the sound of the world softens…

The first snow is when I notice it the most. The sound of the world softens. Everything grows quiet as if the frozen precipitation formed a large sound deadening blanket that removes our ability to hear everyday things we take for granted like the sound of the wind moving through the trees. I hear nothing…not…

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Gaslighting

This has been a weekend of learning new things about a type of abuse that is misunderstood. It’s hard to pin it down. It’s hard to call it out. It’s hard to see because it doesn’t cause physical marks. It’s psychological abuse. It’s manipulation and one of the things that I realized is, it isn’t…

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Why do I run?

Moliere said, “Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.” Is that the same for slow thinkers? I remember the arguments from my late teens and early 20s where I was accused of burying my head in the sand and avoiding difficult decisions, situations, and discussions. That became a recurring theme in my…

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Be Picky

Over the weekend I ran into an aunt I haven’t seen in forever. She and I had a great conversation in which we talked about relationships. She said to me, “be picky.” I assured her that I was. I also told her I keep myself too busy for a relationship anyway. This morning, in a…

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Too Flippant

I was at lunch with some friends the other day telling a story about this guy I once was seeing who was sad all the time. I made the flippant, joking statement that his depression was so contagious that, “I wanted to blow my own brains out after every conversation with him”. At that very moment, I looked…

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