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I love letters. I have collections of letters from over the years of my life. I keep childhood letters in a floral box in a deep closet in our house. Every few years I pull them out and enjoy the child script on such scarce and valuable American Girl Doll stationary. In high school, I...
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“I’m still waiting to hear about the neighbors talking about the madman who cut off the front of his house,” Benjamin Fehl laughs. We are sitting in his garage-converted studio in Milesburg, door propped open to let in the early spring day and the first blue sky, the kind of day where the bushes decided...
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The last two weeks, I’ve lived in Tufo, Italy, a tiny town with a castle about an hour east of Naples. I lived there with four other writers in a little pink house for the Backyard Writer’s Residency. It was my first experience with this type of residency, the only close experience being the following:...
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Look at it. Me on the left just nine weeks ago after I rummaged through the closet and tried on a million things. I was supposed to wear my current favorite outfit to share with my new classmates in this thing called Style School. My favorite? What was my favorite outfit? I definitely didn’t have...
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147 Dead in Kenyan university attack. Explosions kill 40+ in Beirut, Lebanon. Unknown number shot in Paris attack. There is death.   Act II. Hamlet. Just at the end of this act, Hamlet is left alone on stage. He’s just arranged for a performance for the royal court by a traveling troupe. And one of...
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I was settling in yesterday to write a book review when I saw Byron Borger (of the beloved Hearts and Minds Bookstore) post about the passing of writer and wise woman Phyllis Tickle. This post is in memory of her. I never met Phyllis. Or not exactly. I went to a festival of “Faith and...
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Place. I’m asking how I can be part of the storytelling in places that I love. I feel an understanding with Pennsylvania farm country that is noticeable only when it is absent like in a recent vacation I took to Colorado. The mountains and plains and foothills startled me around every turn. I could never...
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  “It’s not going to get any lighter.” –Performance @CommonPlace, July 2015   To start a review of a musician, I will start with a consideration of a sociologist. Brene Brown, a TedX viral hit, studies vulnerability and shame and how those things affect our ability to live full and meaningful lives. In particular, she...
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