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  • The Truth Is

    For the past year my 14-year-old cousins have been doing this thing on Facebook where they write on a friend’s wall ‘The truth is…’ and then complete the sentence. The truth is…I think you’re really cute. The truth is…you’re good at the clarinet. The truth is…you’re the second hottest person in class (this was legitimately said). You get the picture. Except that I didn’t. And still don’t, really...
  • What Has Two Thumbs, Neither of Which Are Green?

    I bought a bonsai tree last winter for my office. Two weeks later, all that remained were the branches. Today, it holds a lone Christmas ornament that I’ve decided to display year-round. I don’t have what you would call a ‘green thumb.’ My inability to care for plants and trees is especially upsetting to my father, who, when he isn’t molding young minds as a middle school English teacher, spends...
  • The Audience Is Watching

    “Sir, I need to ask you to take the conversation outside...” The audience applauds...and...End scene.That was the end of a show that I didn’t realize I had purchased tickets for when I picked the restaurant. While eating dinner recently, a businessman who had been on the phone for a while suddenly got louder and louder. Over the course of a minute or so, he berated the person on the other end of...
  • Summer Is The Time for Grillin’!

    I am a huge fan of fire, in its respected place. I love putting various food items over fire regularly and with malice. Beef, pork or fowl (and even fruits or vegetables!) are likely to find their way between my tongs over the wonderful aroma of burning charcoal or propane. Lately I’m experimenting with the various kinds of wood chips to produce different flavors on whatever is over the fire. To...

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