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  • The Road to Somewhere

    September 1, 2022 by

    They say that the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. My preacher recently pointed out that the road to Heaven is also paved with good intentions. It’s what you DO on each road that matters. If the heat you’re packing is only the intent, you might be on the wrong road. I’ve been… Read more

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  • Old friends, New friends

    August 2, 2022 by

    I went to Bowling Green to cry. That’s not what I would have said I was there to do. That’s not what I even believed I was there to do. But that is what I did. Seven months to the day after I helped memorialize my best and oldest friend, Jennifer, I went to see… Read more

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  • The Graduate

    May 30, 2022 by

    I slapped my boy hard in the face on the day of his high school graduation. That was Saturday.But to be fair, he asked me to. His was the first ceremony of the day, which meant that alarms were going off in the house by 6 a.m. that morning. I was the only one hearing… Read more

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  • When Giants Fall

    May 1, 2022 by

    Life is absurd and beautiful and funny. I tend to focus on the absurd. My whole life I’ve been laughing at my own mistakes. Pointing them out early on saves me the shock of the old lady stranger in Costco coming out of nowhere to tell me that 90% of the warehouse heard me fawning… Read more

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  • The Convalescent Chronicles – Chapter 1

    April 2, 2022 by

    Plate Full O’ Lettuce My friend, Melissa, is good with old people. She always has been. She has had a long career as a speech pathologist in a nursing home, dealing with people who, from what I can determine, mostly just choke on rice. But speech pathology is not where she spends most of her… Read more

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  • The Race

    February 12, 2022 by

    This race was never supposed to be about Jennifer. That’s not how it started. It was supposed to be about me. I started running over a year ago, not knowing I’d be able to. I had been attempting to rehab back from plantar fasciitis that sprung up from a bad phase of life I call… Read more

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  • The Birthday Tattoo

    February 8, 2022 by

    February 8, 2022 Dear Jennifer, Happy Birthday! Today you would be 51. You didn’t make it to 51, but you did one better. You are whole. And you finished STRONG, friend. The emotions leading up to this day have been pretty difficult. I was dreading it. I started the day fighting tears. But I didn’t… Read more

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  • A eulogy for my dear friend, Jennifer

    February 5, 2022 by

    Jennifer Elizabeth Smith EarnhartFebruary 8, 1971 – January 22, 2021 Jennifer and I didn’t have a ton in common. She was Laura Ashley and I was borrowed gym shorts. I don’t know why she loved me, but I know she did. She never left you questioning how she felt about you. Nobody loves like Jennifer… Read more

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  • Inside the Ampersand

    January 17, 2022 by

    My mind is a cage for chaos lately. Nothing gets in. Nothing gets out. And my quiet, unclaimed moments are spent trying to make the chaos fall in line. Or join hands with another piece. So that it all makes sense. I need it to make sense. When things aren’t connected and when they aren’t… Read more

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  • The Inventory and the Time Machine

    January 3, 2022 by

    I hate clichés. I especially hate being one. But this is a cliché time of life, with Covid raging for what looks to be the third straight year. And it’s a cliché time of year, with the world taking stock of 2021 and making plans for 2022. I’m no different. I’m taking stock and making… Read more

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