Out of the Cocoon

| This is the 80th story of Our Life Logs | My story begins in Clermont-Ferrand, my birthplace in France, a city rich in history and culture, where the first Christian crusade was initiated. My parents first arrived in this town after immigrating from Algeria during the national crisis in the 80s. Since its independence in 1962, Algeria was ruled by the NLF (National Liberation Front), … Continue reading Out of the Cocoon

Elsewhere

| This is the 78th story of Our Life Logs | I think the hardest question for me to answer is also one of the simplest: “Where are you from?” I often find myself pausing before replying, contemplating what would be the correct answer to give depending on the setting we are in. Do I give the shorter version which simply involves two continents and five … Continue reading Elsewhere

I Am Stronger Than These Thoughts

This is the 73rd story of Our Life Logs   I’ve lived a life of self-reliance and I believe that there are times in which this is our only choice. But if you have the chance to let another person help you as you struggle, let them in. I had a normal childhood living in Ohio with my parents and older sister. My parents got … Continue reading I Am Stronger Than These Thoughts

Mending What Was Broken

This is the 72nd story of Our Life Logs   I was born in 1996 in Lexington, Kentucky where my parents worked to try to keep us above the poverty line. My mom worked tirelessly to make money with multiple jobs while my dad refused to work more than one job. To make matters worse, my dad preferred blowing the money he’d just made on luxuries … Continue reading Mending What Was Broken