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  • Paradise lost

    “Dad, I can’t make it,” the 17 year old yelled through the phone. Flames had surrounded his vehicle and he would have to leave it if he wanted to escape the flames. He jumped out and started running. His cell phone lost connection, his terrified...
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  • Getting used to France

    Getting used to living in France was like giving birth, except way more painful, went on for way longer and didn’t come with cool things like bigger boobs and prettier hair. But, at the end of what really did feel like a two-year pregnancy, I...
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  • Sirius XM is white male privilege radio

    In the midst of paring down my expenses after setting off on adventures in self-employment over the summer, I jettisoned all sorts of stuff: hair care clubs, skin care clubs, subscriptions, and more. The one guilty little pleasure that survived the cut was my Sirius XM...
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  • An American Socialist in France

    And are there cheaters? People that use the system in an irresponsable way? Of course there are! But show me a system where no one cheats and we’ll talk about that. I’d rather pay for a few cheaters and know that me and all my fellow citizens are taken care of.
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  • Who will you be when the skies turn dark?

    “What do we call visible light? We call it color. But the electromagnetic spectrum runs to zero in one direction and infinity in the other, so really, children, mathematically, all of light is invisible.” — Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See When we...
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  • Z is for zombie

    “They’re a bit bite-y.”  Shawn of the Living Dead If you have younger brothers, you may be familiar with the “game” of them bugging you by parroting everything you say or relentlessly shadowing you. “Stop following me!” I would shriek. That’s why I found old zombie...
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  • Twenty years after his death, Matthew Shepard still inspires me

    This morning, I watched the interment ceremony for Matthew Shepard’s remains at the National Cathedral.  It’s been 20 years since Matt was killed. I remember those events vividly.  I recall speaking to a large crowd of hundreds of people at a candlelight vigil at The...
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  • I see their faces

    From time to time, horrifying images from the Holocaust death camps pass before my eyes, prompting me to consider the magnitude of the unfathomable cruelty inflicted on an entire race of living, breathing people… grandparents, children… young people… newlyweds… babies. BABIES. If I consider that...
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  • Megyn Kelly, we hardly knew ye

    I know when I say that I’m feeling sorry for Megyn Kelly, it’ll have the same reaction as farting in a crowded room. People will wrinkle their noses and get as far away as possible. Well, hold your nose, because I do. Kelly is one of...
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