Brave Hearts

Posts by Janine

Brave Hearts

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More than a decade ago, my youngest sister, Amy, went through a divorce. It was a painful thing — the first in the family — and she was scared. “How will I live on what I earn?” she asked. “How will I manage everything that has to be done?” To me it was obvious. She…

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Self Esteem: The Repair Kit

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Janine Latus spent years looking for validation in all the wrong places–until the day she discovered it was hers to give all along. In high school I was voted ‘biggest flirt.’ (Look at me! Value me!) I justified it by saying I was being fun. When I got older that clamoring morphed into something more…

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The Friendship Game

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The first year after I first moved to my block on the south edge of Columbia, Missouri, I only knew my neighbors well enough for a one-finger-off-the-steering-wheel wave as our minivans passed. Maybe we’d nod in the grocery store, or make some kind of acknowledgment across the room in a restaurant. I remember once ducking…

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For A Song

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The brim of Emilio Nieto’s cowboy hat brushes my forehead as we bend our heads together and sing: Another Saturday night and I ain’t got nobody. Closing our eyes, we reach for the harmony that belies the words. I got some money ’cause I just got paid…. Nieto is singing and strumming to an imaginary…

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Blake Bailey – Precisely

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Blake Bailey spends his days mucking around in the lives of atrabilious, sexually conflicted alcoholics, poster children for the adage that one must suffer for one’s art, and yet he himself is one of the most cheerful of men as he jumps off his bike – today is a bike ride day, not a jogging…

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