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Looking Foolish to the Crowd — A Life Lesson Under the Hood
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Looking Foolish to the Crowd — A Life Lesson Under the Hood

There was a Chinese symbol, written haphazardly in black ink, encased inside a cheaply made, 6×9 black plastic frame. It was one of my few prized possessions, so it came with me to Philly and hung bedside in my first two apartments and later, it made the trip to my […]

Can We Talk About How Crappy Target Kids Clothes Really Are?
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Can We Talk About How Crappy Target Kids Clothes Really Are?

I know, I know, I get it, they are too freaking cute: the 3/4 length leopard print tee for $7, the pseudo-inspirational female-empowerment text-based hoodie on sale for $12, the plaid skirts at $14.99, the ripped retro jeans for a few bucks more or less maybe if you use Cartwheel […]

We’re Both Still Growing Up
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We’re Both Still Growing Up

There are eight traffic lights separating the short driveway in front of our home and our grade school’s two separate parent drop-off zones. Pushing back from the gate by 7:46 A.M. affords us the time to justmiss a few of them. We’ve got to be reversing out of the driveway […]

How Much Rope
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How Much Rope

The end of the saying I’m referencing in the title of this blog post is pretty damn grisly. In retrospect, I probably should have changed it. I mean, yeah I am still typing and could easily swap it out for something else, something less suicide-y but instead I leave it/have […]

Crying At Career Day
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Crying At Career Day

Want to get the attention of a room full of 9-year-old kids? Whip out rad Star Wars toys and exclusive Skylanders figures from a bag, and then tell ’em you get all of that (and a whole lot more) sent to you all the time, and for free. Boom, all eyes […]

Everyone Has A Story
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Everyone Has A Story

Truth be told, I’d have initially preferred to sink my husky frame into the warm beige leather of the Lincoln Town Car that came to fetch me from a disturbingly populated Terminal D baggage claim carrousel at 12:21 A.M. Truth be told, I’d have fancied a snooze, a half chance […]

The Grounds Behind Her Eyes
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The Grounds Behind Her Eyes

“What would it take to gain acceptance, to the grounds behind your eyes.” — Conor Oberst “Artifact #1” Over the past decade, I’ve been able to easily hashtag her as #happy, #sad, #angry, #tired, #exuberant, and so on. She was the USA Today. A swift, easy read. Colorful and pleasant. […]

5 Ways to Counteract the Baby Proofing of Modern Childhood
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5 Ways to Counteract the Baby Proofing of Modern Childhood

It was called husky back then, but I was what I was: a fat boy who rarely saw the sun. Years before websites, blogs, and vanity url’s would become actual things, the furnished basement of my parents suburban home was my domain. And a Nintendo gaming system with a protruding […]

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