How I Left His Harem and Rediscovered Myself

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They don’t wake up planning to hurt, manipulate and cheat. Narcissists are emotionally damaged. But their story is not our responsibility — and reasons are not excuses.

After my text to him, I shut my phone off to hide. My life felt…

UNEMPLOYMENT, CHANGE, COVIDLAYOFF

Could A COVID-19 Layoff Be Exactly What You Need?

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Empty boxes are like open doors. You need to fill them with your old life before starting anew.

I’ll never forget my nearly 20-year career with a company I love so much. Our parting ways felt more like an amputation; neither…

SEXUALITY

My First Kiss With A Woman

“Sometimes we reveal ourselves when we are least like ourselves.”
― Anaïs Nin

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Ladies: if a real-life goddess ever leans in to kiss you in the bathroom of the strip bar where you both work, you pucker up. Gay, straight, gender-neutral, asexual, fucking comatose — just do it — even…

ADULTING. LIFE.

If you ask this question, read on.

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I was told in conversation that ‘Only losers quit’. This struck me as hostile and had I wished to unpack the statement, I’m certain there’d be a story.

I decided to smile and change the subject.

I respected their beliefs but wasn’t on…

CELEBRITY, COMIC

Her latest special is refreshingly human and hilarious

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2020 has been hijacked by a global pandemic and our mental health is at stake (in addition to our lives). As of today, there is no cure for COVID-19. Most of the world has been on lock down for portions of or most of the year. Millions have lost their…

RAPE, SEX, STRIPPING, SURVIVAL

A Most Unwelcome Reunion

Source: The Guardian/Interview by Chris Wiegand (Natalie Portman as Alice and Clive Owen as Larry in the film, Closer. Photograph: Collection Christophel/Alamy Stock Photo. The article titled: How we made Closer — by Clive Owen and Patrick Marber.

As the fourth and final song faded, the DJ in our club at the north end of Waikiki kept the crowd pumped for another set of nude women on stage under the flashing black lights. …

A 90s Party Girl’s Thoughts on Chris Cornell

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May 2020 marks the 3rd Anniversary of Cornell’s death. This was, is and will always be my love-letter to his family and musicians/music lover’s everywhere.

My wheels crawled along the asphalt and I breathed in the afternoon sky. Brushstrokes of cotton candy melting with fireside abstracts served my daily commute…

When I was a stripper, I danced to her songs. Now, she’s leading me into a new adventure: Old(er) Age.

Photo Source: The album’s artwork was shot by photographer Gary Heery and directed by Carin Goldberg [Wikipedia] Circa 1983.

The first time I heard Madonna sing she was telling me to get up and do my thing. I was 14 and dancing with Mitch Ruben, one of my many high school crushes. We were barefoot, dancing on the grass in the backyard of Lori Morgan’s house. I couldn’t make…

Wading Through The Darkness

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The rabbit hole of truth. It seduces me with promises of knowledge. It haunts me when I cannot look away.

It is raw.

It is ugly.

The agony weighs me down until my tears lift the cloak of despair.

My tears have been born from heartache with too much consumption…

Christine Macdonald

Walking Cliché. www.poletosoul.com (Pole To Soul)

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