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Relentlessly Brainwashed

Therapy has been very productive lately. I am connecting with my new therapist Carol and she is very well versed with PTSD patients. My therapy sessions are weekly, and I feel Carol now has a good sense of who I … Continue reading

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“They” Will Rape You

Yesterday I was visiting with two of my friends from India that are currently living in Oregon. They are both very educated and come from the highest level of castes in India. I am so intrigued by their culture, and … Continue reading

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Jodi Arias, A Wooden Spoon, and My Mother

The last couple weeks have been once again busy and crazy.Our daughter had a serious car accident and we have a new house guest from India. During the chaos, I fell behind on writing and my routine which includes OCD … Continue reading

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The House Fire I Survived and Why It Forever Ruined Christmas for Me

The holiday season has always been difficult for me, even as a child, and especially since the Christmas of 1976, when I was 15 years old. But after having children of my own, I always made sure they had a very … Continue reading

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My Most Vivid and Haunting Memory of My Mother

My mom’s hobby was sewing, and she would always sew with a pattern. She had cases of patterns and a large, custom-made sewing center in her sewing room in our basement. When I was about 10 or 11 years old, … Continue reading

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I Don’t Want Stuff. I Want PEACE.

Ronnie and I will be leaving Oregon and moving to “our peaceful place” in the near future. Wanting to be proactive, I decided a few months ago to start going through storage containers and file cabinets — beginning with the … Continue reading

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My Father, the Superhero

Last night, my husband and a friend were watching the movie The Avengers in our home. As I sat down to join them, Iron Man was flying toward the sky with a nuclear warhead in his arms, risking his own … Continue reading

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