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My Secret Relationship with Suicide

My secret relationship with suicide started as a child. I remember being little, like before starting school little, and praying to start life over. I would make little bargains in my head promising to be better if I could just have a different life. The reasons for that are not important, but it was the […]

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How Christmas Changes Along with the Tree

I would like to say that is was some earth-shattering change such as discovering that artificial trees are better for the environment or that someone in the family was allergic to the Christmas tree that caused us to consider changing our Christmas tree tradition. But, it was nothing so monumental. It was the simple fact […]

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These Lines Across My Face Tell the Story

Many years ago, Brandi Carlile wrote and sang a song called ‘The Story.’ The song is an internal monologue of a woman singing about who everyone thinks she is versus who she actually is. This song speaks to me. See, all the lines across my face and scars on my body tell the story of […]

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I Just Blinked

Time seems to pass in the blink of an eye. I listened to an interview with Barry Gibb the other day — the handsome Gibb brother from the BeeGees. Yes, I know, some of you have probably never heard of the BeeGees. He sounded old, which made me feel old, and I wondered where the […]

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