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Andrea Bastek
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How to Feel All Christmasy on an "I Quit My Job" Budget
There are pros and cons when it comes to quitting your job in the hopes of carving out a different kind of life for yourself. Until you've got your new career nicely settled, the holiday season, with the expectations it can bring of spending, splurging and ...

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How to Feel All Christmasy on an "I Quit My Job" Budget
There are pros and cons when it comes to quitting your job in the hopes of carving out a different kind of life for yourself. Until you've got your new career nicely settled, the holiday season, with the expectations it can bring of spending, splurging and ...

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Welcome to New View Apartments
     Here's a short fiction I wrote for a class and just found buried in the files of my laptop. Perhaps it will serve as a brief respite from the stresses of the current presidential camPAIgNs. Welcome to New View Apartments “There are two creepy guys at m...

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True Reparations Begin in the Heart
My brother and I were discussing reparations for slavery the other day. He was saying he believed that maybe, yes, in theory the U.S. should pay reparations for slavery but went on to name all the difficulties. "Who is going to pay for it?" he asked. The ta...

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Our Country Needs You to Show That You Care
Oh, I know! I went twenty-four hours without yammering on about something on Facebook! You probably worried (or perhaps hoped) that Mark Zuckerman himself had barred me from posting anything anywhere near your newsfeed ever again. That is not the case. The ...

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Leading Authority Issues Warning: Middle-Aged Women Exposed to Wit and Charm May Exhibit Foolishness
I have recently become well educated regarding brief, meaningless flirtation and the middle-aged lady brain. That's right, I am the "leading authority" referenced in the catchy headline above. As such, I assure you this post will be 100% scientific with emp...

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It Was Foretold in Legend: Whether In Middle Ages or Middle Age, Encouraging Flirtation Brings Consequences
About eight years or so ago, I decided I didn’t want to date anymore. I made that choice for a few reasons. For practically a decade, I have been super happy with this decision. It has been a very pleasant and drama-free era in my life. However, there was a...

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Under the Influence
Short fiction written in response to a writing prompt -- "You come across a previously undiscovered door in your home. What's inside?" With my newly-emptied nest blissfully free from rigorous dinner expectations and the harsh sounds of MTV, I thought and th...

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Ima Screecher
When I was teaching first grade with my friend Natalie Cummard and it was time for teachers to turn in their professional growth plans for the year, Natalie had the brilliant idea of turning in a growth plan for a fictitious teacher named Ima Screecher. We ...

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Warning - Ridiculousness Ahead: Doris Speck Excerpt
It's storytime once again at The Crooked Clothesline . While preparing to take part in this year's National Novel Writing Month in November, I indulged myself by reading the results of my previous years of participation. After reading the following, written...
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