“She gave her a reason to write her own words, to see that words had also brought her to life. “‘Don’t punish yourself,’ she heard her say again, but there would be punishment and pain, and there would be happiness, too. That was writing.” from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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Last night I had a dream… I received a text message from someone – I don’t know who – asking if I wanted to meet for lunch. I replied, “Yes. When/where?” And then I sat and held onto my phone so I’d feel it vibrate when I got a response. I waited. I tapped the …

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