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Here I am, writing tons of stuff for my blog about Mixed Orientation Marriages, and I haven't shared much on this community lately.  Here you go... and many blessings during this Thanksgiving Holiday.  There's so much to be thankful for, especially when we can Unbecome who we thought we were.

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My life has been busy.  And SO good.  After fighting Cancer for a second time and winning, I am finally back at work, doing what I love:  teaching at-risk high schoolers English. 

I haven't had as much time as I'd like to grow this Google+ community, and I'd like to thank many of you for finding this community and desiring to be a part of it.

I moderate who is allowed to be a part of it and who is not.  Recently, I have received several requests by people to join and have accepted them, and I have usually sent an instant message asking them why they would like to be a part of it and what interests them in being a part of a support group for those who have experienced Mixed Orientation Marriages and all of the nuances that go along with that.

I have not received one single reply back as to why.

What I have found is that many of the requests are from men, presumably gay or bi, who are simply wanting to find "friends."  Whatever that means in their world, that is not what this site is about.  This is not a place to find other gay or bi men "friends."  There are plenty of other places to do this on Google+, and I am a part of many of those groups myself. 

Therefore, while I hate to exclude people because it goes against my nature, if you cannot provide a reason other than you want to find "friends" then I will not accept your request.  If you do not understand my clear and courteous explanation above as to why and are offend by these statements, then I am going to go out on a limb here and assume this is not the group for you.

Thanks for your understanding. 

Love, Emily
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John's story is something else, let me tell you. Part of this is because, while it may seem even more uncommon for a man's wife to come out of the closet, it really isn't that rare. I think sometimes men have a tougher time with being transparent possibly? I don't know. But what I do know is that I am thankful for John speaking out to be able to help others while he himself struggles. Drop him a note in the comments after you read it. I think he could use a little encouragement. Thank you, John, for being transparent. Others are out there like you, and need to read what you have to say. Live Life, Love Life, Impact Others... Emily

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Getting through the stuff of life really stinks, but it is necessary.  Here's the latest post on my blog.  Be thankful.  Work through your stuff.  There are many blessings to be had as we grow.

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How's everyone doin' this morning?  Just checkin' in.  Finally done with chemo and am back to teaching.  Life is good.  Have a wonderful Sunday, ya'll!  Love, Emily
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My latest blog post was written this past Sunday, July 13th.  I am starting a writing trend for my blog:  each Sunday, I plan on writing something more spiritual in nature regarding life, love, relationships, homosexuality and MOM.  Thanks to all of you for being a part of this group.  If you know of anyone that might benefit from being here, invite them by clicking on the "Invite People" button near the top right of this page under "About this community."  Blessings for a great week, and happy Hump Day!  Emily

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HI everyone, 
I was so lucky to find Emily's blog yesterday.  I think it will truly change my life!  In November, I found out my husband of 31 years was cheating on me with men he found on internet sites like Craigslist and Squirt.  My life as I knew it changed forever.  I've been looking for support on the internet and found the Straight Spouse Network forum, which helped initially.  But now I find I just get angrier a/o more sad whenever I go on and read or post.  Emily's relationship with her ex is a revelation to me as to what can be possible.  I've linked my last blog post ~ I have a travel blog that I only use to post trip reports.  My ex and I traveled extensively in the last 7 years and I thought we had the best life ever.  My last post addresses what happened and how I felt at the time.  Unfortunately, the hope from that post is no longer there for various reasons, but in reading so many of Emily's posts last night and this morning, I'm going to try to change my thinking that my ex is so horribly evil for doing what he did to me and try to maybe understand things from his point of view.  Maybe I'll be able to or maybe not, but Emily is showing me what is possible. I'm happy to be here.  Jo

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*The latest and greatest new post on my blog* Happy Anniversary today, Devon, this 28th Day of June, 2014. For those of you who attended our wedding and sweated a bunch because of our love, comment on the blog under the comments section, won't you? Thanks!

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Re-releasing on my new blog a piece I wrote for the RTT - Reno Tahoe Tonight magazine in May 2013. I had avoided watching Brokeback Mountain for years because it was so significant in Devon's coming out journey... I knew that watching it would stir up too much emotion. Well, I watched it. Here are the deets. Thanks, +Oliver X , for letting us share some snippets of our journey in the RTT. If you or someone your know has found themselves in a marriage to someone who has come out of the closet, send 'em my way. It can be a lonely road, and finding support from others who have been there is sometimes the only way to make it through the tough stuff. Live Life, Love Life, Impact Others... Emily

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For families who have an LGBTQIA parent or family member, the organization Colage may be something you'd wanna check out.  They also have a link to a blog there called "KidSafe" that is specifically for children with LGBT parents.  Good stuff there.  http://www.colage.org/
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