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  • Sleep

    I need to sleep. It's not just me, as human beings we all need to sleep. But I'm too tired and selfish to think about the bigger picture right now. When I turn off the lights and close my eyes and wait for the dreams to come, those fluffy sheep to lull me away, it doesn't work.I don't have a sleep disorder. I've dreamt about it, ironically enough, and I've googled it a trillion different times. ...

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    Insomnia,
    Work,
    Worry
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  • empty and low

    Hmm...have been thinking about my relationship with Mr C.he was my loverwe had an affairfor 17yrsit seems a long time ago now, but it's been about 5yrssince we split upor rather,he dumped meI often think about himeven though he treated me so badlyhe could be kindand very charming-there are things I missbut there were times when he wasemotionally abusivehe would say thingsthat were not quite rightor put me downhe would complement meon my looksbut didn't ...

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  • Unwanted Visitor

    Sometime it feels almost like a physical presence - something just off to one side of me, an energy-sapping invisible mass that sucks in all the joy and optimism, leaving my face defensless against gravity and unable to smile. When it's with me, I have no place in the world. When it's with me, everyone around me deserves to be where they are a thousand times more than I do. When it's with me, I am ...

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  • Alone And Single-Handed

    O what a gift independence is! To secure a reality through hard work. To have worked alone and single-handedly though no man is an island. Surely this will woe employers in these failing times I am hard-wired to believe?In the meantime and there is a long meantime it is OK not to have obtained this virtue to the degree they are looking for or for what is right and fair for me. Coping with an ...

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    courage,
    self encouragement
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  • Susan the Great

    I'm played by Julia Roberts as she is how I really want to look, both from when she was young and how she looks now.  Also I like her personality; she seems full of fun, just like me.  But there's that little sadness in the back of her eyes, a little wistfulness, again just like me.  You know that she's seen some life on her journey to where she is (I was going to say ...

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