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Monthly Archives: August 2019

Open Doors

I’ve had people rip up my fliers, call the cops on me, and even fling dog shit at me.

If It Bleeds, It Leads

In separating ourselves from our emotions, are we losing what makes us most effective?

Dear Ex-best Friend

We went to different high schools. We got jobs. Life got busy and we hung out less.

Bean Therapy

Over the past four months I’ve had the privilege of cultivating some of the world’s finest beans.

House Hunt

The house listed around 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, we walked through it at 3:30, and we wrote on it by 11:00 a.m. Friday. We weren’t the first offer.

Michigan Gods

I’m not scared of the gods that inhabit these places per se; I’m just wary of the humans who built them.

My Best Advice

My Best Advice

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I spend a fair bit of time with first year college students. I am sometimes envious of them.

Aesop’s Heretofore Undiscovered Fables, August 2019

Aesop’s Heretofore Undiscovered Fables, August 2019

Moral: Take care, even when ye be in Haeyste, to not do that which woulde Waste Tyme later, for from Haeyste proceedeth only Waeyste.

First Dog-Cousin, Once Removed

First Dog-Cousin, Once Removed

Clark and Tessie came immediately to the back screen door, already vocalizing their hunger. No Lewis. 

Things That Happened to Me in My First Two Weeks at Calvin

Things That Happened to Me in My First Two Weeks at Calvin

The memory of their faces in this moment is one of two life events that can make me cry on cue. 

Lucille Bald

Lucille Bald

Have you ever noticed how intimate sitcoms are?

A Brief Account of Recent Miracles

A Brief Account of Recent Miracles

I’m writing about the extraordinary. 

Inevitable Forward Movement

Inevitable Forward Movement

How many other transitions in life are like this: inevitable, beautiful, a blessing, and a pain so deep its aches reverberate through generations. 

Jes

Jes

Between the Jes I think I know and that other Jes, the inexhaustible Jes, the one who slips briefly into view whenever she offers an unexpected comment, a laugh out of place, a sideways glance.

The Pilgrim’s Guide to the Holy Land

The Pilgrim’s Guide to the Holy Land

You wait to feel something, see a vision, hear a heavenly voice. But it’s quiet. The tomb is empty.

Take a Shine

Take a Shine

Light, after all, functions as both a particle and a wave.

tsunamis along the coast

tsunamis along the coast

what if status updates become souls.

Apartment Shopping at IKEA: A Progression 

Apartment Shopping at IKEA: A Progression 

Oh forget it, I’ll just buy everything online. 

Watch and Learn

Watch and Learn

It’s a little weird that I, of all people, feel nervous being watched. Being watched is literally my job.

Shorts Without Pockets and Other Hardships

Shorts Without Pockets and Other Hardships

Alas, I know my life is difficult, even torturous.

The Dress Code is Business Professional

The Dress Code is Business Professional

I get why a customer might need to believe I am serious and resolute in my work and not somebody who has the Wikipedia page for Pokémon open on another browser. 

Reminders to the Self of Five Days Ago

Reminders to the Self of Five Days Ago

I’ll forgive you for ignoring all of this if you just answer your emails.

A Report from Nerd Camp

A Report from Nerd Camp

This workshop is tuition-free, assignment-free, and pretty stress-free, but soon I’ll be back at my own school, and the cloud of duties will descend.

The Positively Phototactic Beetles of East Hampton

The Positively Phototactic Beetles of East Hampton

They must have died eventually, the ones that we didn’t scoop out. 

What Climbing a Cascade Volcano Feels Like

What Climbing a Cascade Volcano Feels Like

Cognitive functions deteriorate with exhaustion; I once hallucinated midnight bicyclists and figures running through the woods after summiting Mt. Rainier.

(un)Defined Earthquakes

(un)Defined Earthquakes

I’m trying to lean into the messiness, letting myself engage grief in the middle ground.

In Sickness and In Health

In Sickness and In Health

Who would catch me if I broke rank and fell into new, unknown ideas? Who would listen if I loosened my mouth and spoke?

Butter & Sugar: Salt & Light

Butter & Sugar: Salt & Light

Cookies are a way of saying I can’t fix all of the hurt, or make the bad days go away.

Summer Concessions

Summer Concessions

“Con · ces · sion:
a thing that is granted, especially in response to demands;
a thing conceded.”

Quarter-life Confessions

Quarter-life Confessions

21. Sometimes my life seems to spark like a live wire, and I feel intoxicated by its opportunity and potential.

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