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100 Questions: 11-20

11. What did your father teach you? What it’s like for a relationship to break beyond repair. 12. What did your mother teach you? To not build my life from what everyone expects of me, from what I think I … Continue reading

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100 Questions/ 1-10

1. What’s the toughest decision you made today? To keep going to the best of my abilities, to do the best I can for myself, to live as well as I am able to, despite the things in my life … Continue reading

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It’s Been a Long Week

via T.G.I.F.: It’s been a long week — Live & Learn

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How We Got Here – Tracing the Family Tree

I’m currently digging into family history, building the tree with all the information I have, research other family members have done and lots of questions. A few things I know already: I come from a long line of farmers, on … Continue reading

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Boxing Day – Emotional Sparring To Boot.

I went today to meet someone I’d met on my writing course for a cup of coffee, and boy do I wish I hadn’t. Coffee and a nice chat? No Sir. I was treated to a bells-and-whistles-offload of emotional luggage. … Continue reading

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God, Hear My Prayer

I got a letter from my father today. Instant dread sinking into me when I noticed the handwriting on the envelope. Could be my grandma, could be him. Very similar style. I closed my room door behind me to open it, … Continue reading

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Making Mistakes

Some people, like me, shudder inwardly at the thought of making mistakes. Some people shrug their shoulders, and the thought doesn’t really trouble them. Since I’ve been really anxious in the last days about a mistake I made at work … Continue reading

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Momentous Change

Suddenly, the door is wide open. And I feel like I have a home again. A mother.  It is an unusual moment of positive change happening that feels so enormous that it takes time to be processed and ‘digested’. I … Continue reading

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Finding Words to Respond [Tell It Like It Is]

Trigger warning: mention of child abuse Today I give thanks for having been able to send an honest email to my mother, in reply to her trying to use my little niece’s start of school this summer to guilt-trip me into … Continue reading

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Whale Rider

I came across this film by chance, and it’s an amazing discovery. The storytelling has such great depth, the acting is memorable throughout and most likely you’ve never seen any of the actors on screen before. The film is all about identity and leadership, about … Continue reading

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