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Ted Troxell
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Walking on Sunshine
I secretly love Monday mornings. I have to work, but not until the afternoon, and I have a list of things to do but I know they'll get done. I don't love Monday mornings more than I love, say, the leisurely weekend mornings spent snuggling and savoring our ...

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Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)
Sometimes we shop for groceries like normal suburbanites -- you know, the massive coupon-laden stock-up run in which grocery shopping becomes an X-Games event. A lot of the time, however, we just shop day-to-day, partially for cashflow reasons and partially...

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Doctor Doctor
I got a PhD for several
reasons. Some make more sense than others. One of the less noble reasons is
that I assumed that's what Smart People did and I fancied myself a Smart
Person. A more substantive reason is that I wanted to teach. I love teaching. I

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He Ain't Heavy
The Friday before Halloween, Dawn sent Willy to school in his Marvel pajamas and a sign that said "I'm Super Willy, the Superhero." That's as good as it got. Neil Patrick Harris's family we ain't . Still, it had a certain Willy style and sass. It worked. Wh...

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Workin' for a Livin'
It's just before 2am on a summer night and we shamble toward the entrance like a zombie horde. We mumble greetings to each other as we wait for the manager on duty to unlock the door and let us in. I've been unloading trucks at a major retailer, adding to w...

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We Are the Champions
The recent Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage across the nation is brilliant in many ways, and not just because I agree with the outcome. In fact, some of more brilliant bits I'm a little more reluctant to agree with. Let me explain. The a...

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Mean Time Before Failure
I went to my first demolition derby when my oldest daughter was queen of the county fair. She had to attend certain events, which meant I got in for free. The demolition derby is like the deep-fried Twinkie of live entertainment: I can't say it's good, but ...

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Share the Land
One of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it  –   or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them. To summarize: it is a well known fact, that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso fact...

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That Smell
There's quite a lot of internet buzz about semi-nude photos of Kim Kardashian, particularly one of her backside. I'd call it much ado about nothing, but judging by the photo it's much ado about quite a lot, it seems. The photo shoot's title, "Kim Kardashian...

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Tell Me Something Good
[A talk presented at the 3rd annual English Studies Conference at Central Michigan Univerity. The theme was "Authority, Autonomy, Anarchy," and I was asked to give the keynote. The talk includes bits of my dissertation as well as things I've written on this...
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