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Ted Troxell
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Stuck in the Middle with You
I pull into the Meijer parking lot at 2:30 and punch in on my Blackberry (yes, those still exist). For my Coke job, I'm on the road, going from store to store stocking shelves. The Blackberry is how we clock in and out and how get our route and keep track o...
I pull into the Meijer parking lot at 2:30 and punch in on my Blackberry (yes, those still exist). For my Coke job, I'm on the road, going from store to store stocking shelves. The Blackberry is how we clock in and out and ho...
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Black Coffee
Despite the sheer frequency with which I am "drinking coffee and grading papers" on Facebook, I'm not as much of a coffee snob as one might think. I do drink it black, as God intended (when asked how he liked his coffee, my grandfather would say "in a cup")...
Despite the sheer frequency with which I am "drinking coffee and grading papers" on Facebook, I'm not as much of a coffee snob as one might think. I do drink it black, as God intended (when asked how he liked his coffee, my g...
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Modern Love
Things change, sometimes rather quickly. Heraclitus and the Buddhists seem to agree that change is the only constant. That sounds about right. No less a college of poets than REO Speedwagon adjures us to roll with the changes. You got to. I'm getting a divo...
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99 Problems
Dorito's is running a "Crash the Superbowl" ad contest soliciting fan-made commercials. One entry is from Rebel Pilgrim Films, a faith-based company out of Cincinnati founded by part-time Vineyard pastor Joe Boyd. "Rebel Pilgrim" is the way Boyd likes to th...
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Always a Woman
While I can't consider myself a superfan, I like Joss Whedon. Firefly is one of my favorite shows. I thought what he did with The Avengers -- hitting a broad audience rather than just a Whedon fanbase, for instance, or handling an ensemble cast in which Rob...
While I can't consider myself a superfan, I like Joss Whedon. Firefly is one of my favorite shows. I thought what he did with The Avengers -- hitting a broad audience rather than just a Whedon fanbase, for instance, or handli...
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Baby I'm Amazed
I worked with a leader who praised people by saying "Thanks for all you do." On one hand, this is better than never being thanked or acknowledged or appreciated, but on the other hand it seems dishearteningly impersonal, like a form letter or an automated r...
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A Day in the Life
"Will you feed Will?" she asks me. "Of course," I say. "I was planning on it." "Do you think we could crack the window open? I want to hear the rain." "Sure," I smile. "I'll close it when I come to bed." I open the window and adjust the blinds so the air ca...
"Will you feed Will?" she asks me. "Of course," I say. "I was planning on it." "Do you think we could crack the window open? I want to hear the rain." "Sure," I smile. "I'll close it when I come to bed." I open the window and...
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Drive My Car (A Reluctant Lenten Reflection)
In a gesture toward what I like to call "involuntary poverty," I gave up my car for Lent -- or rather, my car gave me up. There's a joke being played on the atheist forced to observe in this way, even if there's no one there to play it. Lent, as a season of...
In a gesture toward what I like to call "involuntary poverty," I gave up my car for Lent -- or rather, my car gave me up. There's a joke being played on the atheist forced to observe in this way, even if there's no one there ...
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White Christmas
There's a great scene in Ken Burns's Jazz  where the narrator reads a horrifically racist quote from Nick LaRocca of the Original Dixieland Jass Band and then the scene cuts to Wynton Marsalis, who just says "Well..." before a deliciously long pause. The ti...
There's a great scene in Ken Burns's Jazz where the narrator reads a horrifically racist quote from Nick LaRocca of the Original Dixieland Jass Band and then the scene cuts to Wynton Marsalis, who just says "Well..." before a...
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She's Gone
My tenth grade girlfriend is the only one who ever broke up with me. I was devastated, or at least as devastated as a kid can be at that age of invincibility. I tried various ploys to hang on but she was done. We remained friends and eventually spent part o...
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Here I Go Again
In the The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, there something called the Restaurant at the End of the Universe. When our characters finally get there in the second book (called, conveniently, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe ), it turns out t...
In the The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, there something called the Restaurant at the End of the Universe. When our characters finally get there in the second book (called, conveniently, The Restaurant at the End o...
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Jesus Is Just Alright
"I have overcome a fiercely anti-Catholic upbringing," Annie Dillard writes in Teaching a Stone to Talk , "in order to attend Mass simply...
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Writing instructor at Central Michigan University
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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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