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The Fate of Flightless Birds 

My grandfather used to let us watch him slaughter the chickens. He’d  hold them down against a tree stump, wack their heads off with one swoop of the axe, then let them go. We’d stare after their headless bodies as they … Continue reading

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The Dog you Need, Not the Dog you Want

I have a love/hate relationship with the Church. God either has a sick sense of humor, likes to mess with me, or is trying to teach me something.  The only logical explanation is that God is trying to teach me … Continue reading

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A Redneck in Massachusetts 

He’d regularly line us up against the wall: my older brother, younger sister, cousins, any neighborhood kids that happened to be hanging around and make us say it. He’d lead us in the chant, orchestrating it with his long thin … Continue reading

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Catch and Release 

  My 9-year-old daughter took my hand yesterday as we were walking. It was unexpected, feeling her light hand in my mine all of a sudden after so long, her fingers now long and thin–so much like my own. But … Continue reading

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