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Best of this Week’s Web

by Sierra on January 31, 2010 · 4 comments

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Consider this your pre-vetted Sunday newspaper, a collection of the stories and articles  I most loved this week elsewhere in the wide web.

8 Reasons Why Personal Changes Matter: Beth at Fake Plastic Fish explains why making small changes to your lifestyle can make a big difference. If you read nothing else this week, read this post.

What a Girl Wants: Her Bad Mother was on fire this week, and I could totally put everything she wrote on this list. But I picked one, and it was this essay about wanting and not wanting another baby. I’ll probably do my own post later this week on where I’m at with that, but let’s just say she touched a nerve. Go read!

Nine Days Sober: A brave, simple post about fighting off alcoholism and reclaiming one’s power. I read this twice, and can’t stop thinking about it. Maggie’s a great writer, and her other project Violence, UnSilenced is probably saving someone’s life RIGHT NOW.

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  • http://okayfinedammit.com/ maggie, dammit

    Thank you so much for this! It's so funny how I'm starting to see the real parallels between speaking out about my alcoholism, and encouraging others to speak out about abuse. It seems to simple, and I've been preaching it forever, but I'm not sure I fully understood the experience until now.

    Thank you.

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  • http://childwild.com Sierra

    Maggie, thank you. I'm working on a longer post about this, but your essay really inspired me (and pushed a lot of buttons),

    I was so struck by what you said, about how not writing through the revelation of your alcoholism was stopping up your ability to write about anything else. After I was raped, I spent *years* writing about the rape before I could turn away from it and write about other things.

    I hope writing about alcohol helps you find clarity, strength and healing. You've certainly given many readers a gift with your brave words.

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  • http://childwild.com Sierra

    Maggie, thank you. I'm working on a longer post about this, but your essay really inspired me (and pushed a lot of buttons),

    I was so struck by what you said, about how not writing through the revelation of your alcoholism was stopping up your ability to write about anything else. After I was raped, I spent *years* writing about the rape before I could turn away from it and write about other things.

    I hope writing about alcohol helps you find clarity, strength and healing. You've certainly given many readers a gift with your brave words.

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