True Stories

True STories

Walk in someone else's shoes with personal narratives and true stories as told by our community.

Poetry
Ellysa Greenhalgh

Time to say goodbye.

Time to say goodbye – Poem by Ellysa Greenhalgh. He stands up against the bar, his glass of scotch & ice lifted to his lips

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#2021
Aamnah Mansoor

Calendar 

There is something about seeing an outdated calendar sitting at your desk. The empty squares you never crossed off but the days have long gone

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Ellysa Greenhalgh

Life is.

Life is never idle Life is never dull Life is always happening Life is always testing Life is never predicable Life is never set Life

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being lost
SHAEZAH KHALIQ

Am I Lost?

Hey tell me where to go? tell me where to find?  tell me where to end? cause I kept running, running and running  I kept

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Hummingbird
Douglas Pilarski

I Know A Hummingbird Or Two

Hummingbirds visit me every day in my backyard. A tree in my yard blooms with yellow flowers. When they fall later in the year, the

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Spun Out

A knock at my bedroom door. “Time to go! You don’t want to be late for your appointment with Cristina!” my mother yelled joyfully, which

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About Me
Douglas Pilarski

Puff Piece

I am not legendary, best, or great. Never been acclaimed, iconic, visionary. I was outstanding in a field. That was just for an afternoon, in

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A Privileged Life

The other day, I caught a moment of something on NPR while on the way back from the store. It was the middle of the

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Fiction
Kristy Westaway

Muttnik – Part 2 of 4

Standing in the open doorway of the lander, looking out the hatch door at the grey rock before him, he waited. Heartbeat pounding in his

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Army
John Welford

A Large Atco

[This is a true story, with names changed] Stephen Collins had had a hard life. His mother had died when he was very young and

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camgirl
Rachel Stark

I Was an Early Internet Camgirl

It’s a law: the second a technology exists, someone send dirty pictures. Indie camgirls didn’t start with OnlyFans. We’ve been there as long as there’s

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Music
Brisa Elliott

Finding Home in a Song

I pull up to the drive-thru, eager to get home after a long, hard day at work. There are several cars in front of me,

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#escape
N.A. Hernandez

Shadow

It was the usual scenery for me. That back. There’s nothing new for me seeing that person’s back that always walking in front of me.

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Night train from Nice.

The train from Nice pulled into Porta Nuova station in Turin after midnight and pulled out again a few minutes later heading for Milan. It

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#women
Niv Pool

Struggles of an Indian Girl

I can’t even count the times I’ve typed that out- or something along those lines. I just wanted to know that someone else was facing

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Sherry McGuinn

Anatomy of an Extraction

Doesn’t it suck how your body can turn on you in the blink of an eye? Much like people. I’ve always taken scrupulous care of

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Adoption
Michelle Lowrie

From Sea To Shining Sea

Searching For Dad’s Family Dad was an adoptee. So for much of my life, I had a desire to find out exactly who we were.

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15 days to slow the spread
Michelle Lowrie

Death By Osteoarthritis

I am tired, and I hurt. But I do not hurt because I am tired (of things). I am tired because it hurts to walk

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Daughter
Lindsay Stivers

“She’s Gone.”

It’s funny how sometimes the smallest things can make the biggest difference. In my life, two little words were all it took to change everything.

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A Walk at Dusk

I was out walking a few evenings ago.  It was a windy day and the sun had begun its descent.  The road I walked was a

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Terrible Lizards

Dinosaur (n) /daɪ nə sɔr/ Etymology: Ancient Greek δεινός (deinos) terrible and σαΰρος (sauros) lizard (coined 1841, Sir Richard Owen) 1) a member of the

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What’s In A Name?

My quiet night at home ended with an invitation to play bingo. I met 9 women named Jane. After the introductions, we all sat at

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Fiction
Kristy Westaway

Muttnik – Part 4 of 4

The small white dog jumped to her feet as she watched the speck in the distance grow larger. People! The grey dust was momentarily jostled

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apartment living
Michelle Lowrie

I Had A Little Clash With the Clique

If you thought your days of dealing with cliques ended when you graduated from high school or left the workforce, think again. They are everywhere,

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believe
Daniel Esse

What’s your excuse?- Hellen Keller

Sometimes I am tempted to believe there’s a disability in our ability. Every time,Young virile minds with Amazing potentials waste away. What is really happening?

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climate change
Blake Talton

The Diver

I sliced my foot open on a broken bottle of Coors Light. It had fallen into the sand, half-buried, littered amongst the rest of the

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My dog, Daisy

Every child dreams of having a puppy. Some are lucky enough to receive one for Christmas. It’s an age-old tradition for some. My sister and

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agnes laurens
Agnes Laurens

The Vague Things

the thingswhat are they?spread the wingsnot as greyit all bringswhen you staysound the stringsvague as ‘hey’

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#anxiety
Sherry McGuinn

Sober Curious, or Scurrilous?

My recent semi-public fuck-up has me reassessing my “relationship” with alcohol. And not for the first time. I suppose that should tell me something. And

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Fatima Habehh

I just recently met a lady named Fatima Habehh. She works at a company called Care Plus NJ. While going to the APH groups at

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8/8

It’s my last semester at university. 8/8, the fraction completed.  Every day, a day closer to the last. Last class, last dance, last conversations, last

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awareness
Agnes Laurens

Later and Now

Photo by Karolina Grabowska from Pexels in the far thick mist,you someone having a listover the people’s boundaryit is so very soundly when you sat

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Bucks County
Michelle Lowrie

Four Lanes End

I am a native of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. My hometown is Langhorne, and Langhorne is in Middletown Township (not to be mistaken for the borough of

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close call
Kimberly Goetz

The Dogs and the Pony

She was a beautiful golden pony with big dapples in her coat. She was only three, and I was just starting her under saddle. I

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blood
Steven Clifford

Dark Red Blood with a Black Strip

The dial is cranking up the sensory volume to the ceiling.Hyper listening absorption consumes The Emergency Room: Ignored beeping,Footfalls of crisscrossing activity,Static of life-or-death causal

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Abuse
Amanda Payne

Tell.

Photo via MaxPixel.net Some secrets are like weights; they can drag you down. I am dedicating this open letter of sorts to various males throughout

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#mentalhealth
James Armstrong

Cold Shower Challenge Day 11

I have decided to continue posting this journey here. Just not every day.  You can sign up for my free newsletter here – https://jamesdarmstrong.substack.com/ Today I

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Fucking Boyfriend

He was a normal kid. That is, common. Nothing unprecedented there. Youthful, however he couldn’t actually peruse his age. He might have been 20, yet

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