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    October 10, 2015 Sunday mornings in October meant getting up early to work at the Hilti Ballfields. Dad served as the head groundskeeper there, making sure that the fields were in order for the little league games. He hired my siblings and I to walk the fields an hour before dawn to pick up the ...
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    Winter is here, and, like it or not, so are the holidays that I try my best not to think about the rest of the year. This will be my third fatherless Christmas season. I think missing him gets hardest on November 1st and stays that way until December 26th. The only thing worse than ...
  • Photo Credit @ Лариса Мозговая

    Dear 17-year-old Jordan, I won’t ask how you’re doing right now. 16 was an awkward year for us, so I already know the answer. I know that it seems like life is out to get you. I wish I could promise that the next four years are so much easier. I can’t. But I can ...
  • Photo Credit @ Gerd Altmann

    It’s easy for someone to forget that I’m not okay. I am good at putting on the ‘okay’ face and pretending that my heart isn’t still horribly mangled from losing my dad. It isn’t something I bring up meeting new people because I don’t want to be the “sad kid.” When someone makes an insensitive ...
  • Sadness

    For this week, I wanted to share a poem I wrote for my best friend and sister who passed away in February 2017. The pain never gets easier, especially when something like a birthday happens. I wanted to express those feelings in this week’s post. A poem I call, Sadness. Sadness creeps inside my head Within ...
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    It is around us everywhere we go.  Part of our active lives not only includes music, but it also seems that it is threaded into our existence.  The first thing I do after getting into my car is turning on the radio.  No thought goes into this action, it has become tethered to my daily ...
  • “Tiny warrior” by janssen_bremen is licensed under CC BY-NC 3.0

    I am not as strong as you state Gaiety is a mask I wear Oh, I am secure with who I am I know my path and nature Yet I have to be there for everyone else So who do I turn to?   I am not as tough as you think In the dark ...
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    I know that being a doctor cannot be easy. Almost every day, you make choices that will have a lasting impact on the lives of patients and their families. When operating, their lives are in your hands. One mistake can end a life as quickly as the answer can save one. I respect what you ...
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    I am a writer. I make lists for everything: grocery trips, summer plans, story-planning, things I want to try. My bucket list, the things I want to do one day before I die, is the longest list I keep. I’ll bet that is true for most normal people. However, I have another list I keep. ...
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    I see a hallway, a hallway I am too familiar with, that I have painstakingly recreated in all of my nightmares about what happened that terrible, horrible week. I walk down it, but it doesn’t show me what I think it will. I’m at home. It’s early. The sun hasn’t even risen yet. I’m usually ...