Love and Tattered Spines

I met the love of my life in a bookstore. Though plain to most who would look her over, the depth of wisdom within her brought a beauty to her homely visage. She is quiet, yet brilliant. Once you peel the layers away, you learn of the trauma she survived in her youth. The scarring […]

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Leap Day 2020 at Cannon Beach, Oregon

Somehow, this Leap Year felt a little more frenzied than usual as media outlets ran wild with every fun fact trivia it could come up with. In all of the hubbub around a date that comes literally every 4 years, the beach sounded like a much more relaxing, ideal place to focus my energies. Take […]

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Focusing on the Good and Picking Up The Pen Again

Dear Diary, It has been far too long since I last wrote within your pages and so, with classic obligation, I am here to update you on what has been going on in my life beyond the anxiety and depression I have spent the last two years discovering, researching, and working to understand. The best […]

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MIA: Me

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything creative, anything beyond work manuals and emails. Perhaps a haiku here and there, but the passion I once felt for it – the feeling that it was the most natural thing in the world to do… has left me. There was a time in my life where […]

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Mirrored Images

To begin, I want to give a loving, sincere shout out to all the parents (in every shape, age, and form) who work diligently to ensure the mental and emotional health of their children and the children around them. You are warriors against an established community-thought of how we are supposed to look, supposed to […]

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Fear and the White Nothingness

That moment when you’ve reached the end of your comfort zone and it’s like the edge of a cliff.   You peer over that edge and there seems to be nothing there, just a blank White Nothingness.   No safety net. No bridge. Nothing.   And you’re already anxious because to get to the edge […]

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Weathering the Storm

Recently, I set out on a new endeavor. To those who know me well, they won’t be surprised in the least by that first sentence. I have flights of fancy. It’s just in my nature. I’m a dreamer and very rarely do I follow through with many of my schemes, but I’m getting better. I’m […]

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But Why Now?

I am not a victim of rape.   I am a survivor.   If you’re curious, there is a big difference between the two:  A difference in mentality, understanding, and attitude. It’s the difference between mourning and understanding…denial and acceptance…anger and forgiveness.   No. I am not a victim. I am a survivor.   I’ve […]

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Doppelgänger

Some days back my friend shared a photo with me.  I didn’t understand at first why she had done so until her sister sharply pointed out: That’s you! The photo in question was of my friend’s sister’s friend’s grandmother… you follow that? In 1940.     The gal in question is the total babe on […]

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Dining Out in Cartlandia

She asked me if I wanted to go to a food cart. It was over text message so I thought she might have been auto-corrected and was actually saying “go-karts” which was still weird, actually. I was confused. Terribly, terribly confused. When I asked her about it, I think I broke a piece of her […]

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