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The Articles category is the place to find my thoughts on a random selection of topics.

Some recent trips down memory lane, have served to remind me that parents bear a huge responsibly to their children. In helping them grow into sexually functioning adults. People who can go out into society and feel at ease with their bodies and how they work. Women who are not satisfied with merely pretending to feel pleasure, but demand the real thing. Adults who understand that no, means no.

Sadly though, sexuality and sexual pleasure,

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My childhood was a little peculiar, I was raised by my widowed Grandmother, who was already sixty years old by the time I was born. Even though my parents lived next door and I often saw them. Grandma took on the majority of the child-rearing responsibilities of my older sister and me.

The rare times my Grandmother dared broach the topic of sex, was only to warn us not to get knocked up. Although, I do remember another occasion when she told us about my Grandfather returning from WWII with a newly discovered penchant for oral sex.

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I realize fall represents different things to each one us, and for to me it symbolizes a time of transition. As well as an occasion to loosen my inner child. The one who never fails to be enthralled by the sights, scents, and sounds of the harvest season. The one who seizes the unique opportunity Halloween presents us with. The possibility to be someone else, if only for a night. The chance to let our imaginations run wild,

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When I look back at photos of myself during my childhood, I see the insecurity in my eyes staring back at me. I see a timid little girl wearing a fake smile. That was coaxed from her by the man or woman behind the camera. You know what those eyes say to me? They tell me that chubby faced, innocent child had already learned that she was something that society frowns upon. She had already been forced to accept the hard truth that she was viewed as the dreaded “fat girl”.

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My daughter is on the brink of adolescence, scary new territory for the both of us. She’s trudging through that precarious, almost-but-not-quite-a-teen state of limbo, we’ve all had to struggle through on our way to adulthood. Of course, I want to help guide her through this awkward phase and see her come out the other side a strong, self-assured young woman.

So on days when she’s more defiant than usual and has me at my wit’s end. I remind myself to take a deep breath in and calmly try to see things from her perspective. Remembering that during the earliest stages of puberty,

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Objects In The Rearview

The journey I have taken to get where I am now hasn’t been the most direct. There have been twists, turns, side tracks and detours. It has taken time to be able to look in the mirror and feel at ease with who I am. It hasn’t been easy to undo the damage of growing up in a home where sex was a taboo subject.

I grew up in the same small town I was born,

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