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My Life In Puzzle Pieces -Tonya Tackett

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Tonya Tackett

I met Tonya in middle school. We had lots of classes together. Even though we did not hang out with each other outside of school I always respected her for being real, caring, and unlike other girls I didn’t like in my school days. She never acted better then others. That was a quality I respected most because I was one girl who didn’t have much of shit growing up and that is really why I kept so many school friends at school and not outside school. Very few were invited to my childhood home. Mostly because I had a schizo crazy mom.

Tonya made me laugh a lot in school. I think that she is a remarkable woman. We are connected now through social media and I’m very honored we are. One day I will visit my hometown and hope to have lunch with her. If you have her in your corner then you are lucky. I’m thankful for her. She has shown me such support for me through social media. She is another friend that accepts me for me. I love her for that. Tonya thank you for being my friend. You will be cherished forever by me.

My Life In Puzzle Pieces -Ed Vicheck

My Life In Puzzle Pieces

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Ed Vicheck

I was working in a dead end corporate job. I was becoming frustrated by the things that were happening in the world when I met Ed. It was a few years after September 11, 2001. I had this strong urge to congregate with like minded people that I couldn’t seem to find in my local area. This brought me to the yahoo chat rooms. Political chat was where I ended up. I was at another point in my life where I was changing on a very deep level. I was starting to question George W. Bush and his intentions on Iraq war. I was researching his family history. I became obsessed with information in the political realm. I realized during this time I had to get involved, be involved and get others involved if I had hoped to change any of it. I voted for the first time when Gore ran against Bush. Ed was a refreshing voice then and now. He knew what I was feeling, what I was searching for, and what I wanted to fight for. He became one of my best friends in that chat room setting.

Ed became such a good friend that we teamed up via internet and created blogs entries we wrote together. We wrote about the RFID chips tracking. We wrote about Blackwater and private armies. We done stories on the legitimate questions surrounding September 11, 2001. We were an awesome team.

It was 2005 and the year I had become disabled. I had back surgery and diagnosed with my tumor and tarlov cyst. It was devastating for me. I went from a hard working, social butterfly to a woman stuck inside with no outlets. I couldn’t walk, drive, or work. During this period in my life I spent more and more time in the chat rooms. Ed was one of the few who showed me compassion and support after being disabled. We spent many hours discussing the woes of the world, the political system, and spent hours trying to come up with solutions to these things.

I only kept three friends from those political chat rooms in my personal day to day life. He is one of them. He knows the real me and has for quite a while now. I trusted him enough to allow him to know more then my chat room persona.

I am thankful for Ed and his friendship. I think that he played a part in me keeping my sanity when I became disabled in 2005. Thank you Ed for your wonderful friendship. I will be forever grateful for you.

My Life In Puzzle Pieces -Thomas Kegley

My Life In Puzzle Pieces

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Thomas Lee Kegley Jr.

 

Well what can I say about Tom. Man he is one of the best guy friends I have in my life. He was always so sweet on me in school, and even now as adults. I am a lucky gal to have him as a friend. He has defended me, been a shoulder for me, and helped brighten me in dark times. He stood by me even as fucked up as I was in high school.

The two of us were quite different. I skipped class, done drugs, smoked cigarettes, and lived like a rebel. He was the clean guy. Now that I look back he was the safe guy. I never felt threatened by him ever. I never felt like he was after a piece of ass and I never felt like he judged me for being so fucked up. He made me laugh a lot.

I have a few great memories with him that I cherish. The best one was from our high school days. I wanted to skip first period and wanted him to live on the wild side and skip with me. You see I never viewed him as the bad boy. He was the good guy I wanted to corrupt. I laugh even now thinking on it. I have to admit I crushed on him slightly back in high school but fought it because I knew it would have ruined what he was for me if we had dated so I kept my mouth shut. I believe that is why we are still friends today. I often wondered if he felt the same way in high school but never asked. It doesn’t really matter now. What does matter is we are great friends forever.

He skipped that day with me or attempted to. Our principle caught us in the park across from the school and we decided that running was the best option. We hid from her in bushes. When she went back towards the school we came out and I knew we were busted so I had to come up with a plan. I felt so guilty that I had talked Tom into skipping with me and I felt I had to get him out of this. So I told him I had it covered and not say anything when we got to her office. Believe it or not we got away with two passes to class. I can’t even recall what I told her but she bought it hook, line and sinker. What a great memory.

He is a sweet guy with a great sense of humor. I love him and his friendship. Thank you Tom for being such a great guy friend to me all these years and the years to come in the future. We are FOREVER connected pal. 

My Life In Puzzle Pieces -Marcella Shrock

My Life In Puzzle Pieces

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Marcella Shrock

My blood, my cousin, and my friend. Growing up the age difference between the two of us kept us from growing up like some other cousins I have but I love her just the same. She has always been protective of me and I am thankful for that.

We are like minded even though we are spread farther with age difference. We are alike in many crazy ways. I always viewed her as wild in her youth…I was wild too.

We lived. We learned. We grew. We live far apart but are always connected by blood and that loyalty doesn’t get severed easily. I love you Cella and will always cherish you being my blood.

 

My Life In Puzzle Pieces -Kathy Larson Dahlen

My Life In Puzzle Pieces

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Kathy Larson Dahlen

I met Kathy through my husbands circle of friends from his workplace. I remember I was nervous about meeting her. My husband and I have a lot of differences with people we choose to hang out with or get to know. I am a very bold personality and open about who I am, what I believe and sometimes that can offend those not use to that type of personality. I worried that Kathy might not have liked me.

She seemed very shy when I first met her but once I started talking to her I knew she was one from my husbands circle of friends that I would cherish having in my own circle.

She was there for me when my husband and I hit a very rough patch in our marriage. I realized how rare of a gem she was to me at that time. She was one of the very few surrounded around my husband that didn’t take everything I vented about or talked about back to him or any other person. She gained so much respect from me with that trust that I will forever cherish her now as a friend.

We don’t get to hang out much at all due to work schedules, and busy lives but we are connected through social media. She is a beautiful person and I am very thankful to have met her. I am lucky to call her a friend. Thank you Kathy for being you and being my friend.