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A Funny Story

“Then it dawned on me: people didn't care. I was, contrary to my firmly-held belief, not the center of the universe - my little Bildungsroman epiphany.” More

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Thinkin’ About You

“Or maybe he's thinking that his life is a mess, and that he’d rather die than go on living. And what he doesn’t know. . . you and I… More

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Shadows and Shades

“I picked up the mirror and saw a shift as I thought about my wounded life—the wounds that came from wanting to be someone who I am not.” More

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Man of Few Words

“I’ll be here until I die. I release you. You’re a man, still young. The girls are soon off to college. Junior’s in highschool. Find someone who’ll love our… More

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Breathe into the Ground

“This time... this time you breathed into the ground so your children wouldn’t hear your startled sobs that escaped from your chest as you thought about your friend.” More

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Two Birds, One Stone

"Brady's toes squirm in the sand. His eyes stare downward at the shifting grains, barely noticing the warmth seeping into his feet." More

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Tetris

"He watched the yellow tiles on the wall move down and stack together to make lines. Building around a hole he would never crawl out from." More

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