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Patience My Dear: Your Bus is Coming

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It was 6:35 p.m. on Market Street in Manchester. I was sat at the bus stop waiting for the 62 that would drop me a quarter mile from Granny’s house. I had a lot of bags and very little patience. I had been out all day and just wanted to get home, have a bowl of rib and dumpling soup, and relax. The West Indies was playing India that evening and I had promised Grandad I would watch the cricket with him. I had things to do and the bus was already 7 minutes later...

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Square Dancin’ My Way to the Top

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I don’t remember what class it was, but somewhere during my pre-teen days we were taught to square dance. You must understand that my middle school class consisted of 26 students, with about 18 countries of origin between us all. We were a diverse and spirited young group, with teachers who introduced us to all sorts of off the wall things – including square dancing. I liked excitedly screaming out the “do-si-do” (pronounced 'dough-see-dough') part, but generally disliked square dancing.   Besides the fact that I abhor organized dance, I think I particularly disliked this one because...

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Menstrual Cycle State of Mind

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It’s a searing pain in a place you don’t really know exists till it begins. It happens in organs and spaces you can never really feel until you do feel them. Then it is hard to be aware of much else. It’s a push, a pull, and a contracting pressure that doesn’t let up for 24 – 48 hours if you’re one of the luckier ones. It is like a miniature orchestra with sharp instruments rented out the lowest part of your stomach to play an unending symphony that sets you on edge. It is...

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“Special Is As Special Does”

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Have you ever had this sneaky feeling that you’re special? I mean really special. Diamond in the rough, destined for greatness, legend in the making kind of special. Have you had an inner confidence since you were a child that one day you were going to do something truly great? The good news is – you are special! You are fearfully and wonderfully made. You have a mission that is yours alone to accomplish, a mark to leave, and lives to impact. That’s the good news. The bad news is – special is as special...

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Beautiful, Strip Away the Labels

Y O U .  A R E  .  N O T  .  P  R E T T Y You are not tall You are not ugly You are not small - You are not white You are not black You are not slow You are not 'fast' - You are not loose You are not uptight You are not out of mind Nor are you out of sight - You are not skinny You are not fat…or phat…or fatt You are not sexy You are not 'all that' - You are not the sh*t You are not a b*tch You are not a stepping-stone A building block A some-thing to own - You are not classy Nor are you last season You are...

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