Category: Life

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My First Day of College

I still remember my first day of college. I got up early and rode my bike across campus. Along the way, I stopped at a pedestrian bridge over the Red Cedar River, watching people...

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Samoa Stories: Queen Mary 2

There wasn’t always a whole lot to do in American Samoa, so I found my entertainment where I could. One of my favorite things was trolling cruise ship passengers, like the time I went...

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Park Güell: High Atop Barcelona

Jamie and I got off the subway and walked back above ground. I was expecting a large expanse of grass, but instead I saw a dense urban streetscape. “I thought you said we were...

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The Wonders of DFW Airport

DFW Airport is one of the most fascinating places I’ve ever visited. Not necessarily the most fun, but fascinating nonetheless. I really wish I could spend a couple of days exploring it, but in...

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Monopoly Set

Monopoly was my favorite game growing up. I started playing it before I was old enough to really understand it. As did my little sister. Once, when we were still both pretty young, I...

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My Resistance to Change

It all started when I got an iPhone. Buying yourself a new toy is not usually a moment for self-reflection, but in this case, it got me thinking. I couldn’t stop thinking about my...

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The Picture Frame: Story of a Fiasco

Sometimes a simple project can turn into a complete fiasco. The project? To frame a flag. My dad had acquired a yellow “Don’t Tread on Me” flag, which he wanted to put in the...

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Blind Spot

I have a blind spot in the center of my vision. So do you, though you’ve probably never noticed. Our brain fills in the information, like the Clone Stamp tool in Adobe Photoshop. This...

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Samoa Stories: Palagi Beach

The sun was beating down on me as I rode in the bed of a pickup truck. The air was as hot and muggy as usual. I was wishing I had brought a lava-lava...

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The War Protest

In January 2003, the United States and its allies were on the verge of invading Iraq. I thought that starting a second war was a bad idea, so when a friend invited me to...