Be As Weird As You Can

Just before falling asleep a few nights ago, I suddenly thought that maybe the coronavirus pandemic could result in a blogging renaissance. I miss old school blogs, where people would share little musings or life updates. I know that people are still sharing this stuff on social media, but it’s more polished now, or it’s […]

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Now is Better than Before

Five years ago I was taking science classes at Ozarks Technical Community College and writing grants as a freelancer. I thought at the time that I wanted to get a master’s degree in public health and dietetics, but I hadn’t taken any of the needed prerequisites. I ended up taking a bunch of science classes […]

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The Commons

I’ve been trying to write about my daughter getting lost in Sears, and how that experience might relate to this essay I read, but I can’t. No matter how I write it, the part about Sears is boring. Maybe the experience of losing my daughter in Sears was boring. Life can be dramatic and boring […]

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Flowers for Kylie Jenner

After I had my daughter, I stopped thinking. There was so much to do—changing diapers, nursing, cleaning pump parts, doing laundry, etc.—that I had no time for it. So, I stopped. I remember realizing I’d stopped thinking somewhere in those muddy first months with my daughter. I felt relieved. It struck me that the problem […]

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BookMarx

The best place in Springfield, BookMarx, is closing after five years. A locally owned bookstore is an improbable thing, especially in 2019 and especially in a mid-sized city in southwest Missouri. Still, the end of this particular improbable thing strikes me as incredibly sad. I have no claim to BookMarx. I know the people who […]

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Cousins

I have fifteen cousins and I like them all. I don’t mean to brag, but it’s true. I am rich with cousins, the best kind of family member. Cousins ask so little of me, but give me so much. I feel nothing but pity for those people with no cousins. As a kid, my cousins […]

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