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Honk honk: August 2016 edition

Honk honk: August 2016 edition

Today is the first day in a long time where I haven’t had to be anywhere or do anything. It feels nice, if weird. I feel like I can breathe a little, plan the rest of my summer, and actually enjoy the nerdy nerdy things I love (oh video games, how I’ve missed you). Time,...

On not writing

On not writing

This has been one of those weeks where the words won’t come. Maybe it’s the heat and the humidity, maybe it’s the rough month I’ve been having, maybe it’s stress over money, and maybe it’s all of those things. Sometimes, when I can’t write, I have to write about not being able to write to...

I am not your dear

I am not your dear

Working in public service means I see people of all kinds: tall, short, black, white, fat, skinny, quiet, loud, obnoxious, wonderful, intelligent, not-so-intelligent, drunk, high, high on life, downtrodden, hopeful, etc. (For the record, drunk and/or high people are not allowed in the library and are asked to please come back later when they are...

To my white friends and family

To my white friends and family

You are all good people. You love your family and your friends. You love your country. You work hard and you deserve all the good things you have, and then some. I understand that when someone—anyone—accuses America as a whole or white people in general of being racist, you feel offended and defensive. You feel like...

Happy Fourth of July (Or Alexander Hamilton, I Love You)

Happy Fourth of July (Or Alexander Hamilton, I Love You)

This post was first published on July 4, 2011, but it’s still true. Whether it was his beautiful writing on the Constitution or his magnetic self-assurance that bordered on arrogance, Alexander Hamilton had me from page one in my 11th grade American history book. It didn’t hurt that he was attractive, especially for a man...