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Who is Anneliese Dahl?

Kayleigh’s "Get to Know Me" #Challenge

By JD Pernoste and Anneliese DahlPublished 3 months ago Updated 3 months ago 7 min read
Top Story - September 2023
Image by Pernoste; Writing by Dahl

Oh, this is so terrifying for me in some ways, telling people about me. It’s strange though because in writing with my friend Pernoste, I have shared many bad things about my life. It somehow feels removed though, for me, to tell about myself in stories. To tell things here, straight-up, and focusing more roundly on who I am….scary. [In all honesty, the picture above is not me, but a close rendering created by Pernoste. Photograph taking brings back too many bad memories, so I won't let mine be taken.]

1. I am very silly. To most people, I am disturbingly serious, yet to those who know me well I have a crazy and whimsical sense of humor. I can thank my childhood, and my first true loves in life, my mother and father. I had them only a short time, but they were so silly and fun with me all the time. I would laugh until I was weak and would collapse on the floor. It has always been my sense of humor that has gotten me through bad times, and I love to make other people laugh. I’ve honed my humor to a sharp wit, and poor Pernoste seems to be the only one who can keep up most of the time (and sometimes out-do me). Haha. You may have seen some of our bloggy writing.

Image by Pernoste

2. I was a slave for a few years. I don’t say this lightly, nor with any feeling that I need sympathy. Child trafficking is real. There will always be Bad People in the world, but there are many, many more Good People in the world. I didn’t deserve what happened to me (and my sister) as a child, and I don’t know that I deserved to escape when so many of my fellows did not. The abuse will not be mentioned, but it was severe and nearly led to my death a few times. If not for committing to saving my sister, I would have given in to my fate. Sometimes I need to remind myself that I am free. But I am happy and in a different life now. Pernoste has helped me to write about much of this, helping me to draw the line on how much to share. Vocal has been the first place that I shared much of this publically, though I have deleted many of them. Lost Bird and Annie’s Story still remain.

3. I love, love, love to sing. As a child, I sang beautifully, making up songs from my poetry. Even when I was just 5, my parents’ friends said I could sing unlike any 5 year old. It was always my dream to be a singer and songwriter, for I have a gift for playing musical instruments of all kinds. I have become more shy with age and experience, so the singing is just for me now. Mostly I sing in my head all the time (or in whispers), because my vocal cords are a little weak from a past injury. I save my voice, or I can lose it when I really need it. I love to find little-known artists online (young women with beautiful voices) who perform their own music or covers of known music. I listen and dream that it’s me sometimes (I must confess), and I pray for them to find success with their marvelous talent.

4. I adore children. I will make time for my sister or her friends who need a babysitter, even if I have to drive a couple hours. I don’t care what age, really, but I do prefer the younger ones. They are so sweet and adorable, and I don’t even mind when they cry or have difficulty falling asleep. I particularly like the little ones when they talk and try to explain the world to me. I like to ask them lots of questions to hear what they think, and I like to read books to them, like Winnie the Pooh or Dr. Seuss, and do silly voices for them to make them giggle. Makes me so happy to be around them, and they all love me, I know.

Unsplash Image by Jeremiah Lawrence

5. I started writing poetry very young. I’ve written poetry for as long as I can remember. Of course, as a child I wrote of childish things only for myself, but I grew up quickly in life with all I’ve been through. I have struggled for the past few years to release in words all the hurt and mournful things within me, these poems appreciated by many as beautiful but mostly heart-breaking. [I even wrote a book of these sad poems "In these flowers of Eden", which I recently took off Amazon.] In those days, mostly on Twitter, I helped other writers to improve their poetry, and actually Pernoste is one of the ones I helped (though he didn’t need much help.) I’ve learned all I can from crying about the past, so now I use my perspective (and my partner’s perspective) to try to write deep and layered stories with some sort of over-reaching message.

6. I love to read. I read everything, or at least I used to before I became so busy. I enjoy mostly very serious literature, including mind-bending science fiction of Asimov and Herbert and the famous ones from long ago like Harlan Ellison, Andre Norton, Ursulla LeGuin, etc… and horror writers like King, Lovecraft, Poe, Barker. Now I’ve moved onto other interesting writers like Lispector, Dunn, Calvino, Stein, Parker. Trying to find time to read, but it competes with time to write.

7. I write with a writing partner. Pernoste is not my husband or my lover, rather more like a father/brother/uncle in my life. We met by random chance when I was all alone in the world, and he invited me into his family. I have the family I never really had before, complete with his wife and two children who are only a couple years younger than I am. Little did we know, Pernoste and I, that we had so much in common though with such different life experiences. We’ve become best friends. I’ve never had such fun in my life as writing with Pernoste. We, literally, finish each other’s sentences, and we have a never-ending supply of writing ideas. I find it’s hard to get writer’s block when you have a fun person to write with.

8. I love cats. Not to say I don’t love dogs, but I don’t want to have the responsibility for one. I can barely take care of myself. I love Siamese cats, as they are the most doggish of cats. This means that they bond with you, and are even upset if you go away for awhile (they can stop eating much). Yet they are not overly needy and are very independent most of the time. They’re also hilarious to watch and can be quite silly when they want your attention.

Unsplash image by Karina Vorozheena

9. I am physically fit. I have never had a problem in keeping a trim weight, and to be honest there is no joy in food for me. It’s the opposite. I have to force myself to remember to eat or I become too skinny. One of the ways that helps is that I exercise a lot to increase my appetite. I run the treadmill, because I’m afraid to run outside, and I do a variety of creative stretching and strength exercises in my tiny apartment. One of these days I’ll break a window, I’m sure, because there’s so little room.

10. I am very spiritual. I have found my path spiritually over the past few years and have been very involved with individuals and groups who bring spiritual healing to those in need. Most of what I do with healing is with Pernoste, and we help in some remote healings for those who reach out to us. Free of charge of course. We don't claim all the credit as healers ourselves, rather we have the gift to bring divine help when it is necessary and when it is allowed. I don't tell people about this, generally, because they think I'm crazy.

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About the Creator

JD Pernoste and Anneliese Dahl

Pernoste & Dahl are a writing duo of poetry and fiction (serious or humorous). Check out our 5-Star sci fi dystopian verse novel "In the Minuses" on Amazon.

Instagram link: Authors_Pernoste.and.Dahl

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  • Thavien Yliaster2 months ago

    1. Laughter and humor are great things to cherish. May You be blessed with more humor and laughter within Your life. 2. It is disheartening to know that such inhumane actions are committed against people, especially the most vulnerable of us. My condolences. 3. I hope that someday You be able to sing as much as You want, wherever You want, whether or not there are people around. A beautiful voice is like manna from Heaven to one's ears. 4. Children are adorable, I do agree with You on this. Someday I hope to have children of my own. 5. Sounds like I should check out some of Your poetry. Do You have a particular poem that You're proud of? 6. I have yet to read Lovecraft, but would like to buy a book soon. Spoopy season's almost here. 7. Writing is more fun with friends, and even if You just have somebody looking forward to what You're writing. 8. Floofa loofas are some of the best floofs. I miss volunteering at the animal shelters cause a lot of the cats there were so cuddly and they just wanted to be loved. 9. When Your body feels great so will Your mind. Your body is the first environment with which Your mind interacts with and Your body is the vessel with which You mind interacts through to other environments. A healthy body helps to maintain a healthy mind. 10. Spirituality is important to many a people. I do believe it does good for many a people. I would consider myself to be monotheistic. For I am grateful for the universe that we live in.

  • Maine coons are also doggish cats :) xx

  • There are no words that would be enough; therefore, I simply say... I celebrate You!

  • Paul Stewart3 months ago

    Eek. Sorry to hear you've been through some horrendous experiences. You clearly are a very strong woman to come out of all that with your head held high and with that positive nature of yours! This was an incredible read and it was great getting to know you a little better! Thank you and congrats on Top Story!

  • Cindy Calder3 months ago

    Congratulations on this Top Story - I enjoyed reading it so much. I think your middle name should be "tenacious" or "formidable". The strength you carry may be disguised, but it's easily visible in this literary accomplishment. Ever forward.....

  • Babs Iverson3 months ago

    Sharing but not sharing everything, you answer the question authentically and positively. Stay strong, Anneliese!!! You voice and message is appreciated and loved!!!❤️❤️💕

  • Ashley Lima3 months ago

    Lovely to learn more about you, Anneliese! I'm so sorry for the traumatic experiences you went through in your past. I'm very happy you're safe and in a good place <3 You are such a strong woman. Keep being you

  • Joelle E🌙3 months ago

    Oh my goodness Anneliese. I don’t know what to say here that could suffice, other than that I truly think trafficking is one of the most heinous things to exist. As a human race we have a responsibility to protect each other, especially the vulnerable, and I hope we get there. This community seems to have an interesting way of bringing people with parallel interests and experiences together. Without feeling like u have to share too much or getting involved past ur comfort level – I’ve been reflecting on this myself – i hope u find some comfort and healing here. Thanks for being here, i certainly appreciate it 💖

  • Alex H Mittelman 3 months ago

    Well written. Traffickers suck, sorry happened! Always great to have a fun writing partner! Congrats on top story!

  • Heather Lunsford3 months ago

    Thank you for bravely sharing yourself with us.

  • Cathy holmes3 months ago

    Thank you for sharing a little of yourself with. Love your honesty and willingness to let the dark out. I'm glad you found a friend.

  • Heather Hubler3 months ago

    What a beautiful light you bring to this world despite the darkness you've lived through. Thank you for sharing the lovely and the ugly in this. Congrats on Top Story :)

  • Nice❤️💯Congratulations on your Top Story🎉

  • Jazzy 3 months ago

    Wow, I couldn't even imagine what you've been through and I'm so glad you are safe. I loved learning about you. And thank you for sharing!

  • Caroline Jane3 months ago

    Huge, heartfelt applause for sharing. I admire your strength. Your writing is always so authentic and oozing in melancholy. It's lovely to glimpse the soul that wrote it. ❤

  • JBaz3 months ago

    Open and honest writing, love the background. I was disturbed, angered then joyful that you turned out to be this person. I will definitely be reading your works. Congratulations

  • Dana Crandell3 months ago

    Hey, look who got Top Story! Congratulations!

  • Celia in Underland3 months ago

    Back with congrats on Top story! Super cool 🤍

  • Gerald Holmes3 months ago

    I am so glad that you wrote this as I love your writing. You have a way with words that I envy. I must admit that parts of your story brought me to tears. But it brings me solace to know that you found Pernoste. We all need a Pernoste in our life. A true friendship, like yours, can be the cornerstone or foundation for peace in your life.

  • I wish I can lose weight as easily as you! I too love reading and cats! I enjoyed learning more about you!

  • Kendall Defoe 3 months ago

    I have learned so much here. Thank you for the bareboned truth. I have to be very careful with my list...

  • I loved reading this and gaining such an insight into your world. Number 7 had me in tears at the absolute beauty of it. 🙏🕊️✨❤️ We have many, many parallels…and I look forward to reading more of both of your works now that I’ve discovered your page here 🥰

  • Lamar Wiggins3 months ago

    Awesome share! I'm pretty silly too, although my wit has slowed with age, I can still make people laugh from time to time. It would be a joy to hear you sing. I'm sure its angelic like Sarah Mclachlan. I think you would enjoy her. Thank you again for sharing.

  • Donna Renee3 months ago


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