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Anon: Empty

Empty Dark shadows crawl on my face As I lay still. Waiting for it to be over. I’m frozen. Covered in your sweat. I’m alone. I wait with closed eyes. Everything is painful that shouldn’t be. The breathing in my ear is demon like. The touch to my cheek is vengeful. Everything exaggerated. I hide …

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Susan: On Doing What Makes You Happy

My daughter asks me to paint things all the time. Sometimes it’s a unicorn, sometimes a princess, sometimes a dragon and very often it’s Ariel.  I am not an “artist” but it’s fun to paint. I do it because it makes me calm, it makes her happy and it gives us something to talk about. …

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Megan: On Loss

Be humble, for you are made of earth… My cousin’s 9-year old daughter passed away earlier this year. After her brain tumour was discovered, she lived for 402 days. Though I don’t know all of the specifics of the type of tumour she had, what I do know is that 402 days wasn’t enough time …

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Larry: On Being 62

I’m 62 but, I like to think I continue to maintain relevance in the world. There are some things I really like about the way things are now, like all the technology and the wonderful miracles around us. I’m still in awe of the things we can do with a flick of the wrist or …

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Carla: On Leaving Seattle

    Dear Seattle,I never thought this day would come. After five years of fun, risky, wonderful, and life changing adventures, the time has come to bid you farewell. It seems like only yesterday I was telling my friends and family in Texas that I was finally going to take the leap of faith and …

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Susan: On Sharing My Culture

Hey, it’s the puppeteer herself here. How’s things? Good? I hope so. Thanks to everyone for sharing their stories in the past six months and thanks to you all for reading them. This site is run by you all iand I will post what you send me when you send it to me. Sometimes there …

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Therese: On Making a Change

Change. We long for it. Whether it’s better health, a new job, a new home, a new car, a new _______, something different, something better, we are moving toward it every day. Sometimes in big ways, sometimes with small steps. There is a flip side to this. We also dread change. To leave that which …

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Anon: On Being the Adoptive Mother

You know one, or know someone who knows one, or you are one. An adoptive Mom. For whatever reason, the child that calls them or you Mom came from another woman’s uterus. I am an adoptive mom. For reasons too complex to delve into here and now, my husband and I chose adoption as a …

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Erica: On Giving Up on the Corporate Ladder

The female voice on my voicemail this afternoon greeted me so enthusiastically I thought she might be outside of my apartment with flowers: Hi, Erica! My name is Something from Something Recruiting, and I am looking at your amazing resume! I really love your background and skills, and I know we can work together! I …