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Who Gives a F*ck About an Oxford Comma?

I should maybe be ashamed of how many times I’ve managed to bring this illustration up in conversation. It’s definitely saved in my phone photos, probably more than once. According to Business Insider, the Oxford comma is “extremely overrated” and appreciated exclusively by “people who care about grammar”—but given that so much of our communication

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Shapeshifters

I feel like the older I get, the better I get—more experiences under my belt, better understanding of the world around me. And part of that aging process has involved—for lack of a better phrase, forgive me—personal development. Ick, it smacks of self-help books and optimism. But what I mean by personal development is the

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Your One Wild and Precious Life

I studied English Literature in college. I’m sure that comes as a shock, and I understand if you need to take a minute to process this new information. Take your time; I’ll wait. I have a [brilliant, beautiful, awe-inspiring] friend who was also an English major. We share a deep-rooted love for the written word,

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Time

The problem with time is that it passes. I’m reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan. In chapter nine of his book, he describes Christians who gave up their lives to service—men and women who sold all they had, left their homes, and worked with the poor and needy; or those who stayed put in their

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Manifesto, Part II

From childhood, we learn to crave happy endings. We chase transformation, completion, emergence, That eternally-elusive end result—the one that renders us whole, at last. Real life doesn’t happen in tidy acts. The plot twists don’t always resolve themselves. The hero doesn’t save the day, the princess falls in love with the villain. Real life doesn’t

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