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Melissa Schramm  Hostile 17

No one cared what St. Louis thought, although the city got a wink for pluck.

Eric Larson

#saintlouis #stlouis
#stl #streetphotography

But there's a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on your face. Sometimes the stories are simple, and sometimes they are hard and heartbreaking. But behind all your stories is always your mother's story, because hers is where yours begin. -Mitch Albom

Portrait of my mother from when she came and cared for me

#illness #recovery #hysterectomy #family #mom #stlouisbasilica

Don’t go far off, not even for a day, because — because — I don’t know how to say it: a day is long
and I will be waiting for you, as in an empty station
when the trains are parked off somewhere else, asleep.
-Pablo neruda

#tombstonetuesday #cemetery
#tombstone #graveyard #mourning #bellefontainecemetery

As I began to love myself I quit stealing my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy, things I love to do and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm. Today I call it... Simplicity -Charlie Chaplin

#sunset #nature #betterlifeeveryday

My Familiar

Chalky White used to be known as Xenox when he was at @strayrescuestl
I've had him for three years now (Charlie for four) and he has come so far. He was very protective and aggressive and couldn't hardly be around other dogs. Today he is beyond loving (he likes to be the big spoon) and can share the elevator with other dogs (without it being thunderdome). What you can't see in the photo is most of his lower lip and a few teeth are gone from dog fighting #rescuedog #imrealintomydog #strayrescuestl

Im so blessed for the amazing women in my life. One of my beautiful Coven sisters had gifted me this Ouija necklace. This group of women are such an unconditional support system and came into my life at the right time when I needed it most. Each of these women do such big things in life and are LITERALLY an inspiration every day. My life has changed so significantly over the past only two months. Everything has aligned in that literally every single thing i do is to help women. I work with survivors of sex trafficking and because this is my "job" i felt the importance of volunteering my spare time to helping women elsewhere however i can. I now volunteer at planned parenthood so that women have a safe and therapeutic person to shield them from the hateful protester, who say things that i can't even imagine saying to an enemy. Im also a Doula so as you can see i believe above all in our right to choose. To have options that don't lead us to unsafe situations. Because i cannot have children i feel like it is my duty to fight even harder for my girlfriends to still have the right to choose. Maybe this was a round about belated women's day post.

#womensday2017 #bloodmilk #ouija #jewelry

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal
-Albert Camus

#neworleans #nola #frenchquarter

To the solemn graves, near a lonely cemetery, my heart like a muffled drum is beating funeral marches.
-Charles Baudelaire

#neworleans #nola #nola⚜ #graveyard #cemeteriesofneworleans #cemetary #graveyard_dead #tombstonetuesday

All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was.
Toni Morrison

#neworleans #nola #nola⚜ #citypark #Louisiana #stillpostingvacationpics

People always look down their noses at hookers. Never give you a chance because they think you took the easy way out, when no one would imagine the willpower it took to do what we do, walking the streets night after night, taking the hits and still getting back up.
-Aileen Wuornos

Aileen has always had a special place in my heart. I feel like she was brought up in a system that failed her monumentally. I also feel like as we move into a more trauma informed system her fate might have been different if her trial was going on current day. This was very special to see this and really impacted me. May you find the peace you never found in this life

#aileenwuornos #truecrime

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