Monday, July 15, 2019

Life Keeps Beating Me Up Now Family Can I Give Up?


Me as a Baby, My Mom and My Dad (1986)
Life can sure break you down espeically when it comes from family. As you know, I have three amazing cats. Two of them are kittens. Trixie, is a 10 month old and Oliver is a 3 month old. I dont want my cats to go into my parents room, bathroom and the basement.  After my grandpa passed away, five years ago, all of their stuff went to our house because we had a hard time getting rid of his stuff. Then I came back home to live with my parents because my health was getting worse and worse.  All of this stuff is piled high in the basement. I am terrfied my cats will get into something or things falling on them when they are climbing on things.   I want to keep my kitties safe.

I want the bathroom door closed because Oliver has decided he wants to climb the shower curtain. Trixie wants to run off with the toliet paper and rip it up to shredd. I have seen oliver thinking about jumping on the toliet seat which is fine if it is closed, but many of us forget to close the toliet seat.

A couple of days ago Oliver made a couple of accidents in my parents room. I cleaned it up. Sprayed it with lysol and then put aluminum foil. I don't want to risk it and have him do it again. These accidents are due to him having worms, so once we know all his worms are gone then I would be okay with seeing what he does. Right now the less rooms he is in the better. Trixie tried to climb my mom's dressor to try to get to the top of the closet and had stuff fall on her. They are way to curious right now. I rather be safe than sorry. I don't feel like having to spend thousands of dollars when all it needed was to just keep doors closed.

My dad is one of the most stubbornist nan on the planet. Every time he gets up he leaves the door open. I then have to get up and chase the cats out. My Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy and back pain is horrid and it so hard fro me to get up and chase them.  Last night, he got up to drink some Kool-Aid and left the door open. Oliver went running into the room from being all cuddly on my lap. I got up and got him out. Don't kid me not, 4 minutes later my dad gets up to go to the bathroom. And guess what? Yep, he left the door open. I quickly got up and found Trixie running in there and Oliver following behind her, but I made it in time. I closed the door. My dad was so pissed it wasn't funny. I thought he was going to punch his fist righ through the door. It scared the shit out of my cats.

Me and My Mom (2016). College Grad
I said to my mom,  (pardon my language), " Fuck it! Fuck It! I am done with all of this." I went through the whole house and opened every single door even the doors to the outdoors. I said, "It doesn't fucking matter anymore. They can go where ever they want. I guess I can't give a fuck about my cats." My mom was following me all over the house closing doors and I went through and opened them again.

This may sound really stupid to you guys, but I am tried of asking him to do simple favors like closing the door and he doesnt do it.  Why is it so hard? Why does he have to give me so much attitude about it? I thought for sure his hand was going to go through the door he was so mad.

!!!Trigger Warning!!!

I feel so bad for my mom because not only does she have to deal with mentally abusive husband she has to deal with me being sick. I believe the best thing that will happen for my family is me being dead. My mom wouldn't have to worry about me not feeling, unlike my dad, or stupid things my dad fights with me about. One of them being the door and the air conditioning. He is always yelling about the air conditioning. That is why I hate Spring and Summer so much.   When you have RSD and your legs feel like they are severly on fire and you can't breath then you would like the air conditioning low too. Air conditioning also helps the problems with my lung and hearts. My dad is selfish on things and others not so much. He goes to work everyday at a job he hates. He allowed my mom to be a stay at home mom. I am thankful for that.

My Grandpa who my father figure
I have never looked at my dad as a dad though because my grandpa was my dad.  He taught me what fathers should teach their children. He was one of the most kindest person I have ever known. He always made me feel special. He always told me he was proud of me and loves me. I have never heard those words from my dad say "I love you" or "I am so proud of you." My grandpa wasn't afraid to tell me the truth, but he told me in a kind calm way unlike my dad who turns to anger.

Last night, really brought up a lot of PTSD moments of my childhood with him. When my dad would punch walls or throw things I would call Grandpa and he would rush over to come get me out the situation. I don't have that anymore.

This huge physical argument over closing a stupid door is really stupid. I will admit my dad scares me because his anger gets so bad I worry he might one day actually hurt me and my mom. I don't think he would.

I so badly wanted to end my life last night for my mom. This may sound really stupid and selfish of me, but to me not being around will allow her to have more time to herself, less worries, less stress in the house.

I try so hard to be as positive as I can but sometimes you just can't. Sometimes you just need be okay with not feeling positive at that moment. Suffering from so many illiness can take a huge toll on your life and then when you add stupid things like the door issue it just makes life even harder.

Me and My Grandpa. I miss him so much!!
I think the worse thing about this whole thing was I over heard my parents conversation this morning. She didn't stand up for me, instead she agreed with him. She said, "She worries too much. The cats should be fine with the door open." Seriously Mom!?! Are you kidding me? Thanks for being on my side. She is never on myself when arguments happen with my dad. I am getting tired of that. My mom is always making me sound like I was just having a trantrum when dad was the one.  How am I having a tantrum when I was the one getting up chasing the cats and closing the door. Yes I did have a trandrum after all of this when I opened every single door in the house, but I was so fustrated on how much he made this closing the door thing a huge issue.

I am tried of my mom never backing me up with him. I am tired of the abusive behavior of my dad. I feel so bad for my mom. My mom is the kindest person ever and I know she doesn't like to disagree with my dad because he is a jerk. She could have found someone so much better.
My Grandma, Me and My Grandpa (2005)
My grandpa always told me he didn't approve of my mom marrying him. I was very rarely left home alone with my dad. When I was 2 years old, my mom was working, she had to leave my clothing near my bed and left out a cup of milk at the bottom of the refrigator and a box of cereal on the table because my dad couldn't get up 15 minutes early to dress me and feed me. I was 2 years old who got dressed and made myself breakfest alone. If mom had to work a few hours overtime she would come home to find me in the same diper she put me in a few hours ago.  He caused me to have severe diper rash, so my grandpa and grandma would never allow me to be alone with him.  My dad doesn't love me. I am just a pain in the butt. He grew up in a very abusive home, but so did my grandpa and my grandpa made a promise to himself that he would never be like his father. My dad could have done that, but nope.




In 2000, I had pectus excavatum surgery. I was the 15th person in the USA to get the new way of doing it. Instead of breaking every single rib cage they put a titanium bar in your chest and pop the chest bone out. The bar weighs around 8 pounds. This surgery was one for the worst surgeries ever. I have had over 20 major surgeries and this one topped the pain, other than RSD. This heavy bar had to be left in me for  2 1/2 years.  I was in the hospital a little over one week.  Two days out of the hospital my grandma norton (Dad's Mom) was having a birthday party at my Aunts. Dad was bitching becaue mom and I didn't want to go. I didn't really feel up to going at all.  I had the hardest time getting comfortable at my house alone trying to find a comfortable chair at my Aunts.  To shut him up I said I can go. I could not find a comfortable chair to sit in. My pain was getting worse and worse.  My dad told me to sit in the recliner. I sat down and couldn't get comfortable. I told my mom I am not feeling well at all and would like to go home. My dad got pissed off and pulled open the recliner sending me flying backwards screaming in pain. Because he whipped me backwards so fast and my reflex happened my stitches on the side where the bar was attached to my rib cage split open. I was crying really bad because I was in so much pain. My dad got into my face and told me to stop being a baby. My mom did stand up for me this time. I went the ER where they had to fix my stitches.


 


That is my dad. I could go on and on of all the mean things he has done to me and my mom.  I care about my dad. I wish he wasn't so mean.

Wow I went from a angry dad opening doors with cats to my bar surgery.

Life has really been beating me down especially the past few weeks.  Between work treating me like crap, cats being sick, my production company films are moving at a slower pace than I want it to, struggling paying bills, fear of losing doctors and pain meds and my RSD, Back pain is getting scary worse everyday.  After having so many ear infections and then the big surgery of them having to clean out the infection in part of my brain I haven't gotten back to just the pain I dealt with before all the ear infections.
I may look good on the outside, but inside I am really dying. Now I have to add emotional crap like this stupid door thing to it.

I am very sad right now. Please keep me in your prayers.

Love you all!



Thursday, July 11, 2019

Over the Line by Kelly Irvin Book Review and Giveaway


ABOUT THE BOOK
In this high-stakes romantic suspense novel where tensions mount on both sides of the border, bestselling author Kelly Irvin explores what happens when the past explodes against the present and the only person you can turn to is the one who broke your heart.
When a college student dies at Gabriella’s feet after muttering her brother’s name, vicious gun smugglers believe she knows too much. And they’re determined to make sure she suffers the same fate. With no one else to turn to, Gabriella reunites with her former fiancĂ©, homicide detective Eli Cavazos, to investigate the dead man’s murder and her brother’s disappearance.
In a desperate race against time, Gabriella and Eli are determined to clear her brother and find him before the gun smugglers can kill them both. Bit by bit, they tear away the masks worn by men masquerading as law-abiding citizens. No one can be trusted.
Working as a team forces Gabriella and Eli to face the problems that ended their relationship. She realizes she’s the one who needs to learn to forgive, but Eli must also learn to trust her with his secrets.
This ragtag team must fight a powerful ring of criminals protected by the very institutions that should prosecute them in an all-out battle that may cost them their lives.
Book: Over the Line.  Author: Kelly Irvin
Genre: Romantic Suspense.  Release date: June 11, 2019
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MY BOOK REVIEW
"Over the Line" is an action-packed novel. As Gabriella Benoit was locking up her restaurant her police officer ex-fiance, Eli Cavozos shows up to make sure she gets to her car okay when a young man staggers up to them mumbling about Gabby's brother and collapses to his dealth.  Gabby now turns to Eli to find her missing brother. The bad guys believes she knows about the gun smuggling over the Mexican border. She must stay one step ahead of them in order to protect her and her families lives.  To top it off an ATF agent fell for the wrong woman causing a domino effect thats puts many peoples' lives in danger. It wasn't intentianal.  Will she be able to protect her sister and family? Who are the good guys and the bad guys?  
This book brings up the topics our country is facing gun control and border security. The genre for "Over the Line" should have been Christian Political Suspense Romance instead of just Romance Suspense. There are two romances going on in "Over the Line". You have Gabriella's and Eli's relationship than you have her sister, Natalie's relationship. Natalie is a widowed paraplegic with two children. 
There is a lot of back-story between Gabriella and Eli. The reason why Gabriella broke up with Eli was because she thought he was being unfaithful. Eli tried to explain, but Gabby just wouldn't listen to him showing she hasn't grown up yet. 
Kelly Irvin did an amazing job of creating a fast moving plot and likeable characters. However there is a lot of characters causing me at times to get confused. Some characters actions didn't fit their character. Some of the dialogue throughout the book didn't sound very natural. The theme throughout the book is forgiveness. You will not find "Over the Line" a preachy religious story. Many of the characters get on their knees praying to God she can find her brother and no one else will get killed or hurt. Irvin made this a clean read. There isn't any sex scenes just mostly kissing and romance. It isn't filled with filthy language.  There is violence and blood. It is mainly about family and forgiveness. 
"Over the Line" isn't perfect, but I sure enjoyed reading it. I am a huge fan of thriller suspense books. I would recommend reading it. I learned many things about gun trafficking and the Mexican border. 
I recevied a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. This review is my honest opinion. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kelly Irvin is the bestselling author of the Every Amish Season and Amish of Bee County series. The Beekeepers Son received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, who called it a “beautifully woven masterpiece.” The two-time Carol Award finalist is a former newspaper reporter and retired public relations professional. Kelly lives in Texas with her husband, photographer Tim Irvin. They have two children, two grandchildren, and two cats. In her spare time, she likes to read books by her favorite authors. 
Visit her online at: www.KellyIrvin.com
Instagram: kelly_irvin
Facebook: Kelly.Irvin.Author
Twitter: @Kelly_S_Irvin.
MORE FROM KELLY
Over the Line by Kelly Irvin turns the heat up on suspense with a setting in Laredo, Texas. Here’s a spicy chili to pair with the book while you’re reading
 (adapted from 1979 World’s Fair Chili Recipe)
3 lbs. round steak, chopped
3 lbs. chuck roast, chopped
6 T. vegetable oil
6 T. chili Powder
6 T. cumin
6 garlic cloves minced
2 whole onions, chopped
1 T. oregano
2 T. paprika
2 T. cider vinegar
4 ounces green chilies, diced
14 oz. stewed tomatoes (one can)
1 T. Tabasco sauce
2 T. cornmeal
3 c. beef broth
Pepper to taste
Brown meat in oil. Pepper to taste. Drain oil from meat, add chili pepper, cumin, garlic, and onion. Cook for 30 to 45 minutes. Stir often.
Add oregano, paprika, vinegar, 2 c. broth, green chilies, stewed tomatoes, and Tabasco sauce. Simmer 30 to 45 minutes. Stir often.
Dissolve cornmeal in one cup of beef broth. Pour into chili. Simmer another 30 minutes, stirring often. (Chili is done when meat is tender.)
Serves 8.
Kelly’s Note: My husband loves his chili with saltine crackers. I like Fritos. We all agree that chili should NOT have beans in it. My mom always made homemade cinnamon rolls to have for dessert when she made her chili. Hmmm. That sounds good. I’m off to the kitchen! Enjoy!
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To celebrate her tour, Kelly is giving away the grand prize of a copy of her book!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra enemies into the giveaway! 


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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

A Bite at the Cherry by Rita Stradling (Book 1) Book Information and Giveaway



ABOUT THE BOOK

Book: A Bite at the Cherry 
Author:  Rita Stradling 
(Bite Me, #1) 
Publication date: July 1st 2019
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult

** Recommended for 16+.

SYNOPSIS

Three things about Justin Roberts: 
1. He’s a bully. 
2. Our relationship is toxic. 
3. He’s the only one who knows my secret. 
A year ago, I woke in the morgue with a note in my hand telling me that I’m a vampire. I need blood or I’ll start killing people. Lucky for me, Justin has been sneaking into my bedroom and feeding me blood for a year, and the only price I have to pay for it is putting up with his cruel snipes and my unwanted feelings for him. 
I just can’t figure out why he keeps coming back. 
But all that changes when I’m offered a full-ride scholarship to Justin’s mysterious school, the elite Blackburn Academy, where I might finally learn about vampires. About myself. All I have to do is pass the grueling entrance trials, and the scholarship will be mine. Problem is, Justin doesn’t want me anywhere near his elite school and rich friends. He’s vowed to sabotage me. 
Justin may have been feeding me blood for a year, but he doesn’t know who he’s up against. 
But, Blackburn Academy is more than it seems. I’ll be facing more than what Justin Roberts alone can dish out. 
Will competing in the trials be the new beginning I’m hoping for, or will it end my undead existence? 
This is a full length 80,000 word novel. Recommended for 16+.


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AUTHORS BIO

Rita Stradling is a USA Today Bestselling Author with an all consuming addiction to popcorn. The struggle is real, and it's also crunchy, buttery and often salty.

She also writes YA, NA and Adult romances about flawed people who find their perfect together (often these people are dragon-shifters, werewolves or have magical powers).

Rita believes in soulmates, happy endings and that love can overcome any obstacle. 

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Anastasia the Musical National Tour Review



Anastasia the Musical opened on Broadway in 2017 starring the amazing Christy Altmore. In October 2018, the first national tour started starring Lila Coogan. 


The musical opens up with the family ballroom dancing and then the family is killed. Ten years later Dmitry, played by Steven Brower,  and Vlad, played by Edward Staudenmyer) overheard the Empress is giving a large money reward to anyone who finds Duchess Anastasia. The two of them holds auditions to find a woman who can trick the Empress.
Anya arrives at the audition because she needs food and shelter. As she learns about Duchess Anastasia she starts to remember her past. Dimitry starts to fall in love with her.

In Act 2, they safely arrive in Paris even when Bolshevik Gleb chasing Anya down to kill her. In Act two had a comic relief with Vlad and Countess Lily's romance song. It really didn't do much for the plot but it was a fun number. Countess Lilly talks to the Emperis into meeting Anya at the ballet. Is she the real princess or a fake?

This show reminds me of My Fair Lady and Les Miserable, especially with Bolshevik Gleb, sings a song about killing her or not.

Anastasia was the youngest daughter to Tsar Nicholas II. She was 17 years old when her family was assassinated in the Russian Revolution in 1917. A rumor that Anastasia was still alive.




Lila Coogan, Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova. Her performance was phenomenal. She brought so much energy to the character. Her voice was clear and powerful. She made me have chills especially during the song Journey to the Past.

Steven Brower, Dimitry, did a wonderful job of showing the emotions of love. He had a good voice however at times he was very pitchy especially the song St. Petersburg. I thought maybe it was an off night, but after researching him on youtube he was pitchy in many of the videos. I wonder if it is just not his vocal range.



Edward Staudenmaya, conman with Dmitry, and Tari Kelly, Countess Lily brought comic relief to the show during the second act with their number The Countess and the Common Man. A song about their romance. These two had perfect comedy timing. The audience loved it.


The villain, Bolshevik Gleb, played by Jason Michael Evans had a powerful voice. He brought a lot of mix feelings. I hated him, but I also felt bad for him. He didn't want to kill Anya, but he is ordered too. HIs songs remind of Les Miserable character Jarvet.





Joy Franz, Anastasia's Grandmother was a great fit for the cast.

Delilah Rose Pellow who plays little Anastasia and Anastasia brother. She is so adorable and very talented. I was so excited I got to see her perform because she played this role in the Broadway show.  I fell in love with her from watching Christy Altmore's Instagram lives during the show. She takes turn with Addison.

The ensemble was incredible. The show contains many different types of dancing. Everything from waltz, tap, jazz, flapper, and ballet.

I was really lucky because I got to see Kenneth step into the role of the ballet dancer because Mark was sick. I would have loved to see Mark perform, but I love Kenneth because he is really cute. He is the dance captain for the show and performed in the Broadway cast of Anastasia.


The costumes by Lind Cho was immaculate.
There were so many details in every piece of clothing. There were thousands of hands sewn jewels. The poverty clothing had the right about of wear to them. My favorite costume in the show was Anastasia's mother's white dress which weighs over 40pounds. Another dress I love was Anastasia's Blue and Red dress. The red dress is said to weight around 35 pounds.

The scenery was simple but breathtaking. There weren't many large set pieces other than the train. Alexander Dodge created the shows scenery as projections beam on a palatial set. Aaron Rhyne's cinematic projections take you into the home of the Romanoffs with dancing ghosts to St. Petersburg and then to Paris. I loved the train scene with moving landscape projections that lined up with the train making it actually look like they are on a train track traveling. The LED screens make the 3D projections clear and crisp. You have to see this show because I am telling you it's so beautifully done.

The musical Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens songs were beautiful. They made the new songs blend with the old songs from the animation film. It has such a variety of songs everything from ballads, jazz, waltzes, belting songs and powerful lyrical songs. You will leave the show with t many of the songs stuck in your head.


The show is a must see!! This really isn't a kid show. I believe kids under the age of 8 might really bored. Plus it contains some mature content in the way of death, violence, and sex. There is no nudity and not too much swearing. The show is around two hours and a half hour plus 15 intermission. You will not regret seeing this amazing show!!




















Monday, July 8, 2019

Hadassah by Diana Wallis Taylor Book Review and Giveaway




ABOUT THE BOOK

One of the great heroines of the Old Testament, Hadassah was a beautiful, graceful young woman who put her faith in God and her guardian, her cousin Mordecai.

She dreams of marrying Shamir, a tall, handsome, studious young man who is the rabbi’s son. Her heart beats faster when she hears the sound of his deep voice as he reads the Torah. And she hopes that he will visit Mordecai soon to present a betrothal request.


Then, an upheaval in King Xerxes’s palace changes everything. Queen Vashti has been banished and an edict goes out for all qualified young virgins throughout the empire to be taken to the palace as he searches for a new queen.


Fear strikes in the hearts of many, including Mordecai, as he realizes Hadassah will be taken. To hide her identity as a Jew, he tells her to go by the name of Esther. Since he works as a record-keeper at the king’s gates, he can keep tabs on how she is doing.
Hadassah: Queen Esther of Persia imagines what life was like for the woman who saved her people—and perhaps found love in the process.
Book: Hadassah 
Author: Diana Wallis Taylor
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Release date: July 2, 2019
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MY BOOK REVIEW


"Hadassah" is an inspirational story about the Biblical Esther's life who grew up to be the queen of Persia. She saved many Jews from being killed by the mean Persian official named Haman.  A story about a young Jewish girl, who becomes Queen of Persia. The book begins when she was at the age of eight with the death of her mother leaving her an orphan until her older cousin Mordecai and his wife, Jerusha who ended up adopting her. Years later, Hadassah finds herself in King Xerxes' palace. She is considered as a potential queen or a lifetime in the harem. Hadassah follows Mordecai's advice to take the name of Esther and conceal her Jewish heritage. Adonai's plans for her play out as becomes Queen of Persia. Esther relies on Adonai's guidance.  


Diana Wallis Taylor put many aspects from the original Bible story. She made the relationship between Xerxes and Esther more in-depth.  There is a cohesive theme from the beginning to the end. Taylor did a great job with explaining the timeline through well thought out details of the years and struggles Esther experienced. There was a good amount of backstory of each character in the book.  Esther and King Xerxes' is a marriage of love. Taylor added some gentle romance and warmth. There were a lot more historical and day-to-day details compared to the Biblical story.  

The beginning of the book contained many chapters about her childhood and her life was like before becoming a queen. Then it flew through Esther saving people from being killed.  Taylor ended the book in a strange abrupt way. 

I am not really into Biblical fictions like this book because I find them very boring. I wasn't bored with
"Hadassah" but it isn't on my favorite book list. Taylor did a fine job of telling the story of Esther. 


If you are interested in Biblical fiction or a Christian Book Club then this would be a good book. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book through CelebrateLit and was not required to post a great review. All opinions are my own.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Diana Wallis Taylor was first published at the age of twelve, when she sold a poem to a church newsletter. After receiving her B.A. in Elementary Education at San Diego State University, she was an elementary school teacher for twenty-two years. Diana has also sold real estate, opened two coffeehouse/used book stores, and was a conference director for a private Christian college.
She has an extensive portfolio of published works, including a collection of poetry; an Easter cantata, written with a musical collaborator; contributions to various magazines and compilations; and several books, including Lydia, Woman of PhilippiMary, Chosen of GodRuth, Mother of Kings; and Halloween: Harmless Fun or Risky Business?
Learn more at www.dianawallistaylor.com.
Diana Wallis Taylor's Twitter Account: Click Here @aladywrites 
Diana Wallis Taylor's Facebook Page: Click Here
READ A EXCERPT

Besides the usual vendors, there were strange, sweaty men with beady eyes who were looking to get rich from the additional population.

In the wee hours of the morning, while Mordecai sat with his head in his hands, silently praying, Jerusha stopped breathing, slipping away so quietly that Hadassah thought she was still sleeping.
One day, to the people’s relief, the news was spread that the unwelcome banquet guests had been ordered back to their provinces—to prepare for war.
Instead of bowing, Hadassah smiled unabashedly and gazed directly at the king, who at that moment had turned his head.
“Do not give your name as Hadassah, but tell them it is Esther, which is a Persian name. I would have you hide your Jewish heritage for now.”
She felt their eyes silently appraising her; some with open interest, some with sympathy, and others with calculating shrewdness.
Esther asked each maid gentle, innocuous questions about her homeland, favorite foods, culture, and the like, listening attentively to their answers and making sure to speak to them by name both to let them know they were important to her and also to help her remember who was who.
“If you maidens help me to be my very best when I am called to the king’s chambers, if he honors me by selecting me as his queen, I will not forget you, who helped to put the crown on my head.”
Esther had seen some of the women pass her quarters so laden with jewelry they could hardly walk. She wanted to laugh out loud, but suppressed even a smile.
Recognition came. “Ah, the maiden in the crowd. I thought about you many times.” He moved closer. “I remember your hair, like a cloud around your face.”

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Life Keeps Beating Me Up Now Family Can I Give Up?

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