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End of semester conundrum

The end of the semester always portends disaster. Like everyone, teachers and students, about mid-semester, things just seem to slow down. Mired in intellectual and psychic syrup, we slog through, hoping that just around the corner, there will be a light, however dim. It will show us the way. The…

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Indiana Voice Journal publishes “Nicotine is this man’s best friend”

The is an intriguing essay on my personal history with this enigmatic and deadly substance. The piece gives a hint at why the stuff is so good, so bad, and so difficult to get rid of. It starts at a Boy Scout meeting in my childhood church basement and ends…

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Penance

My life has been an unending and conflicting struggle to find my place and, at the same time, to keep from getting stuck. For many years, I thought that my discomfort at one job or another, or in one relationship or another, came from a deep flaw, something seriously wrong.…

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I cannot let it win, ever

Finally, after a long winter’s tail end, spring has arrived. The redbuds and apples and lilacs have bloomed and the grapes are pushing so quickly you can watch them grow. Already the yard needs a good shave. As a gardener or keeper of lawn, I tend toward the squalor of…

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