Queen E_HTRA596_VV074_H.JPGPrincess Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth II) gazes down at her firstborn child, Prince Charles (Prince of Wales) lying in his cradle.

There once was a queen who gave birth to a prince. She sang to him, rocked him and cradled him, and thanked God for the miracle of him. She did everything for the little boy. Everything, that is, except close his lips and stand guard beside him through the night. It is from these beginnings that life's greatest successes and disappointments are foretold. And so goes the tale of how a queen took a child and made him old.

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lion and photographers

The lion is the most noble and graceful animal to walk our earth. His face is beautiful to admire. His powerful look comes from his powerful jaws. You would never question his ability to tear the flesh of prey. It is because the muscles and bones of the face have magnificently developed that, hush, the lion sleeps tonight.  

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interpreter, colonel, and elder Indians

Who would you guess in this picture does not sleep well? The interpreter? The colonel? One of the elder Indians? I surmise it's the person with a weak jaw, twisted spine, turned hip, and bent knee who stands unbalanced: the colonel. Bad posture equals bad sleep.

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girl playing the piano

Life is not a melody. Still, in this life, we choose the music we wish to play. The young girl's grace of posture is indescribably beautiful. Sitting is as natural as walking and it can be healing. Each time we sit, we have an opportunity to heal or harm. Which will you choose?

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New York subway tracks and tunnel

There are decisions you make alone. There are paths you take yourself. Look into the future and see the light that shines there. Let it burn you with the potential of tomorrow: if only you could see. Today I walk into the light and the knife of an MMA (maxillomandibular advancement).

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Geronimo's last buffalo

Thousands of men on horseback pursued him, but he was a spirit runner. He was reared to run while holding a mouthful of water. He ran tirelessly in a trance-like state under the searing desert heat. In this way, against all the odds, Geronimo and the last band of free Apaches fought, survived, and evaded capture for decades.

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The great escapist Harry Houdini made a pact with his wife: if contact after death was possible, the first one to die would send the other a message. For ten years after his death, she tried to get in touch with Houdini every Halloween but never received a reply. It's a bittersweet reminder that we live once, but if we do it right, once is enough.

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

There is a struggle in every human heart. Dr. Jekyll lost hold of his kind and decent self to the nasty and brutish Mr. Hyde. Realizing that one cannot separate good from evil, the doctor takes his own life to rid the darkness within him. There is a Hyde within all of us and how we endure him will define our lives.

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