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  • I’m not un-American, my government is.

    I’ve never been anti-American, though I’ve certainly been accused of it. Our beautiful and diverse country has accomplished exceptional things, plays residence to remarkable landscapes, and contributes (yet is not sole contributor) to a parcel of the globe’s most beautiful language in defense of human...
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  • The three seasons of Northern California and the hell that is our summer

    The seasons keep me adrift in NorCal. The City of Trees didn’t disappoint with a glowing autumn last year, and we took full advantage of our pre-employment with trips to Apple Hill and Tahoe (an all-day hike in Desolation Wilderness, starting at the watery mirror...
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  • We’re still number one in meaningless symbols

    Some people are surprised to learn that my students are graded on their peer review. Not just whether they do it, mind you, but whether they truly critique. They do not get any points if, while reviewing their classmates’ work, they simply reply, “good work,”...
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  • Home is where THE FIVE is

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    Ten years ago, almost to the day, I arrived in Southern California with a wife, a dream, and a barrage of Ikea furniture. Ten years later, I’m returning to Northern California with a (different) wife, two dogs, and a dream realized. For a long time...
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  • Lack of empathy is ripping us apart

    I have a friend without much money who is at this very moment fighting to keep his 11 day-old infant in the hospital when the doctor wants to do a discharge, even though they can’t determine the cause of a major problem and there is...
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  • Living With Male Anorexia

    I remember the exact day my battle with food began. It was the day I decided to go on my first diet. I was 16 and had been getting steadily chubbier for about four years. Sporting a 5’9” frame, I was quickly pushing the 200-pound...
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  • Vietnam Part II: Rural Life

    Tawny’s elderly great grand uncle offered a thin, kind smile as the Toyota Camry we had all crammed into bumped and wiggled into his half dirt, half-paved driveway. He raised his arm in a motionless wave and broadened his grin, nodded slightly. He wore a mop of...
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  • iPinion co-founders included in new anthology that grapples with mental health

    iPinion co-founders Debra DeAngelo and David Lacy both have essays in a remarkable anthology with a fall release date. Additionally, iPinion contributor Hollye Dexter also has a piece included. Dexter co-edited The Shame Prom with “Shades” editor Amy Ferris. “Shades of Blue collects the perspectives of well-known writers...
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  • iPinion turns half a decade old

    Dear readers, This month iPinionSyndicate celebrates its fifth anniversary. Over the past few years we’ve been honored to feature hundreds of regular and guest contributors, and on the three domain names that have played host to our site (iPinion.me, iPinion.us, and iPinionSyndicate.com), these writers and photographers have amassed well over a...
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