The View from a Drawbridge

The random musings of a bridgetender with entirely too much time on her hands.

In some cultures, humility is prized over self-esteem. I get that. In crowded or isolated places, getting along with others is more of a survival skill than feeling good about yourself will ever be. But it breaks my heart to see how many people walk this earth without knowing just how special they are. Yeah. …

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The other night it was cold and rainy and I just wanted to get into my sweatpants and watch Hulu. So I did. I was settled in bed, when along came Quagmire, my faithful dachshund. He immediately crawled under the blankets and curled up beside me. Family night. I really can’t think of a better …

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When I was young, I used to have such high expectations for friends. I thought that each one should fulfill all my emotional needs or they were somehow falling short. But that’s asking quite a lot of someone. By setting the bar that high, you will miss out on a lot of amazing people in …

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Starting at around 7th grade, I developed a potent and bitter dislike of cheerleaders that lasted right on through my time at university. I would never have admitted this then, but I was jealous. They were all beautiful and thin and popular and coordinated and never seemed to get pimples, and knew how to wear …

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Temper [tem-per] noun 1. habit of mind, especially with respect to irritability or patience, outbursts of anger, or the like; disposition: an even temper. 2. heat of mind or passion, shown in outbursts of anger, resentment, etc. 3. a substance added to something to modify its properties or qualities. Everyone loses their temper once in …

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