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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

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  • Thank you, Lauen!! I can feel y’all love every time we have a Zoom conversation. You’re right. They missed out a geninue friend. I’m honored to have you a part of my circle as well. I’m beyond honored to be a part of your circle also. I still can’t believe I crossed paths with you! Appreciate y’all having my back and I have y’all back too! I love…read more

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  • Thanks, Kayjah. I appreciate your touching response. It’s tough to love yourself at a time when you’re figuring things out. To love yourself even when others don’t want you to love yourself is powerful to do. It’s great to come across people like yourself who had obstacles they had to fight to get to where you are today. People like you, Lauren &…read more

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  • Hi Shelley,
    Thank you so much. I appreciate your touching words (as always!). Thank you for the advice also. I’ve gotten better at tuning out the negative noise and focusing on the good that I’m blessed to have in my life like The Unsealed and connecting with kind-hearted people like yourself! You take care as well!

    Gerald

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    • Gerald this letter is absolutely powerful. I’m glad you were able to be the true gentlemen you came out to be and such a great writer at that. going through school is hard sometimes because you are always labeled as something and none truly appreciates such kind-hearted and gentle people like you. I’m so happy that you learned to love yourself and…read more

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      • Thanks, Kayjah. I appreciate your touching response. It’s tough to love yourself at a time when you’re figuring things out. To love yourself even when others don’t want you to love yourself is powerful to do. It’s great to come across people like yourself who had obstacles they had to fight to get to where you are today. People like you, Lauren &…read more

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  • You’re welcome!! I’m glad it meant a lot to you. I appreciate the kind comment. I just share what I think could help others (like what you and others do here on The Unsealed). I’m happy I found this site and Lauren too!!! I still can’t believe I know someone who used to be a sportscaster! How wild is that?!? I agree with you, this is an amazing…read more

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  • Gerald Washington responded to a letter in group Poetry 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    Roger,

    I believe you. It’s important to put that emotion on a page to get it out of our system. I wish I had kept writing in a journal I had when I was 18. That journal helped me through a dark time in my life. Writing it down helped release a lot of frustration. I’m glad you started writing again. Putting those bad emotions down on a page is…read more

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  • You’re welcome, Jena! I hear you. I had those same thoughts when I was studying to be a life coach. I can’t guide others when I still need to guide myself. I’m glad I learned that I didn’t want to be a life coach. I love your passion for mental health! You’re welcome btw. I’m glad I saw your letter, and thank you for the well-wishes!

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  • Great letter, Alexandra. It seems like a lot of us have a lot of doubt that keeps us from seeing the greatness we have within. I’m glad you’re starting to overcome the negative mindset and doubt that you felt. It’s a hard road to drive, but with practice, the road gets smoother for us.
    Your paintings are amazing btw! You got mad talent!

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    • Aww thank you so much!! That means a lot to me. I’m glad I am also helping to inspire others. You have such great wisdom as well and It makes me happy that you found this site and Lauren as well!! This is truly a great platform. I for one couldn’t be any happier I found this as well!

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      • You’re welcome!! I’m glad it meant a lot to you. I appreciate the kind comment. I just share what I think could help others (like what you and others do here on The Unsealed). I’m happy I found this site and Lauren too!!! I still can’t believe I know someone who used to be a sportscaster! How wild is that?!? I agree with you, this is an amazing…read more

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  • Hi Jena,

    I got lost in your words because they were so incredible. Like yourself, I fell in love with Psychology. Reading my sister’s school books made me get into it. It was fascinating learning why humans make the decisions that we make. I also learned that I never wanted a career in Psychology either after a few years of studying it. It’s a…read more

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    • Hello Gerald,

      Thank you for being so kind! Yeah, I knew that I didn’t want to be anyone’s therapist, because I knew I needed one of my own. In the past I’d often say to myself “how am I going to help others when I can’t even help myself.” I am blessed to say that I have abandoned that mindset, as I realized that I actually can help myself. I…read more

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      • You’re welcome, Jena! I hear you. I had those same thoughts when I was studying to be a life coach. I can’t guide others when I still need to guide myself. I’m glad I learned that I didn’t want to be a life coach. I love your passion for mental health! You’re welcome btw. I’m glad I saw your letter, and thank you for the well-wishes!

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  • Gerald Washington responded to a letter in group Poetry 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    Powerful poem, Roger. I admire how you (and others) share the feelings & thoughts that you feel inside of you. That takes tremendous courage to do. Self-doubt is one of our greatest enemies because it’s something that never truly goes away. It always finds a way into our minds & hearts at the most random times. I’m glad you exist.

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    • Gerald,

      Believe me sometimes it’s not easy to do. Others it’s outright essential to get through the emotion of the moment to survive. I’ve kept notebook companies in business through the years I’m sure. In my early 20s I could fill a 1 subject notebook inside 2 or 3 days. For the last several years I hadn’t written very much and it started to…read more

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      • Roger,

        I believe you. It’s important to put that emotion on a page to get it out of our system. I wish I had kept writing in a journal I had when I was 18. That journal helped me through a dark time in my life. Writing it down helped release a lot of frustration. I’m glad you started writing again. Putting those bad emotions down on a page is…read more

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  • Gerald Washington responded to a letter in group Poetry 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    Loved your poem, Al. Your love for your daughter is felt strongly through your words. She’s blessed to have a mom like you who wants to see her do well throughout her life. The part about you getting tired & old is so sad, but it’ll be a reality one day. But hopefully, that part of life is a long way off and you will have lots of great with your…

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  • Gerald Washington responded to a letter in group Chasing Your Dreams 1 month ago

    Roger,
    You’re most welcome. That’s good you try to do a service for everything that you do. I’ve never been to a car show, but you have me curious to look at some chips to see what they’re like. That’s great that car shows can have a charitable element to them. 6,000 for the American Cancer Society is incredible! I like that sentence, combine…read more

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  • Gerald Washington responded to a letter in group Chasing Your Dreams 1 month ago

    Gottcha. You all must have had a lot of shooters then. Lol. Touchdown! Baker vs The Browns. The winner takes all! It should be a fun game. I hope your team does well too except for week 1 too. Haha. I’m glad we met too Jim. You’re a good dude too. Have a good Sunday. Talk to you later!

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    • Jim replied 1 month ago

      Only for the first touchdowns of the first game lol. And the browns have been so bad that there were games when they didn’t even score a touchdown lol. But we did one anyways to drown our misery haha. Yeah good luck w Baker. He’s a mixed bag. But he’s decent. Can be really good at times. Till next time my friend

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  • Gerald Washington responded to a letter in group Chasing Your Dreams 1 month ago

    Cool stuff Jim! Ohhh, so that’s what a shooter is? A shot. I got you now. What a way to celebrate a touchdown. Haha. Thanks for the good wishes. I hope my teams do well too. My football teams are the Carolina Panthers & the Denver Broncos. I hope they do well this season and your Cleveland Browns lol. We’ll see. You’re welcome! Thanks for your…read more

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    • Jim replied 1 month ago

      Lol. Yeah that’s a shooter. That’s what my dad called em. Browns would score, and he’d always say “how bout a shooter?!” We couldn’t say no lol. We knew it was coming. That’s right. Panthers and broncos. Ooh. Baker vs the browns week 1. Interesting. Hope your teams do well. Except week 1 lol. Gerald, you’re a good dude. Glad we met man &#x1f44…read more

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      • Gottcha. You all must have had a lot of shooters then. Lol. Touchdown! Baker vs The Browns. The winner takes all! It should be a fun game. I hope your team does well too except for week 1 too. Haha. I’m glad we met too Jim. You’re a good dude too. Have a good Sunday. Talk to you later!

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        • Jim replied 1 month ago

          Only for the first touchdowns of the first game lol. And the browns have been so bad that there were games when they didn’t even score a touchdown lol. But we did one anyways to drown our misery haha. Yeah good luck w Baker. He’s a mixed bag. But he’s decent. Can be really good at times. Till next time my friend

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  • Gerald Washington responded to a letter in group Chasing Your Dreams 1 month ago

    Thanks, Jim. Your household sounded like it was a lot of fun when football season came around. That pasta with the sauce & meatballs sounds so good! That house was smelling good! What’s a shooter? lol. It must have been fun doing that. Now you got me excited for the NFL and the NBA seasons! Thank you Jim for sharing your why and your reply.

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    • Jim replied 1 month ago

      Hey Gerald! Oh yeah those days were the best. I’d go to get my grandma at around noon. Come back and mom would say “jimmy have a meatball”. Mmmm. Soooo good lol. A shooter ? Lol. Oh. That’s a shot. Like whiskey usually. Just to celebrate the touchdown haha. I hope your teams do well. Who you root for again? I know you told me. Thanks for the kin…read more

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      • Cool stuff Jim! Ohhh, so that’s what a shooter is? A shot. I got you now. What a way to celebrate a touchdown. Haha. Thanks for the good wishes. I hope my teams do well too. My football teams are the Carolina Panthers & the Denver Broncos. I hope they do well this season and your Cleveland Browns lol. We’ll see. You’re welcome! Thanks for your…read more

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        • Jim replied 1 month ago

          Lol. Yeah that’s a shooter. That’s what my dad called em. Browns would score, and he’d always say “how bout a shooter?!” We couldn’t say no lol. We knew it was coming. That’s right. Panthers and broncos. Ooh. Baker vs the browns week 1. Interesting. Hope your teams do well. Except week 1 lol. Gerald, you’re a good dude. Glad we met man &#x1f44…read more

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          • Gottcha. You all must have had a lot of shooters then. Lol. Touchdown! Baker vs The Browns. The winner takes all! It should be a fun game. I hope your team does well too except for week 1 too. Haha. I’m glad we met too Jim. You’re a good dude too. Have a good Sunday. Talk to you later!

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            • Jim replied 1 month ago

              Only for the first touchdowns of the first game lol. And the browns have been so bad that there were games when they didn’t even score a touchdown lol. But we did one anyways to drown our misery haha. Yeah good luck w Baker. He’s a mixed bag. But he’s decent. Can be really good at times. Till next time my friend

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  • Gerald Washington responded to a letter in group Chasing Your Dreams 1 month ago

    Hey Jim. I loved your reason why. That’s what it’s about, being the best person that you can be. I can sense just by knowing you on here that you’re a good person. Your parents must be smiling from above going ”that’s our son”. Like Shelley mentioned in her reply, not every parent is a good parent. I’m glad you had good parents in your life…read more

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    • Jim replied 1 month ago

      Hey Gerald. Thanks for reading it. Thanks for the kind words. I know you are a good dude too man. Humble. Respectful. Very easy to tell. Yeah man my mom and dad were great. I miss em every day. As football season gets closer, I think of the old days at the old house. Mom w a pot of sauce and meatballs on the stove for pasta later. Me and…read more

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      • Thanks, Jim. Your household sounded like it was a lot of fun when football season came around. That pasta with the sauce & meatballs sounds so good! That house was smelling good! What’s a shooter? lol. It must have been fun doing that. Now you got me excited for the NFL and the NBA seasons! Thank you Jim for sharing your why and your reply.

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        • Jim replied 1 month ago

          Hey Gerald! Oh yeah those days were the best. I’d go to get my grandma at around noon. Come back and mom would say “jimmy have a meatball”. Mmmm. Soooo good lol. A shooter ? Lol. Oh. That’s a shot. Like whiskey usually. Just to celebrate the touchdown haha. I hope your teams do well. Who you root for again? I know you told me. Thanks for the kin…read more

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          • Cool stuff Jim! Ohhh, so that’s what a shooter is? A shot. I got you now. What a way to celebrate a touchdown. Haha. Thanks for the good wishes. I hope my teams do well too. My football teams are the Carolina Panthers & the Denver Broncos. I hope they do well this season and your Cleveland Browns lol. We’ll see. You’re welcome! Thanks for your…read more

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            • Jim replied 1 month ago

              Lol. Yeah that’s a shooter. That’s what my dad called em. Browns would score, and he’d always say “how bout a shooter?!” We couldn’t say no lol. We knew it was coming. That’s right. Panthers and broncos. Ooh. Baker vs the browns week 1. Interesting. Hope your teams do well. Except week 1 lol. Gerald, you’re a good dude. Glad we met man &#x1f44…read more

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              • Gottcha. You all must have had a lot of shooters then. Lol. Touchdown! Baker vs The Browns. The winner takes all! It should be a fun game. I hope your team does well too except for week 1 too. Haha. I’m glad we met too Jim. You’re a good dude too. Have a good Sunday. Talk to you later!

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                • Jim replied 1 month ago

                  Only for the first touchdowns of the first game lol. And the browns have been so bad that there were games when they didn’t even score a touchdown lol. But we did one anyways to drown our misery haha. Yeah good luck w Baker. He’s a mixed bag. But he’s decent. Can be really good at times. Till next time my friend

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  • Gerald Washington responded to a letter in group Chasing Your Dreams 1 month ago

    Roger,
    This was an incredible testimony. Despite the many challenges you have, you found a way to be of service to others. That’s an amazing thing! It is discouraging when we can’t contribute to a cause that we feel strongly about, but just the thought of wanting to help out shows that our heart is in the right place. May you continue to help…read more

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    • Gerald,
      Thanks for the kind words. I try to do a service with almost everything I do. Even the majority of car shows I attend have a charitable element to them. I went to one last year in Avon, Ohio that was being held at a minor league stadium. While the car show was going on, there was an active relay for life going on in the stadium. That day…read more

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      • Roger,
        You’re most welcome. That’s good you try to do a service for everything that you do. I’ve never been to a car show, but you have me curious to look at some chips to see what they’re like. That’s great that car shows can have a charitable element to them. 6,000 for the American Cancer Society is incredible! I like that sentence, combine…read more

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  • Gerald Washington responded to a letter in group Poetry 1 month ago

    Yes. That anger can come back and be stronger than it was when it first came. I like that saying ”Feel s if we need anger to armor ourselves against harm”. It’s so true that it feels like we need anger to protect ourselves from people that want to harm us. It’s tough letting that anger go and trusting in ourselves to shield off harmful people.…read more

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  • To my younger bubbly self

    Dear Younger Self,

    Right now, you’re just getting used to the country world you live in North Carolina. Life seems simple. You listen to your parents. You have your sisters teaching you your ABCs and pretending that you’re in a classroom with toy animals, getting you prepared for kindergarten. As you become a kid. You enjoy the time you spend…read more

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    • Hi Gerald,
      Your letter is so touching. You have so much to be proud of. You have overcome some obstacles in your life and come out on top. I know you will keep moving forward and be very successful in life. You are smart, brave and so nice. Tune out the negative noise and focus on all that is good in your life. Take care!

      Shelley

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      • Hi Shelley,
        Thank you so much. I appreciate your touching words (as always!). Thank you for the advice also. I’ve gotten better at tuning out the negative noise and focusing on the good that I’m blessed to have in my life like The Unsealed and connecting with kind-hearted people like yourself! You take care as well!

        Gerald

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        • Gerald this letter is absolutely powerful. I’m glad you were able to be the true gentlemen you came out to be and such a great writer at that. going through school is hard sometimes because you are always labeled as something and none truly appreciates such kind-hearted and gentle people like you. I’m so happy that you learned to love yourself and…read more

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          • Thanks, Kayjah. I appreciate your touching response. It’s tough to love yourself at a time when you’re figuring things out. To love yourself even when others don’t want you to love yourself is powerful to do. It’s great to come across people like yourself who had obstacles they had to fight to get to where you are today. People like you, Lauren &…read more

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    • Gerald!!! I hope you know how much we all love you and how sweet and kind you are and how much we appreciate you. I am so sorry kids were so mean when you were younger. They missed out on having a genuine and kind friend. I am so happy you found your circle and your peace, and I am so honored to be a part of your circle.

      You have so much to…read more

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      • Thank you, Lauen!! I can feel y’all love every time we have a Zoom conversation. You’re right. They missed out a geninue friend. I’m honored to have you a part of my circle as well. I’m beyond honored to be a part of your circle also. I still can’t believe I crossed paths with you! Appreciate y’all having my back and I have y’all back too! I love…read more

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  • Gerald Washington responded to a letter in group Poetry 1 month, 1 week ago

    This is a great poem you’ve posted, Kit. I love how you put healing words at the end of each line. Healing from the damage we’ve experienced in our lives is very important. Sometimes, healing can take a while because the pain we have inside of us is too deep. Your poem could heal people who read it and let the words sink in. Great poem!

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    • Letting go of anger and feeling “I am right” often takes a conscious decision. Sometimes, anger comes back after years of thinking it was conquered. Frustrating. Recognizing that it is the same old same old and will only do harm is the tough thing, I think. It can feel as if we need anger to armor ourselves against harm. sometimes I think we do…read more

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      • Yes. That anger can come back and be stronger than it was when it first came. I like that saying ”Feel s if we need anger to armor ourselves against harm”. It’s so true that it feels like we need anger to protect ourselves from people that want to harm us. It’s tough letting that anger go and trusting in ourselves to shield off harmful people.…read more

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