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  • Save Yourself

    I’ve always wanted deep connection. Honesty. Unwavering loyalty and unquestionable morals. I whined about the lack of depth in relationships each time my expectations weren’t exceeded. I wallowed in my own disappointment because I believed in a fairytale type of love. I thought, “if someone can dream it up, then they can make it happen.” I pus…read more

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  • Roger Chamberlain shared a letter in the Group logo of PoetryPoetry group 20 hours, 59 minutes ago

    A Term Comes

    So many years have now passed
    I lost you so much sooner than I planned
    I wanted us to be old and gray
    When we finally let go
    A lifetime has seemed to pass now
    A single word now comes to describe losing you
    Lucky
    No not what might come to mind I know
    I was merely lucky to have known you
    To share moments upon this earth
    That were graced simply by…read more

    Roger Marshal Chamberlain
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  • Roger Chamberlain shared a letter in the Group logo of Mental HealthMental Health group 21 hours, 26 minutes ago

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    A Lesson Through Love

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  • Why I broke off my engagement and what it taught me

    Dear Unsealed Community,

    When I was 19 years old, I knew exactly what I wanted. I wanted to chase my dream as a sportscaster. In pursuit of that dream,  I started working at the NBA. I commuted two hours from Columbia University to New Jersey, three days a week, because I was committed. I wanted to network with people who worked in sports. I…read more

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  • The Only Mom I'd Need

    Dear Mom,

    From the very first day, you were always the one who was sure of me, even when I wasn’t. You told me once that my success would only be limited by my imagination. So many years later that still resonates in my mind whenever I face an adversity. Your faith in me was a lot more than just love but a faith I only now know fully. You s…read more

    Roger Marshal Chamberlain
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    • Your mom seems like such a very wise person. Not many people have the chance to have such a nurturing person to guide them through life and your mom is such a prime example of the definition of nurturing. I’m glad you got to experience such true love from your mother. She’s such a bright soul.

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      • Kayjah,

        Thanks for the kind words. People often wonder why the grief I carry from losing her has persisted so long. It’s because of who she was. What she did for all of us. All of us besides my Mom have the same first and last initial in our names. My Mom’s name was Margery. We had a little inside joke between us where I would call her the MC…read more

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  • Dear Me 🧡

    Dear Me,

    Thank you for taking the time to sit with yourself and process your thoughts and feelings. This year, you really took yourself & your ideas seriously. Your perseverance through rejection is admirable and I appreciate you, even when others don’t.

    When you lost your job in January- you didn’t beat yourself up.

    When the bank funds were…read more

    Victoria Makanjuola
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    • I love this letter! You should be so proud of your strength and perseverance. I hope you always remember that whatever challenges you face in life, you have the power to handle it with strength, grace and power.

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      • Thank you so much Lauren! Your feedback is so valuable to me. Thank you for creating this platform and safe space. I look forward to the many more stories/letters/entries I create!!!

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        • I so look forward to them as well. I hope you have a. wonderful thanksgiving if I don’t see this week online. Thank you for being. a part of our family.

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    • Hi. Great letter Victoria. Perseverance in tough times is a trait that not everyone has. Clearly you do. You should be very proud. I hope you have a great thanksgiving 🙂

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      • Hi Jim. Thank you so much! I appreciate your words- I certainly needed to hear them. Persevering still by staying optimistic about the future although I don’t know what’s next. Happy Thanksgiving to you too. 😁🙏🏾

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        • Jim replied 1 week ago

          You’re very welcome Victoria. Glad I could help a little bit. An yes the unknown. It’s certainly one of my biggest obstacles. I’m sure for many. But persevering seems like the only choice right?
          Thank you. Hope yours is a nice one 🙂

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  • Mom, Here is why I am strong

    Dear Mom,

    You once told me that you don’t worry about me because you know no matter what, I will always be OK. You said to me that throughout my life, whatever challenges I faced, I somehow always managed to persevere. You told me you know me better than anyone else. After all, you’re not only my mother but also my best friend.

    You know eve…read more

    Lauren
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    • Lauren your mom is the reason you are the way you are today. She gave you such a huge precious mindset and I’m glad you have someone who you can call your best friend. She gave you so much wise words when it came to the tribulations that you had in your life. This is such a beautiful letter that shows her loving character.

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  • Roger Chamberlain shared a letter in the Group logo of PoetryPoetry group 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    Long Black Train (The Road Back)

    Oh long black train
    You’ve been running for so long,
    Pulling me back from the edge
    Back to a place where I’m strong.

    We pulled out from that station
    It seems like a lifetime ago,
    The trip was sometimes bumpy
    The destination where I want to know.

    Through them low slung valley’s
    Yea we just passing on through,
    On beyond those darkened tunnels we…read more

    Roger M Chamberlain
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  • Roger Chamberlain shared a letter in the Group logo of PoetryPoetry group 4 weeks, 1 day ago

    Unknown Love, An Illusion

    Oh dear love, what an illusion
    Yet the only object I have left to desire,
    Failing to find the key I can’t grasp
    Engulfed by a raging fire.

    To pit myself so recklessly against
    A most insurmountable foe,
    Well that’s just so cliché, so me
    The most unlovable person life could know.

    Whether it be confidence I lack in stride
    Or perhaps just unworthy…read more

    Roger Chamberlain
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  • Denise VV shared a letter in the Group logo of What does representation mean to you?What does representation mean to you? group 1 month ago

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    Below the Surface

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  • shelleybrill shared a letter in the Group logo of Women's EmpowermentWomen's Empowerment group 1 month ago

    I surprised myself

    Dear Unsealers,
    In a world ever changing technologically, it is sometimes difficult to keep up. I know this because I came to the computer late in life.
    About 25 years ago I was hired as a pharmaceutical sales representative. My new employer handed me a computer and told me that everything I do in the field needs to be recorded on…read more

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  • Roger Chamberlain shared a letter in the Group logo of Mental HealthMental Health group 1 month ago

    Pierce the Veil

    Dear Unsealed Community,

    It might seem impossible to imagine that I am a timid person. Though not too long ago I was a very different person than I am today. I questioned the voice inside me almost daily. I often would hide from voicing how I felt and what was going on inside my head. As one can see today that’s no longer the case. More on t…read more

    Roger M Chamberlain
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    • It’s such an incredible feeling when there is a breakthrough, especially with mental health. Good on you for recognizing it and taking steps to recover before it put you in the hospital! Thanks for sharing.

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  • Lauren Brill shared a letter in the Group logo of Magical MomentsMagical Moments group 1 month, 1 week ago

    I didn't think I was smart enough to go to Columbia

    To The Unsealed Community,

    When I graduated high school, I honestly didn’t know what to expect from myself.

    After getting waitlisted, I got accepted to Columbia in mid-June of my senior year of high school. At the time, Columbia ranked top five in the nation. And while I was thrilled to be accepted, there was a part of me that was unsure i…read more

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  • Gerald Washington shared a letter in the Group logo of PoetryPoetry group 1 month, 1 week ago

    Unseal Yourself

    Welcome to a site called The Unsealed
    A place where you can feel at peace and heal
    It can be hard to find a place where you can relax
    For a lot of sites, the nasty behavior is to the max

    Fierce arguments and cruel behavior rule the day
    Not in The Unsealed, where kindness is here to stay
    It may take a while to believe these truths
    Trust issues…read more

    Gerald
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    • Gerald I love that you love this safe space so much you wrote a letter to it. I’m glad we can have a place where you can let out any type of emotion and have people around to hear it and voice their opinions on the matter through love and understanding because we’ve either all been there or experienced other people going through it. Letters lik…read more

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      • Thank you Kayjah. I’m glad The Unsealed exists. It’s excellent to unleash whatever grievances we have through love and understanding as you mention. I love the way you put it. It’s sad that so many people never get to be heard. I hope The Unsealed continues to find a way to the voiceless so they can use their voice.

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  • The Call to Action

    Dear Unsealed Readers,

    When I was younger, I always dreamed I would make a difference. I used to think about scenarios I would be able to do to change things. It wasn’t until I was nearly through my 20s that an opportunity came my way to do just that. I knew it had to be important and so I kept myself ready for the right moment to come. In 2012 i…read more

    Roger Chamberlain
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    • Roger,

      That’s incredible that you worked on a campaign for President Obama’s reelection. Your mom would be proud of your activism. I would hope she was watching from above at your work. I’m so glad you didn’t die in 2013. That would have been tragic for your loved ones and people who would connect with you in the future. So far, it sounds like…read more

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      • Gerald,

        Had it not been for Hurricane Sandy I would’ve gotten to meet President Obama. I had already been cleared by the Secret Service to meet him at the Covelli Center here in Youngstown. I did however get to meet John Lewis. To be able to talk with him was an incredible moment in my life. To think that man had his skull cracked due to a police…read more

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        • Roger,

          Wow. That darn hurricane ruined it for you. That’s still incredible to think about. You met John Lewis! That is major, Roger! I’ve always admired that man and his service as a Civil Rights activist. I wish I could have met him. I’m glad you did though. You met Steve Buscemi too?!? I like that guy a lot. He’s a great actor. You made him…read more

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          • The people in New Jersey and New York needed President Obama’s leadership more than I needed to stoke vanity getting to meet him. That campaign really was something. I volunteered to knock on doors in the roughest part of my city.

            John Lewis was very quiet and reserved and he earned that right with all that he had been through. Some day in the…read more

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            • Yeah. John Lewis more than earned the right to be quiet and reserved. Like you, I hope to walk across that bridge in Selma one day. What an experience to have with Steve. I remember hearing about Boardwalk Empire. It was a big deal for a while. You’ve done a lot. I salute you for your service. That’ll be amazing when you run for office someday!

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    • Roger your letters are always amazing and spot on. I love reading the growth that you’ve faced throughout your time in this earth. I’m glad that you have such passion for activism. You will change the world one day and your doing it now like you said by being brave enough to share your voice with others even if it’s with one letter at a time.

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      • Kayjah,

        It’s sometimes hard to really put a pulse on the things I’ve done in my life. Each experience changes me and mostly for the better. I’ve put myself in places by choice to keep promises I’ve made myself and others. Granted the road map I had in mind hasn’t exactly been followed or easy.

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  • What I love about me

    To The Unsealed Community,

    When I was ten years old, I was in love.

    I grew up in the 1990s, and like most other girls in my generation, I thought Jonathan Taylor Thomas, aka JTT, was my future husband. He played Randy on Tim Allen’s Home Improvement. I had posters of him in my room, and I listened to love songs imagining the two of us on l…read more

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  • I Am, Because You Are.

    Hey Girls,

    Mommy is feeling rather out of body-ish right now, but I want to let you know some things. You ready?! We are sitting at the table on the patio. I was inspired to do this writing, because i love you two. I felt it was divine timing to have come across this challenge by The Unsealed. In this moment I am gazing at you, awaiting to answer…read more

    Mommy
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    • Mahogany, This is so very sweet. I am glad you are inspired to write and hope you share many many of your writings right here on The Unsealed. Your girls are so lucky to have you. You sound like a very loving, patient and kind mother. And in the end, that’s what all children want and need. Thank you for sharing your letter and life with us.

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      • I am so overwhelmed with gratitude. I appreciate you from the fullness of my heart, for seeing and reaffirming me. You are so right about all children needing love, patience and kindness. I will keep writing. You as well and many others. Love

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        • <3 I look forward to reading more of your writing. Keep using your voice. Keep sharing your stories. Keep discovering how truly powerful you are! We will al be cheering you on along the way <3 Lauren

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  • Love was my Safe Haven

    Dear unsealed community,
    When I was 23 years old I was living with my parents and 2 sisters in Nanuet,N. Y. My father, who was a chemical engineer, owned and aerosol factory. One night we got a call from the Haverstraw police. My father’s factory blew up in the middle of the night. My father drove the 20 minutes up to Haverstraw at 3…read more

    Shelley Brill
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    • Shelley,
      This letter made me tear up a little bit. I could not imagine having to endure your parents moving what I’m sure felt like across the country. To hear you mention a city in Ohio that holds so much personal connection to me. Through my train photography hobby I’ve chased a particular Steam Locomotive across this whole state it seems. It…read more

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  • Lauren Brill shared a letter in the Group logo of Mental HealthMental Health group 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    I broke off my engagement and went to my "safe space"

    To The Unsealed Community,

    There was a period when I was 24 years old when I was drowning in guilt, stress, and confusion. I was engaged to an incredible person. But, sadly, my beautiful ring felt more like a handcuff than a gift, as it chained me to a life I was not yet ready to live. How was I supposed to tell someone who loved me, encouraged…read more

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  • The Safest of Spaces

    Dear Unsealed Community,

    There are so many times where we all need safe spaces. Whether it is to make everything quiet for a moment when the world seems like it is falling apart. Over the years I’ve never really known a place like that. I have that place now, however. It has become my fortress of solitude to gather thought or apply reflection…read more

    Roger M Chamberlain
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