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41. identity crisis
a tale of starstruck lovers
pop culture - criticism
3.31.08 : feature column!

He said he didn’t know who she was anymore. She refused to believe that was true, thinking he was looking for an excuse, any excuse at all, to leave. He told her to get a life, and slammed the door. She kicked off her Carlos Santana heels as she locked the front door behind him. Get a life. There wasn’t anything wrong with her life. He’s the one who needs to find himself. As she wandered down the hall to the bathroom, she tripped over his forgotten Bob Geldolf man bag, nicking her toe in t...
42. portrait of an artist: bret anthony johnston
sharing the contents of his writing toolbox
writing - improvement
1.28.08 : feature column!

As director of creative writing at Harvard, Bret Anthony Johnston could easily put his feet up, and let all emerging writers bow before him while placing small tokens of favor in his hands. Instead, Johnston sneaks up behind you and spills everything he knows about writing onto your desk, right down to the rattling nuts and bolts and whirly gizmos. His latest work is Naming the World, a collection of writing exercises and philosophies offered by some of the top authors of contemporary literatur...
43. caucus ruckus
pay attention - this is about you
news - discussion
12.28.07 : feature column!

For the second time in my life, I’m going to watch the sausage-making process. The first time involved yards of washed intestine, freshly slaughtered pork, and there was a lot of splatter. The next time will be on January 3rd, when I participate in the Iowa Caucus. I’ll be wearing safety goggles and rubber gloves then, too. The word “caucus” stems from a North American Indian language, possibly Algonquian, referring to a gathering of tribal chiefs. So, members of the “white man’s” govern...
44. portrait of an artist: ann wilson
heart’s voice cries out about war and hope
music - general
11.26.07 : feature column!

Ann Wilson, a self-described peacenik, is also a firebrand. After more than 30 years establishing a foundation for women in rock music, Wilson turned an artistic corner by releasing Hope and Glory in September 2007. This is Wilson’s first solo effort: a creative platform from which to rally for what she believes in, a brave step for an artist in today’s quagmire of false reality and pop star idol worship. Hope and Glory may be Wilson’s initial flight from the band Heart, but it’s a collage of ...
45. a haze of glory daze
traversing the sea of washed-up child stars
pop culture - criticism
8.27.07 : feature column!

There’s a great scene from the movie Sixteen Candles in which Sam, played by the irrepressible Molly Ringwald, scans the high school gym, searching for a friend. Suddenly, the pimply brace face of Farmer Ted, embraced with complete verve by actor Michael Anthony Hall, fills the camera lens. Sam recoils in horror. Such is the current state of television. Buoyed by once great networks A&E, Bravo, and VH1, former child stars saddled with midlife woes are terrorizing the screen. They ape for t...
46. sporting memories
inside the athlete
sports - appreciation
6.29.07 : feature column!

When it comes right down to it, it’s just you and the ball. You know beyond all doubt that it’s coming back to you, because you put it exactly where you want it to go and it’s going to bounce up or off or back. Even when you slide the ball over in the rack in the garage to get to the weed control or 10W-40 or windshield wiper fluid, you touch that ball briefly and it rises up in your palm. Like a lover would. Like it belongs there. No one would know it to look at you now, because it’s not an...
47. psssst…i have your secret
a negative view of shilling the positive
pop culture - criticism
5.28.07 : feature column!

Napoleon Hill suggested that you Think and Grow Rich. Norman Vincent Peale coined The Power of Positive Thinking. Professor Harold Hill called it The Think System. La de da, la de da. Rhonda Byrne is the creator of the new thought phenomenon, The Secret, the principles of which suggest that all your troubles will fade away and what you most desire will come to you after you master the “law of attraction.” The concept is that your thoughts are magnetic and create your future, so what you thi...
48. begging for horses
and other wishes i’d like
humor - general
3.30.07 : feature column!

This monthly column slot of mine was originally scheduled to be a literary review of such Parisian salon caliber, my colleagues with high degrees would fawn and faint. And the Intrepid community, inspired by said missive, would discuss societal revolution and expound upon ideas for positive change instead of ranting about basketball and Anna Nicole Smith and wine-soaked cheese and "Battlestar Galactica." But, I simply ran out of time. Look at that -– I even wrote the above in passive voice. N...
49. we need an ice cream
and other things overheard on a candidate's tour bus
humor - discussion
2.26.07 : feature column!

ADVISOR 1: "We have to watch out for that clean candidate. Clean is big in the Midwest. We need to promote how clean we are. What speaks clean? Should the candidate wear all white from now on?" ADVISOR 2: "Maybe we can have the candidate carry a broom –- you know, sweeping this nation clean." ADVISOR 1: "That’s been done. Clooney did that." ADVISOR 2: "That’s right. Damn." INTERN: "Well, technically, that was just a scene from a movie by the Coen –-" ADVISOR 1: "What about prison? The c...
50. wisdom from dirty jobs
how executives should earn street cred
general - business
1.31.07 : feature column!

Brad was a proactive man. There was a problem with my home’s dual phone lines. My husband and I remedied the situation before we could cancel the repair call. But Brad, a lineman from (insert major, traditionally uncaring, phone conglomerate here), said, “Well, while I’m here, let me take a look.” I followed in my fuzzy slippers to watch while he analyzed. He decided that even though the problem was fixed, he’d make some updates to the junction box anyway. We chatted. We discussed the horre...
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re: guns don't kill people....

A flawless piece written in record time. Awesome!

re: god for president 2012

Damn straight.

re: god for president 2012

I vote you to be God's next press secretary. Just sayin'.

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re: irrussistible

Just an incredible job capturing what Russ was about. Thank you.

re: irrussistible

Russ is smiling!

re: irrussistible

A beautiful tribute to a wonderful man gone too soon. Thank you so much for writing and sharing with us.

re: irrussistible

Not really sure that a critique here is necessary. Nice job.

re: irrussistible

Lovely. Absolutely lovely.

re: tune out to tune in

Very thought provoking and well argued, but I'm not sure this CNN junkie can break the addiction. I know I -do- feel better when I take a break from current events but can't seem to resist.

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