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About Six Feet Standing Tall

Sara Tieman blogs at Six Feet Standing Tall. She stands at 5’11″ and probably could be six feet tall if she stood up straighter…or wore higher heels. She lives in Chicago but also fancies London as her home, too. Attempting to live her life fearlessly, she hopes to share stories that readers will find amusing, insightful or somewhat intriguing as she tries to figure out the meaning of life.

Breaking the Habit

I don’t know how I got this way I’ll never be alright So I’m breaking the habit…Tonight.– “Breaking the Habit” by Linkin Park It had been an ordinary day. But that’s the funny thing about ordinary – the extraordinary is … Continue reading

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I Come Apart

In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! – John 16:33 As I made my way home after work, I misstepped as I climbed some stairs and stumbled. Though momentarily startled and jarred, years of experience with my … Continue reading

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Upside Down in a This Side Up World

Hello, my name is Sara and I’m afraid.  As I understand it, one of the first steps towards any recovery begins with that statement. You’ve said it. You’ve taken your first step. You start at the bottom, at the foundations … Continue reading

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Best Time of My Life

Change is a five-letter word referring to the loose coins in your pocket or the thing that comes into your life, shaking it up for the good, the bad or the indifferent. I’ve welcomed it, wished for it, wondered when … Continue reading

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The Unquiet

I drove about 15 miles north of the city cruising at 60 plus, fingers fidgeting with the radio station dials. My ear grew weary of the same song heard over and over and so I flip, flip, flip. I hesitated … Continue reading

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The Winter of Our Discontent

It snowed again in Chicago today, adding to the 60 plus inches of snowfall we’ve already received. I’m sure a collective sigh and disgusted shouts of “enough already!” could be heard across the area. This winter has been a rough … Continue reading

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So Raise A Glass

The last ball has dropped. Champagne has been drunk, party hats thrown out and the confetti all swept away after revelers the world over toasted to the fourteenth year of the 21st century. 2014. Suddenly, the whirlwind of the holiday … Continue reading

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Ho-Hum?-liday

Just 15 short days after she died it was Christmas, a day meant to fill the heart with hope and peace. Mine was frozen. On the Christmas day service of that first Christmas without her, the four of us – … Continue reading

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An Ordinary Monday in December

It was just an ordinary day. Until it was not.  It was Monday, December 10.  I went to school that day and then babysat for a family in the neighborhood. An unexpected knock on the door and the instruction that … Continue reading

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What If?

It’s never a conversation between the two of us.  No, the voice inside my head only ever talks at me. It prattles on relentlessly, incessantly. I am judged before this voice – all of my faults, my fears and my shortcomings facing … Continue reading

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