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Thank You and One More Lesson, Please?
Dear Mr. McSweeney, I’ve had many teachers in my life. But only a handful were memorable. You were my elementary language teacher. You had quite an impact on me, although I didn’t realize the extent of it until many decades later. I remember some of our encounters still to this day.
The Summer He Turned Mean
My ma and pa ran a farm many years ago. Between chores, farmhanding, and school, I never had much free time to myself. But that changed during the late summer when the crops were fully harvested and we’d have to wait before planting again.
A Kindler, Gentler New Year's Resolution to Myself
Why Resolutions Fail According to a U.S. News & World Report study from 2015, 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February of the new year. For many people, New Year’s resolutions are problematic for some or all of the following reasons:
Young Woman Sought in the Disappearance and Murder of 3 Local Men
By October Jin October 31, 2021 12:01pm ET CENTREVILLE, Md.–Authorities are looking for a white female, late 20s, 5 foot 4 inches, with long dark hair. She was last spotted wearing a tattered dress of white, speculated to be an old wedding dress. She is wanted in conjunction with the disappearance and murder of 3 men.
The Giggles of Youth
It was a dark and stormy night. (No, seriously, it was a dark and stormy night.) A group of us young girls was having a slumber party for Melanie's birthday. We were huddled in our sleeping bags at her house in a large room cleared for the event. That's how we rolled back then. Slumber parties were all the rage back in elementary school. It was the only opportunity at that age to spend time with school friends outside of school if you weren't engaged in sports.
My Favorite Utopia
Imagine a world where happiness is the default state of being. Where a lush paradise awaits your presence. Where animals and nature and people and god-like creatures co-exist together with little friction. Where the power is with the core goodness of one shared ecosystem working together to ensure that good triumphs evil.
Brian was taking one long last drag from his cigarette. It would be the last one in his life. He was quitting after this one, as he promised Becky. Whatever - he could find another vice. She was more important and it was her sole birthday wish. His father had died of lung cancer, and his prevention campaign started immediately when she found out.
What He Didn’t Want to Know
Tony grabbed the two trash bags and huffed in Steph’s direction as he made his way to the back alley. She knew he had to jet. Tony’s wife and kids were waiting on him. It was already 15 minutes past his shift. But Steph manipulated him by preying on his Catholic guilt on these nights when the crowds ran high and the trash ran higher. She hated touching garbage.