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  •  Rainy Days and Mondays (5+ / 0-)

    Not only were The Carpenters big in my early teen-hood (1971-72), but in 9th grade (1973) I got chosen to sing that song as part of a small ensemble (6 girls, 3 on a part; I was one of the 2nd sopranos). I was totally thrilled; I saw it as a validation of not only my work in Glee, but also a validation of me as a person. Considering that just a year before I had actually attempted suicide because I was so unpopular (I took a mixture of stuff that was in the medicine cabinet; all I ended up with was a damn hangover-like feeling and I ended up in the nurse's office), it was a huge step in the right direction for me.

    From that point on I never felt left out again; in high school I gravitated towards my own circle of friends, and didn't care what anyone "outside" thought of me and them. Didn't go to any dances because the guys I hung with weren't into that scene, but I did manage to have some fun including some interesting experimentation in the back of the Young Life van...but that's another story for a totally different diary.

    "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now" -- Rev. William Barber, NAACP

    by Cali Scribe on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 12:55:59 AM PST

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    •  Legacies of Karen Carpenter (2+ / 0-)
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      I knew a girl in high school who pushed herself to become a better drummer just because Karen Carpenter could play the drums.

      For that matter, I know of a few young women who saved their health after she died.  Tragedy is such a sad wake-up call.

      Create. Build. Serve. Encourage. Teach.

      by algebrateacher on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 10:10:51 AM PST

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