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Juli Brenning

So glad you’re here!

Welcome to my little sliver of the digital universe! My name is Juli and I write things.  I am unapologetically ordinary. I’m a feminist in that I believe in women. I’m a humanist in that I believe in humans. And I’m a writer in that I find it …

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3 Strikes and You’re Out

I survived menopause 3 times. 3. Mother f—ing times. If middle school is the pit of hell, then menopause is hell’s front porch – Due to medical issues, I willingly put myself into menopause during my first year of marriage. Not great timing. Ironically, I did so in …

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My Survival Support Staff

Chapter 2ish – CJ As if on cue, a new chapter to this story wrote itself… Meet CJ. Added to my team on Tuesday. I thought I was just adopting a kitten, a friend for Scarlet who so misses Buster. And then Thursday, Cooper’s plans eroded and his …

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A Tragedy?

I once thought that bad things had to happen to me in order for me to write. Like I wasn’t qualified to tell a story, or share my own story, if I hadn’t endured some kind of trauma. But that begs the question – why? Why are we …

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Au Revoir Buster

Ryan and I decided very early into parenthood that Santa didn’t bring firearms or live animals. (Firearms were added to the list when we moved to Alabama…Dixie Santa gifted weaponry in our neighborhood. Let that marinate for a minute). But when my children were hurting. Really hurting. The …

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We welcome you, Summer!

The rest of the summer, we are going to focus on survival and coming of age. The biggies in the literary world of universal themes. And in an effort to get from here to there and build our little community of humans, each week we will pose a …

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Fear of Fallout

I cuss people out in my mirror. I have yelled at coaches and teachers and politicians and Ryan. I have cussed out so many people. On my own. In my bathroom.Whispering my anger. I am impressed with people who share their opinions openly as if they are the …

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