I am a writer struggling to find a new voice.
Professionally, I spent thirty years as a federal agent, which distills to thirty years of writing bureaucratic prose: Prosecution reports, affidavits, search warrants, memorandums, summaries, outlines, position papers, timelines, flow charts, action papers. All of it dry, all of it boring. Jack Webb on steroids. “Just the facts, ma’am, just the facts.” I tell people my journalism degree is what distinguished me in a world where firearms scores and war stories commanded center stage. It’s not a joke.
Personally, I am blessed with a partner who has stood by me for twenty-six years, and legally married me in two countries. “Through thick and thin” has significant, palpable meaning for us: she stood firm when an investigation spun out of control and a threat was made on my life, chasing us from our home. She stayed when arsonists almost burned our house down–twice. She stayed as almost the entire older generation on both sides of our families began to die off, one by one, all of them prematurely, each loss as agonizing as its predecessors. And she insists on putting my needs in front of her own, a source of never-ending tension, but perhaps the secret to a lasting relationship: we each value the other more than we do ourselves.
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