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home-less

" from

Single Mom At Work

at

Work It, Mom!

:

Heat escapes; cold permeates. This is also true for my heart since the divorce. It is hard to keep it warm, keep it heated, trust that warmth will stay. That I will be able to afford the warmth. I no longer believe that I will find a warm place and warm people, not for keeps.

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The Four Words That Matter Most

" from

Depressions and Confessions

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Writer Whacked In Effigy

" from

Madame Paradox

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Beating a Dead Horse

" from

Make It Stop!

:

One of the things that has frustrated me most since 9/11 has been the way conservatives have rushed to abandon the very principles that make our nation what it is in pursuit of security and retribution. They warn all the time that we can't let the terrorists win, but isn't that exactly what happens when we sacrifice our civil liberties, our mutual toleration, our system of justice in order to protect ourselves from the threat those terrorists represent?

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Rest In Peace Little Monster Truck

" from

rathergood.com

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I Am Too Sexy For Google, Mostly Because Google Is Just Stupid, And Also Possibly A Racist

" from

MFA Mama

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Day 4: Something I Have to Forgive Someone For

" from

Sarah and the Goon Squad

:

I forgive you all. I know you didn’t mean it. I know you didn’t know how what you were saying sounded to me. I know you don’t understand what I do or why it is important or what it means to me. I know that blogging is new and weird and incomprehensible as a valid career option. You don’t know how it feels to hear it. You don’t know how much work I have put into this or what I get out of it or how you have invalidated me as a person. How you have nullified my last five years of work as a stupid hobby that doesn’t count.

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Chagrin! It's What's for Dinner.

" from

A Whole Lot of Nothing

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For Tanis

" from

Avitable

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Why I'm Not Wearing Purple

" from

hameBlog

:

So the latest social media meme is to wear purple or turn your profile avatar purple today to support lesbian, gay, and transgender people, or to stop them being bullied, or to campaign against hate-based legislation, or... something.
Thank you — honestly — but I'm not doing it.

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A Culture of Poverty

" by

Ta-Nehisi Coates

at

The Atlantic

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Ramón Found and Lost

" from

Schmutzie.com

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Nonsense

" from

Ordinary Art

:

Some days I don’t know how to live, and so I simply drive my car with the radio blaring. Something has got to give. I listen to this song on the way to work this morning. I’m blind, and it makes me sad because the sky is beautiful. I try and read the clouds like braille. Nothing makes sense, or maybe everything makes sense but I’m not paying enough attention. All I can think is that at this very moment there are rats hurling themselves into oceans to escape exploding ships. There are people saying sorry. Sorry makes even less sense than clouds.

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