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Want to Live to 102? Here’s How.

If you want to live to the ripe age of 102, just follow my grandmother’s lead.

Gommy, my grandmother, made that milestone by leading a stress-free life.

My grandmother even managed to snag a boyfriend in his nineties in her final years. In their nurs…

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Girl Football Sensation Sam Gordon Returns To The Gridiron; Watch Her Get Ready (VIDEO)

Look out, boys. Sam Gordon is back.

Sam, the girl football sensation who skipped last year to focus on soccer, will return this season to play youth tackle football, her dad said. Tryouts begin July 28.

“She is super excited to play,” Brent Gordon told The Huffington Post.

In the video above, Sam recently attended the University of Michigan’s football camp to prepare, showing off her speed and agility. She is entering sixth grade and now stands 4-foot-2 and weighs 70 pounds.

Sam, who’s from South Jordan in the Salt Lake City area, became a celebrity in 2012 when her dad posted a highlight reel of her dominating the boys on YouTube. That season as a fourth-grader, she rushed for 1,911 yards and 35 touchdowns for the Herriman District team in the Ute Conference.

The Internet exposure led to talk show appearances, the cover of a Wheaties box and an invitation from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to attend the Super Bowl as his guest.

Last fall, Sam hung up her shoulder pads to focus on qualifying for a high-level spot in the sport she played before football.

“She made the state soccer Olympic Development Program and feels good about where she is at in soccer so she is going to play football again this year,” her dad told HuffPost. Asked if Sam worried about getting injured in football, Brent Gordon replied, “Sam always says, ‘If they can’t catch me, they can’t hurt me!’ ”

Here’s the 2012 highlight reel of Sam that caused all the fuss:

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The Healing Power of a Mother’s Love

One day while working-out at the gym, I felt some discomfort in my left arm followed by a sharp pain. The next thing I knew, I was looking up at paramedics in an ambulance and the sound of a siren! I had suffered my first heart attack. I underwent a co…

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Strangers Find Fallen Marine’s Tribute Flag At Flea Market, Return It To His Grieving Mom

Thanks to the thoughtfulness of two strangers and a wonderful stroke of luck, a grieving mother will be getting a special gift: a tribute to her Marine son, almost a decade after his death.

A few weeks ago, Patsy Maciel, who lives in Houston, Texas, says she got a strange message on Facebook. It was from a couple she didn’t know who said they had something to give her. It was a tribute flag, they explained, covered in handwritten messages of gratitude and remembrance, all for her son Fred.

Fred Maciel died in January 2005. He and 30 other troops were killed in a helicopter crash near Fallujah, Iraq. He was 20 years old.

After his death, his mom had received his personal effects. “His blue suits. Combat boots. He collected these little spoons,” Patsy, wearing a T-shirt with her son’s photograph on it, told local outlet KHOU 11 News. But she had never seen this tribute flag; in fact, she hadn’t even known it existed.

A few weeks ago, Lanie and Walter Brown happened to be at a flea market in Hemphill, about 170 miles away from Houston, when they spotted the tribute flag tucked away in a corner.

They didn’t know who Fred Maciel was or how the flag had ended up there, but they knew that they had found something extraordinary.

“We realized it was a flag intended for a fallen Marine,” Lanie told Houston’s KPRC-TV of the find. “We knew we had to take it home with us.”

The Browns paid $5 for the flag. (Lanie told KPRC they got it cheap because it had writing on it.) When they got home, they scoured the Internet to find Fred’s family.

The couple said they were especially desperate to get the flag to its rightful home because they felt a connection with the Maciels. Lanie and Walter’s son and son-in-law are both Marines, and Walter is a former Marine.

“When you’re a Marine mom or Marine dad, all other Marine moms and dads are your brothers and sisters, and all Marine kids are your kids, too,” Lanie told the news outlet.

The Browns have since connected with Patsy Maciel, The Associated Press reports, and the trio are planning to meet Saturday at Fred’s grave, where the couple will hand over the flag. Maciel says she can’t wait to read the messages to her son and says she’s so grateful to the Browns for this priceless gift.

“It is kind of like a piece of my son. It sounds crazy but that is a piece of my son coming back to me and I love them for that,” she told KHOU.

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Meriam Ibrahim, Woman Freed From Sudan, Announces Plans To Settle In New Hampshire

ROME (RNS) Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian who was flown to Rome after her death sentence was overturned, is now dreaming of building a future in the U.S.

“We will begin a new life,” Ibrahim told Antonella Napoli, head of Italians for Darfur, according to the daily La Repubblica.

“My husband, a chemist, lost his job because of my event. Now we will go to New Hampshire where my brother-in-law Gabriel lives. They will help us. We will be all together as a true family.”

Ibrahim, 27, was spared a death sentence for apostasy and then barred from leaving Sudan.

She was flown to Rome in secret by the Italian government on Thursday (July 24) with husband Daniel Wani, her 20-month-old son Martin, and daughter Maya, who was born in a Khartoum prison two months ago.

Wani has joint Sudanese-American citizenship and the family is expected to fly to the U.S. in the coming days.

Within hours of landing in Italy, Ibrahim and her family met with Pope Francis, who thanked her for her courage and staying true to her faith despite the threat of execution.

“I never believed I would fulfill my lifelong dream — to meet the pope,” Ibrahim reportedly said. “I have always wanted and only wanted my faith. The love of my husband is a gift from God.”

Ibrahim had been trapped in Sudan after her release from prison, where she had been awaiting execution for refusing to renounce Christianity. Even though she has been a Christian her entire life, Sudan considers her a Muslim because her father is Muslim.

She gave birth in chains to Maya in a Khartoum jail cell in May after her father claimed she had abandoned Islam and committed adultery with her Christian husband, as mixed-faith marriages are considered illegal.

“When I was asked to renounce my Christian faith, I knew what I was risking. But I did not want to renounce it,” Ibrahim told La Repubblica.

The Italian foreign ministry said Ibrahim was not available for media interviews; Napoli spoke to her via telephone.

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