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CLEAN SLATE from Marco Orlando

CLEAN SLATE Marco Orlando One thing I can always appreciate about the pandemic is that it gave me a lot of time to think and reflect on things. Before COVID-19, I wasn’t always much fun to be around when I went out and did stuff, and I’m not proud of the kind of person I was back then. I was still struggling to fit in and feel like I belonged somewhere, not realizing I wasn’t going about it in the best way. I became this…

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“Are You Ever Happy?” from Marco Orlando

“ARE YOU EVER HAPPY?” Marco Orlando I had a friend ask me recently “Are you ever happy?” after I had aired some of my grievances online a while ago. The question caught me off guard, and I didn’t really have an answer. But it did give me some time to think since then. We’ve all likely spent a fair amount of time alone in our lives. It’s something I haven’t always had much of in the past, so I’ve learned to appreciate when I have…

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ACNH HOME AWAY FROM HOME UPDATE Marco Orlando

As we mark one year of the pandemic this week, there has been a time of reflection for all of us. We have all had to adapt in ways we never imagined, and try new things. In addition we learned to cope with the reality of what was unfolding around us. Today Marco shares more of how he has found one way to cope over the last year. ACNH HOME AWAY FROM HOME UPDATE Marco Orlando I still find it hard to believe at times…

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Life of a Bachelor from Marco Orlando

LIFE OF A BACHELOR Marco Orlando By now, another Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and I’m still single. I don’t usually mind being single. In fact, I rather enjoy it. But I struggle so hard sometimes with “owning my okayness.” It’s not easy seeing other people at different points in their relationships and working their way through them together. It makes me feel like maybe there’s something missing. I have plenty of lady friends, and many of them mostly think favorably of me. But…

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Future What Ifs from Marco Orlando

“FUTURE WHAT IFS” Marco Orlando It’s not easy seeing our parents get old. No one really prepares any of us for that it seems. It’s something that kind of sneaks up on us without even trying. I’ve been thinking a lot about my mom and dad lately as they’ve both been dealing with some ongoing issues. In recent times, birthdays and holidays and other celebrations have all become just another reminder of how vulnerable my parents are and how fragile life really is. Sometimes if…

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THE TRANSPARENCY CHRONICLES: FORGET BEING NORMAL from Marco Orlando

THE TRANSPARENCY CHRONICLES: FORGET BEING NORMAL Marco Orlando For Jim and Harold It’s been a rough year for everybody it seems. I’ll admit I probably took it harder than I had let on before. I’ve gone months without a social outlet for things I’ve enjoyed like wrestling and music. I’ve missed being around other people in social settings under normal circumstances. I’ve often wondered how non-disabled people are able to make and keep friends so easily. I must have asked myself a thousand times, what…

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THE TRANSPARENCY CHRONICLES: SEASONAL DEPRESSION EDITION Marco Orlando

THE TRANSPARENCY CHRONICLES: SEASONAL DEPRESSION EDITION Marco Orlando Living in Maine, we can usually tell when seasons start to change this time of year, yet it feels like it sneaks up on us at the same time, if that makes any sense. It gets colder outside, and it gets darker earlier. You would think we should be used to this by now, but it never seems to get any easier with each passing year. Some of us look forward to it and can’t get enough…

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LOS ORLANDOS LIFE LESSONS from Marco Orlando

LOS ORLANDOS LIFE LESSONS Marco Orlando Have you ever stopped to think about how you could have been a step or two away from living a completely different life? Maybe growing up, you were one class, one grade, or one school away from having a whole new group of friends? Or later in life, one relationship away from finding true love? Different life circumstances often lead to different results for all of us at any given time, for better or for worse. I was thinking…

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Now What? from Marco Orlando

NOW WHAT? Marco Orlando I owe it to myself to stay informed. I keep up with current events. I read the headlines in the news. And I’ll be honest, it can be a lot for any one person to take in these days. There’s a lot of variables and a lot of moving parts. With a pandemic still going on as a contentious election draws near, it can be overwhelming. Some of us feel like we need to do something to try to make a…

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Candle In The Wind 2017 from Marco Orlando

CANDLE IN THE WIND 2017 Marco Orlando No amount of mentally preparing myself could ever be enough for a moment like this. It was the furthest thing from my mind. From the moment news first broke of her untimely passing to the moment I arrived to the service, walking in the room and seeing reality staring me in the face in such grand fashion humbled me in a way little else can. I’d spent a fair amount of time processing the reality of the situation…

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