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“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.”—Isaiah 61:3.

So I had a great weekend! I was a little apprehensive about the weekend to be honest, because I was returning to Raleigh..or the scene of the crime, as I like to sarcastically call it. Raleigh is pretty much were I have spent most of my adult life..and experienced most of my love and heartbreak. There are only three men in my life who I can ever say I was “in love” with and they all live in this area. So coming here brings on a bag of mixed emotions….in the past I would numb myself with lots of partying but now (Praise God) I’ve learned to sit (literally) in peace and deal with the ghosts and demons of the past. It’s funny because my girlfriend with whom I am staying literally lives up the street from my old home…surprisingly, for the first time it didn’t pain me to stay here. I didn’t feel like I was up the street from my former home and life…I felt like I was visiting my girlfriend. Major breakthrough for me. I guess time heals all wounds. Another great moment of the weekend was going to see “For Colored Girls” with my friends. This movie was very emotional for a lot of reasons. It was easy to identify with the women in the film. Most women would not want to admit to being able to identify with the traits of these women, but sadly I would bet the farm that everyone could identify with at least one character. I found myself identifying with ALL but one.

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