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What Hath God Wrought

The mystery began in middle school. Up until then, as far as I can tell, I was farting like the rest of them.

In the Wind

Milwaukee will always have my heart, but Grand Rapids tugs at it this morning, hard.

The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing

It was glorious. We started slow, but accelerated into more and more swings and twirls. The best dances are the ones with strange guys who happened to be very good dancers.

I’ll Make a Man Out of Me

This week, I decided to spend a day allowing society (a.k.a. the internet) to tell me exactly how I should be a man. For one day I would dress, drink, and spend my time how the cyber arbiters of masculinity determined.

I Tried to Read Infinite Jest in Two Months and Failed Miserably

But that Saturday, while I was still in bed, I got another call from my mom. I knew from her first word the reason she was calling. Very early that morning, my grandfather had died in his sleep. I wept.

A Love Letter to my English Major

I wonder, sometimes, if you feel forgotten. After all, I did not become an English professor, as I once thought I might.

24K: A Birthday Challenge

24K: A Birthday Challenge

by | May 21, 2017

I had plenty of time to think about suffering.

It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

One of our neighbors is a nosy elderly lady named Linda. I love Linda.

Freshman Orientation

Freshman Orientation

Will Montei made me feel infinitely better about moving to college and leaving everyone behind, simply because no matter how sad and alone I felt, at least I wasn’t him.

Four Easters and a Funeral

Four Easters and a Funeral

Christmas is always the musk of dusty angel robes and glow of Christmas tree lights on the hardwood floor. Easter, however, is rarely the same twice.