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The Speckled Axe

I’m a perfectionist, a frustrated one. Somewhere between childhood and adolescence, I felt that if adequacy had a numeric value, it’d be greater than two and less than one; or something equally impossible. More accurately, I felt as if that … Continue reading

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Family Names

Update (April 21, 2017) Not everyone is happy about this decision, understandably. I still think their choice of name is imprudent. However, I also think that a government’s legitimate interests do not include a need to tell parents what name … Continue reading

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Internet Friends, Real People

Near the end of a self-help book, the author wrote that social connections we make with others online aren’t “real.” The next sentence said that online communities are “pretend communities.” The author explained that they don’t “come close to fulfilling … Continue reading

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Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Hope

(From Philippe de Champaigne/Tessé Museum, via Wikimedia Commons, used w/o permission.) Life in my mid-60s requires caution that wasn’t necessary in my youth. Considering the alternative, though, being alive is pretty good: even in moments of loss. Miscarriage: Joy (From … Continue reading

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