Category Archives: Tales from Life

Imagining Dad

My Dad is a very organized and thorough person—both by personality and in his work. If he has a free Saturday and doesn’t have plans to go spend it outdoors, he passes the day organizing the garage. Or vacuuming the … Continue reading

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Imaginary Friends… and Enemies

When I was little, I had an imaginary friend named Gloona. She was exactly my age, a happy-go-lucky human girl with a few doglike qualities—floppy ears and a tail—that only showed up when I drew pictures of her. Gloona had … Continue reading

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Adventures

One day, when I was about six, my Grampy* decided to hike up to the head of the creek—or “crick,” as he called it—that flowed across his farm. I don’t remember why he wanted to take the trek—and at the … Continue reading

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Dirt Therapy

Today, instead of ending the school-week covered in clay, I ended it covered in dirt. Usually on Friday afternoons, you can spot me in the ceramics lab, throwing mugs and jars on the wheel, up to my elbows in pale … Continue reading

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Firsts

“I caught a fish!” I yelled in my high-pitched four-year-old voice. The bottom of the orange inflatable Zodiac crunched against the gravelly lakeshore. Grandpa cut the motor, then helped me and Grandma out of the boat. I ran to my … Continue reading

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Fantastic Flying

On Wednesday, I boarded a plane bound for New Mexico. For the first time in eight years, I was going to fly somewhere! As I took a seat next to my fellow Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society convention-goers, a … Continue reading

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Worst Camping Trip Ever

One optimistic summer Friday when I was about seven years old, my family and I set off in our minivan to Three Creeks Campground, our favorite place in the world to pitch a tent. My two younger sisters and I … Continue reading

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