Dumped & Depressed: “You Wouldn’t Leave Someone With Cancer,” He Said.

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“You wouldn’t leave someone with cancer,” he said.

She blinked, not quite sure she was hearing what she was hearing. “What does that have to do with anything?”

“You’re breaking up with me because I have depression,” he said. “That’s wrong. Not only is it wrong, it’s cruel. I never thought you were someone who would do something like that.  » Read more

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If I Told You That Life Had No Purpose, How Would You Feel?

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If I told you that life had no purpose, how would you feel? Would you feel crushed? Or would you feel free?

For me, it all depends on the day. On whatever river of emotions I’m currently floating down.

Sometimes I’m gripped with sadness at this idea. With the realization that there’s no way to win at the game I’m playing.  » Read more

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Helping People Learn to Crochet During Nuclear Winter

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“Look at the bright side,” I say to him. “When Roe v. Wade is overturned, you’ll be a hot piece of ass with your vasectomy and all.”

He cracks a smile. Chuckles. “You’re terrible,” he says.

“Maybe,” I say, “But you laughed.”

“I did indeed.”

It’s maybe not the best way to deal with the feeling that the world is ending any day now.  » Read more

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When You’ve Changed, You Have to Decide Whether to Accept It or Try to Force Yourself Back

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Two months ago, I moved from Cleveland to Dallas. I laughed the first time I was asked if I might be amenable to moving to Texas five months ago.

But the more I learned about the job opportunity in Dallas, the less insane it sounded.

And a month after that, I was straight out getting rid of most of what I owned,  » Read more

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