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Predictability and a well-executed plan–these are the things I crave as much as strong coffee after an all-nighter with my teething baby.  In the fall of 2019, I felt anxious about returning to my job in school psychology after an extended maternity leave, so it was no surprise I went into hyper-planning mode in the […]

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I slammed the door in my husband’s face, leaving a heap of hurtful accusations in my wake. I was angry and determined to let him know. This was the pattern day after day in our first year of marriage. When faced with struggles, my thoughts quickly crawled back into the neural pathways of fight and […]

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When you’ve lived through abuse, it comes back: in dreams, in fears in flashes of anger That seem to have no source. It returns cloaked, but recognizable.  It’s fear,  perpetual disappointment,  a trap. Second-guessing, self-recrimination, no time to think. It’s lonely: the feeling that you alone hold responsibility for all things at all times. You […]

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“How do you feel?” my new husband asks into the darkness, stroking my hair to the rhythm of the waves outside the bedroom window.  His voice is low and sleepy, but I can still hear a hint of angst. The reflection of my sequined white dress hanging on the wardrobe door creates a glistening disco […]

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A Giant Burden By Kendra Kruckenberg 2011 “There’s something I’ve been meaning to talk to you about,” my boyfriend, David says, leaning forward to play with my hair.  He sits on his worn, hand-me-down couch while I sit in front of him on the cheap apartment carpet, my back resting against his shins. My stomach […]

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I came across an old photo album in my closet the other day. In two seconds, I was distracted, flipping through the pages and laughing at hairstyles that were courtesy of a bad perm and half a can of Aqua Net. “The kids would love this,” I said to myself, wondering why I hadn’t stored […]

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