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July 2008 Archives

Day 2: More of Your Stories

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There were so many amazing stories written on the thread “Your Story,” so I’m just publishing some of the first ones written there. Likes these from Group Beyond Blue members Luthitarian, iLiberty, and Lapatosu. To read more Beyond Blue, go […]

Luthitarian: Turning It to Fertilizer

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I was raised in a family that had pretty much shut down emotionally for a generation or two. Feelings were messy things you swept out with the dust bunnies. My parents never fought; they just gave each other the silent […]

iLiberty: I Am Jane Doe

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I’ve never attempted suicide. I’ve never been hospitalized. I go to work nearly every day and support a large family. I’ve taken my meds regularly for the past 17 years without fail. I don’t forget. I can’t forget. The cost […]

Lapatosu: There Are No Villains

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I’ve survived the normal issues in an American woman’s life in the 80’s and 90’s. Raising 6 kids through the teenage years, father remarries, mother’s medical crisis’, death of stepmom, car wrecks, job changes, alcohol abuse on my part, with […]

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