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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.

-- Becky G.

Greater Levittown, Pennsylvania

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