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A Christmas Lesson

By |December 22nd, 2017|Short Pants|

On Christmas morning, I couldn’t drink my cocoa slow enough. I eyed the stockings on the mantle and the gifts under the tree. While I surveyed the room, I readied myself for the next round of Christmas cheer. I took a deep breath. “OK, I’m ready.”

Them Apples

By |September 22nd, 2016|Coupler, Short Pants|

The news about Gina Appleton and me began to spread by whisper through the class. I kept seeing people looking over at us, clearly impressed. My chest swelled with pride, and, being cool and all, I had to fight the grin that was trying to overtake my face. What do you think of me now?

You Are What You Pretend To Be

By |June 5th, 2016|Short Pants, Tribe|

There's an idea in Existentialism that "you are what you pretend to be." It stems from a related idea that we are what we do. Our actions illustrate who we really are. That day under the willow tree, I pretended to be brave. And I have pretended to be brave ever since.

The Birth of the Fool (Disc 2)

By |November 28th, 2015|Coupler|

You know someone's a good guy when he offers to help you move. That guy's a goddamn peach, and that was Shawn in the summer of 2002. And in a way, his act of pure, unsolicited generosity would be the undoing of my relationship with Aimee. In another way, it was totally me.

Earth Day: Don’t Shit Where You Eat

By |April 20th, 2015|Observations|

Earth Day is a feel-good holiday. We have an opportunity to regard ourselves as decent members of a global citizenry. If only for one day, we feel like we're making a difference and making the world a better place. We're saving the Earth, goddammit! But, the Earth doesn't need to be saved. We do.

The Birth of the Fool (Disc 1)

By |March 21st, 2015|Coupler|

There are some moments when the stars align, when everything clicks, when the universe makes way for you like the Red Sea or four consecutive green lights on Denny Way. Rare moments when you're every goddamn bit as cool as you imagine yourself to be. What follows is not one of those moments.

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