An Innate Survival

| This is the 349th story of Our Life Logs |I grew up in a small Italian neighborhood in the North End of Bridgeport, Connecticut, alongside my younger sister. Growing up in the 1980s, we spent our days running off with neighborhood friends, only returning home when the hum of the streetlights came on.If I wasn’t playing with friends, I was with my grandparents who lived … Continue reading An Innate Survival

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At the Foot of the Mountain

| This is the 344th story of Our Life Logs |I grew up on a small Caribbean Island in the 1990s where I loved to play sports and solve math problems. I always looked up to my dad who was a successful accountant and I dreamed of following in his footsteps. Though, as I began my journey to high school, I found myself straying from the … Continue reading At the Foot of the Mountain

A Life Not Lost

| This is the 330th story of Our Life Logs |The past has claws—The future has wings.Born in 2001 in Gainesville, Florida, I was first taken from my parents when I was just a one-month-old baby boy because of sexual abuse and incest. My father was registered as a sex offender. Over time, my father lost all rights to see me, while my mother’s supervised visits … Continue reading A Life Not Lost

Because You Never Know

| This is the 317th story of Our Life Logs |‘“What happens when people open their hearts?”’‘“They get better.”’–Haruki Marakami, Norwegian WoodBorn into a struggling family in 1989 in Glasgow, Scotland, I lived in the middle of a dangerous neighborhood. I grew up watching over my shoulder and trying to keep the peace in our home. Though I breathed the air of misfortune, it did not … Continue reading Because You Never Know

A Freedom Worth Sharing

| This is the 309th story of Our Life Logs |I was born in York, Pennsylvania, on April 3, 1994, raised in a family where I was one of five girls. Emotions—my mother’s, specifically—ran our household. If Mom was upset, everyone’s emotional state shifted. My sisters and I walked on eggshells around her, holding our breath as we waited to be a happy family again. Unfortunately, … Continue reading A Freedom Worth Sharing

It’s All Possible

| This is the 299th story of Our Life Logs | Life began the year 1993 in a beautiful small town in Southern California. Our close-knit family projected the picture-perfect story with loving parents, huge apple trees to climb, and a million sun-kissed memories. Sadly, every beautiful story is entangled with a monster. The monsters that haunted my life and broke my sweet laughter were violators … Continue reading It’s All Possible

The Recovering Serial Monogamist

| This is the 276th story of Our Life Logs | How did the cycle begin? I was born in 1992 and lived in Central Florida until I graduated high school in 2010. The youngest of three, I was the apple from my mother’s tree. We both loved hard, had quick tempers, and didn’t filter our thoughts often. Unfortunately, this was completely foreign to my father’s … Continue reading The Recovering Serial Monogamist