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Lost and Found (from Life in 10 Minutes)

The last thing I saw before they disappeared was my cousin Kevin’s arm, his plaid sleeve, red and white with thin green crosshatching, melting into the Coliseum’s exiting crowd. Ecstatic fans’ bodies jostled past me, whipping me left and right, a royal blue tide of Memphis State Tigers, who in their joy over winning the… Continue reading Lost and Found (from Life in 10 Minutes)

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Swing Shift (republished from 3Elements Review)

I already knew I was getting a swingset for my sixth birthday—it would be impossible to hide a large box from a snoopy child, or surprise me with it erected in the backyard where I constantly tripped around, wrestling the dogs or plucking honeysuckle blooms to sip with my neighbor Colleen, our always-bare feet hard as… Continue reading Swing Shift (republished from 3Elements Review)

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His Name Is Prince. And He Was Funky.

Dig if you will, the picture: In 1984, I was a white, suburban sixth-grader who collected unicorn stickers and attended 4-H Club and church summer camp. Yet I had become utterly possessed by an elfin, spandexed, sex-crazed crooner whose lopsided curls looked like they had been styled with Crisco and a pair of eggbeaters. I… Continue reading His Name Is Prince. And He Was Funky.

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Love, Layoffs and Liberal Arts: Why Centre Grads Are the Happiest (Most of the Time)

Recently, my phone’s message light blinked green-green-green above an impossibility: a message from my 20-year-old nephew, Hunter. And not his usual grunt response to some sports story I texted him: —“Tom Brady just threw a touchdown so hard the CHEERLEADERS CAUGHT FIRE!!!” —“Yup.” No, this was, like, full sentences. He was going on a Kenyan… Continue reading Love, Layoffs and Liberal Arts: Why Centre Grads Are the Happiest (Most of the Time)

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Best Belize Dive and Snorkel Sites (Travelchannel.com)

Tiny Belize’s mainland beckons with lush jungle canopy, palm-tangled Mayan ruins, and diverse wildlife. Still, this Central American jewel is best known for its snorkeling and diving sites along hundreds of cayes, atolls and a 185-mile barrier reef – second in size only to Australia’s. Abundant sea life and colorful corals fill the turquoise waters,… Continue reading Best Belize Dive and Snorkel Sites (Travelchannel.com)