Issue Essay

When I was in sixth grade, Mr. Post would have us pound out these papers he called “issue essays.”  The point was essentially to show both sides of the topic; proponents and opponents factually and equitably represented.  It’s been a few years since I authored a grammar school issue essay,…

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Confucius Says

Tuesday night we ate Chinese take-out.  We were gone all weekend and so the food emergency continues… Jacob’s fortune cookie read: Focus your attention. Nathaniel’s fortune cookie read: Give yourself some peace and quiet for at least a few hours. Technically it said “quite” instead of “quiet,” but still… uncanny,…

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Karma

My mom and dad love to tell the story about how when I was little, they would give me kisses and I would wipe my mouth and exclaim, “Ew!  Yuck kiss.”  Believe me, their kisses were inordinately slobbery.  They’ve been campaigning for repentance for decades. Then maybe two weeks ago…

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Little Boys

Exactly one week ago we found ourselves in an evening food emergency: we were out of all five food groups.  Those food groups being: 1. Fruit (As Grandma has noticed, Nate is basically a fruitarian.  Tangerines, bananas, strawberries, blueberries and halved grapes being his primary sources of sustenance.) 2. Crunchy…

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Shiner

In February of last year, just two weeks before Nate was born, Grandma had a horrible fall.  We’re not exactly sure what happened, but we know it involved flip flops, a flagstone path, and a face plant.  It was terrible.  Granddad then e-mailed pictures of her injuries.  Poor, poor Dama……

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