventory. The original price was over $800, but the instagram star, who goes by AK, gave the man $1000. 

How an Instagram-Famous Flower Seller Paid It Forward on Mother’s Day

Women holding hands in hospital bed

Instead of taking the flowers home, AK decided to use them to sprinkle a bit of joy around town. Even though AK had given Manuel the money and instructed him to take the day to spend time with his family, Manuel decided to join him.

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Together the two handed out bouquets of flowers to women all over town, wishing them a happy Mother’s Day. Everyone who received a bouquet of flowers was touched and both AK and Manuel felt they had spent the day exactly as they wanted to – helping others and spreading good fortune. 

The Instagram Influencer’s Good Deed That Uplifted an Entire Community

flower vendor pays it forward

AK could have gone about his day without engaging with any street vendors, but instead he was motivated to help Manuel. We should all strive to be a little bit more like AK, who found an opportunity to do a good thing for one person.

His small act alone allowed both AK and Manuel to take it a step further and brighten to day of countless local women by giving then flowers as well.  What a feel good team!


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A Mother and 8-Year-Old Daughter Were Kidnapped for 7 Weeks – Their Escape Was Unbelievable, but Just the Beginning

By | Food for thought, True Crime

Mary Stauffer and her 8-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, were leaving a beauty salon in suburban St. Paul, Minnesota, on May 16, 1980, when a man appeared, and held them at gunpoint. He forced them into the trunk of his car, and then drove away. Although Mary didn’t immediately recognize their abductor, she soon discovered Ming Sen Shiue was someone from her past.

Mary and Beth screamed from inside the trunk, in hope of drawing the attention of passing drivers. Shiue stopped to reprimand them, covered their mouths with duct tape, and then continued driving. He stopped a second time, at an Anoka County park, and found Mary had partially freed Beth. Shiue’s action attracted the notice of two boys, who approached the car to investigate. Six-year-old Jason Wilkman walked toward the trunk, spotted the Stauffers and said, “Whoa.” 

He didn’t have a chance to say anything else before Shiue grabbed the boy, stuffed him inside the trunk with the Stauffers, and then continued his journey. He left behind Jason’s friend, who alerted police.

Shiue drove north to Carlos Avery State Wildlife Park, where he forced Jason out of the car, and beat him to death with a metal bar. He hid Jason’s body in the woods, then took Mary and Beth to his home in Roseville, a suburb of Minneapolis and St. Paul. He bound them and locked them in a bedroom closet measuring 21 inches wide by 4 feet long.

Their abductor revealed his identity to Mary on the second day. Twenty-nine-year-old Ming Sen Shiue had been a student in Mary’s ninth-grade algebra class 15 years earlier. He developed an unhealthy obsession with his former teacher, which had progressed into years of stalking. Shiue made four previous attempts to abduct her, and in 1975 even attacked her in-laws. He threatened them not to tell police.

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Shiue continued to work at the Roseville electronics store he owned as he kept the Stauffers locked in the closet for weeks. He raped Mary daily, sometimes for hours, and once tried to suffocate Beth until Mary kissed him to make him stop. He tortured them, played mind games, and threatened to kill them and their family if they didn’t comply.

“Every day we wondered if it was going to be our last day,” Mary recalled. “We had no confidence that we would get through it alive.”

How Mary & Elizabeth Stauffer Escaped Ming Sen Shiue

The Stauffer family: Mary, Steve and Elizabeth.

The kidnapping occurred days before the Stauffers planned to return to the Philippines for a four-year missionary trip. Beth called her father on June 15 to wish him happy Father’s Day before she quickly hung up and returned to the closet. 

On July 7, after 53 days of captivity, Mary broke open the closet door. She was chained to her daughter, but nevertheless reached the phone to call police. Mary told them who and where she ways, then left the house with Beth to await police. They initially waited on the front porch, but then hid behind a car, fearing Shiue might return from work. Police arrived minutes later, and rescued them. 

Shiue was arrested shortly thereafter at his electronics store. It wasn’t until then police realized Jason Wilkman hadn’t been held captive with the Stauffers. Jason’s body was recovered after Shiue showed authorities where his body was hidden two months earlier

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Shiue faced two trials, one federal for the kidnapping of the Stauffers and the rape of Mary, and the other state, for the murder of Jason Wilkman. Mary testified against him at both trials — and both times Shiue attempted to attack her. The prosecutor, U.S. Attorney Thomas Berg, prevented Shiue’s attack at the federal trial. However, in the state trial, Shiue slashed Mary’s face with a knife that he had sneaked into the courtroom. Her wounds required 62 stitches.

Where Are Mary and Elizabeth Stauffer and Ming Sen Shiue?

Ming Sen Shiue

Ming Sen Shiue was convicted in both trials, the first in 1980 and the second in 1981. He received 30 years to life on the federal kidnapping charges, and 40 years on the state murder charge. He was eligible for parole in 2010, but that was denied. It was determined that Shiue should be held in prison indefinitely

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Mary reunited with her husband, Irv Stauffer, and her son, Steve, and returned to her work as a Baptist missionary. The Stauffers have since retired, and Elizabeth and brother Steve have married, and now have children of their own.

Mary rarely grants interviews. However, he has shared her experience with reporters and church groups, focusing on how faith helped her and Beth endure the ordeal. Faith was crucial to Mary’s recovery. “We continue to pray for [Shiue], because God is so merciful,” she said. “I have not felt the need to reach out to him. I just felt that would be unwise to make any sort of contact with him.” 

However, Mary has expressed concern about what Shiue might do if he’s released. According to a 2008 psychologist evaluation, Shiue expressed remorse for his crimes, saying, “I devastated [Mary], I ruined her life.” 

But the Stauffers didn’t allow him to do that. “He didn’t get to ruin our lives,” Beth said. “He ruined his life.”

The Stauffers Share Their Story

Mary and Irv Stauffer

Mary and Beth’s understanding of what happened, their resilience, and their desire to share their story for other survivors is inspiring. Lifetime released a 2019 television movie, Abducted: The Mary Stauffer Story, starring Alyson Hannigan as Mary Stauffer, Daphne Hoskins as Elizabeth Stauffer, and Howie Lai as Ming Sen Shiue.

Mary said that having her experience portrayed on the screen shows other survivors they’re not alone, and that their traumas don’t have to define them. 

“I think many people have gone through really bad things; many women have been raped,” Mary said. “They need to see that there’s life after this.”


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An Elementary School Janitor Just Became Its Principal – How He Did It Is Unbelievable

By | everyday heroes, Food for thought, Inspiring Stories, stories, uplifting news

One man has become the principal at the very school he once cleaned as a janitor, proving that hard work and dedication can get you where you want to go.

Mike Huss says he feels “blessed” to have had his expansive career and to start a new chapter at Ione Elementary School in Ione, California, a small town outside of Sacramento. This new chapter consists of him leading the school as the principal, but his first chapter started as the janitor.

Why a California Elementary School Fell Loves Its Janitor

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Photo by Oliver Hale on Unsplash

Not only did Huss keep the campus clean, but he also made a point to connect with the students.

“A lot of teachers here at Ione Elementary kept saying, ‘You’re wasting your time. Look at these kids. They are attracted to you … and they want to be around you and they learn from you. You need to go back and became a teacher,’” Huss said.

But becoming a teacher was never Huss’s plan. 

He took the job as a janitor so he could support his wife Karen as she pursued her dream of going to college. For Huss, higher education wasn’t something he was interested in. 

However, after he and Karen had their first child, he had a new motivation to become a teacher.

“When my son was about 3, I said, ‘You know what? I want to show my son that you can keep growing in life,’” Huss said. “I know he was young but between the encouragement from the teachers on campus and the motivation to do something to show my son nothing’s impossible, I went back to school in the late ’90s to get my teaching credential based on those inspirations.”

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That’s when Huss began to balance his full-time job, his role as a father, and school. Huss would work from 2-11 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, all while he attended Sacramento State during the day. This juggling act lasted four years.

“I was working 40 hours a week, coaching my niece’s softball team. I was going to school Tuesday and Thursday all day,” Huss said. 

Less than a week after his graduation, Huss was hired as a teacher at Ione Elementary.

“I was literally the school janitor on a Monday. I worked a double shift. I worked from 6 a.m. till about 10 p.m. that night, getting the school ready. The very next day, Tuesday, I was in my first teachers’ meeting. Thursday of that same week, I had my first class,” he said.

How the Beloved Janitor of a School Became Its New Principal

Over the shoulder view of student looking at a teacher at a white board
Photo by Taylor Flowe on Unsplash

It has only been a few weeks since Huss took over, but he has a lot of support.

“I really think that I can do this job … because I have the support of everyone,” he said. “I have to try my best every day for them. And at the end of the year, I’ve told many people if the worst thing I say is, ‘I tried my best and failed,’ I’ll try my best again next year and hopefully be even better. And I try to keep that perspective.”

The Amador Country Unified School District, his staff, and his students have helped him in his new role.

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“They give me hugs and say, ‘You’re doing a great job,’ and it’s really cute to see a first grader tell you that. ‘You don’t even know what I’m doing. But thank you very much for saying it.’ But they see me out and interacting so I think to them, that’s all that matters,” Huss said.

Huss has referred to his work as “a very rewarding career” and wants others to learn the importance of schools and teachers from his story.

“What I want people to understand is that there are really good teachers out there doing really amazing jobs,” he said. “It’s just about growing a world, making it a better place.”

What Mike Huss’ Janitor-to-Principal Story Teaches Us About Effort

Huss janitor and principal
Mike Huss Facebook

Huss put in the work and time, and with a community behind him, he went from being the school janitor to being its principal. His story shows what’s possible when you put your heart into achieving your goals and when you surround yourself with people who encourage you along the way.


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Mourners Grieve the Queen’s Death at Buckingham Palace – Then Something in the Sky Stuns Them Into Silence

By | Food for thought, Queen Elizabeth II, uplifting news

The loss of Queen Elizabeth II at 96-years-old marked the end of Britain’s longest-serving monarch, ending an historic 70-year reign.

With the sad news, the UK began 10 days of national mourning, beginning with thousands of grieving British and international mourners flooding the Queen’s famed residence, Buckingham Palace.

Among the throng of faithful, both at the palace and across the world, were celebrities like Elton John, who said of the Queen on his instagram page, “She was an inspiring presence to be around, and led the country through some of our greatest and darkest moments with grace, decency and a genuine caring warmth.

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“Queen Elizabeth has been a huge part of my life from childhood to this day,” he continued, “And I will miss her dearly.’ Dame Helen Mirren, echoed Sir Elton’s sentiment, writing, “I’m mourning along with the rest of my country, the passing of a great Queen. I’m proud to call myself of the Elizabethan age. If there was a definition of nobility, Elizabeth Windsor embodied it.”

Yet, as the world mourned, something magical happened that couldn’t have better symbolized the queen’s reign, or the memories many people around the world were sharing about her.

The Effect of Two Rainbows at Buckingham Palace After the Queen’s Death

Buckingham Palace double rainbow after the queen's death

With the world at a low after the flag was lowered over Windsor Castle, something amazing happened to lift everyone’s spirits: a double rainbow suddenly appeared over Buckingham Palace, piercing the dark London sky.  

It immediately went viral. To some, it inspired her once again meeting her soulmate.

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“Prince Philip is waiting for his beloved 💔🌈🌈,” referring to the Queen’s husband of more than 70 years who passed away last year.

Yet for most, it was a glowing goodbye saluting the success of a beloved Queen. “A fitting bridge for her majesty,” posted one mourner; “A remarkable picture of her majesty’s life,” wrote another.

Why a Double Rainbow Represents Queen Elizabeth’s Legacy So Beautifully

Queen Elizabeth in Rainbow outfits

In many ways, that rainbow perfectly exemplifies, visually, what made Queen Elizabeth so special.

Ever vivacious in her way and colorful in many others, the Queen broke gender roles with particular flare. During the second world war, she would serve as a mechanic and then a driver in the women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service, easily becoming the most active and visible among her family. Years later, in 2013, she helped pass the “Crown Act,” which promoted gender equality.

She’s also been a picture of strength and poise. Through three of her children divorcing, her home burning down, losing her daughter-in-law, and multiple attempts on her own life, she has remained a rock for a nation, and indeed a symbol for many to look up to when they need a colorful splash of color in an otherwise ominous sky.

But above all, her motivation always about serving her people.

I declare bfore you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service

– Queen Elizabeth II

And doesn’t that say it all? Through all the glitz and glamour, all you really leave is the mark you make on others. And through her life, Queen Elizabeth showed us all how to be successful: Keep your head high, have courage and live to serve others.

With a life like that, nothing can keep you from shining through even the darkest clouds.

How Queen Elizabeth’s Sweetest Moment Was Quiet but Perfectly Defined Her

Every Royal Family Revelation Meghan Markle Exposed in Her New Podcast (So Far)

By | Celebrities, Food for thought, Meghan Markle, podcasts, Royals

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, released her podcast “Archetypes” on August 232022. It skyrocketed to the top of the charts, even beating out Joe Rogan at the time. Her first featured guest was Serena Williams, who recently announced she plans to retire from pro tennis. Since then, she’s had other memorable guests such as Mariah Carey and Mindy Kaling.

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But, the most memorable conversations from the podcast were about Markle herself. Markle has infamously removed herself from the same life as her royal relatives, living peacefully out of the spotlight. However, she certainly had some interesting things to say about how being a part of the royal family affected her sense of self.

Let’s get into what was said in “Archetypes”, and what kind of insight it gives us into the royal family dynamic.

What Meghan Markle’s Interview with Serena Revealed about Royal Family Life

Before diving into what Markle has said in “Archetypes”, it’s important to define what the podcast is supposed to uncover in the first place and why she chose that title. “This is Archetypes – the podcast where we dissect, explore, and subvert the labels that try to hold women back,” Markle said in the teaser, “I’ll have conversations with women who know all too well how these typecasts shape our narratives. And I’ll talk to historians to understand how we even got here in the first place.”

In the opening episode of the podcast, Markle was not holding back. Serena Williams and Markle have an already established friendship, which contributed to the candidness of the interview. She and Williams talked about knowing when to call it quits, which was interesting as Markle alluded to her exit from the royal spotlight in 2020. “I think both of us, of the three of us,” she said talking about herself, Williams, and her husband Harry, “really know that sometimes the right decision isn’t the easiest decision.”

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Markle also spoke about how she learned ambition and feminist ideals from the all-girls Catholic school she attended in her childhood. She felt this empowered feeling of being a woman was a focal point in her life and that she actively felt working… until she met Prince Harry.

“So, I don’t remember ever personally feeling the negative connotation behind the word ‘ambitious’ until I started dating my now-husband,” She said, “Apparently ambition is a terrible, terrible thing, for a woman that is – according to some. So, since I’ve felt the negativity behind it, it’s really hard to un-feel it.”

What Meghan Markle and Mariah Carey Discussed About Race and Royalty

Mariah Carey was the second featured guest on “Archetypes”. Even though Carey is a pop culture icon, the podcast explored some more complex themes such as what it’s like to be biracial. Carey opened up about she felt she “didn’t fit in” in her childhood due to constantly moving around.

Markle made a point to say that they both felt it was difficult to fit in because they’re “light-skinned”. She also brought this particular theme back to her relationship with Prince Harry. “I mean, if there’s any time in my life that it’s been more focused on my race, it’s only once I started dating my husband,” Markle said, “Then I started to understand what it was like to be treated like a Black woman. Because up until then, I had been treated like a mixed woman. And things really shifted.”

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We can see that her media coverage throughout her relationship with Harry as well as her entrance into the royal family did skew her perception of self and she had always seen herself. As she said, she always thought that ambition was a positive attribute, but that quickly became a point of contention which made her re-evaluate the values instilled in her as a young girl.

Furthermore, her experience being biracial was completely overlooked as she was labeled a black woman in the media which did not necessarily resonate with her. These are two very important identities that were questioned by the public, which can be detrimental to the way that Markle saw herself during that time.

Does Markle’s Archetypes Podcast Expose Royal Family Secrets?

With the recent death of Queen Elizabeth II, Markle and Prince Harry’s royal duties may increase for the time being. It’s expected that the couple put aside their qualms to grieve and heal together. That being said, this tragic time for the royal family does not erase why Markle and Prince Harry distanced themselves in the first place.

From Markle’s podcast revelations, it’s arguable that her time being associated with the royals did her more harm than good. It’s a rare occasion that someone chooses to remove themselves from the royal family. Coincidentally, Markle is reminiscent of Princess Diana and what she stood for. Besides the intense media scrutiny that both received, it’s actually the acts of giving back that connect the two closely. Princess Diana might have briefly been a royal, but her purpose was to use that opportunity for charity work and to give back to communities in need. Markle seems to be following a similar path.

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With more fantastic guest features planned for “Archetypes”, her listeners are excited to hear more about Markle’s personal life as well as explore the trajectory of this podcast. Markle’s formula for a successful podcast has proven itself as it continues to dominate Spotify, holding onto its popularity.

Whether you’re a dedicated fan or a curious listener, Markle’s “Archetypes” is sure to make you think. Leave your hang-ups by the door, and stay a while, you’re sure to come out with a fresh perspective.


Queen Elizabeth’s Sweetest Moment Was Quiet, Unexpected and Perfectly Defined Her

All Night Long: Is Tantric Sex Right for You?

By | dating, Food for thought, Just for Fun, relationships

No matter how good your sex life is, you might wonder if it can get even better. The answer to that question is likely yes—and tantric sex can help you get there. This ancient spiritual and sexual practice is all about sensuality, intimacy, physical connection and awareness, and a deepening of pleasure. Even if you regularly have enjoyable sex, there are invariably ways to heighten pleasure, new things to discover, and levels of connection with yourself and your partner that you never dreamed of. This is the goal of practicing tantric sex. But is it for real? And can anyone do it?

The good news is that the promise of tantric sex is accessible and available to all who wish to explore it—and that includes you. Trying tantric sex can sound intimidating, but once you try it, you’ll likely be hooked. Even better, tantric sex techniques can be practiced alone and with a partner. So, if you’re single or your significant other isn’t excited about pursuing tantric sexuality or you just want to explore a bit before sharing tantric sex with your special someone, you can try this sexual practice on your own. 

So, don’t wait. In this comprehensive guide, learn what tantric sex is, what it is not, how to practice it, and tips for beginners. Then, have fun practicing the exciting, fulfilling spiritual and sensual art called tantric sex.

Sex is a journey. It’s about the destination, sure, but also the adventure along the way that gets you there. Essentially, orgasms and straight-up sexual intercourse are great, obviously, but there is so much more to discover. This is where tantric sex comes in.

What is Tantric Sex? 


Tantric sex, which is also called spiritual yoga, is an ancient Eastern spiritual practice with roots in Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Instructions for this sensual art were recorded in sacred texts known as the Tantras as far back as the sixth century. Tantric sex books are famous for including drawings of a seemingly limitless array of sexual positions, but this approach to sexual intimacy is about so much more.

Tantra literally means woven together. And the true emphasis is just that—achieving heightened sexual pleasure and intimacy with your partner. Devotees of tantric sex often enjoy hours of enhanced sensuality, but also deepen their physical and spiritual awareness and relationship at the same time. 

Myths About Tantric Sex


It’s helpful to dispel some myths about tantric sex. First off, tantric sex is not just about having amazing orgasms, although you very likely will. Instead, it’s about slowing down, getting in the moment, and fully experiencing the sensual and spiritual dynamic of each tantric sex session. 

In fact, orgasms aren’t the goal, just a potential by-product of spiritual yoga. Often people aim to go to the edge of orgasm and then back off in order to prolong sex and continue enjoying the experience.

Another myth about tantric sexuality is that you need to be a super flexible or athletic yogi or spiritual guru in order to engage in this erotic practice. Not true. All bodies, all minds, and all couples can explore tantric sex. Sure, some super bendy, toned bodies can get into complex or physically challenging tantric sex poses that most of us can’t even imagine attempting, but acrobatics and lasting all night aren’t essential—or even necessarily desired.

The Benefits of Enjoying Tantric Sex With Your Partner

Young Beautiful Man With A Woman Sleeping In The Bed. View From Above.

While the wow of the sexual part of a tantric sex practice is what gets most of the attention and allure, spiritual yoga is about so much more. Tantric techniques help you harness your sexual chemistry and develop a deeper connection to your partner and to yourself. This practice helps you use your sexual energy to explore pleasure as well as intimacy, sensuality, your bodies (yours and your partner’s), and your spirituality.

Essentially, enjoying tantric sex with your partner helps bring you closer as a couple as it improves your sex life—and it teaches you about yourself and each other, too. You can both discover more about your true desires, your physical bodies, your hearts, and your spirits. You’ll enhance your physical control and ability to experience (and surrender) to your feelings as you explore the depths, edges, limits, power, and beauty of your bodies, hearts, minds, and orgasms. 

Sounds amazing, right? Here’s how to get started.

How to Start Exploring Tantric Sexuality With Exercises

Young Couple Lying On Bed

Like yoga, tantric sex is a practice that you can access whether you’re a beginner or more advanced. And you can continually learn from and deepen your experience and ability. There is always more to discover, a greater connection to find with yourself and your partner, and heightened levels of intimacy, spiritual awareness, and pleasure to achieve.

So, grab your partner’s hand (or your own) and begin exploring tantric sex. A new chapter in your erotic and spiritual life starts now. While tantric sex can be experienced in many different ways, if you’re a beginner it’s ideal to start with the basics. As you develop your practice, it may lead you to more complex tantric sex exercises, poses, and techniques. 

To begin, you’ll want to choose a private, comfortable space where you and your partner feel safe, relaxed, and uninhibited. You may want to set the tone with soft lighting and romantic music (but ideally something that won’t be distracting). Be sure to set aside an hour or more as tantric sex is intended to be a slow, meditative unfolding. You don’t want to feel rushed. Now, it’s time to begin exploring. There are a number of ways to enter into tantric sexuality, but the keys are going slow, following what feels good, focusing on sensation and your partner, and letting go of preconceptions or any kind of agenda or end result. Your job is simply to feel and connect, to give and receive. And move your bodies in ways (and positions) that feel good.

You can begin clothed or naked. Tune into your breath and that of your partner. There’s no right or wrong way to touch but aim to disrupt your normal sex routine by trying something different, something less hurried, less geared toward orgasm or sexual intercourse. Instead, try sitting opposite each other and simply looking in your partner’s eyes. Then, slowly begin to touch each other’s bodies. Or give each other massages or pick body parts to focus on and touch each other simultaneously—or take turns. Sit on each other’s laps or get into any other position that allows you to experiment with touch, motion, breath, and connection.

Tantric sex is meditative, which essentially means to be in the present moment. So, banish thoughts of what you’ll be doing later or worries you have about this or that. Banish any judgment of what you like or don’t or how your body looks or feels. Instead, think about what your body wants and feels. Notice how different touches make you feel and be responsive to your partner’s reactions, too.

Experiment with using synchronized breathing as you look at each other and/or touch each other’s bodies. Use a variety of touches, such as long, slow strokes, gentle taps, squeezes, or holds, varying the pressure, speed, and motions you use. Aim to start away from the sex organs. Touch the whole body before slowly making your way to the genital areas. You can incorporate kissing, oral sex, and/or sexual intercourse whenever you like. However, again, keep things moving slowly with a focus on being mindful and present, which can heighten your pleasure and connection to your partner. Aim to continue eye contact and rhythmic breathing as much as possible. Your session ends when you both feel ready to stop, which might be after 30 minutes or after a few hours. It’s all up to you and what feels right.

Tips for Beginners

It can help to talk with your tantric sex partner ahead of time about what you’d like to explore together. Discuss your acceptance of each other’s bodies and desires, as well as the assurance that saying no to anything that doesn’t feel good is just as welcomed as saying yes to something new. 

To get your ideas flowing (and maybe help you get in the mood), consider reading sex quotes or sex poems together and/or listening to music you find sexy. And talk about your desires, past sexual encounters, feelings for each other, and what you hope doing tantric sex together may bring to your relationship.

Remember, you may feel awkward at first as you begin exploring spiritual yoga. Know that with practice, you will enhance your tantric sex skills as well as your awareness of your sexual energy and spirituality. 

Let yourself laugh, play, and take pleasure. Aim to let go of any negative feelings and/or share them with your partner. Take the opportunity to dive into honesty and exploration together and with yourself. Relish in the sensations your body is capable of and in the loving embrace of your lover.


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