Who am I? I’m Jean Valjean. I’m 24601.

It’s been way too long since I did this. I keep starting again by fits and starts. My efforts with another blog proved traumatic, as did so many efforts during my marriage to an emotionally abusive narcissist.

I may share more details as time goes by. In some ways I kind of hate to. Often I’m tempted to run away, leave all the stuff behind, all my mistakes, all the cruelties of society.

Just be a hermit.

But the wisdom of this age says that no man is an island. That we all belong to a global village. That no matter how far you run, you can’t get away from yourself.

So who am I? Likely a lot of folks have lost patience already and moved on to a blog with a cute dog or a supermodel, or where Ryan Reynold’s is singing about how he can be brown, blue, violet skies, hurtful, purple, or anything you like.

It is a catchy tune.

No, I didn’t steal a mouthful of bread. I was not sentenced to jail for 20 years for either a petty crime, or one I did not commit.

But for most of my life I have felt like a prisoner. First in an abusive youth. Then struggling with anxiety, depression, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Finally, in a 16 year marriage to Kali’s embodiment of passive aggressive bpd.

Well….quid pro quo Clarice. Who are you? What movie or novel character do you most identify with? Give me a Christmas miracle and tell me about yourself in the comments.

Thanks for reading, I hope to find a niche as I progress.



  1. Boy—I identify with a number of characters in fiction——considering my love for books and musicals. There are even some movie characters I love

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    1. Curtiswselby says:

      I am the same way, I identify with so many. All the way from the vengeful Phantom of the Opera to the saintly and forgiving Jean Valjean. What is your favorite book?


      1. Favorite book- tough

        As for favorite musical- tie between Wicked and Les Mis


      2. Curtiswselby says:

        I’ve not seen Wicked, though I have heard I need to. But Les Mis is my all time favorite. I’ll never be half the man Jean Valjean was


      3. Loved Wicked for 15 years and loved Les Mis for 8 years

        By the way, Elphaba is my favorite musical theatre character- have a personal relationship with her (I strongly relate to her)

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      4. Curtiswselby says:

        I need to see Wicked someday. In what way are you like Elphaba? I identify with a lot of characters in fiction. The Phantom of the Opera, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Count of Monte Christo, The Man in the Iron Mask, V for Vendetta. The list goes on and on.


      5. Elphaba:

        Okay- just like her, I know what its like to be different (I have disabilities), so she was one of the first characters I came across who was different.

        Other things are similar than that- I am big-hearted, impulsive, and believe in staying true to myself and equality.

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  2. NorthernOkie says:

    I’m loving your commentary, man. And, yes! 100% see wicked (or read the book); it’s a great story which re-tells the narrative from a different character’s perspective.

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    1. Curtiswselby says:

      Thank you…..thank you very much. I need to see “Wicked.” I did finally watch “Hamilton” on my sister’s Disney Prime


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