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The Walrus and the Carpenter

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In part one of this series I introduced you to ALICE. A segment of the population incapable of bearing the weight of a personal financial event. We also outlined the importance of the non-profit agencies which support both the traditional “poor” and ALICE. These organizations rely on the charity of ...

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Go Ask ALICE: Down the Rabbit Hole

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The end of the calendar year is a time often associated with gratitude, reflection, family and giving. It is also a time when organizations which rely on the charity of the public send annual requests to their supporters, hoping for another year of commitment. This practice is so regular, in ...

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Remember When We Used to Smash Pumpkins?

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Some time in early March (maybe April…it could’ve been May) Alia and I sat with friends talking about bands scheduled to pass through Indianapolis over the summer. We’d just purchased tickets to go see Counting Crows and Matchbox Twenty at Deer Creek, or whatever corporate entity has its name at ...

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Winter House: Chapter 8

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Winter House Home Page Fiction by Christian Shuck Chapter Eight July 8, 1820 Henry Harris dismounted his horse. A woman paused to look at him for only moment, then shuffled away, herding her young daughter. He took note of the side glances coming from other passersby. In all, seven men, ...

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Winter House: Chapter 7

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Winter House Home Page Fiction by Christian Shuck Chapter Seven Three Days After Wikvaya Left Camp Wicasa sat with his legs crossed. Around him were other tribal leaders. In the center of their council, a small fire burned. The air, despite being out under the stars, tasted foul. Something was ...

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Winter House: Chapter 6

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Winter House Home Page Fiction by Christian Shuck Chapter Six After the Waters Receded The pain was incredible. As atoms composed to form each nerve ending, waves of sensation crept up unfamiliar appendages. Perhaps the feeling was not pain. It might have only been akin to the feeling of the ...

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The Con Artists

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Featured Image by Doug Kline for The Conmunity – Pop Culture Geek licensed for use under the Creative Commons 2.0 Generic Remaining Images by Christian Shuck At six in the morning, central time, on a Friday, my alarm went off. I shook the sleep out of my eyes and remembered ...

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Roamin’ Holiday: No Place Like Home

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America is a great place to live, there’s no arguing that. I just hope we’re able to realize we’re already great, and hold onto the things that make us so. We are, after all, the new Rome. In my work, I meet people that travel to different parts of the ...

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Winter House: Chapter 5

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Winter House Home Page Fiction by Christian Shuck Chapter Five April 8, 1910 The spring sunlight was warm in the April morning. The smell of blooming flora travelled on the evaporating dew. The air of the season to come was intoxicating. Remnants of tiny water droplets sparkled on the tall ...

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Roamin’ Holiday: Breaking the Bubble

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Any community, every community, can be small. The largest cities are really just organized pockets of neighborhoods. Neighborhoods consist of cliques. Internally, the cliques are fragile but capable of presenting a united front.  Neighborhoods take ownership of cliques, cities of neighborhoods, states of cities, until the diagram reaches the extent ...

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