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Writer, screenwriter, person…?

Hiking in Colorado (photo by me)

Is there anything more sweat-inducing than the classic, “So tell me about yourself?” (Nope. I am literally sweating through my palms onto my keyboard right now.)

Don’t get me wrong; I think this publication is awesome! I just don’t know how to do this right.

There’s just something that feels…


But science would tell me I should probably chill

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I turned 31 last week, and admittedly I’m not thrilled to have passed that nice little age of 30.

But my unease has little to do with aging itself. I think the 30s are a great time in the lives of women. …


It’s just not as simple as people like to think it is

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I recently wrote out my feelings about the ‘other woman,’ and in many instances, the comments I got were reminders that the situation was my partner’s fault, suggestions that I should leave him, or implications that because I chose to forgive him I should have no more feelings on the…


Not all ‘other women’…

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Shit, I don’t want to do this. When I tell you I really don’t want to write this story, I mean it.

Unfortunately, I woke up this morning at 6:30 am and my brain was already dictating it for me, and now, the subsequent feelings are stuck in my chest…


OPEN LETTERS

But is my dad secretly talking to me?

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My dad wrote this letter and gave it to me to make sure his youngest son — just eight months old now — receives it when needed in distant the future.

(He also told me I was welcome to use and publish it as I pleased.)

Though young at heart…


OPEN LETTERS

An open letter to my neighbor

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My dad wrote an open letter to his neighbor and shared it with me to share on Medium. This seems perfect the place for it.

Dear D,

I look across the alley and see your lovely partner J embracing and preparing for motherhood, but it seems to me, without the…


FICTION

From the desk of GOD

My father wrote this for Mother’s Day ten years ago and shared it with me this week. It’s a beautiful piece, and I thought you all would enjoy it.

From the desk of GOD

Well, it’s mother’s day again. I expect I will have all those women looking up at me again, asking about this…


THIS HAPPENED TO ME

It’d surprise the ‘me’ of several months ago…

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Hi folks! It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

You know, I think about all of you every day.

And my lack of participation here in any capacity over recent weeks and months has been a bit of a cloud hanging over my head. …


New and interesting writers!

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Hey Medium Family!

It’s time for another quick check-in from About Me Stories (which as of this moment, has 1,930 followers!).

Writers, thank you for your stories, your introspection, and your honesty.

Readers, I think you’re going to enjoy this week’s crop. 😉

10 Selected About Me Stories

As is the case nearly every week…


New and interesting writers!

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Hey Medium Family!

It’s that time again. Time, that is, for another quick check-in from About Me Stories!

To those who wrote stories this week, thank you! …

Elan Cassandra

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