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A New Hope

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“We’ve been clutching so desperately to the past, and for what?” “Because that’s when there was hope.” This is one of the most impressionable quotes I’ve heard. It is both sullen and truthful at the same time. I once believed that the further we moved away from childhood the sadder we became as we experienced losses and heartaches. And I guess this quote validated my belief. Oftentimes the words spoken by others can have a lingering impact on us. I remember someone once describing life to me by saying that an individual life holds very little meaning and is merely a series of moments and fleeting memories strung together to grant the deception of meaning in our limited existence. And…

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Give me something good to eat

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With Halloween right around the corner, one can’t help but reminisce of days in sweaty winter coats with a polyester Jem apron strapped on top. Lugging a full pillowcase with intentions of filling it to the brim, my friends and I used to hit up the “rich” part of town first in hopes of full chocolate bars and cans of pop.Cul de sacs full of giant brick houses, passing out loot bags worth at least five dollars and those wealthy folk usually delivered and never disappointed. That being said we thought we would rhyme off the worst candy found inside that pumpkin bucket, with plastic so fine on the lip, it scratched a fine layer of skin from your hand…

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This is why I run

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  When I was ten years old my sister had a seizure. She was diagnosed with epilepsy and it became an everyday part of her life. As time passed by, her seizures subsided but would come back with a great vengeance, hitting her with grand mals and leaving her with permanent symptoms that she could not shake. Yvonne was a laboratory technologist and after she got married she found it difficult to work in her condition. However, she did have two children. Her second pregnancy was difficult because she could not take her medicine and began seizing later in the pregnancy. After the birth of my second niece, Amy, Yvonne found it difficult to pronounce words properly. She struggled with…

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