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Hope everyone is doing well! I’ve been MIA for the last few days as I’ve been under the weather but am back again amongst the living again. Whew!

I’m spending the day getting caught on F&S submissions so I apologize for the publishing delay.

I’m loving all the hobby-themed submissions…

A writer, one part content blended with one part creative

Photo and graphic by Ellie Jacobson

My name is Ellie Jacobson, which you probably gathered by the article title. I’m also part Irish so excuse my sarcasm.

My life

I grew up in the ’70s and the ’80s (the best time I tell ya!). I was born and raised by the most wonderful (not sarcasm) Mom with red…


A moment in reflection

Photo by Ellie Jacobson

My home awakens by 7 am, or 9 on the weekends.
Crusty eyes awaken
to the raging alarms screaming,
Wake up, wake up, let’s go!

The family morning ritual begins,
lukewarm water flowing in the bathroom,
hot-to-the-touch waffles popping from the toaster.
Do you have your gloves? Your masks?” I yell…



Photo by Nighthawk Shoots on Unsplash

Hate fills my worn heart
for the father who ran off.
Hope wanes quietly.

Those closest to me know my father was never a part of my life.

“You’re better off.”

“It’s his loss.”

“You had a wonderful mother, that’s all you needed.”

Yes. I know people mean well.

On the surface, I don’t care about a lost relationship with a man not capable…



Photo by Hans Eiskonen on Unsplash

Words carry no weight.
Actions under scrutiny
when in search of trust.

Trust can be built again, but it takes time to rebuild love broken into pieces.

Words no longer matter.

Actions are what it takes.

Remember, it is your choice to trust again. Not because you have to. Not because it is expected. But because you want to.

In your own…

Ellie Jacobson

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