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  • Gie,

    Let say this before anything, I love this letter. The way you wrote about something that causes me great pain to see such amazing people misunderstood or misrepresented is inspiring. I know how it feels to be misunderstood but on a different plane than what you’ve felt. These words you’ve shared prove that you are so much more than those…read more

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    • Wow, thank you so much for the kind words and added motivation Roger! I strongly believe that if we all ban together to attack the issues in a positive and loving light we can progress for sure!

      I love Chevy’s , super cool you’ve owned a couple of classics 🙂

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

    Identity

    Dear Identity,

    I am ashamed to say that I don’t know what you are. You aren’t the only singular thing I search for meaning within, but you cause me the most extreme distress.

    All my life I’ve searched for my life’s definition in you. By no shortage of pure irony, my favorite television show growing up was called The Pretender. It was about a…read more

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    • Roger, maybe your identity isn’t one singular thing but many things. Don’t spend so much time trying to define who you are and instead just BE who you are.

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

    Forgotten

    Like the dark night awash in headlight
    I feel just as forgotten as it does
    Like all the good I could be
    Never was

    Living life meandering from place to place
    Thing to thing in search of belonging
    Yet the only respite I find
    Is yet another longing

    For a moments rest for my mind
    To find something ‘yond this window pane
    The answer to a simple…read more

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  • Sade,

    I had to fight back a few tears reading your letter just now. I don’t know that my words could ever replace the things you didn’t get to experience growing up. I grew up in a family of limited means so I connect to this on a slightly different level. There was always a wanting in my life. I saw the kids with the fancy sneakers in school…read more

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    • Thank you so much for your kind words . So grateful for the encouragement . Definitely feel like my tomorrows are a definite reflection of my todays ,just rolling with my faith & how far I’ve come .i just feel like if I keep pushing through I’ll eventually get there or close at least lol We got this in this bag !

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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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  • Roger Chamberlain responded to a letter in group Poetry 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    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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  • Roger Chamberlain responded to a letter in group Poetry 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    Thanks Lauren,

    A lot of my feelings are very cyclic in nature and it seems almost like the moon phases.

    Lately I’ve been embroiled in a lot of personal change and redefining what and who and how I allow things into my life. It’s been stressful to really explore the definitions I used to use and how in many cases, that they were holding me back.…read more

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  • Roger Chamberlain shared a letter in the Group logo of PoetryPoetry group 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    Incomplete

    I wish I important enough
    That I didn’t question my own purpose
    Feeling lost amongst all that
    That is better, faster, stronger

    To feel like I am trapped inside
    A soundproof chamber
    Where the weakest cries and loudest yells
    Go unheard

    It is more than a curse to be plagued by it
    The enemy that is self doubt
    To feel no sense of matter
    Feeling as…read more

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    • Awww Roger, this poem is so good. Please stay strong. You are enough. You are more thane enough. You are strong. You are kind. You are giving. The world is lucky to have you. Keep being you. And please, love yourself. There is so much greatness inside of you that we all see. Now, you just got to look in the mirror and see it yourself <3

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      • Thanks Lauren,

        A lot of my feelings are very cyclic in nature and it seems almost like the moon phases.

        Lately I’ve been embroiled in a lot of personal change and redefining what and who and how I allow things into my life. It’s been stressful to really explore the definitions I used to use and how in many cases, that they were holding me back.…read more

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    • 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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  • Roger Chamberlain responded to a letter in group Chasing Your Dreams 4 weeks ago

    Allie,

    Your letter is amazing. As is that incredible painting you have done. I have something in mind for you to paint if you are willing. I am sure that after a lot of hard work that you need a little break from something that big.

    Whenever you are ready let me know and I will give you more info. I would love a painting done of a photo I took a…read more

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    • Thank you so much, Roger!!! Everyone I met and continue to meet here through this platform and through Lauren and the Unsealed has truly made me so grateful and blessed. To be able to receive all your kind words and feel a sense of confidence to continue with my art and spreading inspiration is truly rewarding for me as well. Love you all!!

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  • John,

    First things first, welcome to the community. I remember reading the letter that Lauren wrote with you.

    The challenges you’ve faced are tough, but you’ve proven to be tougher. From the time I’ve spent on crutches I can feel for you in problems with mobility. I hurt my knee so badly in high school baseball that I was told I would never…read more

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    • Thank you Roger!!!! That really means a lot, I’m glad you know of Batavia too. They are in a different league now the PGCBL they lost their affiliation with the Marlins but we are happy to have them back. We were one game away from winning the championship but came up short and we had to watch the other team celebrate on our home turf which was…read more

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  • Roger Chamberlain responded to a letter in group Chasing Your Dreams 1 month ago

    Jena,

    This letter resonates deeply inside of me. I grew up in somewhat similar circumstances.

    I felt this deep in my heart as my journey is very much like yours. My first counselor overly relied on medications and in the end I developed an addiction to Ativan. Battling that addiction was one of the toughest things I’ve ever encountered. When…read more

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    • Roger, I appreciate this and you so much! I am so happy to hear that you’re working through past traumas and working to be your best self! Life definitely has it’s challenges, but having good support and resources is so nice. I am glad I joined a community full of accepting people and I am touched by your words. I look forward to reading your pos…read more

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  • Roger Chamberlain responded to a letter in group Chasing Your Dreams 1 month ago

    Lauren,

    I’ve been here for the majority of your journey of creating The Unsealed and your hard work making it what it is today. Knowing where it found me, it is incredible what you’ve done. I know that at moments I can be incredibly difficult. You have through The Unsealed helped me reshape the person I am. A lot of the truth of my life isn’t…read more

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  • Roger Chamberlain shared a letter in the Group logo of Chasing Your DreamsChasing Your Dreams group 1 month ago

    Look into the Unknown

    For those afraid of the unknown,

    Like you I have been afraid of that which is unknown. For me exploring the things I felt or experienced always was scary. I never discussed those things as they hid a pain I was afraid would consume me if I spoke about it. For many years I didn’t know that the secrets I hid away were slowly destroying me from t…read more

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  • Roger Chamberlain responded to a letter in group Chasing Your Dreams 1 month ago

    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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