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  • My grandparents filled my heart with love.

    Dear Grandma Urdang and Grandpa Urdang,
    Growing up Mom and Dad took me almost every weekend to visit you in Greenich Village. We either drove into the city or in later years came down the palisade parkway to visit you on the very cool west 4 th street in the west village. You lived in a 100 year old nyc city historic landmark apartment…read more

    Shelley Brill
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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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  • My Favorite Childhood Memories

    Dear Mom and Dad,

    When I was a child, we went on trips to Disney World, Aruba, California, and Vermont. We went to zoos and parks and all sorts of places. I played soccer worldwide, as we traveled as far as Italy to compete. While each of those memories is special, one of my favorite memories growing up is a bit simpler.

    Every day from first…read more

    Lauren
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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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  • Lauren Brill shared a letter in the Group logo of PoetryPoetry group 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    Mirror Mirror

    Every day I look in the mirror but rarely do I see my reflection
    Instead I just see the reason I often garner men’s affection

    In the mirror I can see the scar on my face but I miss the imperfections in my actions
    Instead I just see big brown eyes, long brown hair and stare with satisfaction

    In the mirror I look myself in the eye but n…read more

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  • Hello Unsealed Communityy

    Hello everyone, first this is the first letter I’m posting on this so please don’t be too judgmental lol. Kidding aside, let me tell you a little more about myself I suffered a devastating lower back injury from a car accident I suffered when I was 13 years old. It turned my entire life into a tailspin downward for a decade I was in a wheelchair…read more

    John A. Carubba
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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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    • Hello John,
      I cannot imagine what it was like for you to lose your mobility at such a young age. To make matters worse you could not find a compassionate, competent doctor for the longest time. I am so glad you finally received the treatment you needed to walk and that you are here at The Unsealed to share your journey and wisdom.…read more

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      • Hi Mrs. Brill, thank you for replying. I always love listening to your questions during Lauren’s Unsealed Conversations you are very intelligent and empathic person and I respect that about you. You should be very proud of Lauren what a wonderful community she put together here, she is one of the nicest people I ever met and you as well. Thank you…read more

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    • John, your courage, your strength and your journey is so inspiring. I am so glad you decided to share your story with our community. And I am even happier that these days, you are feeling better and chasing your dream. I am cheering you on every step of the way and I am so very proud of you. Thank you for also sharing you kindness with our…read more

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

    We’ll Be a Dream

    As most young children, I had many different dreams for my future. For a while I was completely set on being a princess. I mean, who doesn’t want that true love that’s portrayed in all of the Disney movies? Over time I ditched the glitz and glamour dream for one a bit more adventurous: I wanted to be a spy! As expected, I didn’t end up pursu…read more

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    • Wow! Jena this is so real. This is so powerful and this is so well written. I am sorry that you grew up in such a toxic environment but I give you a ton of credit for figuring out what you needed to do to heal, to create healthier relationships in your life than the ones you witnessed growing up, and to create home that is filled with love and…read more

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      • Thank you so much for your feedback! I am glad that I was effectively able to get my message across while being my authentic self, and I could show the love we have! I am so blessed do have started on this healing journey and only hope that this gets out to anyone who is struggling with mental health! Thanks again and I am so happy to be here!

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    • 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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    • Hi Jena,
      Your letter is very powerful. I understand how painful it must have been to live with 2 alcoholic parents. No child should have to be exposed to that toxicity. The upside of your journey is that you have gotten the help you needed and you have a vision for a healthy and stable life for yourself. Congratulations on doing the work…read more

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      • Thank you for your kind words, Shelley! I love my parents and luckily today I do have a good relationship with both of them, and it definitely has to do with boundaries that I have set for myself. I do feel like everything happens for a reason, and we can all try to see the good in bad situations; like you said, I was able to get the help I…read more

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    • Amazing letter! I’m glad that mental health is being talked about on social media, especially since it’s also the app that leads many into mental health problems. They are being judged and judging themselves because of it. We need to let people know It’s time to stop judging yourself and start loving yourself. It’s okay to go to therapy, it’…read more

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      • I agree 100%, Kayjuh! Now that more research is coming
        out on the effects of social media, it makes me want to learn and spread more information about it! I found myself a lot happier once I limited my social media accounts (I deleted twitter a couple years ago, and I dont go on Facebook anymore). It’s so important for us to pay attention to w…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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  • This is why I don't give up

    @writerjordanohalloran @oneturbobenz @algonzalez @jordanwalker @jordynjacobson @ciarapray @emdissocool @lulli101 @elizalila123 @dburtz @janetbanks @janettesegura @japarker1962

    To The Unsealed Community ,

    I usually say my childhood dream was to be a sportscaster, and while that’s true, it was only part of the dream. The vision, the goal, has…read more

    Lauren
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    • 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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  • Telina shared a letter in the Group logo of Mental HealthMental Health group 1 month, 1 week ago

    The Imperfect Version of Us

    To whomever this reaches,

    In a society that tells us that we have to be a certain way or look a certain way, it can be easy to lose ourselves in trying to be perfect. There is an image that we have to portray to the world because of it. Anything different is called weird. I grew up not being the person who was apart of those perfect crowds. I…read more

    the imperfect version of me <3
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    • Wow! I totally relate to this. I was always a perfectionist. I wasn’t so much a loaner, but I always felt like I had to be the best athlete and the best student and be the skinniest and the prettiest. I felt this insane amount of pressure to live up to some expectation that I had set for myself. And in the end, I could never truly live up to any…read more

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      • @theunsealed

        I am glad this related to you so well. To know that I am not the only one who feels this way is great. Many of these traits are hard to shake and can be very tiring. I am learning that following my heart is very important in order to just be my own unique self. I appreciate you taking the time to read my letter. <3

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        • of course! I loved reading it. Keep writing. Keep sharing. Keep being you! The world is better when people stay true to themselves and let their own beauty shine through. I think at some point in our lives we all have to learn that lesson. And sometimes it’s a tough lesson to learn. Thanks again for sharing your story <3 Lauren

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    • 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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    • Wow, your message is amazing. Everyone in society now focuses on how to be perfect but not embrace their imperfections. That’s the thing today everyone is always focused on the internet which is a huge factor in why many people don’t embrace their imperfections they see the change that many celebrities do and apply it to themselves because tha…read more

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      • @kayjahlorde

        Right, being imperfect is frowned upon in some circles. and I feel like this message is what is meant to come out. To teach the younger generations of women that you are not your body. You are your mind and what makes you happy. The idea that being perfect is forced on people is horrible. I am glad this inspired you and I love…read more

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        • Friend

          I will listen to you with love and respect.
          I will recognize your sorrows and celebrate your joys.
          I will let you grow and change without judgment.
          I will be your friend.

          I will not resent the others whom you choose to love.
          I will not undermine you with hidden barbs.
          I will not deny your pain or belittle your faith.
          I will be your…read more

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          • @kitwriter
            I love this poem it was beautiful and I thank you for writing it as a friend. You write really great poems I can’t wait to hear more of your poetry. I also write poetry in my blog and it helps me to release all that feel so I can heal myself. Feel free to send me anymore poems.

            Telina

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

    The Poet's Voice

    The Poet’s Voice

    The poet’s voice displays her soul through well-chosen words.
    She can beat you with her anger and lash out with her pain.
    Like a thistle, she can wound you with her barbs,
    jab you unsuspecting as you weed your garden.

    Where thorns on a rose contrast with silken petals:
    blood red, the image and scent of roses leap into her min…read more

    Kit Minden
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    • 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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  • KitWriter shared a letter in the Group logo of PoetryPoetry group 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    House of Mercy

    Your poem made me think of the beach sand and here is my take on that.

    House of Mercy

    Tears beg to flow
    I deny them egress—
    the sweet-and-salty hors d’oeuvres will not satisfy.
    I will wait just a moment or two,
    inhale deeply, seeking grace.

    The sinuous surge of emotions will pass
    as small particles of water,
    circling within wave forms
    ride ato…read more

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

    Windmills

    When I first saw you
    Your height & weight amazed me
    When I learned that you had family members & friends all over the area
    It was hard to keep my attention on the road

    The thought of pulling over and observing came over me
    There’s something about them that puts me at peace
    What little stress I had has ceased
    This wonder I feel gives me great…read more

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    • Gerald, you make me want to see windmills in person. The structures of a windmill that spin around in the wind to provide energy to nearby areas always amazes me. I always knew they were amazing, but now that you worded it like this I want to see one. I want to feel that feeling of peace and joy just by looking at it. This is incredibly relatable…read more

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      • Good. I’m glad Kayjah! You’ll love them when you get a chance to see one or a lot of them. You’ll get that feeling of peace and joy seeing them. It’s something about seeing them and feeling their energy that relaxes your mind and body. There are a lot of Windmills here in Texas near Corpus Christi. It’s an army of them in that area! I hope you get…read more

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    • 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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  • 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 the Woman Who Gave Me a Professional Purpose

    Dear Margaret Sanger,
    Many years ago I was hired as a pharmaceutical representative to sell birth control. At the time, I did not give much thought as to how fortunate women are when it comes to deciding when they will birth a baby. But at some point I got curious. When did contraception become available to women in this country? To my…read more

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

    The Bartender is Beautiful

    The Bartender is Beautiful

    When she told me how she cried when her kids ate her ice cream
    I realized how beautiful she was.
    The sadness that spoke from her eyes
    When she spoke of her missed bowl of ice cream it made me realize how much she loves
    And doesn’t get loved

    She works day in and day out to give her kids the world and at the end of the…read more

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    • 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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    • This poem is incredible. You can really tell from this point of view how in touch the person is with the bartender. The person feels her pain and wants to give her joy. The mother is hard working and just needed a break to enjoy her Ice cream but with her overload of children its hard to take a break from that. Many people can relate to this poem…read more

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      • I am so happy you said that people with children could relate to the poem. I don’t have children so I was worried that it would come across as oversimplification of what it must feel like to have children. I am glad you felt connection with the characters so to speak. That was what I was really trying to convey. That a simple moment can hold…read more

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      This is an incredible poem, Sarita! It makes you want the best for the bartender and her kids. I love the world you created in your poem. The dedication the mom has to make sure her kids are okay is amazing. I hope she eats as much ice cream as she can to give her heart joy! Thank you for sharing this powerful poem.

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      • She needs to alter her approach and maybe even get help planning a new way to communicate and heal her relationships with them.

        Healing the Damage

        I greet your anger with peace.
        I greet your envy with love.
        I greet your guilt with hope.
        I center myself in the beauty of spirit.
        Your arrows bend around me, they dissipate.
        I lay down my ego,…read more

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        • 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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  • Lauren Brill shared a letter in the Group logo of To the people we loveTo the people we love group 2 months ago

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

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    Dear Anxiety, You are my Achilles heel

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  • Jim shared a letter in the Group logo of Chasing Your DreamsChasing Your Dreams group 2 months, 2 weeks ago

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    My dreams to be a MLB player

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  • How I surprised myself when I became a stripper in a high school play

    I remember when I was a little girl, about 8 years old I watched a movie with Marilyn Monroe. I thought she was so beautiful and glamorous. I decided I wanted to be an actress. This was the very last career suited for an extremely shy child who never spoke to any adults except her parents. But something about being on stage or in front of a camera…read more

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    • Shelley,

      The allure of the theater is something I also share. Like you my very shy and timid personality kept me from being very popular at school. After high school a local theater company was doing a production of The Phantom of the Opera. I decided this was the time I would step out of my shell. I remember clearly a few of the people who were…read more

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  • How my dream started

    Dear Unsealers,

    I remember the exact day I started to dream about my future. It was 1995, a year after the New York Rangers won the Stanley Cup. My dad took me to Game 4 of the second round of the postseason. The Rangers were playing the Philadelphia Flyers. New York was down 3-0 in the series, and we went to the game hoping we’d witness the b…read more

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  • I am a psychic and this is my letter to those who don't believe in the magic

    To those who don’t believe in the magic,

    For a long time, I didn’t believe in the magic either.

    Instead, I was a Debbie Downer – depressed all the time. I didn’t trust anybody, including myself. I had low self-esteem. From the very beginning to this day, challenges and obstacles have overwhelmed my life.

    My father abandoned me when I was one…read more

    Dendra (as told to Lauren Brill)
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    • @dsenlightenededits @amazz94 @oneturbobenz @lindseylamar @jim-c @lostone89 @jerricaconley @qcurtis @rkartikalestari @okiwa002 @brilee258. Hey Guys! I thought you might enjoy Dendra’s story. I found it super interesting. Would love to hear your reaction. Has anyone else ever had a psychic moment. I have actually had a few. Just a few months ago, I…read more

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      • Lauren,

        I had one just last year. While driving through Streetsboro heading for Cleveland. The seatbelt buckle in my Dad’s car had a way of slapping against the door post when you weren’t wearing it. It was driving me crazy with the sound it was making. I felt uneasy about why it bothered me so much that day when it had never bothered me before.…read more

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    • Dendra,

      Your words here hit me very hard. I personally know the struggle of being told you have heart failure. While the methods of our recovery differed I am so very glad you have recovered and sharing your story with us here. My brother married a woman who has an autistic son from a previous relationship. I know the challenges that he faces…read more

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    • Emily replied 1 month ago

      Hi,

      This topic you wrote was super interesting read for me. I currently work as a registered nurse and recall briefly learning about Reiki as an example of “CAM” (complementary and alternative medicine). I strongly believe in the use of both CAM and Western medications in aiding the health of a patient. People underestimate certain things way too…read more

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