Mom in her 40s

Mom died too young of ovarian cancer.  I miss her.  She taught me the important things.  Be kind.  Think hard.  Never be afraid.  Care.  Tolerate differences.  Go out and play.  She tried to teach me to talk less and listen more.   Still working on that one, Mom.   P.S. enjoy this short audio created to honor mom:
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Dear Friend: An Open Letter About My Alcoholic Boyfriend

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The Dream of a Perfect Family: One Woman Tries to Remake Her Troubled History

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Because I'm in Rehab

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