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Memoir Nonfiction

Two Simple Words

I’ve had ups. I’ve had downs. I’ve felt the victor. I’ve felt defeated. But I’m still standing, and each day I learn more about what my anxiety triggers are

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Memoir Nonfiction

Hi, My Name is Jeff, and I Suffer from Anxiety

I have battled anxiety my entire life. I just never knew it.

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Memoir Nonfiction

Do I Pack for My Dad’s Funeral?

May 21 is a rather significant date on the calendar for me. It represents two things. #1: It was the last day I saw my dad alive It was the day I received a phone call at 2:00 in the…

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Memoir Nonfiction

Let It Wayne

Six years ago, I sat in my apartment with my dad and watched the 2009 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. It was the last time we would ever be alone together.

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Memoir Nonfiction

Text Messages with Friends: The Longtime Friend

In this new series, Text Messages with Friends, I will examine the relationship I have with my friends via text messages. The poor soul whose phone I blew up in this demonstration: Andy Dirks.

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Essays Nonfiction

What Brings Value to My Life?

Have you ever asked yourself, “What do I truly value in my life?” This includes the people you enjoy being around and the activities you enjoy doing?

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Memoir Nonfiction

Are You Comfortable Driving a Tractor?

The tale of a runaway tractor in Old Well, Virginia, starring Papa Pillow and his city slicker grandson

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Memoir Nonfiction

May 21 Is My Dog’s Birthday, Not the Day My Dad Died

May 21 is my dog’s birthday, not the day my dad died. That’s how I like to think of this day every year.

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Memoir Nonfiction

A brief history of Anti-Lou

On Saturday, February 22, the world lost one of the good ones. Anti-Lou lost one of its own: Scott Hall.

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Memoir Nonfiction

I’ve been thinking about my own mortality a lot lately

They say your odds of being involved in a plane crash are slim to none. So why is it I am scared out of my wits to fly on an airplane? And what does Brian Williams of NBC News have to do with this?

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Nonfiction Health and Wellness Memoir

A little piece of Shauna’s heart

This morning I learned that one of my cousins committed suicide.

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Memoir Nonfiction

When Geese Attack; or, How I Almost Got My Ass Kicked by a Canadian Goose

A runner comes face to face with an ill-tempered Canadian goose in a story of man vs. bird.

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Memoir Nonfiction

I Love You So Much, I’m Eating Sardines

Happy birthday to my dad

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Memoir Nonfiction

The Sound of His Voice, Mumbled and Deep

I’ve been thinking a lot about my dad lately. Not sustained concentration. Instead, passing thoughts. His image keeps appearing to me. His mannerisms. The sound of his voice, mumbled and deep. The pitch of his laugh and the red of…

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Interviews Nonfiction Writing

Craig Lancaster vs. Jonathan Evison

Jonathan Evison’s story — and his stories — always inspire me. For any writer out there that knows the name or were ever befriended by him during the MySpace years, you’ve heard the rumor that, before the publication of All…

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Essays Nonfiction

American Segregation: The Mask Unveiled

At the core of American racism during the late 19th and early 20thcenturies lies a putrid heart of darkness—filled with white supremacy, escalating horrific violence, and the continuing mount of cultural and racial segregation in the United States through various…

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Memoir Nonfiction

A Greater Plan: A Son Remembers His Dad on Father’s Day

June 2009 Not in the least do I find a tinge of coincidence that my first full day as a husband, as the head of a household and of my own new family, is the same day as Father’s Day,…

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Arts & Culture Books Interviews Nonfiction

Interview with Thomas Thwaites, author of The Toaster Project

Thomas Thwaites has an English accent. I have a southern Virginia accent. Although there is absolutely no audio to go along with this, thus making the last two sentences pointless, you should, regardless, visit The Nervous Breakdown to read my…

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Nonfiction Writing

I Don’t Want To Be a Writer Anymore: Part I

I don’t want to be a writer anymore. I just want to write. It was far easier to write when no one knew I wrote, when I didn’t consider myself a writer at all. Having boxed myself in, constricted by…

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Memoir Nonfiction

The Lady Next Door

THE LADY NEXT DOOR was a thin figure slightly gaunt in stature and form from the years to which her body had accumulated. Her height was nothing profound through the eyes of a small child—the pinnacle to her highest point…