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  • My Darlng, My Child

    My Darling, My Child

    You, the child of our hearts, begin your life on earth.
    We celebrate conception and dance through the house with joy.

    This will be your room.
    This will be your view.
    This will be your backyard, your playground,
    your safe haven of love and joy.

    We admire cribs and bassinets,
    we feel creamy infant clothing smoothing it with…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 2 days 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

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  • Afterlife (Image by ELLE RITTER)

    Afterlife

    I watch the people who want to tell me that they can see my ancestors
    clustered around me worrying over whether I washed the dishes,
    or spoke to my sister this week or polish the silver regularly. –
    I don’t believe you would spend your time that way.

    When I think of you, you are healed, together and in love,
    no hurt from this mundane w…read more

    Kit Minden
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    • I’m so glad that you think this way and not let anyone tell you what to think or how to grieve over your loved one. I love how you put a story together for us of how we can also remember or learn to remember our lost ones. It gives a different perspective on how many people grieve. Continue to be strong this letter truly touched my heart.

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      • Thank you! It is good to have moved from giving to acceptance and celebration.I wrote about each and the losses, too. My mother’s death was sudden and very difficult, my father’s was something we fought against – pancreatic cancer – for several years. The last two month my so and I lived with him to help him die. It was a great death, truly.…read more

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  • KitWriter shared a letter in the Group logo of Mental HealthMental Health group 5 days, 21 hours ago

    small things

    Studies suggest that emotions locked within muscle fibers prevent healing. To release them and to
    build true strength, memories must be dredged up from our deepest hiding places. They are filled with tears.

    small things

    small things
    things I am supposed to forget
    never pass from memory
    thirty, forty or fifty years since,
    the welter of…read more

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    • Wow, what a way to describe how emotions can be ignited from such a small fire. It’s crazy how every human emotion can be ticked off at any rate or moment. It can turn out big and when you look back on the reaction goes back to a small situation. Emotions aren’t easy to control or tame but they can be overcome.

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      • I am sure many of the women from my generations (I’m 66!) also were fending of men who wanted much more than each was willing to give. I was thinking about an incident when I was only 6 for this poem. I began hiding from someone who I had trusted but could feel a change in him and his behavior. I remember feeling like there must be something wrong…read more

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  • Emily shared a letter in the Group logo of Mental HealthMental Health group 6 days, 17 hours ago

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    No one knows me, they only see you.
    Your personality makes me feel so

    gray-ish,
    green-ish,
    blue.

    When I wake up and before I go to bed,
    I pause and think of you.

    I wish you would stop wasting my time,
    Because lately I feel that I am losing my mind.

    A clock in my head constantly chimes,
    With ticks and tocks that play on repeat.

    Orange…read more

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    • Emily, This is so powerful. I am not sure if you saw, but I started the site after sharing my own story of being sexually assaulted. I never press charges or prosecuted. I actually never even found out who the two people were that hurt me. What incredible courage it takes to do what you did. Your strength is admirable. I am sorry at moments in the…read more

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      • Hi, thank you for taking the time to read this. It’s an old poem “thing” I wrote a while ago and never shared it to anyone. It’s hard to not know things. I know I was drugged from a personal standpoint but when I went to the hospital I remember being angry not knowing what was in my system because they never did a drug test. I stumbled across this…read more

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        • Colors say so much without elaboration. You have used them well to paint emotions with words. Brava! What are your favorite things to write? Poetry, prose, memoir, historical fiction? How have you come by your writing gift? Is it your primary gig or do you also toil in other endeavors? What is your goal or desire to make of your work?

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    • Wow, what a powerful story Emily. I am honored to be able to read such a strong message to readers on the unsealed. You never know who you but with these messages and honestly you hit me. I have been through that stage of being Sexually Molested. I was not brave enough to tell anyone let alone my parents. But, at the age of 20, I informed them…read more

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      • Hi,
        Thanks for taking the time to read this. It’s an older attempt at a poem I wrote a long time ago. I’m sorry you had to go through this, it’s really terrible. I’m proud of you for telling your parents. It’s one of the worst topics to tell your parents because it involves not only a violent topic but it’s sexual as well. Because of this, telling…read more

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    • Emily,

      I admire the courage that you wrote about something so painful. I know that is not easy to do. You exhibit a strength in these words that is nothing short of incredible. I’m so sorry that the justice system left you feeling anonymous at times. You are not anonymous, you are a survivor. Telling your story is important because it shows the…read more

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      • Hi,
        Thank you for your kind words. It took a while to not feel anonymous but you are right with what you have written. It’s just a lonely, long, awkward process that shouldn’t have to happen to anyone. I hope other people tell their stories as you mentioned because it can bring closure. Even though this was 5-6 years ago and I wrote this a couple…read more

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  • Bianca shared a letter in the Group logo of To my younger selfTo my younger self group 1 week, 2 days ago

    “Made to Endure what Life throws at You”

    Dear Bianquita,

    8 days before your 8th birthday, you will become a big sister to your future best friend. In the meantime, he is more like your real live baby doll and little brother. I must be honest with you; this joy will soon disappear, and you will go through many trials and tribulations. I promise, that life gets better, and your…read more

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    • Oh my wow, Bianca! What an incredible person you are. You should be sooo proud of all your perseverance. And going to law school – that’s an amazing accomplishment, on no one can ever take away from you. I am sorry your childhood was filled with so much struggle, but your strength is inspiring to so many, including me. Whatever you do next, just…read more

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    • Bianca, You’ve been through so much. You are an inspiration to us all—your strength, courage and resilience is incredible. No one should underestimate you – because like all of us, you are a tough cookie. You’ve been through so much, but you’re just getting started. Stay strong and keep going. I’m so glad that you were able to have so much resil…read more

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      • Great letter. How are you doing these days? I hope you have someone peace and can live joyfully.

        I relate some to your story as I have MS and my son of 32 is my 2/7 caretaker, head cook and bottlewasher. He rises above anyone’s expectations every day and helps me though he suffers from migraines and depression himself.

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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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  • iambrizei shared a letter in the Group logo of To my younger selfTo my younger self group 1 week, 2 days ago

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    To Little Me

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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

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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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  • A true hero

    To Terry Fox:

    A lot of people outside of Canada probably don’t know who you are but you are a hero me to many Canadians. I remember I first heard about you and your Marathon of Hope in the spring of 1980 when I was 14 years old. You were just 21 and had lost a leg to cancer when you were 18. Despite having only 1 leg you set out to run across C…read more

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    • Wow. Terry sounded like an amazing and caring person. Terry may have not been able to finish his run here on earth but i assure you he is finishing his marathon in heaven. Do not beat yourself up Pete, you were 14 when you were at a stage of fear. We live and we learn and thats what you did. Im proud of your growth, continue to be brave and fearless.

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      • Thanks for the replies to my letter Kayjah and Roger. I hope that through writing my letter that spread Terry’s story to others that may have never heard about him. I think it is cool that Roger had already heard about him. I hope that maybe someone will read it and be inspired to push through when encountering something that seems overwhelming…read more

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    • Pete,

      Not only did I know about Terry, I actually shared a post on my Facebook about literally just Friday afternoon. I’ve had the opportunity to visit Canada several times visiting both Toronto and Montreal in my late teens. I still want to visit Halifax and see the memorial to the victims of the Titanic disaster.

      It is so incredible what…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

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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

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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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  • zaysmith1 shared a letter in the Group logo of To my younger selfTo my younger self group 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    To my younger self

    To my younger, I wish I could go back in time and live those childhood moments again. As I got older I realized that those moments cannot be done again, but at the end of the day I lived those moments and had a lot of fun and experienced a lot of things. If I could go back and name a time that I really enjoyed it would be going to the Browns…read more

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    • Sounds as if you have had a very good life. What do you do to help ensure your son will also have one? Have you thought about lengthening this and telling more specifics about those visits to the Browns? Do you make similar experiences happen for your son? What is your one regret in life and how are you moving forward to accept or change it?

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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

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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 3 weeks, 1 day ago

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    My favorite teacher

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  • One Teacher Can Make All the Difference

    Dear Mrs.Shumsky,
    When I entered your 4th grade class way back in the fall of 1960 I was the most quiet, shy and insecure little girl. So shy, I never spoke to any adults ever except my parents and grandparents.My teachers leading up to 4th grade were cold and distant and probably did not like me because I was a weak student with very…read more

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  • 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

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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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