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Opening the heart

Having shut down her feelings during her unhappy marriage, Karla Newbey opens her heart in her search for a lover

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We all wear armour. It’s useful if we’re going into battle, but if we forget we’re wearing it and don’t take it off, we can’t dance or make love. I’m talking about the things we do to protect ourselves from being hurt – not, obviously, the clunky, metal kind: how we talk to ourselves, what we trust and hope for, who we let in and what we allow ourselves to feel.

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