Category: Life

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Texas: A Whole Nother Country

I’ve been living in Texas for over five years now, and it’s an interesting place to live. I never planned on living here this long, but at least for the foreseeable future, I don’t...

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Gifted and Talented

Back in grade school, I got admitted to the “gifted and talented” class. Once a week, I went off to the school library for an enrichment session. It was supposed to give us a...

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Penmanship and the Palmer Method

The Palmer Method still strikes fear in my heart. No other curriculum ever did so much to stifle my interest in a topic I found fascinating. I spent a good chunk of the third...

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Playground Nazis

In the fifth and sixth grade, I went to school in East Carondelet, Illinois. It was a small town of 600 sandwiched between the Mississippi Levee and the MoPac Railroad. I loved my teachers...

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A New Perspective

A couple of years ago, I sold most of my worldly belongings at an auction. I kept a couple of things, like some cherished childhood toys, but for the most part, I let everything...

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Affirmations and Evil Genies

Back in college, I read a lot of self-help books. Some were scientific in their psychology. Others were full of New Age crap. Here’s one concept that doesn’t work. Affirmations. Closely related to the...

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Graduation Ceremonies

My little sister recently graduated from college. As I sat through the ceremony in a campus gymnasium, a few different thoughts crossed my mind. Pomp & Circumstance It’s funny how the same song is...

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The Law of Attraction

Have you ever heard of the Law of Attraction? It’s a concept that’s popular with the metaphysics and self-help crowds. It’s a simple idea. Basically, if you really want something, you focus your mind...

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Holy Triangle

Back in college I had what I called the “Holy Triangle”: the three places I spent the bulk of my day. There was Espresso Royale Coffee, Berkey Hall and a bar called the Peanut...

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The Layover: Hurry Up and Wait

Like most people, I hate waiting rooms. While doctors’ offices and DMVs come directly from the Ninth Circle of Hell, there is also an.other kind of waiting that is more akin to the Christian...