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In This Moment, On This Road

Fall in Pando, the world's largest aspen clone, Fishlake National Forest, Utah I heard social worker and researcher Brené Brown say recently on her thought-provoking podcast, “We’re all susceptible to information that delivers us from pain.” There are so many people in pain in America right now. Actual physical pain—the pain of abuse, addiction, withdrawal, …

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Thoughts on Community from Salt Lake City

These last few months have moved at a breakneck pace! Defend my master's thesis, finish graduate school, finish teaching undergraduate course, leave my job at Colorado Review, find a new job, pack and move to Utah, unpack, plan my wedding, start a new job... and--oh yeah--try to squeeze in some time writing and some time outside amid …

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Who Says It’s Over?

I don't feel like a very patriotic person these days. I'm not proud of America—neither now nor of our past. I don't really understand what American culture is and, when I do, it makes me sad and angry to think that foreigners associate Americans with loud, pushy, short-sentenced, nouveau riche, white men. At a Gillian …

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What I’ve Learned about Forgiveness

In light of the #metoo movement, I've come across some interesting discussions about the role of forgiveness--whether it's an outdated concept, what its utility even is, who gets to give and receive it. I've been on this long road of forgiveness for a few years myself, and I've done some helpful reading on the topic, …

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New Poem: “American Bison”

Hello, everyone! Long time no see. It's been a little crazy here starting a new semester and a new job, but I promise I've been up to things. The lovely online poetry mag Muse /A Journal just came out with their gorgeous fifth issue, and my poem "American Bison" (hmmm, wonder what it could be about?) …

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