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Cherie’s Tree and the Power of Perseverance

[Trigger warning: this piece discusses rape and the criminal justice system.] In the courtyard of my home, in a piece of Mexican pottery, sits a tree. It wasn’t a tree when I got it. It was a little plant, just one of several I received in 1993 as a thank-you gift. During the past 20 years, I’ve kept it alive (sometimes just barely), through tremendous life upheavals that necessitated getting rid of lots of ...

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