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Fear Less [Aug. 30th, 2008|10:32 pm]
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This is a draft of an essay i would so greatly appreciate any thoughts/feedback on. Thank you.

Years ago, I was out to dinner with my dads one night after swim team practice (I must have been in third or forth grade,) and I saw one of those “Go Card” postcard advertisements that are often set out in cases at the doors to different businesses that caught my eye. The card read FEAR LESS in bold pink block letters. The slogan struck me and so I grabbed the card, and even today it’s obtrusive letters still pronounce their assertion from a place on one of the walls of my room.

When I heard about the international cello festival in Israel this past fall, I knew instantly that it was something I wanted to do. It would be an amazing opportunity, both to improve upon my cello playing abilities and to see a part of the world I’d never seen before. It was a chance to experience something I hadn’t experienced, to work on being able to understand and appreciate different people, ideas, cultures. For me, understanding new things is to fear less of the world, and this was an exceptional and unparalleled chance to do it. Although the idea of the trip was scary for me for numerous reasons, all were shades and variations of my fear of something I did not know or understand, and a fear I wanted to work on erasing.
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Bread crumbs [Aug. 21st, 2008|07:50 pm]
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[Current Mood |optimisticoptimistic]

So I had this idea that I would write the story of my life up to this point. It isn't going to be linear story. It's going to be jumbled with horribly long side discussions that go nowhere. I doubt it will ever be published anywhere except the web. I want people to read it so I'm laying out bread crumbs.

This is a bread crumb.

Follow it to my journal. Read that. It'll give you a rough idea who I am. I'll be posting bits of my story as I write it, here and other places.
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Newbi on the loose. [Dec. 16th, 2006|06:17 pm]
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My life? you mean someone is actually going to listen for once? I have lived one of those lifes in which every one thinks your very stable, emotionally and financially. All your friends think that your spoiled and that everything you have ever needed is handed to you on a silver platter. I do understand that I'm more "Lucky" than other people and i do live my life more carefree than most; but sometimes I feel like I'm being poked and prodded because My family cares; because I have decided not to carry chips on my shoulders; because I was blessed with a life that most see as care free.

"That;s Actionman, he will live free, die proud, live long and play loud." Only if they knew that night i would sit in a bathtub for hours on stare at the white on white colored wall (yes I couldn't believe that was actually a color either until I decided to look up what had me captivated).

Sometimes I sit in my car at the traffic lights and scream on the top of my lungs to let the pressures of my life out.

Newsflash to those of you who think I'm perfect being me; sometimes life is an act, and the character you portray is the only one you really know.
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Excerpt from "How I Learned to Date 1988-1990" [Aug. 14th, 2006|01:05 pm]
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On Saturday night I went out for a drink with an old friend of mine from High School Days . We had an intense couple of hours catching up on what a roller coaster life has been for us as we enter our 40's. She is in the dating pool and like most who are in it, don't feel it is a very fun place to be.Ironically we shared our cozy bar with a large wedding party complete with bride and groom.
On my way to see her "the 2 commodities of dating" popped into my head:
First Commodity: Lonliness:the motivating force that causes you to get out there and meet potential life partners. When lonliness strikes it causes you to do things you would not have done if you feel cozy and secure.This is what led me to move out of Manhattan and to Long Island with my cousins.

Second Commodity: Yourself:the development of an authentic life that you enjoy by yourself and makes you attractive to others. This is what Janet Price taught me.

Ta,diary entries with Janet Price to come soon...
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Hi there! [Jun. 29th, 2006|08:00 pm]
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Hi there,
I am trying to find a "virtual community" to share these entries I am making about my life about 20 years ago in NYC. I am trying to process that time through writing. I find it is a great thing to do but this is the first time I am doing it online.
My kid calls, gotta go for now!! Hope to hear back!
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(no subject) [Feb. 19th, 2006|11:30 pm]
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Hey, I just joined. Im currently working on a story of my life..so far :) Its called my life, my secret, my struggle. I was looking for a life writing community and found you guys :)

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Welcome! [Feb. 8th, 2006|11:17 am]
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So I'll confess: the impetus for my wanting to create this community is the, not one, but two nonfiction classes I'm taking this semester - one specifically for reading, analyzing and writing memoir, and the other for a more general "creative nonfiction". I've been reading so much great life writing in the class and I'll get a chance to write a lot, but since I don't really *know* anyone in class, I don't have anyone to talk about life writing with.

That said, I'm all start, very little follow-through. I'm not really sure what this community should be about, so if anyone wants to comment and... you know... let me know what this community should be about, that'd be pretty awesome.
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