Month: March 2007

You Can’t Make This Shit Up

You Can’t Make This Shit Up

It seems that in life truth is often stranger than fiction, and nothing could be truer in a small town. One of the wonderful and yet bizarre qualities of small towns is that these locals seem to somehow nurture and support the odd characters in our midst. It’s a theme in Southern literature, but I […]

Wonderful Town

Wonderful Town

Midwesterners, especially those from small towns, have a special fondness for musical theater. I’ve never exactly understood why, but I definitely took that trait to heart. There really is something magical about a musical, the old-school type especially. There are quirky characters, always at least one that you can identify with, a sitcom-like plot structure, and in […]

Saved Up Wishes

Saved Up Wishes

When you love someone all your saved-up wishes start coming out. –Elizabeth Bowen When I was in eighth grade I had a yellow Pendaflex folder that I recorded little sayings and quotations upon in brightly colored pen. I’m not sure why or how this practice started, but eventually, the entire surface inside and out was covered with tiny bits of wisdom. I carried […]

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