Chapter 2. Knowing Yourself Should Be Easy. It Isn’t. Why Is That?

This is the first of our stories set in Blakenfield, a fictitious town in the Midwest. All the people in this book are real, as are their stories. As I mentioned in the Introduction, the people in these stories asked that we change their names and locations, to respect their privacy.

Carol was the hardest-working person Rob had ever seen at the Blakenfield Gym. She was there every day, sometimes twice a day. Her tanned skin glistened with a sheen of sweat as she attacked the elliptical machine, the ponytail of her long blond hair flying from side to side as steady as a metronome, except for the stray lock stuck to her moist forehead. As soon as she toweled off from that, she ...

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