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For Ambrielle and Jenni-girl


“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.

-- Chief Seattle, date unknown




My name is Satya Simon. My childhood home is in Vista Point, Oregon, tucked between the Giant Redwood Forest to its east and the high rocky cliffs of the northern Pacific Ocean to its west. All I have ever known are the world’s tallest mammoth trees and the heavy salty air blowing in from the sea. This is my paradise. My safe place. My home.

My entire life changed the morning of my eighteenth birthday, when I woke up to the unfamili...

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