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Leo Barrera Conflict Analyst

What do I do Next

I saw Annette today. I left early from work so I could go with her to a neurology appointment. Today was just another reminder that in spite of everything I have and everything and everyone I know, there is nothing … Continue reading

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Spending the day with Annette

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Crossroad Blues

Demons they are on my trail I’m standing at the crossroads of the hell I look to the left I look to the right There’re hands that grab me on every side Tracy Chapman It has been just over six … Continue reading

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On Revenge and Regret

Villager: An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. Tevye: Very good. That way the whole world will be blind and toothless. Revenge has come up a few times in the six months since Annette was hit … Continue reading

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What do you say to the man who ran over your daughter?

That is a question that has been causing me stress and sleepless nights since November, ever since he pled guilty. I knew this day was coming, the sentencing. I was told that I would be given the opportunity to speak. … Continue reading

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Hopes in the New Year

I didn’t go see Annette today. Not that I didn’t want to, but I am coming to the realization that the young woman in the hospital bed is no longer my baby. She has to get through this on her … Continue reading

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Life goes on

I took R and her boyfriend to her first formal dance last night. It was touching to watch her and her boyfriend walk together towards the entrance of the dance. The Winter Ball. She looked beautiful. During this milestone in my daughter’s life, … Continue reading

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