Author: Debbie Lynn

Cigarette Moments: Glamorizing the Culture of Use

  By Debbie Lynn …And as the outcasts in dark corners shutter in pain, the world keeps spinning I will never glamorize the things that are dark and unhealthy. The underbelly of society is nasty place to dwell; it is a rebellious, an anti-social and a destructive life that exists out there, yet few have witnessed at its core. Smokey enclosures, tapping the vein, white and black powder, just a few ways to escape. Erratic movements, calculated words, and the slyness of deceit to get a fix, a smoke, or to find solace in a soulless body…it’s all there....

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The Night I OD’ed

  By Debbie Lynn Yes, I have seen the light and came back to tell about it. It was 36 years ago. I was 19, and it is something I rarely talk about. It took a long time for me to process and somewhat understand the experience, and after all these years, it still seems like a dream. It was 1979, and I was out on my own and partying like a rock star. It was a typical Friday night at our house. Bill (my boyfriend) and I were having our friends over for the usual—beer, whisky, pot and cocaine....

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Right Speech: Speak Through the Heart {The Eightfold Path}

  By Debbie Lynn An interesting thing is happening in our society with the movement of “being heard and speaking out,” and I can’t help but wonder why it took so long. This isn’t about the feminist movement or the “Me Too” movement; it is about simply coming back to our logical sensibilities and the art of respect—Right Speech—the act of thinking, speaking and acting in kindness. I am not sure when the art of respect went out the door, but the art of talking trash swooped in like storm and has devalued our very essence, our core, and...

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The Death of a Ballerina

  By Debbie Lynn As I took the last curtsy, my head held high in grace, the curtain closed and the applause was bittersweet. It was the last few minutes of perfectly choreographed movement. The spotlight bathing my body and the sweat trickling down the nape of my neck was overriding the pain of my heart. This pain was trying to escape through my chest and in the blink of an eye, it was over. I paused in my glory and thought “I was fluid tonight.” Backstage, unraveling my elegance, the satin brushes my skin. What softness, what shimmer,...

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System of Down: Stop Getting Caught Up in Beliefs (there is so much more)

  By Debbie Lynn Dogmas and beliefs tend to trip us up and keep us in a closed-minded space, they also keep us away from a bigger view. And although the view is expansive, we will never be able to fully see it when we are bound to one opinion—one dimension, in time and space. It took me a long time to understand that it was my own attitude that was holding me back from real happiness, and that I had only scratched the surface of misunderstandings about what it truly meant to be free. Free from fears, free...

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