Category Archives: Growing Up

Unrestrained Innocence

First posted on August 27, 2013 When we are children we seldom think of the future. This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can. The day we fret about the future is the day we leave … Continue reading

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And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. Anaïs Nin

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I Love You Like….

Written by a baby sister to her older sibling for a “cupcake” themed baby shower My family of origin was a mangled mess of divorce, dysfunction and parental abuse.  Losing contact for many years with most of my family … Continue reading

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They Learn

I forgive the ones who during childhood showed the wrong ways I should live.  I am deeply grateful to the people who later showed compassion and love to a boy in a man’s body. I have a good life because … Continue reading

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Remember Your Reflection

How some one sees me is only one view. Each interpretation of the person I am is different. None is completely accurate, not even my view of myself. Humility and gratitude are the best paths to self-awareness. I am perfectly … Continue reading

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Your Very Own Self

It starts innocently enough, perhaps the first time you recognize your own reflection. You’re not yet 2 years old, brushing your teeth, standing on your steppy stool by the bathroom sink, when suddenly it dawns on you: That foam-flecked face … Continue reading

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Intention, Decision and Chance

Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker? Garth Nix When I was younger destiny seemed out of my control.; a predetermined path to eventual destinations. I grew up, became an adult and stopped thinking much about … Continue reading

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Promises, Promises

A promise kept is a healthy, living thing. A broken promise lives in the land of the dead. Wikipedia explains a “promise” to be: commitment by someone to do or not do something. As a noun promise means a declaration assuring that … Continue reading

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When You Look Back

This morning browsing for a quotes something C.S. Lewis wrote came into my view: When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am … Continue reading

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Fitting In

In high school, everything revolves around “fitting in.” Adolescents are basically children in bigger bodies (with some hormones sprinkled in). If one does not fit in, one does not get to play in all the reindeer games. It’s lonely not … Continue reading

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