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

    One might say that I’d be far better off if I didn’t invest some much into helping others. Financial success doesn’t really mean that much to me. Would I like to make millions of dollars, sure! Though I would likely turn around and give back much of it. There’s a couple cars I’d love to own but I’d rather help someone have a home or a meal they…read more

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

    Shelley,
    Thank you for your kind words. My life has taken an decidedly unusual path to the person I am today. A lot of lessons in my life came from the things I went through. I generally don’t discuss them too much because it’s not something that I enjoy doing. I choose to let what I do with those experiences in my life tell the story and if…read more

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  • A Journey to Something from Nothing

    Dear Readers,

    At a young age I set myself on a path of service to others. I grew up in less than perfect circumstances and I wanted to make sure no one else had the experiences I did. So much of this was started on a Christmas morning when we had no tree and no presents under that tree. I’ve always thought of this as my own struggle against i…read more

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    • Hi Roger,
      Your devotion to the needy is inspiring. I am sure you are making a difference in people’s lives and that must feel really good. You have taken a negative experience in your life and made the decision to turn that negative into a positive. The world needs more people like you. Congratulations on your commitment and a…read more

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      • Shelley,
        Thank you for your kind words. My life has taken an decidedly unusual path to the person I am today. A lot of lessons in my life came from the things I went through. I generally don’t discuss them too much because it’s not something that I enjoy doing. I choose to let what I do with those experiences in my life tell the story and if…read more

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    • wow, Roger everything you post on the unsealed continues to amaze me. Not a lot of people can turn a negative journey into a positive one and affect people in a way that many people should be affected. We need more kind hearted souls on this earth to take heed and brighten the world like how you did. We need more people to not let their trauma in…read more

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      • One might say that I’d be far better off if I didn’t invest some much into helping others. Financial success doesn’t really mean that much to me. Would I like to make millions of dollars, sure! Though I would likely turn around and give back much of it. There’s a couple cars I’d love to own but I’d rather help someone have a home or a meal they…read more

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    • 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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  • Roger Chamberlain responded to a letter in group Mental Health 1 month, 1 week ago

    Telina,

    This letter is so touching and beautiful. A lot of my struggles in my life are born out of this. I’ve fought myself for my own identity for a lot of years and I twisted and changed myself to try to fit in or make people like me. It has always made me feel kind of invisible, a feeling that persists even now.

    I’ve always been sort of a…read more

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    • @oneturbobenz
      I can understand those struggles and having to pretend to be someone else. I am glad you finally found yourself and love that version of you. I would say you and I have had similar journeys in life and I am glad I can relate to your story. Life in general is really just growth and learning how to appreciate the growth for what it…read more

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  • Roger Chamberlain responded to a letter in group Poetry 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    I am lucky to have been able to do what traveling I did. I also nearly moved to Germany for a job but it was right as my Mother first started getting sick. I turned down an offer to work for Daimler Benz because there wouldn’t have been anyone to care for my Mom otherwise.

    I have extended family that still live in Ireland and I visited there the…read more

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    • You were for sure. I totally understand you turning down that job in Germany to look after your mom. That’s awesome that you have family in Ireland. I bet Ireland is a beautiful country. I appreciate that info on trips to
      Ireland. That’s great you were able to make friendships with people across Europe. I was able to make a friend that lives in…read more

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  • Roger Chamberlain responded to a letter in group Poetry 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    There were varied arrivals. Some came on the Mayflower, others came earlier. Photo is of my most famous ancestor. Earliest family members came to North America in 1603 and settled inland in what is now modern day Montreal. Eventually they moved south and east into Vermont and New Hampshire and eventually Maine. That’s just on my paternal side.…read more

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    • You and I are related then. We go back to the Mayflower, tooAnd Vermont, New Hampshire… on Mom’s side.
      I am using the Civil War experience of one o our ancestors as the basis for my novel. I have a poem about his unit and will post for fun.

      My father’s side – British and German and cousins in Montreal.

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  • Roger Chamberlain responded to a letter in group Poetry 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    I understand that struggle all too well. For the past 7 years I’ve been battling Rheumatoid Arthritis. I know the kind of struggle you speak off. On the days I take my methotrexate it feels like the whole day passes by without me being cognizant of it. It actually has its own phrase called Chemo Fog. I have had some pretty intense writers block…read more

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  • Roger Chamberlain responded to a letter in group Poetry 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Kit,

    This poem is incredible. It is awash in rich and raw imagery. It is a wonderful example of writing that posits both many questions and answers for this reader. As a poet we yield the uncanny power of holding our readers at bay with the power and flux of our words. We wrangle our own thoughts into words and images and place them upon the…read more

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    • You are very kind, Roger. I wrote this a few years ago and have had a major physical and mental struggle with MS since then. For a time, I lost so much vocabulary that I was unable to write anything but doggerel. But suddenly my brain is returning!! I am overjoyed and writing every day. WOrking on a novel with some poetry interspersed among the…read more

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      • I understand that struggle all too well. For the past 7 years I’ve been battling Rheumatoid Arthritis. I know the kind of struggle you speak off. On the days I take my methotrexate it feels like the whole day passes by without me being cognizant of it. It actually has its own phrase called Chemo Fog. I have had some pretty intense writers block…read more

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  • Roger Chamberlain shared a letter in the Group logo of PoetryPoetry group 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    A Family History Ode

    To those that came before me
    I cannot ponder your despair
    Drove from your homes by indifference
    To a far away shore to repair

    The longing in your hearts
    A desire to be completely free
    Sailing halfway around the world
    Seems amazing to me

    You arrived before this land was a country
    It was nothing like your native land
    Green hills replaced by…read more

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    • Very nice missive to those who came before. Mayflower or Roanoke? I am curious about what is not said as the assumption isthat you and your forebears know all that. Your reader does not though. Also perhaps add some adjectives, sight, sound, texture, weather…

      Would you like to try some poetry challenges together so we can get our skills polished up?

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      • There were varied arrivals. Some came on the Mayflower, others came earlier. Photo is of my most famous ancestor. Earliest family members came to North America in 1603 and settled inland in what is now modern day Montreal. Eventually they moved south and east into Vermont and New Hampshire and eventually Maine. That’s just on my paternal side.…read more

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        • You and I are related then. We go back to the Mayflower, tooAnd Vermont, New Hampshire… on Mom’s side.
          I am using the Civil War experience of one o our ancestors as the basis for my novel. I have a poem about his unit and will post for fun.

          My father’s side – British and German and cousins in Montreal.

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  • Roger Chamberlain responded to a letter in group Poetry 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Gerald,

    I enjoyed reading your poem. It ignited an old memory I have of days gone by when I was somewhat of a world traveler. In Denmark there is an entire fleet of windmills off of the coastline that generates a great majority of the power used by the entire country. Sometimes the winds there are so powerful that they even damage the windmills.…read more

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    • Roger,

      I’m glad you enjoyed the poem. That’s a cool memory you wrote about! You was in Denmark? I so envy you (in a positive way lol). Those windmills sound powerful and I totally believe you that it’s a beautiful site. I would love to visit Denmark (and all of Europe really) someday. Traveling out of the U.S has been a dream of mine for years…read more

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      • I am lucky to have been able to do what traveling I did. I also nearly moved to Germany for a job but it was right as my Mother first started getting sick. I turned down an offer to work for Daimler Benz because there wouldn’t have been anyone to care for my Mom otherwise.

        I have extended family that still live in Ireland and I visited there the…read more

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        • You were for sure. I totally understand you turning down that job in Germany to look after your mom. That’s awesome that you have family in Ireland. I bet Ireland is a beautiful country. I appreciate that info on trips to
          Ireland. That’s great you were able to make friendships with people across Europe. I was able to make a friend that lives in…read more

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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

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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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  • 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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  • Roger Chamberlain responded to a letter in group Mental Health 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    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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      • To us, you are visible. You count. We admire your fortitude, your strength, and your ability to tell us about the horror you went through in your expressive word. You are a jewel, a strong, courageous, intelligent woman and we all understand
        and the fight you have taken on in a situation , not of your own making. The justice system failed you,…read more

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        • Emily replied 1 month ago

          Hi,
          thanks for your kind words again. I suppose my writing doesn’t go in much depth about the event, but that is irrelevant. The issue with the justice system isn’t the charges changed from criminal sexual assault to criminal sexual abuse/force because of a plea deal that he got to choose. Nor the fact that he was released early from a county…read more

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          • Since I was a freshman at Michigan State University, we started the first women’s support groups. You would think by now things would be better. At grad school, Cornell was still not safe. A housemate was raped at home, a classmate was raped in the field. Women had to fight for equal opportunity. A professor on my committee tried to rape me. Then,…read more

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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

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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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  • My Mom shaped a lot of the things in my life. Her half brother was a gay man in his life. He faced nearly impossible torment in his life. My Mom was his best ally and advocate. It shaped my support of the LGBT community. Her experiences and lessons stay with me and close to my heart always. She was someone to really behold.

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  • Shelley,
    I remember when I did my own research on Margaret Sanger. Conversations that I had with my Mom propelled me towards the pro choice advocacy I have today. When I first learned of the doctors plea to actually abort me due to the extreme risk to her life my birth presented I immediately researched all I could. Empowering women with a choice…read more

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    • Hi Roger,
      It so comforting to know there are other people out there who understand the importance of reproductive freedom and reproductive choice. This freedom adds to the health and safety of women. I do hope more people in this country start to see that there are many life threatening gynecological situations that require medical…read more

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      • My Mom shaped a lot of the things in my life. Her half brother was a gay man in his life. He faced nearly impossible torment in his life. My Mom was his best ally and advocate. It shaped my support of the LGBT community. Her experiences and lessons stay with me and close to my heart always. She was someone to really behold.

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

    Mirror

    I see your reflection well
    I know fondly your pain
    A face that shows the mileage
    Of a life you fear is in vain

    All that you’ve ever dared to love
    Ripped coldly from your hand
    Yet defiant you stare at the hourglass
    Challenging even the falling of the sand

    Amidst that darkness
    That feels like eternity
    You know the cause
    Not a question the…read more

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  • Roger Chamberlain responded to a letter in group Poetry 1 month, 4 weeks ago

    You’re quite welcome! I’m a pretty advid poet behind the scenes. I applaud you for writing poetry because sometimes it can be very difficult to convey what you want to say. From rhyming to stanza structure it is a challenge to do all of this in a way that a reader connects to. You’ve done that beautifully here.

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  • Roger Chamberlain responded to a letter in group Poetry 1 month, 4 weeks ago

    Sarah,

    This is an absolutely beautiful poem. It paints a picture in my mind as I read the words. While it has sadness as it’s undertone you focused on beauty and connected with this reader on a very deep level. The connotation between love and the bowl of ice cream is a powerful imagery tool. Best yet is it allows a visual tool to connect us to…read more

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    • Wow. Thank you so much Roger. That means a lot to me. I really enjoyed writing this poem. I am overjoyed that you enjoyed reading it. I think it is sometimes strangers that can make us think differently about aspects of life. Kind of like seeing something familiar in a new light. Thank you again. I truly appreciate it. Thank you for your feedback

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      • You’re quite welcome! I’m a pretty advid poet behind the scenes. I applaud you for writing poetry because sometimes it can be very difficult to convey what you want to say. From rhyming to stanza structure it is a challenge to do all of this in a way that a reader connects to. You’ve done that beautifully here.

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