Category: True Story

These are written from my memory. If anything is not correct, please let me know.

Midday in the Garden Center of Good and Evil

Midday in the Garden Center of Good and Evil

My experience with shoplifting came when I was in 9th grade. After an 18-month stint living with my mother, I was glad to be back in my hometown, but it seemed different somehow. My lifelong friends had made new ones, and I didn’t like being treated as the new kid by those who had lived …

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Stump Dodger (Part 3)

Stump Dodger (Part 3)

My advisor turned to a young boy of about nine years and said, “Now, Jimmy, when he starts goin’, you turn loose of that rope.” I climbed a few rungs of the homemade ladder and reached high to grab the handle. This position would make anybody feel vulnerable, and I wasn’t exactly flashing my Coppertone …

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Stump Dodger (Part 2)

Stump Dodger (Part 2)

I gave her the finger, too. The “I need chewing time” finger. After finally rendering the potatoes lumpless, I swallowed. “I know, I know. I was just crunching through a bite of food. So, why, Dad?” “Snakes.” The word slithered slowly from his mouth. I was no friend to poisonous reptiles, despite my slogging around …

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Stump Dodger

Stump Dodger

People fall into two philosophical categories in life: stump finders and stump dodgers. You see, when it comes time for a group of kids to sled down a new hill, someone has to go first. When the snow is deep enough, you can’t see exactly what’s on that hill. The first one down usually has …

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