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Tommy Paley
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My first article on Thought Catalog!
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Their Love
He loved her like others loved the rain although he wished she stopped literally showering him with water unexpectedly. She loved playfully chasing after him in a field of spring flowers up until her allergies caught up with her or until he handed over the ...
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Emergency Staff Meeting
Okay, okay settle down. Quiet please. Thanks for coming to this emergency staff meeting, everyone. Now that you are all here, I will say that the use of the word ‘emergency’ was almost definitely overstated and used primarily to get your attention. In the f...
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Playing Ultimate Part 1: My First Game
I have been playing ultimate for 28 years. I am also a
writer. After a significant amount of time trying to figure out how to combine
these two skills, I settled on writing a series of stories about my life as an
ultimate player which, if all goes well, wil...
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The Calm Before the Storm: A Short Story
It is morning. I sit at my desk, though I'm constantly being reminded that the desk is not technically mine by my boss who seems to be a little too happy that it's his. I breath in as deeply as I can without disturbing my next-door neighbour who is very sen...
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Dear Kids
Hey Kids, it’s dad. I just thought I’d write you this short letter to let you know how much I love you and care about you. Seeing you grow from babies into these two amazing kids is such a powerful and tremendous experience for me. Being your father is easi...
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How to Survive Making Breakfasts and Lunches for Your Family
I oversee the food for my family of four. I plan, I shop, I cook, I feed, I pack. And then I eat. It’s a full-time job. And of all of the meals and snacks and “I’m hungry”s and “feed me, now!”s I get, the morning shift is the toughest. It holds a special pl...
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Happy Holidays from the Paleys: Our Year that Was
Dear Friends, Family and Randomly-Selected Recipients (aka the Control Group), Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Paley family! It’s incredible, but another year has come to an end and it is time for our annual recap of the trials and tribulations ...
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"So You Want to Play with my Daughter?" How to be Prepared for the First Playdate with a Boy
So, the other day I was picking my kids up from school and my 10-year-old daughter announced that she wanted a play date with Alexander. I froze. A playdate with a boy? Dazed and confused, as if hit point blank with an undercut, I teetered before supporting...
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Sorry if I'm Repeating Myself
I often get this feeling these days. Don't worry, I'm not about to break into song. All the time I have this feeling like what I'm saying, I've already said before. Many times before, in fact, like I'm caught in a temporal loop or experiencing deja vu or th...
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