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A Garden Where the Sun Always Shines: Regarding Shauna

In his obtuse, frustrating, beautiful poem “The Hollow Men,” T.S. Eliot writes, “Life is very long.” That idea goes against what most of us have heard—that life is short, that we must make the most of every day, that every … Continue reading

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Puppy Love #creativenonfiction

Puppy Love             Recently on Facebook and Twitter, I stated that those who say they wouldn’t change a thing about their pasts are either lying or overly stubborn. I caught some flack for that claim. One of my friends misunderstood; … Continue reading

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NEVERMIND as Cultural Bomb

If You Ask Me Nirvana’s Nevermind as Cultural Bomb             I suppose every generation has at least one do-you-remember-where-you-were-when-it-happened event. Some are Earth-, or at least nation-, shattering: the storming of the Bastille, the assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand, the … Continue reading

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Bodily Changes and Other Minor Tragedies

Has Anybody Seen My Teeth? 5 Bodily Changes and Other Minor Tragedies             If you’re a fan of pretty much any professional sport outside of golf or bowling, you’ve probably heard announcers lamenting the increasing age and declining skills of … Continue reading

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Whose Hands Are These? #nonfiction #writing

Has Anybody Seen My Teeth? 4 “Whose Hands Are These?”             A few months back, Kalene and I were watching an episode of Strange Addictions. The subject of that week’s program was a young woman addicted to tanning. She went … Continue reading

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On Feline Philosophy #writing #nonfiction

Has Anybody Seen My Teeth? 3 On Feline Philosophy                 Sometimes I wonder what it’s really like to be a cat. Then I remember that, as I get older, I probably already know. They spend most of their day sleeping … Continue reading

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“I Don’t Like Old Movies”–nonfiction #writing #nonfiction

Has Anybody Seen My Teeth? 2 “I Don’t Like Old Movies”             When you’re a teacher, sometimes nothing makes you feel older than your students.             Take the average college freshman. He or she is likely eighteen years old, the … Continue reading

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“They Grow up so Fast”–#nonfiction

Has Anybody Seen My Teeth? 1 “They Grow up so Fast”             Sometimes, nothing makes you feel older than your own kids.             One day, you’re watching them come into the world. The next, they’re studying for their driver’s exam … Continue reading

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Has Anybody Seen My Teeth? Introduction #nonfiction #writing

Has Anybody Seen My Teeth?  Introduction              On October 26th, 2010, I woke up and realized that I was forty years old. Now understand that I was an English major, so any time I find myself doing math, I have … Continue reading

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Things My Childhood Taught Me #nonfiction #rants

Things My Childhood Taught Me             DISCLAIMER: This essay probably doesn’t have the kind of purposeful ambiguity that makes for good creative nonfiction writing. It is, in other words, probably a bit too straightforward and preachy. But I feel the … Continue reading

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