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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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An Apology to Megan

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My recent disagreements with my step-daughter over issues such as #MeToo have left a distance between us.  They have also opened a gulf between myself and the Democratic party.  I desperately want to fix my relationship with the former.  My relationship with the latter, however, isn’t really up to me. ...

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Soundbites: My Phone’s Loose Butt-hole

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Soundbites:  Observations about the world in roughly 300 words. It happens all the time.  My iPhone has a loose butt-hole.  The lightning pin, plug-in—hands down the worst innovation in the history of Apple Computer—never stays in the hole in the bottom of the phone.  When I hang my gadget from ...

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Stop Parenting Everyone Else’s Entertainment

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Around Christmas of 1999, I was four years old and obsessed with Batman. I don’t remember ever living without loving superheroes. As far as I can tell there was no real defined reason, and no commercial on TV that piqued my interest. One day, I just woke up and wanted ...

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The Game It Used to Be

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The Indiana high school basketball sectionals are underway once more.  And once more, as has been the case for two decades, they don’t mean as much as they once did. For reasons I can’t remember, and for reasons which are not that important, I sat in the upper bleachers in ...

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Film Review: Black Panther

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In a move many consider long overdue, Marvel finally places people of color in the forefront with its eighteenth film, Black Panther. Directed by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther is a fresh and welcome improvement in the Marvel franchise. With a visual design and imaginative heart ripped straight from the comic ...

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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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Leaving Greencastle and the Return Home

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“Every morning, my commute to IUPUI was spent looking out at a city that was so much bigger than myself…” In August of 2014, I got exactly what I wanted; I moved out of Greencastle. When Mom and Dad left my Indianapolis apartment, I didn’t have the nerve to start ...

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Roamin’ Holiday: Cycles of Society

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Growing up, travel was something I thought was reserved for other people. It seemed I always had friends that took great trips around the U.S. and abroad, but my family could never afford it. Returning from spring break I would hear grand tales of scuba diving, hiking, Disney World or ...

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Embracing Winter

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Standing in my ice-cold garage, next to the water-softener unit, hair-dryer in hand, I reminded myself of the personal mantra I had adopted just days before: “Embrace the winter,” I had told myself.  “Embrace it.” This was not a flippant decision on my part.  Winter might be the highpoint of ...

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