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    The latest statistics show that one in 68 children in America has autism. But as the world shifts into gear for Autism Awareness Month -- or as some call it, Autism Acceptance Month -- we can't help but be reminded that despite the growing number of children being diagnosed with the spectrum disorder, the way these kids are treated is changing too.

    Parents may not know what "causes" autism, but more parents than ever have become vocal advocates for their children. And so it seems fitting that as we don blue clothing and plaster everything in sight with puzzle pieces, we also look at some quotes that celebrate the children and adults with what Autism Speaks terms the "fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S." as well as the parents who are at their side every step of the way.

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    Not too long ago, I turned 40...

    I was telling a friend that I'd be willing to trade in my Gen X status for that of a 30-year-old hipster who wears black-rimmed glasses (for statement, not vision, purposes). Then, I'd never have to admit that I spent the Saturday nights of my childhood hoping beyond hope that Charo would be the surprise guest on The Love Boat or that somehow, Shari and Lambchop would find themselves in an eerie episode of Fantasy Island where Shari was the puppet. (What, I'm the only one who wished for that story line? I think not.)

    No, I wouldn't know a lot of things like, the pain of seeing Chachi marry Joanie or the name of my first Cabbage Patch Kid or the "awesome" effects of Sun-In, had I not been a poster child for Generation X. Things like this:

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    Of all the holidays, St. Patrick's Day may be one of my favorites. I'm not Irish, but does that really matter? Everyone is Irish on March 17! And everyone gets to have a good time! It's the one big holiday when you don't have to go shopping for presents or do any hardcore baking, and you can all still have a hearty celebration. 

    Really want to get in the spirit of St. Patrick's Day? How about some Irish toasts and sayings to get you in the mood?

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    March 15 is a big day at The Stir! It's the day we turn 4 years old! (It's our birthday! It's our birthday!) Thanks to all of you, we've grown so much over the past year. And with you, we've LOL'd, OMG'd, and WOW'd over everything that's been going on in the world and at home -- from the new Pope to the Royal Baby to our own babies. You've been with us every step of the way, telling us exactly what you think of us. The Good, the bad, and yes, the ugly. We wouldn't have it any other way.

    So like last year, when we celebrated our third birthday by recounting our most memorable reader comments, our writers are once again sharing their most favorite interesting comments. Enjoy!

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    Ah, Valentine's Day ... the one time of the year it's almost required to get good and sappy. The holiday may have a bad rap, but I'll admit I love all the mush and gush that comes out on February 14. There's nothing sweeter than someone whispering sweet nothings in their lover's ear, is there? Well, maybe someone trying to find just the right love quote to express what's hidden in their heart?

    In honor of the sweetest holiday there is, how about some romantic quotes straight out of the lovey-doviest of movies to really get you in the spirit?

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    Inspirational quotes can really be a great balm when it comes to our love lives. Their soothing words, very often so artfully phrased, can help us re-center ourselves and remind us to focus on the little things that really matter. They can help us remember that love isn't something we chase after, it's something that finds us. They can also makes us laugh at not just ourselves, but the world. They can also be giant, ridiculous lies.

    Sometimes it's hard to tell which quotes are helpful and which are actually just nonsensical prattle that do more harm than good. We've taken 5 popular quotes about love that are TOTALLY bogus -- even though they might not appear that way at first. That's right, we're being Valentine's Day bummers, because in the immortal words of The J. Geils Band, sometimes love stinks.

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    The Olympics have grabbed much of the headlines of late, but did you know this month marks the 38th year since President Gerald Ford officially declared February National African American History Month? More commonly known as Black History Month, this is the time of year when we look back on men and women who have striven to make this country what it is now and what it still could be.

    This year, the theme of Black History Month is Civil Rights in America, a look at the people who worked to bring equality to all -- from Frederick Douglass to Sojourner Truth, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Malcolm X. And what better way to get to know their stories than through some of the quotes that have endured as a portion of their legacy?

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    For years now, the morning routine for my family has been the same. We wake up, we run around like chickens missing their proverbial heads, then we head outside to wait for the bus. As my daughter climbs aboard, I always yell out the same old thing about having a good day and how much I love her.

    I guess you could call it tradition, but I have to be honest, I never really thought about what it was she should be hearing as her last words from me before starting the day. Never, that is, until a few weeks ago, when a friend threw out an informal Facebook poll on what it is parents say to their kids to motivate them in the morning before school

    Some of the answers were just as lame as my own (hey, I can admit it), but others were so motivational they made ME want to be better at this whole "greeting the day" thing.

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    Today marks Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the one day of the year we stop to remember a great man who worked not only to change America but to change the world. If it weren't for his assassination in 1968, the Civil Rights leader would have turned 85 this month (his birthday is technically January 15, but today marks the third Monday). And no doubt he would still be speaking out against injustice.

    For it is his speeches that are among the doctor's greatest legacy to the world. He spoke of change, of peace, of tolerance. It seems only fitting that as we mark his birthday, we look at the most inspiring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. quotes.

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    OMG. If you haven't yet heard about the stay-at-home-dad who leaves Post-it notes around the house in an effort to document his day-to-day life with the kiddos, you're totally missing out. This is some funny shit, people. I just don't understand why I didn't think of doing something like this myself back when my son was a toddler.

    Oh, and this guy doesn't simply stop at writing out the Post-its. Nope. Chris Illuminati posts photos of them over on his Tumblr page -- and to say the notes are good for a few laughs is one very big understatement.

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