Lately, I’ve been living more of my life. I can never tell when it’s about to happen. As I walked down the hall of my apartment building to get rid of some recycling, the ideas started to swirl around my head. I got the opening sentence, I got the title, and then sentences and ideas […]
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In my mind, I’m on a boat in the middle of the ocean. I’m taking on water, and all I have with me is a few small paper cups, the kind you’d drink out of at a youth sporting event. College, for me, was a tale of two halves. It started out pretty normal. I […]
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The door of the moving truck slides up. Behind it is all of your worldly possessions. They’re stacked up neatly, braced against each other, arranged so that they don’t topple over in transit. Your things are there, and they’re staring back at you, mocking you, almost laughing at you. Of course that’s all in your […]
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When my Dad got remarried for a second time, he and his new wife combined two families. Both had two kids, and each of our respective families literally doubled in size. The house I lived in became so much smaller, and chaos was the order of the day most days. One of the first things […]
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I stood up in front of the congregation and took the microphone that was offered. I was at my grandmother’s funeral in Illinois, and the group had been asked if we had any memories we would like to recount. A few of my family members had already spoken, and for some reason I felt compelled […]
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