Monthly Archives: March 2011

Things I Need Explained

There are several things in life I’ve never figured out and probably never will. To an extent, I’m okay with that. To an extent. The things that get under my skin and defy explanation are usually ones that others seem … Continue reading

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Wanna Race?

It was a gorgeous Wednesday evening, I was fifteen, and driving. We were in our ’65 convertible Mustang tooling down Highway 79 on our way into town. The top was down and I relished the wind in my hair and … Continue reading

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So Close

I was born in Blacksburg, Virginia. Though we moved to Tennessee when I was three, I still have many fond memories of it. I remember the last house we lived in there being built, the amazing large rock I played … Continue reading

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A Hard Wedding Day’s Night

It had been a long day. A wonderful day to be sure, but still a long one (weddings are like that). More went right than went wrong, but I couldn’t help but think about the singing fiasco, that we forgot … Continue reading

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Marriage Grooves

My heart hammered as I looked through the crack between a set of doors to the auditorium of the church I was about to be married in. I wasn’t particularly nervous about getting married, but I was extremely nervous about … Continue reading

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The Best Laid Plan

On the afternoon of February 22, 1997, I frantically cleaned my apartment and prepped it for the ¬†evening. I sweated details I usually didn’t pay any attention to because I had big plans for the evening. I kept checking on … Continue reading

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Come Again?

I’m from and live in the South, so I’m accustomed to, shall we say, interesting idioms particular to this area. I’ve heard and used many Southern expressions, but there are still occasions where someone comes out with something that takes … Continue reading

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How to Be Offensive at Weddings

So apparently a non-zero number of people who read What to Write also wanted the opportunity to read an essay I wrote in the same class that I mentioned. I claimed I would post said essay if there was enough … Continue reading

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Things Remembered One Night

One of the many jobs I had while in college was working at Things Remembered in Governor’s Square Mall. My job was to sell the many gift items we carried, but, more importantly, to sell engraving on those items. I … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong

It’s no secret that kids are often cruel (I’ve written about it at least a couple of times myself), but sometimes the depth of that cruelty and the forms it takes seem beyond the pale even for teenagers.

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