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  • Christmas Times In The Washington Home

    Dear Mom, Dad, Brother & Sisters 
    I cherish every good time we had (And still have) together. But when December came around during my childhood, it was always an exciting time. I’ll never forget helping you all put up the Christmas trees. We always had a big tree in that trailer! It was a lot of fun looking at those beautiful Christmas lights in…read more

    Gerald
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  • A Mom and Music

    Dear Mom,

    I remember so much from growing up. The amount of memories are nearly endless. A few stuck out in particular. Because of you music always has had a special place in my life. It’s no surprise that one of my favorite memories has both music and you in it. It’s one I treasure even now that you’re not here anymore.

    I remember most that…read more

    Roger
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    • Roger, this is so sweet. Do you still ever play music? I think that could be so good for you. Music is incredibly healing and soothing. I wish I had the ability to play.

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      • Well the Tuba I played in concert band was a school owned instrument because they cost like 6 thousand dollars. I borrowed an instrument for jazz ensemble and my band director actually found some music that I played the tuba on for jazz ensemble too. After high school I turned to my voice as a means of being involved in music although I never was…read more

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  • My grandparents filled my heart with love.

    Dear Grandma Urdang and Grandpa Urdang,
    Growing up Mom and Dad took me almost every weekend to visit you in Greenich Village. We either drove into the city or in later years came down the palisade parkway to visit you on the very cool west 4 th street in the west village. You lived in a 100 year old nyc city historic landmark apartment…read more

    Shelley Brill
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    • Shelley,

      Hearing you say words in Yiddish last night brought out such a great memory. Years ago when I worked for the local newspaper I ate breakfast and some days lunch at local deli, Kravitz deli. The memories I have from there are endless. So much history was talked about there and a lot of people would say words I didn’t understand at the…read more

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  • My Favorite Childhood Memories

    Dear Mom and Dad,

    When I was a child, we went on trips to Disney World, Aruba, California, and Vermont. We went to zoos and parks and all sorts of places. I played soccer worldwide, as we traveled as far as Italy to compete. While each of those memories is special, one of my favorite memories growing up is a bit simpler.

    Every day from first…read more

    Lauren
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    • Lauren,

      Car rides are such a big thing for me. It is during a car ride where a lot of people see the person I am without all of the clouds blocking the way. The car holds for me one of the few places that I feel confident enough to show who I am at the ground level. Often confused for a concert hall, or a Broadway theater is my car. Singing songs…read more

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  • A simple compliment can go a long way

    When I first started my career as a pharmaceutical sales rep i was not very confident. I had just finished my masters in psychological counseling. But at the completion of that degree I decided to take a different route. Mu first position in pharmaceuticals was with Mead Johnson. You were my very first manager. As a pharmaceutical sales person it…read more

    Shelley
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  • A Compliment and a Career

    Dear Ralph,

    The first time I met you I was just a young foolish kid in the process of buying a ratty old Mercedes from your business partner. You loved Mercedes so we became friends instantly. Over the course of several years we would talk about the dream cars we had within the brand. It turned out that our dream cars were exactly the same…read more

    Roger
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    • Aww this so sweet. I am sure he is/was so proud of you. It’s amazing to me how one compliment can change the way we see ourselves and our purpose in the world. <3. thank you for sharing! -Lauren

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      • The other large impact he left on me was through his absolute honesty. Car salesman usually carry a bad reputation of saying anything to get a sale. Ralph never did that, in fact the biggest other sentiment I took into the sales career I have had was when he told me something so simple. “If you can’t sell it honestly, don’t sell it at all”, those…read more

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  • To my ninth-grade guidance counselor at Suffern High School

    To my ninth-grade guidance counselor,

    We met when I was 13 years old, a young freshman at Suffern High School. You were assigned to be my guidance counselor because my last name started with a “B.” The truth is, I don’t remember much about our interactions. Embarrassingly, I am not even sure of your name (I think your last name started with…read more

    Lauren Brill
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  • The First Car Enthusiast

    Dear Bertha,

    I remember the first time I read about your story. I had purchased a car that bore your last name upon it. The story I read that day left me amazed then and even more so now. What you would do as you blazed a trail into infamy is something I have longed to write about. That day is today.

    You saw the potential for the motor vehicle…read more

    Roger Chamberlain
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  • KitWriter shared a letter in the Group logo of To the people we loveTo the people we love group 4 weeks ago

    Alchemy

    what gives me strength? Incredible women and men who came before me and rescued the world.

    Alchemy

    Women and men walk in time before me, shining in their aged raiment
    as if the rain no longer falls, and the sun, newly emerged from clouds,
    is piercing through the late afternoon air.
    It gleams, reflected from their yellow slickers.

    Each one is…read more

    Kit Minden
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  • Jim shared a letter in the Group logo of To the people we loveTo the people we love group 1 month, 2 weeks ago

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    My buddy Pearlie

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  • One photo, infinite possibilities

    Dear Lauren,

    I remember the night I got to meet you. It was a cold December night. Early that day I had a surgical procedure on my left foot. After walking around most of the day even though I was told to go home and rest, I got to meet you at a restaurant called Townhall. It took me a moment to find you in the crowd but once I saw you I knew…read more

    Roger
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    • Dear Roger,
      What a sweet letter. I really appreciate your kind words toward Lauren. You have been a good friend in her life as well as a loyal, important part of The Unsealed. You are a special person who deserves only the best in life. I am sure you and Lauren will continue to support each other in the years to come.

      All the best,
      Shelley

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  • To my best friend, Tonia...

    Dear Tonia,

    At 14 years old, I played soccer for a premier travel team. Most of my teammates played on my age group’s Olympics Development Program team. However, I didn’t play ODP because I wanted to play lacrosse with my school friends in the spring. Thanks, in part, to that decision, the travel coach, who ran both teams, cut me. I was crushed…read more

    Lauren
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  • Faith and a wrench

    Dear Cyril,

    My earliest memories of you were watching you fix a friend’s car. You were known as the premier mechanic for European cars in the area. You were also respected by everyone in the area. I was instantly a big fan. You would become a great friend and mentor.

    I was started to realize you saw something in me when you started asking me t…read more

    Roger
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    • Roger, I’m glad that you had an angel to make you become a better you. They made a mark on you and now from reading your letter, they’ve also made a mark on me. You never find such bright souls in life that can truly leave a mark in this world. I’m glad that you got to know them and that they paved a way for your future.

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      • Kayjah,
        Thank you for the kind words. Cyril was the sweetest and soft spoken man I ever met. I remember seeing him drop a fairly heavy part on his foot and while I could tell it hurt, he didn’t even yell or curse. I fondly remembered my own Saab had a badly warped cylinder head. I could barely afford to pay him his fee since it was a major job. He…read more

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  • To the Woman I Aspire to be

    Good Morning Beautiful Soul,

    We are connected like sisters, I feel. Not blood, barely relatives, but still sisters. You and I met by chance but our paths were absolutely meant to cross. I met you while we were both in our darkest hour, different paths, similar darkness. You are someone who has poured into me from the moment you met me, as a big…read more

    AL Gonzalez
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    • I absolutely LOVE this. Knowing inside who we can become and who we want to become is so powerful. But the truth is it’s probably who you already are… just have to be disciplined to be that person every single day. Thank you for sharing this. Be proud of you. Be excited about the person you are continuing to become. Thank you for this…read more

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      • Lauren, Thank you so much for your kind words. Yes, you are completely right. However, Im really good at hiding me from me and people plleasing. This beautiful soul is teaching me, no inspiring and encouraging me to be true to me as a whole. Im learning I can give the world the real me with boundaries and unapologetically at that.
        XO,
        AL Gonzalez

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    • Amazing story. I don’t know if your letter is meant for a general audience or if it was coming from you meeting an actual person yourself. But the way you told it made me be in the same position that you are in. I have my sister who has been. Role model for me for literally my whole life. We have both shared dark past and came to an u…read more

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      • Kayjah, I am so grateful my piece resonate with you. This particular piece is to the woman in the picture. We are not blood related but we are 100% sisters. She fills me and inspires me daily! She has taught me truely so much more than words can articulate. I like to try and write pieces that will allow others to find inspiration and that resonate…read more

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    • Dear Al,
      What a beautiful, touching letter you wrote to your sister . You both sound like amazing people who I would like to meet. In these challenging times it is so important that we support one another. Woman to woman bonds are especially strong because we are nurturers by nature. So you give each other a double gift of love and…read more

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    • I absolutely loved reading your letter. The impact that she has had on your life is clear and inspiring. I personally have two sisters and while we are blood-related I saw many similarities in our relationships. I would not be the person that I am today without them. They are the first people I come to for advice or even just to talk to them…read more

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  • To my mentor:

    Katie,
    Many years ago, I knew I wanted to be a sports reporter. I grew up idolizing the stalwarts like Keith Jackson, James Brown, Jon Miller, et al. But I knew that just naming names wouldn’t even be close to enough.
    When you and I became close friends, you were among the first people to see fire and potential in me. You said it yourself w…read more

    Drew Zuhosky
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    • This is a very awesome piece Drew. Our dreams sometimes rely on just the right amount support at the right moment in time. It is great that you found that support and Katie and that she receives support back from you.

      While I don’t typically follow MMA sports I do read your articles, one in an attempt to understand the sport better, and two to…read more

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    • Drew I am glad that you have someone that supports you and became close friends with you through that support. Its always nice to have someone to help motivate you into being the best you there is. You can not find many people today that will be on the same level of friendship that you and Katie are on. The level of support and motivation you guys…read more

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  • Dear Unsealed Community

    This is a photo of me from a little more than 3 years ago.

    You can’t really see it but at this moment I was in a very dark place mentally. It was the day after my birthday and I had spent it alone as usual. No cake, no ice cream, no party and no gifts. It felt meaningless, because I already felt the extreme sadness this time of year always brings…read more

    Roger Marshal Chamberlain
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    • Roger,

      Man, thanks for sharing your story of your journey. I think we need to have a conversation sometime. I really believe I can help by sharing a little of my background and how my journey can help your future steps. Keep building that positive momentum you got going for you. If you wanna chat sometime well that’s what this community is all a…read more

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      • Jamie

        I definitely will reach out soon. The anniversary of that day continues to plague me every year. It took hold very strongly Friday night and it took a extremely long drive in a classic Volvo to bring me down from the emotional wreck I was.

        I ended up burning up about 80 bucks of gas that night but it was worthwhile. These days I no…read more

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    • Roger this letter made me cry. I am so glad that The Unsealed saved you. I am so glad that you found a community where you are able to share your own story because stories like yours and so many more can help someone who is going through the exact same thing. Thriving in a world is hard especially when you do not have anyone to talk to. The…read more

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  • Ms. Child

    Dear Ms. Child,

    When I came to your class, I was a timid kid who didn’t know what to expect from your English class. I thought it would be another class I needed to survive through to get to the next stage in my class journey. I’m so glad I was way off with my assumptions about you & your class.
    You were the starting point in making me teachers…read more

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    • Hi Gerald, I really enjoyed reading your letter to your teacher. Ms.Child seems like a wonderful teacher and the impact that she had on you is clear. I completely understand the feeling of needing to survive a class or just get through a subject until everything changes and you find a subject you are actually passionate about and this is always…read more

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      • Thank you, Morgan. I appreciate that. I’m glad you enjoyed the letter. Ms. Child was incredible! That’s awesome that English became the subject that you would love too. It’s incredible when everything just clicks for you. It’s a beautiful feeling. I hope you had a lot of great teachers that cared about you and your education too.

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    • Ms. Child seems like that teacher that everyone wanted to have in each grade type. I love when teachers take passion in what they do and care about the kids they teach. I am glad that you had a teacher that cared so much about you and wanted to see you succeed. We need more teachers like Ms. Child. I really love the chemistry Ms. Child and you had.

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      • Most definitely. If we had more teachers like Ms. Child, so many former students would have that drive to reach for the stars. Sadly, too many get teachers that don’t care at all about what happens to them. I love when teachers teach with a passion too. Even if it’s a subject that I don’t like. Heck, the teacher (depending on who’s teaching it)…read more

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  • More than an English Teacher

    Dear Mrs. Molnar,

    I remember the day I first walked into your class for the first time. I was a shy and timid 15 year old boy. I didn’t know yet the impact you would have on my life. From poetry to Romeo and Juliet you drew out the timid part of my character and helped me defeat it. It unlocked a writing talent I barely knew existed and one t…read more

    Roger
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    • Roger, i can tell that your teacher impacted you in writing because the way you tell stories continue to amaze me. She put her efforts and lead you into continuing to being a work of art. I am glad that you had someone in school that really cared about how she wanted her students to thrive. I love that she made such an impact on you that you have…read more

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  • Jim shared a letter in the Group logo of To the people we loveTo the people we love group 2 months ago

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    My favorite teacher

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  • Lauren Brill shared a letter in the Group logo of To the people we loveTo the people we love group 2 months ago

    To the professor who changed my life

    Dear Professor Abzug,

    When I walked into your Women and Leadership class at Columbia University in the fall of 2006, I expected to learn about women’s history, engage in interesting conversations, and write about famous leaders. But as it turns out, you and your class left me with so much more than I could have ever anticipated.

    Before y…read more

    Lauren
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    • I grewup when Bella Abzug was a very active politician and a stellar example of feminism at its best. Feminism does not mean hating men, but promoting and accepting women as much as men. Strong women like Bella Abzug led a way and demonstrated how to not back down. How lucky you were to have a class with her son!

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      • It was her daughter!! Liz is amazing!!! She made me feel like I could change the world and now I am trying to do so. We had her on one of our weekly conversations. Maybe we will have her on again and you will get to meet her. Thank you for all your support. I appreciate you!! Hope your weekend went well!

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