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Wake Up People!

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I don’t know why I got a nudge to write about this page I saw on Facebook. It’s about a girl who was killed by a boyfriend, and everybody assumed the abuse she took was her fault. Until she turned up dead, that is. Honestly, I’m trying…

Or: It’s a major pain in the pa-tootie to thread a serger

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A couple weeks ago I put the finishing touches on some of my dolls. Meaning, I made their shoes. I don’t know why I finish with the shoes. I’ve always lived by the motto, “Save the best for…

Oh my!

From the author’s files

A few weeks ago, I glanced across the room at my craft table piled high with fabric, scissors, patterns and thread. I’ve been sitting at the sewing machine ever since, happily immersed in my latest creative endeavor. But my writing muse has forcefully reminded me that I’m ignoring him, and…

It’s healing, they say

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I’ve looked back with interest at my experience here on Medium. I’ve written some nostalgic pieces, and a little humor. But mainly I’ve talked about past experience with abuse, and resulting frustrations in everyday life. In other words, I’ve been recording my healing journey. I don’t…

Ex Number Two got in on the act

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As I said in a previous article, Mr. Google told me my brother had died. Finding out this way was actually very refreshing. When my father died four years ago, my mother threw a monster blow-out of a pity party. …

I don’t think they’d understand

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A couple months ago I glanced down at the little calendar at the bottom of my computer screen and realized that it would have been my grandmother’s birthday. I let my mind roll back to memories of her funeral — driving two hundred miles with…

It Multiplies

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Slowly and carefully, I lowered my very pregnant self into the kitchen chair nearest the window. Allison, my best friend, set a mug of hot chocolate in front of me, then gently massaged my shoulders.

I had come to enjoy this Saturday morning routine we had fallen into…

One Thing that Happens After Abuse from a Sociopathic Mother

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I’ve made no secret of that fact that I see a clinical psychologist. Every. Single. Week. I’ve kept up this routine for much longer than I’d care to admit, with no end in sight. I justify it by saying that…

Must Love Counted Cross-Stitch

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I’ve heard the advice that one should compile a list of non-negotiable qualities to look for in a potential life partner. …

An Almost-Forgotten Memory

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I copy/pasted this story from my blog Freedom From Earthstains, originally written on 27 April 2018, but I wanted to share it here. Oh, and I’ve used original names.

Way back in the 1960’s, from second to fourth grade, I attended Mary Calcott Elementary School in Norfolk…

AJ Wood

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