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Finding Voice and Community

I've struggled with writing the next several chapters, unsure of how to create any sort of wholeness out of the chaos they are meant to uncover. They were written at different times and under different circumstances over the past two decades, give or take.

I should apologize in advance for any repetition that is bound to be. They all cover the same basic theme...which could even reveal a title for the book. I'm thinking it may end up being something like A Place where I Belong...because that is indeed what I have sought my entire life.

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Hellraisers Journal: Calumet WFM Women's Auxiliary #15 Planning Children's Christmas Eve Party

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

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Sunday December 20, 1903
From The Labor World: The Farmers' Educational and Co-operative Union of America

TEXAS FARMERS ORGANIZE UNIONS

Emory, Texas, Dec. 17.-The farmers of Texas are being unionized at a rapid rate. There are today some 3,000 unions in Texas with a total membership of 40,000 or more. It began at Emory, Rains county, about ten months ago, under the name of the "Farmers' Educational and Co-operative Union of America," and is now established in nearly every populous county in the State. About the middle of February next a meeting will held for completing a State organization and it is believed that the movement will spread to other States, as the Farmers' Alliance, which organized in Texas, did a few years ago. The purpose of the union is to buy and sell in bulk, to educate along agricultural lines and to eschew politics, but to, nevertheless, discuss political economy. Several North Texas lodges during the past few days have made extensive purchases of supplies in carload and are greatly encouraged by these savings.

SOURCE
The Labor World
(Duluth, Minnesota)
-of Dec 19, 1903

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Chronic Tonic- Prisoner Of Franklin Avenue

My Dad is pissed off.  About what, you ask.  Well, one never knows what out of any number of things will set him off throughout the day.  But believe me, you do not want to be in his path when it happens.  For instance, last week during a seemingly innocuous discussion of Whopper Wednesday, Dad mentioned that each time we partake in this fast food festivity, it cost him 25 bucks.  Now, I don't why, but for some reason a giggle managed to bubble up and escape from me.  Suddenly, I found myself in the room with Joe Pesci: "What? That's funny to you?"
 

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Chronic Tonic- Not This Week, I've Got A Headache

Yeah, you read that right. I've been battling this migraine for a week. It seems like it might be dying down, only to come roaring back at me in all it's spiky glory. I've been sleeping crappy, not eating well, I'm nauseous, not really fit company for anybody, and I don't mind telling you, it's beginning to piss me off.

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Chronic Tonic- Riding The Storm Out

As some of you know, my younger son is on the autism spectrum. One of his big issues is thunderstorms. When he was a toddler, he mostly ignored them, and as he and his brother got older, they would sometimes come sit by me, or come jump in bed with us during a bad storm, but I think most kids do that. Starting last year, Dan started to get really freaked out by storms. He would go into meltdown mode, start worrying a tornado was coming to get him, and there would be hell. I had to figure out a way to get him through the damn things.

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Party On The Square- How Does It Feel?

Hey there, Party People! This week at the Party it's all about feelings. Tunes that have the word feel, feeling or a particular feeling in the title or lyrics. You can even go with tunes that evoke a certain feeling just for you! You know my roolz, play what you like~.

Baby You're A Rich Man

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