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Fighting and finances: Airing dirty laundry

I came across an article this past week that spoke to me and pointed out something to me that I hadn’t considered. I’ve always known that my disdain for money was linked to growing up as a working-class kid with … Continue reading

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Counterintuitive Protection: A “child’s” perspective

“She wanted to kill me. What did I do? I was only a child, an infant at that, merely eight months old! Did I cry too loudly or too often? How could the thought enter her mind?! How could she actually pull out a knife? She’s … Continue reading

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My Patna’

I was fortunate enough to grow up in a loving household. I was even more fortunate to grow up with my paternal grandmother in that loving household – Ethel (her friends called her Peggy) Ouellette. Her maiden name was Williams … Continue reading

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Kids say the darndest things: Talking to myself

In May 2004, I attended a conference in Maryland. At the time, I was working in San Antonio, TX, and my mother had just gone through two surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation to treat breast cancer. She’s been in remission now … Continue reading

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Where I’m from

From 3/31 poetry workshop. We were asked to emulate a particular poem. As a “military brat” who moved every 4-5 years, this was the result: Where I’m from, the white sands look like snow on the sunniest of days – the … Continue reading

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Right Guard and Peppermint

From 3/31/2012. I wrote this at a poetry workshop after being asked to think about the place where I am the happiest. I was writing while sobbing. I miss my grandma so deeply and completely and, recently, this emptiness described … Continue reading

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Life Blooms in Transformative Directions

(Adult Content) I connected with Life Bloom Services International while at a conference at Kenyatta University in Nairobi the end of July 2011. There I met Catherine Wanjohi, the executive director and founder of LBSI, where she gave a presentation … Continue reading

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How the American Dream got us into deep…

In May 2011, Mike Rowe provided testimony to the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. His testimony can be viewed here and can be read here. (For those who do not know, Mike Rowe is the host for Dirty … Continue reading

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“A letter to my son”

(I wish to someday have children and should one of them be a boy, this is what I would want for him. However, I have worked with many young men who I have treated in a similar fashion, so this … Continue reading

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If all dogs go to heaven

For Nika If all dogs go to heaven, I imagine it like this for you:

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