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It Wasn’t My Fault

By V. - I was 17. It was another hot and humid summer evening and as usual my friends I were “partying”. Nothing that regular teenagers didn’t do at that time in the early 80’s. We always partied at the neighbors house because her mom worked the night shift and ...

Setting My Own Bar in Life

By Sandra — "...and you can pretty much guarantee another baby." I'm eavesdropping as I sit next to a girl talking to her friend on how to game the government benefits we are all here to collect. It's a monthly check under a program called WIC (Women Infant and Children ...

I Could Have Been a Statistic

By Carrie --- Raised by parents who struggled with drug addiction, in an environment where abuse was rampant, I lived a childhood filled with setbacks, heartbreak and challenges. At 11, my dad beat my mom in the early hours of the morning and left for Cali and shortly thereafter ended ...