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Raquel Z. Duarte
In Christ alone my hope is found.
In Christ alone my hope is found.
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They Were Coming For Us
They were coming for us.  They were closer than they had been the day before. The warehouse was full of refugees from the entire state who had come to seek shelter and protection from the hoard of overtaking monsters. Yes, monsters.  We had no other name fo...

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You Were My New Year
As I was recounting the past year, I realized that all the memories I held closest to my heart were ones that contained you .  Your words, your smile, your touch. We were inseparable. A unique bond. And even though you have slowly faded from my life Not by ...

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Advantages To Wearing The Color Black
1.  Dirt doesn’t show up on it easily 2.  It’s easy to wash 3.  Goes with anything 4.  Classy 5.  Can be worn at any time of day/season/event 6.  Doesn't show sweat 7.  Always looks sophisticated without being loud 8.  Professional 9.  Easy to match with al...

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What A Writer Should Write
If your writing isn't affecting the reader someway, somehow Then your writing is all wrong Maybe your words don't form eloquently Maybe what you write about is something from another realm Maybe it's not supposed to make sense And that's okay That's perfect...

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10 Ways To Scare Off A Guy
The following tips are news flashes to the girls who mean well, but are actually scaring guys off. You're doing it all wrong, ladies, and maybe if you simmer down, you can find some love. --- 1.  Not giving him space. So he's out with the guys?  Let him hav...

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Then And Now
Things are so much different than I thought they would be. When I was young, in my innocent little mind, I imagined life would be very much not the way I realized it is when I grew older. I thought people waited until they were 21 to taste their first alcoh...

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When You Need To Surrender
Believing that God is in control even amidst our anxiety, heartache or grief is, without a doubt, one of the most difficult places to be in life.  I have struggled with this many times, in many circumstances.  But in every instance, I have come to realize t...

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Handwritten Letters
One night, I stumbled upon some old letters. Memories came flooding back. I've decided that I have a love-hate relationship with handwritten letters by the way. I love them because of how old-fashioned they are - and when someone takes valuable time to writ...

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When You Miss Someone
PC: Jon-Michael Gregoire Sometimes, when you miss someone, you can’t really put into words how exactly you miss them.    It’s more of just an ache.    A dull pain.    A gnawing soreness to be with them.    It’s a desire to be held in their arms.    A want t...

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I'm Just Going To Let the Pictures Tell You About [Peru]
Peru.  South America.  Third time.  Second time for New Years.  2015-2016. The Group: (front to back) L-R: Luke, Jon-Michael, Seth, Forrest, Sierra and Raquel                 I miss each and every one of them. My heart aches to be back in my Peruvian home.
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