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Published February 2014.

The Walls Came Tumbling Down

Getting sober helped to break her emotional isolation and taught her how to turn it over

During my lifetime, I have been adept at fingering oppressors. From my father who wouldn't let me hang around his arc welder when he was working, to the last person I encountered today who took the parking space I had spotted from a row away.

There have been times when these oppressors seemed to come out of the wall after me, like a weird horror flick in which zombies multiplied behind the zinnias in the kitchen wallpaper and came out lunging for freedom, hungry to flatten whomever was in sight.

But there is one and only one oppressor who has stayed with me my entire life and...

-- Becky G.

Greater Levittown, Pennsylvania

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