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Survey Responses from Deanna and Jessica

Deanna showed up as a student in one of my online classes five years ago. After that, she became a mentor embedded into my courses; she drafted me to be the faculty advisor of our campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa; and recently she achieved her Bachelor’s degree at the...

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Survey Responses from Susanna and Angie

My friend Susanna, in England, writes: 1  If you could remove one thing from your life, what would it be? Greed.  Why?  Because I truly believe it underlies all the other atrocities in life such as cruelty, lust for power, lack of compassion, injustice etc etc. 2  What has been...

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Survey Responses from John, Elly, and Elaine

A college pal, John, responded to Allegra’s survey questions thusly: I would remove my wife’s student loan debt. It is a lot, and it hangs over us. I went to New York City with the woman who later became my wife. It was great because it was the first time...

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Survey Responses from Byron and Virginia

In the next week or so, I’ll be posting the survey responses of those who have given me permission. Let’s start that roll with the responses of Allegra’s pappy and our family best friend, Virginia.  Quick aside: the first sentence of Virginia’s #6 (her ideal day) made me teary. Twenty...

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Tell Me Something: What I Told Her

Thank you to everyone who responded to my last post and completed a survey for our rising senior in high school, Miss Allegra. She’s at the point where she has around 60 surveys from folks, with new ones still trickling in. Eventually, when it feels like “time,” she and a...

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Tell Me Something

When Allegra was seven, she — for the first but not the last time — created a survey. She had questions, and she wanted to know how a bunch of people would respond. And they did. After a few weeks, she had collected survey responses from folks around the globe,...

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The Gap

I parked in the lot by the grocery store so I could buy a few things after my run. I had an hour and a half before the afternoon’s storms were to hit, giving me plenty of time to get some exercise, buy scallions, and be home before the skies...

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Things I’m Liking

That Duchess Kate takes her own pictures of her kids for press release rather than having a professional photographer manipulating their little selves into pleasing moments. It’s possible I’m a fan of mothers with cameras stop calling my children “long-suffering” admire this birthday portrait of Princess Charlotte That the nieces...

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The Word “Gullible” Doesn’t Actually Appear in the Dictionary

Teddy said it was a hat, So I put it on. Now dad is saying, ‘where the heck’s the toilet plunger gone?’ –Shel Silverstein In Northern Minnesota, winter is long and spring capricious. By April, residents’ moods correlate to the thermometer.  That’s why, on a rare, glorious, sun-drenched Saturday when...

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No Shit

It’s almost midnight when I notice the hummock of wet tissue resting in the bottom of the hotel toilet. Two quick thoughts careen through my brain: “Where did all the water go?” and “Why would the Michelin Man come here to die?” My brain isn’t functioning at its peak; twenty...

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