The last time I was hunting for a home was in 2003, and the
bubble was at its height; with a budget of $300,000 (which
sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?), we were told that the most we
could afford in Massachusetts, paupers that we were, was a
trailer. Or possible a “fixer-upper” on the highway.
Two-bedroom cottages in desirable locations—even without
yards—were easily going for over $500,000. We ended up looking
farther west than we’d expected,...
A metal worker has confidence that a weld is the strongest metal
on a machine. By the same token, it is equally true that scar
tissue is the toughest skin on our body. A genuinely resilient
spirit commands a durability that surpasses pain.
...The true authors of our deepest disfigurements are betrayals,
bullies, and broken promises. ...a scar can be a friend whose
very presence is a cautionary reminder — "Don’t go this way
again. Find another."
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