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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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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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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...
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 ...
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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 ...
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 entertainm...
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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...
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 phot...
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Crazy Train
"You're not here to make a choice," the Oracle tells Neo in The Matrix Reloaded , "You're here to understand a choice you've already made." I have, as far as I can tell, two great passions: music and writing. Added to these are what I take to be two lesser ...
"You're not here to make a choice," the Oracle tells Neo in The Matrix Reloaded, "You're here to understand a choice you've already made." I have, as far as I can tell, two great passions: music and writing. Added to these ar...
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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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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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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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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...
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...
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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...
[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 wel...
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Lucky Man
"No, wait ... I'll tell you something," said Zaphod. "I freewheel a lot. I get an idea to do something, and, hey, why not, I do it. I reckon I'll become President of the Galaxy, and it just happens, it's easy. I decide to steal this ship. I decide to look f...
"No, wait ... I'll tell you something," said Zaphod. "I freewheel a lot. I get an idea to do something, and, hey, why not, I do it. I reckon I'll become President of the Galaxy, and it just happens, it's easy. I decide to ste...
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I can roll my tongue and whistle through it.
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  • Michigan State University
    PhD in American studies, 2002 - 2012
  • Central Michigan University
    Master of Music in Composition, 2000 - 2002
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