My name is Nina. I am like a soft, warm, undefined, gentle mist. I feel as if I am often in soft focus, background music to the dance of life. Rarely do I share my true opinion, and even more rarely is it appreciated.

When I do stand for something, I have been told that I'm intimidating, sharp, dangerous. So, I defend those who can't defend themselves, and when I am done I dissolve again into smoke. I fear I am not enough, but also too much.

So, this is my journey: to step into the light, define my edges, and become more comfortable with my claws. Onward, and ever clearer.

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063. Frenzied Activity

September 2, 2021
We are moving. Probably sooner than I'm ready for. The housing market where I am is crazy right now. The houses sell after only a week on the market, some after only 48 hours. And, we (Lev and I) are worried that we will be left with no good options to buy if we delay…
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  • 040. The Cast of Characters
    April 1, 2021
    Just for clarity, and because I've never actually given a list, here are the people in my life that I either have already talked about or may talk about in the future. I've attempted to roughly sort them from most-probable-to-talk-about to most-insignificant: It should be noted that these are all...
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  • 038. In the mirror
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