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Perfectly Unbelievable

February 24, 2014

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I am wounded by insincerity, and by honesty delivered too late. This goes for my own behavior, as well as that of others, although if I’m the one guilty of guile, I seem to get over it much faster. When I was a junior in high school, I developed what I thought was a close […]

Train of Thought

January 10, 2012

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Most of us spent our childhoods bouncing back and forth between our own wants and the demands of various authority figures. In many ways, it seemed like some kind of game that we woke up in the middle of, and that required us to figure out the rules as we went along. Gradually, through a […]

Wishy-Washy: Yes or No?

July 23, 2010

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I have been called wishy-washy, right to my face and on more than one occasion. Is it because I seem indecisive? Maybe. Inconsistent? Sometimes. Driven to look at questions from every possible angle before answering? That depends on exactly what you’re asking. When you say every, you don’t mean it literally, do you? Because that […]

Multiple Choice

June 1, 2010

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Have you been down the shampoo aisle lately? More to the point, when did shampoo rise to the level of deserving its own aisle? Why are there so many different kinds? And as if trying to keep track of the dizzying number of brands and variations of this product weren’t confusing enough, they all suddenly […]

Choosing to Grow Up

May 27, 2010

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(This essay was first published in my local newspaper, way back in 2003.) Summer is approaching fast, high school graduation time, and another wave of fresh faces is about to slam into the beach. I call it the Great Rude Awakening. Maybe they’re off to college, where they’ll find that their professors will flunk them […]