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Of all the memories I had with my aunt in Florida, the strongest ones are when I was younger, when memories were few and far in between. You must have dreams, she would say. Her emphasis was always on the “must” as if it outweighed the word “dreams.” She instilled it in me quite often, so much so that I could predict what time of day she would wax poetic (4 p.m., around tea time,...

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Becker’s Books is a seemingly small bookstore a few lights south of my childhood home. I’ve driven past it for years and didn’t stop in until recently. The shop has an outdated exterior and is located by the side of a moderately busy road. The color scheme is a muted red and green, with maroon-ish wooden siding and a dark green roof and numbers indicating the location. Inside, past the entrance where a desk and...

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The best card I received was for Christmas a few months ago. I have a box of cards beneath my bed partly because I’m sentimental and like to write them (and thus receive some in return) and partly because I’m a minor hoarder. None of the cards compare to the one I got from a friend before departing home, though. It accompanied a present and it read, simply: “Dear Joy,” And that was it. No...

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Have you ever heard your voice recorded? It’s nauseating, isn’t it? “That’s me?” you question, and wonder how people even look at you while their ears bleed as you talk. This feeling is surely never felt when listening to Delilah, as in, Del-li-lah, who airs on nationally syndicated radio. She customarily hosts a radio talk show in the evenings and sings her name in the intro. Delilah’s voice is something like  magic stardust. It’s akin...

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I used to think  that if something walked like a duck, and quacked like a duck, then it was a duck. But now I’m not so sure. Appearances are deceiving, and often enough, when something seems inevitable, it ends up morphing into an unpredicted outcome. It just hits you out of the blue, suddenly, like a sinking feeling in the stomach. It’s like you’ve just ingested the world’s largest problem, and it’s just sitting there...

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Ernest Hemingway is known for many things, including his six-word stories. They are micro-fiction stanzas that rely on the economy of words to create a story. A notable example of this is perhaps his most well-known piece.  “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Vines, like Hemingway’s short fiction, are composed of six units. However, these units are seconds. To be honest, I was never really interested in Vine because I didn’t understand the appeal. Basically,...

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If you’ve ever wanted to find solace in a piece of journalism, lend your eyes to the lovable Steve Hartman of CBS Evening News. He’s a reporter who currently, and has for many years now, travels around America in search of moving stories on his weekly feature, “On the Road,” which airs on Friday nights. His series is based on the segment of the same name by Charles Kuralt, a late newsman. I came across...

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I grew up watching movies. Movies of older generations mostly; and, because I was the youngest and outnumbered by a house of men, they tended to be of the action or superhero variety. I managed not to rememember most of those plotlines. Instead, I discovered the incredibly misleading category of romantic comedies. I think the work in the earlier movies erred more on the side of romance than comedy, and now, with current releases, the...