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Jan 26Liked by Jane Ratcliffe

OMG- your writing takes my breath away, Jane. What an exquisite (and educational!) piece.

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Such wonderful vulnerability, Jane. I'm 86% Irish, I understand ancestral trauma, it never goes away. As you, I experienced cranial sacral therapy and found the part of my body that held the trauma, my throat, accounting for the years I never spoke up or had an opinion. Thank you for your beautiful words.

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Feb 3Liked by Jane Ratcliffe

Jane, you put so beautifully into words many feelings that I recognize. And I always really love the way you tell you’re mum and dads journey with such understanding. Love you xx

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Jan 28Liked by Jane Ratcliffe

I loved learning so much about you, and about loneliness. Thank you Jane!

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So lovely, Jane!

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Jan 26Liked by Jane Ratcliffe

This is just beautiful.

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Jan 26Liked by Jane Ratcliffe

Stunning as always Jane ❤️

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Jan 26Liked by Jane Ratcliffe

Beautiful. So affirming of what we so easily (and wrongly) presume to be a negative.

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Jan 26Liked by Jane Ratcliffe

Beautiful. <3

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Thank you for this. It really resonated with me.

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Jan 26Liked by Jane Ratcliffe

This beautiful essay has given me a lot to think about. I often feel that loneliness, even when the external circumstances don’t seem to warrant it, and it’s a comfort to think about it being a seed from long ago it makes sense.

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Jan 26Liked by Jane Ratcliffe

You are a gift ~ gifted with words that settle in me as you, paint your Mother your Father your garden your pets Delilah and Rudy all a part of me now. Only gratitude you share your marrow without picking at the bones , instead observing holding them close and loving them.

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If I had known how long this is, I wouldn’t have started my day with your original and powerful piece, which clearly rises from years of reflection and research. I particularly liked your evocation of your parents’ formative wartime years. I don’t read many essays that invite me to consider my own and my family’s experience differently, as yours has done this morning. I have thought and written plenty about these things, yet there is more to discover, more to say.

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Jan 26Liked by Jane Ratcliffe

Love this so much. It's stunning.

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Jan 26Liked by Jane Ratcliffe

Thank you for your vulnerability. I wonder, how did you think about loneliness when you lived in NYC, surrounded by so many people? As the grandchild of Holocaust survivors, I think often about the inheritance of trauma: the biology of it and the narrative of it. There is something social in trauma, but it is mostly isolating. Anyway, thank you for your beautiful writing. I put lots of mental check marks all over it! ❤️

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I jus LOVED this piece, Jane. The writing was elegant and the ideas refreshing. Loved it. Thank you for publishing it.

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