MAGIC 8 BALL SAYS...

There is a magic 8 ball on my daughter's desk. I shake it and ask if I will be able to write tonight? "Outlook Good" it says.. and so I click clack away at the keyboard in an effort to throw the dust off my heart.  Things have been good here but hard...

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WILL YOU TURN AROUND?

When I locked eyes with him and saw the chalky line of the tear stain down his brown cheek, I felt the pain in his soul. Handing him the five dollar toll,  I only had a few seconds to communicate that my heart hurt for him.

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THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS TO COMING FULL CIRCLE.

A circle is miraculous. And I cannot help but see the the undeniable correlation between the quantitative mathematical certainties of nature to my life, as well as yours. I have always seen my life as circular, coming from a point of innocence and traversing and radiating in many different directions that equated to the same place. 

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THE MAN IN MY CLASS

The first day of a new semester is always nerve racking, exciting, and full of possibilities. Who doesn’t love the unknown, especially when 23 of 24 hours of your day is predictable?  Today as I walked on campus for the first time this semester I felt strangely out of my own body.  Time froze as I stood in the midst of all the young bodies, full of anticipation as they rushed in herds to their classes, chatting excitedly, and walking purposefully.

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If You Didn't Know Her

A long time ago, when my daughter was so little that she was just a bundle of turbulence and fun, I met a camp counselor at her school, named Ariyana. I remembered her name because she reminded me of a princess, and she always had the biggest smile on her beautiful face.. no matter what the kids were doing. 

 

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When Failure is an Option

The day had simply reduced me to tears as I looked around at the destroyed house with mounds of pee-stained laundry and dirt that the puppy keeps tracking in.  The weird thing was that I haven't out- loud cried for a while.

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