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Pieces of Paper

Pieces of paper scattered on the floor – reminders that haunt me of all life was before… before your life was done – barely just begun.

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Please

You take me out to dinner buy me tickets to the show. And anyplace you take me is a place I wanna go. Everytime you touch me I can feel it in my soul. There’s unspoken words between us. Could you already know?

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This House

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“Abandoned Farmhouse” photographed by Lisa Moore December 17th, 2012

Another day is done and gone and you’re still not here. I’m still thinking that it’s wrong for you to be not here with me. Time is cruel it just moves on. Yet here I am standing still on the Wheel of Time – where you were mine and you were alive with light in your eyes. But now you’ve gone and I’m alone. This house is not a home now that you’ve gone.

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Can I kiss you?

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By Jacqueline Dotzenrod

Part One – “Can I Kiss You?”

Scene One

Scene opens on Jocelyn and Amanda in their dorm room. The room is half-unpacked with boxes strewn about the space. Both sides are symmetrical – each having a twin-size bed, desk, and chair with a communal desk in between. A rotary telephone is sitting on the center desk. The girls enter, Amanda’s arms full of t-shirts, a frisbee, travel mug, credit card applications, and miscellaneous flyers for various campus events.

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Suffering with grace

Just One Take

flowerOne of my favorite spiritual leaders growing up was a priest named Father Jim. I believe he came to our small-town parish in the mid- to late 90s – I remember being about 12 years of age. I didn’t realize what a big deal it was at the time, but mine was the first CCD class where both the boys and the girls were trained to be altar attendants.*

My sister, brother, and I all served at mass dozens of times – probably hundreds if you were to tally up the instances between the three of us. As a child and even as a teenager, I probably didn’t fully appreciate the role I played as an altar attendant. Regardless, I think it was important as a young person for me to understand that a religious community – just like any other community – has jobs that need done and members…

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Almost

14978018908381914568638I almost said I love you. I almost told you what I feel. I almost said that I love you. I always have. I always will.

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I am so much more

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I am so much more than a victim.

I am a survivor.

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10 Superfoods Women Should Eat

My reaction to “10 Superfoods Women Should Eat” {E658E462-3D75-42CF-8DFB-76D21C88B0CD}quinoa-2

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On being “lucky”

I am a survivor.

I have survived not one – but two sexual assaults.

I have survived the loss of my babies, Alexandra and Frances.

I have survived the loss of dear friends Dustin and Jennifer.

I’ve also survived three car crashes, four job losses, and high school.

Yet, I still consider myself a “lucky” survivor of sexual assault.

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The days that follow

In the days that followed since Cole Mooridian sexually assaulted me in his home during the early morning hours of June 4th – his life continued as normal.

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