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acceptance, addiction, adolescence, balanced life, beauty, blessings, contentment, crying, death, depression, freedom, guest post, kids, life is good, living for real, past, real life, some things you keep, suicide / 27.01.2016

  Writer Shawn Smucker has a series on his blog called "Letters To Those We've Lost" where he features letters from guests. Some of the letters were so powerful and beautiful, I decided to write my own. Sometimes writing a few paragraphs takes me hours, but this letter took about 15 minutes to come out of me. I guess I was ready to say it!   Dear Mom,   The last time I spoke to you was from the phone in Jeff’s apartment. I loved hanging out there with him, my big brother. I called to tell you...

addiction, death, some things you keep, suicide / 30.10.2015

(a story from Some Things You Keep) It was a Thursday morning. I went to work for my first day at a temporary job in an extremely unorganized office. File folders littered the floor and were stacked on top of desks and cabinets.   I was stashed in a room with three desks. Two were taken by a man and a woman who had seemingly, judging from all their gossip and inside jokes, worked together for years in that stifling office. They gave me a three-minute tutorial on how to manually...

addiction, anxiety, crying, pain, past, thirst / 11.10.2015

  Take and eat. This is my body, broken for you.   My head is exploding in pain. Day two.   Could be I need an updated prescription for my glasses. Or I eat too much sugar and processed food. Or I have neglected exercise for days. Or I am carrying too much tension in my shoulders and neck. Or I have consumed excessive amounts of caffeine.   When you’re the picture of health as I am, it’s hard to pinpoint a cause of the migraine.   Whatever the origin, the fact is: my head hurts. Sleep...

addiction, crying, death, disappointment, fear, friendship, pain, repost, run / 08.07.2015

This post was first published on July 9, 2014. I am reposting in memory and honor of those involved. The accident happened one year ago today. I hate this day A best friend of a close friend’s daughter died suddenly yesterday in a ridiculous accident near our house that was not her fault. I haven’t stopped shaking since I heard the news and I didn’t even know the girl. My heart is broken for my young friend.   High school graduation was less than a month ago. Now a life of one...

addiction, adolescence, depression, fear, kids, pain, parenting, past / 15.10.2014

I am obsessed with the song Chandelier by Sia. My first listen was when my 13-year-old showed me the video. A captivating dance accompanies the song. A still-curveless, 11-year-old girl wearing a skin-colored leotard is shocking as she spins and flips through a dirty, gray apartment. Her flawless moves are at times graceful and at other times purposefully disconcerting. She portrays someone who is clearly mentally unbalanced. She is alone and confused, which is the perfect fit for the solitary, ashen setting. Striking. Disturbing. Sad. Hollow. But it’s so...