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Sad and Frazzled and Sleepy

My life is in a little bit of chaos. My bed’s not made, I’m up too late, and there are termites falling from the ceiling. I’m sitting down to write a blog that’s supposed to be posted tomorrow morning—whoops. This week, I can’t help but think that all this external messiness—the business and clutter and

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A Monologue on Dialogue

Writing dialogue is hard. I’m agonizing over a phrase from a conversation I had only days ago. I’ve already decided the exact words aren’t important, it’s just the effect that I’m after. A rough approximation of a phrase from a conversation that I actually had—I’m not even making it up—less than a week ago, and

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With All Vigilance

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. Proverbs 4:23 When I read too many romance novels or watch too many romantic comedies, when I fill my head with mawkish, overdone romantic love and nothing else, I start to feel a certain ache in my chest. I’m sure you

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Well, Which IS It?

“I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted

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We’re All Murky

Ready for some vulnerability? While I’ve written my whole life, I’ve never written poetry. But the other night, I was thinking about our identities, and how they change over time, and how sometimes we just want stability. So I wrote a poem about that craving for constancy. I’m a beginner at this, and I’m terrified

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