Category Archives: School

Some people are bad

I posted this last summer, but then took it back down after a few hours. I was afraid it would be taken the wrong way. My intent in sharing this story is not to malign anyone’s reputation but to emphasize … Continue reading

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I got an invitation to my 10-year high school reunion in the mail today. I knew the big day was coming up, but I didn’t know the official schedule of events until now. It looks like it will be a … Continue reading

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Contextual clues

Moritz the exchange student and I hit it off pretty quickly, but sometimes things got lost in translation. It isn’t that he didn’t speak “well English,” but occasionally his word choice was a little off. The following exchange occurred when … Continue reading

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The foreign exchange student

Our high school always got a surprising number of foreign exchange students each year. It was a bad deal for them. When they got the news they were going to the United States, they were probably picturing New York City … Continue reading

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A friend sent me this screenshot from a former classmate’s Facebook page. 

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When I was 15, I fell in love. Or something like that. I don’t know any other word to describe my feelings for this boy. When I tell people about it now, they don’t understand how he had such a … Continue reading

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A text message from my mother

“The Doniphan postmaster told me that one of the high school teachers gave him a rash of shit because he showed her Chanukah stamps when she asked to see holiday stamps.”

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I had always thought Jimmy was funny. That is, I thought he was funny until our second-grade teacher, Ms. Smiley, changed the seating arrangement and put Jimmy behind me. Then I thought he was horrible. I have to give him … Continue reading

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Love, loss and the mean things I said

Dating in Doniphan is hard. Unless you manage to partner off with a newcomer before anybody else gets to him or her, you’re more than likely dating the castoff of someone you know fairly well. This can make things complicated, … Continue reading

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A Midwest surfer’s lament

Fashion trends don’t happen in a bubble. They’re part of the zeitgeist, the spirit of the times. What we put on our bodies is more than what we picked up at the mall. It’s a reflection of cultural movements. It’s … Continue reading

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