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Laughing Sky Books,  located in Salisbury NC (see map for location), will be putting on its first open mic night on Wednesday, February 25th at 6 P.M. Writers of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and those who play acoustic instruments are cordially invited, as well as those who would just like to listen and appreciate! Coffee, tea, and hot cocoa will be served. Jenni and the others are looking forward to seeing and hearing creative work!

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We all have our secrets: thoughts, memories, feelings that we keep to ourselves. Often we think, “If people knew what I feel or think, they would not love me.” These carefully kept secrets can do us much harm. They can make us feel guilty or ashamed and may lead us to self-rejection, depression, and even suicidal thoughts and actions.

One of the most important things we can do with our secrets is to share them in a safe place, with people we trust. When we have a good way to bring our secrets into the light and can look at them with others, we will quickly discover that we are not alone with our secrets and that our trusting friends will love us more deeply and more intimately than before. Bringing our secrets into the light creates community and inner healing. As a result of sharing secrets, not only will others love us better but we will love ourselves more fully.

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Wonderful thoughts. But are they true?  Will others love us for our confessions?

What do you think?  Do others really want to hear the truth? Or are people happy in their denial?

I think, popularity better not be one’s motiavtion for truth telling.

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