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    No Comparison

    As a young girl I lived in a home with an older sister that was seen as perfect. I was always compared to her. I constantly heard my mother ask, “Why can’t you be more like your sister?” As a young girl I hung my head and felt bad about myself because I was nothing like her. [...]

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    Swimming Against the Tide

    Growing up in an extended family home which contained several tormenting brothers, an older sister who was fearfully submissive, an insecure aunt, an overly-critical grandmother, several cousins who loved to taunt, and parents who appeared to be full of hatred, created a very angry, rebellious teenager, me. As a quiet, timid young person, I had a very hard time living in the shadows [...]

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    Can’t Beat Them, Can’t Join Them

    Growing up as multi-cultral and multi-racial female was never something that was a great issue for me because to be honest, I never really noticed a difference until I became an adult. As an adult I see the division between the sexes, the races, and the religions that are all supposed to be loving the same God, and [...]

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    Fix It First

    I was invited over for breakfast to do some catching up with an old acquaintance of mine. I sat in her kitchen, observing her yelling at her three-year-old son who kept playing under the table as she attempted to cook, all while drinking glass after glass of vodka and orange juice, chain-smoking cigarettes and doing a few lines of cocaine. I [...]

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    Stand

    In the past, I have been in a relationship with someone who decided he wanted to change every bit of me and like an obedient child, I would comply. Eventually, he would do something unkind and every part of me which had been suppressed would viciously rage out against everything to do with him and the changes I allowed him to [...]

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    Find the Lesson in the Mess

    Today, everything was bad. No matter what I did it turned out badly and to top it off, I was accused of doing something I would never do which caused me to lose a friend. The only thing I could do was remember one of my favorite quotes: “Whenever anything negative happens to you, there is [...]

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    The Right Angle

    I was having a talk with a friend about divorce. He was so angry about the way his marriage ended. He did a lot of blaming and yelling; his heart was so full of anger. I sat and quietly listened to him feed his own anger with hatred over a divorce that had occurred over ten [...]

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    Hang in There

    You ever have one of those days where everything you do goes wrong? About two days ago I had a day like that. I woke up, swung my legs off the side of the bed, went to stand up, and my legs gave out from under me. I was half awake, but my legs were still [...]

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    Express Yourself

    Today I was talking to a lady who was complaining about everything. Her first complaint was that I was too happy to help her, I have to say I was not sure what the correct response should be to that. Then she continued: she complained about being helped right away instead of having to wait. She complained [...]

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    What’s Going On?

    Have you noticed that people seem a lot more angry than they used to be? I have noticed people are snapping at each other, yelling at each other in the store, screaming at their children, whining and complaining about little things etc. I’m not sure what the heck is going on, but it needs to stop. “Humanity [...]

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No Comparison

As a young girl I lived in a home with an older sister that was seen as perfect. I was always compared to her. I constantly heard my mother ask, “Why can’t you be more like your sister?” As a young girl I hung my head and felt bad about myself because I was nothing like her. [...]

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Swimming Against the Tide

Growing up in an extended family home which contained several tormenting brothers, an older sister who was fearfully submissive, an insecure aunt, an overly-critical grandmother, several cousins who loved to taunt, and parents who appeared to be full of hatred, created a very angry, rebellious teenager, me. As a quiet, timid young person, I had a very hard time living in the shadows [...]

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Can’t Beat Them, Can’t Join Them

Growing up as multi-cultral and multi-racial female was never something that was a great issue for me because to be honest, I never really noticed a difference until I became an adult. As an adult I see the division between the sexes, the races, and the religions that are all supposed to be loving the same God, and [...]

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No Comparison

Posted by u.m.artson May 8, 2012

As a young girl I lived in a home with an older sister that was seen as perfect. I was always compared to her. I constantly heard my mother ask, “Why can’t you be more like your sister?” As a young girl I hung my head and felt bad about myself because I was nothing like her. [...]

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Swimming Against the Tide

Posted by u.m.artson April 27, 2012

Growing up in an extended family home which contained several tormenting brothers, an older sister who was fearfully submissive, an insecure aunt, an overly-critical grandmother, several cousins who loved to taunt, and parents who appeared to be full of hatred, created a very angry, rebellious teenager, me. As a quiet, timid young person, I had a very hard time living in the shadows [...]

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Can’t Beat Them, Can’t Join Them

Posted by u.m.artson April 16, 2012

Growing up as multi-cultral and multi-racial female was never something that was a great issue for me because to be honest, I never really noticed a difference until I became an adult. As an adult I see the division between the sexes, the races, and the religions that are all supposed to be loving the same God, and [...]

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Fix It First

Posted by u.m.artson April 16, 2012

I was invited over for breakfast to do some catching up with an old acquaintance of mine. I sat in her kitchen, observing her yelling at her three-year-old son who kept playing under the table as she attempted to cook, all while drinking glass after glass of vodka and orange juice, chain-smoking cigarettes and doing a few lines of cocaine. I [...]

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Stand

Posted by u.m.artson April 15, 2012

In the past, I have been in a relationship with someone who decided he wanted to change every bit of me and like an obedient child, I would comply. Eventually, he would do something unkind and every part of me which had been suppressed would viciously rage out against everything to do with him and the changes I allowed him to [...]

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Find the Lesson in the Mess

Posted by u.m.artson April 14, 2012

Today, everything was bad. No matter what I did it turned out badly and to top it off, I was accused of doing something I would never do which caused me to lose a friend. The only thing I could do was remember one of my favorite quotes: “Whenever anything negative happens to you, there is [...]

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The Right Angle

Posted by u.m.artson April 9, 2012

I was having a talk with a friend about divorce. He was so angry about the way his marriage ended. He did a lot of blaming and yelling; his heart was so full of anger. I sat and quietly listened to him feed his own anger with hatred over a divorce that had occurred over ten [...]

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Hang in There

Posted by u.m.artson April 8, 2012

You ever have one of those days where everything you do goes wrong? About two days ago I had a day like that. I woke up, swung my legs off the side of the bed, went to stand up, and my legs gave out from under me. I was half awake, but my legs were still [...]

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Express Yourself

Posted by u.m.artson April 7, 2012

Today I was talking to a lady who was complaining about everything. Her first complaint was that I was too happy to help her, I have to say I was not sure what the correct response should be to that. Then she continued: she complained about being helped right away instead of having to wait. She complained [...]

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What’s Going On?

Posted by u.m.artson April 4, 2012

Have you noticed that people seem a lot more angry than they used to be? I have noticed people are snapping at each other, yelling at each other in the store, screaming at their children, whining and complaining about little things etc. I’m not sure what the heck is going on, but it needs to stop. “Humanity [...]

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