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  • Enough is enough

    Dear Domestic Violence Victims and survivors,

    I need not tell you that what you have went through is wrong. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 20 people per minute experience Domestic violence. 20 people per minute. My own Father experienced it just 8 years ago. Last week it again struck a blow within my circle of…read more

    Roger Marshal Chamberlain
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  • Man on Fire

    Dear Denzel Washington,

    I was only 5 years old when I saw the movie that won you your first Oscar, Glory. With my paternal background including a Civil War hero it was a welcoming start to the impact you’ve had on my life since.
    As I’ve watched your career I’ve always felt connected to the characters you’ve played. The masterful way you’ve…read more

    Roger Chamberlain
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  • Dear Jane,

    I first heard about you thru your brilliant performances in movies. That first movie was “Barefoot in the Park”. You were a non-traditional wife. You played that character as a woman who was not afraid to demand from the people around her what she wanted from them. That role probably reflected who you were as young woman. Somewhere in time, I dec…read more

    Shelley
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  • Gabrielle, this is how you helped lay the foundation for my future

    Dear Gabrielle Union,

    When I was a teenager, you starred in the most popular movies of my generation, such as She’s All That and Bring It On. Your career has stood the test of time, but for me (and the world), your relevance extends well beyond your movie credits.

    At a young age, you helped lay the foundation for a life I didn’t even yet…read more

    Lauren Brill
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  • aliciaw shared a letter in the Group logo of To the people we loveTo the people we love group 4 days, 20 hours ago

    You Saw in Me What I See in Others

    Dear Karina,

    I am fortunate that you decided venture out at work and talk to a coworker that wasn’t in your department. Starting a simple conversation about a potential shared interest, “Do you like rock music?” seemed so easy for you. You’ve told me in many different ways over the years, you saw what made us different from everyone else is what…read more

    Alicia
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    • Aww this is so sweet. Friends that have your back and see your greatness are the absolute best. Karina sounds awesome! And I am so glad she encouraged you to write because you are talented and have and will inspire so many people. Xo

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  • Roger Chamberlain shared a letter in the Group logo of PoetryPoetry group 6 days, 15 hours ago

    Love Undercover

    I’ve fallen in love with you
    In a lingering silence
    Despite my best intentions
    Your beauty grabbed my heart
    My mind was obliged to follow

    The silence is my own doing
    Courage I lack to say the words I feel
    I’ve said them before and I’ve been left broken
    Knowing that the meaning in them was unrequited
    So I long in the silence I’ve created

    That…read more

    Roger Marshal Chamberlain
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  • aliciaw shared a letter in the Group logo of Women's EmpowermentWomen's Empowerment group 1 week ago

    Save Yourself

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

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    • Honestly, this letter is even more beautiful as I read it back right now. There is so much beauty and strength is this piece. You are unbelievable strong and you have such a beautiful heart, you fairytale love story is on its way. And you are right, you can’t make someone love you the way you want and deserve to be loved. You can only refuse to…read more

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      • Thank you so much for your words, Lauren! This was a hard piece to share, but our bit of conversation during the workshop reminded me that is a relatable experience. Hearing you share your bit of your relational history affirmed that we shouldn’t give up on the things we believe in.

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    • Hi Alicia. What an incredible and moving letter. To leave something after so long and something you wanted so much had to be very tough. Took a lot of strength. I’m glad you have that strength

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      • Thank you for recognizing my strength, Jim! I couldn’t have made such a transition if it weren’t for others in my life also reminding me of the strength I have.

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        • Of course Alicia. Your strength is very easily recognizable. Making difficult decisions is not an easy thing to do. Few can. But I think , while others reminding you certainly helps, you are certainly capable of making that transition by yourself, but also smart enough to lean on others to help you too. Your strength is clear. And will only grow 🙂

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    • Alicia,

      I applaud you for making not the right decision, not the wrong decision but the best decision for YOUR life. You analyzed the level of depth that was lacking in your relationship that wasn’t there. You knew what makes you happy and you found yourself still searching. The power and courage it takes to let go of someone rather than to h…read more

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      • Jamie, I absolutely loved that you positioned my decision outside of the terms wrong/right because I struggled with that for a while. Prioritizing myself over my relationship made me feel selfish, but it was truly about me taking control of my future. Thank you for speaking such kind words into my life!

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        • Alicia,

          I definitely felt that struggle in your words in your letter. Your story hits home more than you know and has challenged me to think which I appreciate. You mentioned feeling selfish at that time. If you look at any great person they’ve separated themselves from being average because of the sacrifices they’ve made. That’s why you’v…read more

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  • Roger Chamberlain shared a letter in the Group logo of PoetryPoetry group 1 week ago

    A Term Comes

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

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

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    A Lesson Through Love

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  • Jim shared a letter in the Group logo of Mental HealthMental Health group 1 week ago

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    Life lesson: learned

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  • BigStudBundy shared a letter in the Group logo of Magical MomentsMagical Moments group 1 week ago

    Buying a ticket for the subway

    The first time I was taking the subway in New York City on my own I was a little intimidated. It was only the 3rd time in my life I had been to New York. I wasn’t fully comfortable walking the streets let alone taking the subway. Growing up I had seen so many movies where people were mugged or pick pocketed on the sub way. I remembered there w…read more

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  • Lauren Brill shared a letter in the Group logo of Chasing Your DreamsChasing Your Dreams group 1 week, 2 days ago

    Why I broke off my engagement and what it taught me

    Dear Unsealed Community,

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

    Lauren
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  • Jim shared a letter in the Group logo of Mental HealthMental Health group 2 weeks, 4 days ago

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    Safe space for me

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  • Jim shared a letter in the Group logo of Magical MomentsMagical Moments group 2 weeks, 4 days ago

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    Expanding the comfort zone

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  • The Only Mom I'd Need

    Dear Mom,

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

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

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      • Kayjah,

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

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  • Dear Me 🧡

    Dear Me,

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

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

    When the bank funds were…read more

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

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

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

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    • Jim replied 2 weeks ago

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

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

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        • Jim replied 2 weeks ago

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

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  • Mom, Here is why I am strong

    Dear Mom,

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

    You know eve…read more

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

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  • Roger Chamberlain shared a letter in the Group logo of PoetryPoetry group 3 weeks, 6 days ago

    Long Black Train (The Road Back)

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

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

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

    Roger M Chamberlain
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  • MMansfield28 shared a letter in the Group logo of Remembering those we lost/GriefRemembering those we lost/Grief group 1 month ago

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    My Purple Heart

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  • MMansfield28 shared a letter in the Group logo of To the people we loveTo the people we love group 1 month ago

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    Purple Tears

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