Back-to-school jitters

About this time last year, I humbled myself to type out an embarrassing account of my first week as a college freshman. I wanted to assure former college freshmen that they weren't the only goofy kids on their campus, and I also wanted to leave no doubt in the minds of upcoming college freshmen that …

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After JonBenet

It's been nearly 20 years since I first learned about true evil. Christmas 1996. While my family and I went back for seconds of turkey, biscuits and pie - my mom helping me with my plate because of my 6-year-old clumsy hands - a family 15 hours away was about to live a nightmare. Dec. 26, …

On perfection

Anyone else have those things as a kid you assumed you'd grow out of when you became an adult, but found out as an adult that you don't grow out of something unless you actively work on growing? Maybe that's confusing. I'll give some examples. Two o'clock in the afternoon: I'm not afraid of the …

Lego Love

From about 1994 to 2005, a simple, plastic table with four quadrants of Lego bases serving as a tabletop welcomed me into my bedroom. After homework, I got busy building, narrating each story I concocted acted out by Lego people. When I was about 15 years old, I decided it was time for the mostly …