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Inquiry versus Insult

Inquiry versus Insult

Smoke billows from an Oldsmobile as it idles at the stop light. Rust populates the fender, the muffler is held...

My Tree of Insecurity

My Tree of Insecurity

“I sat outside John’s office today for half an hour. He was inside talking on the phone and would not...

The Handshake

As soon as I sat down, I felt the weight of the week slipped off my shoulders. You know that...

Unbundle Your Socks

Unbundle Your Socks

I lost something. I lost it a long time ago. Well, “lost” may not be the correct term. It’s more...

I Do Not Know

“Dr. Humphrey, I think your calculation is incorrect.” I looked at the formula. I looked at my notes.  I looked...

Blue Collar

Blue Collar

I miss chalkboards. After teaching a class, it was always rewarding to look down and see my pants covered in...

Build Your Own Table

I just stared. There they gathered – same time, same place – each and every day. They had their own...

Positive Thinking (Necessary but not Sufficient)

“AGAIN!” he yelled with spittle flying everywhere. The next four moved forward and lined up. The runner positioned himself and...

Failure and the Fireman’s Carry

When I was a sophomore in high school, my football coach suggested that I take up wrestling. Wrestling, he argued,...

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