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The author writes that when she was twelve, she used to love reading comic books. Her favorite was Supergirl, which used to influence her dreams. She would dream that she was Supergirl, running up to the top floor of her building and transforming into the comic book character with every step, then jumping off the roof and flying. She would fly around the city, looking at people and places that interested her. She found that she could program these dreams by focusing on whatever she wanted the subject to be. She would dream about their landlord counting his money, their neighbors, her teachers and, in later years, boys she liked.

When she woke up, her mother and father would be talking quietly in the kitchen. They woke her 45 minutes after they got up, but liked to have the beginning of the day to themselves. Her mother would often try to persuade her father to take the family on a vacation to Puerto Rico, but he would say it was too expensive to fly there. Her mother would look out of...

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