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    Just, Pleased With Me

    One of our basest, barest needs is that those whom we respect, whose gaze it matters to be subject of, are pleased with us. Not disappointed in us. Approve of us. We go to great lengths to maintain some sort of control over the good-grace exchange, most of us caving to lying – to ourselves or to those to whom we give that power. Just to be found worthy of notice. Am I worthy of your notice? Are you pleased with me? It matters to me. Why is it, then, that it is so easy to dismiss another person as not worthy of my trust, or attention, even, merely because…

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    Beloved, Love

    Beloved, Love So, it seems like I’ve always known how to cook and sew. I started using my mom’s Bernina when my friends were playing with their Easy Bake Ovens. I would rather find a beautiful piece of fabric and craft a garment myself than to purchase one already made but uninteresting. And I definitely knew it was much better to bake a full-sized cake that I could share with my family or friends, then to snack on the flat disc of a thing the oven-toy called “cake!”             As I grew into adulthood many remarked, “you should open your own bakery or café!” or “you should hire out your…