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Memoir Poetry

South Boston Speedway, 1988

I smell the charred pan fried edges of a bologna burger and the burnt rubber tires of an amateur race car driver spinning out in Turn 3 and the body stench and beer sweat pouring out of a race fan…

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Memoir Poetry

To hell and back with a cigarette break in between

We were teenagers: 13, 14, 15 when the random thought came to us. I’m not sure who had the idea. I think it was Jeremiah, but it may have been Robbie. I’m fairly certain it wasn’t me. Let’s go running.…

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Memoir Nonfiction

The Water Sure Is Cold. Deep, Too.

One of the most memorable nights of my life with my cousin Gary involved a urinal at a now defunct bar in Charlottesville.

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Memoir Nonfiction

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Sometimes it’s worth far more.

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Memoir Nonfiction

The Seizure

A grand mal seizure reveals something more dire: anaplastic oligodendroglioma.

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Memoir Nonfiction

The First Phone Call

My phone rang. A familiar voice spoke with a sense of urgency. “Jeremiah is in the hospital.”

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Memoir Nonfiction

Stephen King Comes to Phenix, Virginia

Stephen King terrorized my childhood in the 1980s. I’m pretty sure he (and It) terrorized your childhood too.

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Memoir Nonfiction

The New Kid

At first, I didn’t like the new kid. I resented him actually. That would all change in time as Jeremiah grew to be one of the best friends I would ever have.

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Memoir Nonfiction

The Music Stops

No one ever said this would happen. That it could happen.

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Memoir Nonfiction

The Gilliam Shed

Or, how I got that really cool scar on my left elbow

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Memoir Nonfiction

Creature from the Black Lagoon

A prehistoric creature lurks in the waters. A creature from the black lagoon.

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Essays Nonfiction

10 Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes That Are Still Just As Relevant Today

What Martin Luther King, Jr. taught more than sixty years ago still rings true today. Dare we learn from the past?

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Essays Nonfiction

Always Love. Hate Will Get You Every Time

Love serves others. The motivation of anger is almost always self-serving.

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Essays Nonfiction

Using Fear As Motivation: 5 ways to think of fear differently, starting right now

Learn to use fear as motivation. Don’t let fear stop you in your tracks.

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Memoir

’Twas the Day Before Christmas

The calm of Christmas Eve.

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Memoir Nonfiction Poetry

The birds and the bees

A conversation with my dad about sexual intercourse. A free verse poem.

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Memoir Nonfiction

I Still See You

What May 21 means in my life

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Memoir Nonfiction

Raw Potatoes

He’d grin. Then eat at it like an apple.

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Memoir Nonfiction Writing

The Accidental Book

I wrote a book, by accident

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Memoir

There’s Always a Reason to Laugh

“If you wish to glimpse inside a human soul and get to know a man, don’t bother analyzing his ways of being silent, of talking, of weeping, of seeing how much he is moved by noble ideas; you will get…