Techno-Files, or Anatomy of a Link-Bait Vanity Fair Story

Nearly three weeks after the Vanity Fair thrashing Cincinnati and Appalachia hit the Web, my hometown media finally caught the Fever. The last 24 hours has been an interesting mix of blogo-rage, media coverage and Twitter conversation. As a journalist, a professor and an author, I’m intrigued by how stories develop. This one in particular. […]

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#BeatWinter: A Social Experiment (20 of 90)

Snow has blanketed the country. The grey skies have settled across the land. People are going a little stir crazy. You can feel the angst just below the surface even in places like Muncie, which have been spared much of #SNomg, the hashtag for winter-related Tweets. Drastic times require drastic actions. Instead of my typical […]

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The Polyphonic Spree

Sometimes life breaks the right way. The stars align. The seas part. I’ve given up worrying about how long it will last or what it all means. It’s enough, for me, that the moments right now are perfect. This is what that feels like:

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Impossibly Really Hard (16 of 90)

I’ve been thinking about impossible lately. There is no one particular reason for this. No looming task staring me down, causing me great angst about my life. No reason for me to dread. It’s more conceptual. More philosophical. Because I’ve come to realize a telling factoid about myself: I don’t believe anything is impossible. I […]

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Things That Make Me Happy (13 of 90)

I spend too much time in my head sometimes, time that would be better spent celebrating the goodness that surrounds me. I don’t think we do enough of that. My parents, gosh darn it, are still alive and kicking it around the country. They are currently on their annual 3-month tour of the country. My […]

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Words on the Page (11 of 90)

My life changed forever on May 11, 2008. It wasn’t the first time my life had changed. It certainly wasn’t the last. And while it turned out to be for the better, the immediate change didn’t feel particularly good. As I used to hear someone say: You think when you quit drinking that you’re life […]

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The Plan (10 of 90)

I started writing today’s post, a rather in-depth treatise about my five-year plan. The first explicit plan I’ve had in my life. When I realized something: I’m not ready to share that will you. It’s nothing personal, I promise. Although I’ve always found that particular phrase, when applied to a relationship, trite. After all, if […]

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Never, Quite (8 of 90)

Off-handedly I found out that she got married. She met a guy, had a baby, got married and moved into the hill country of Marin County. I always expected to hear that particular story. Or a version of that story. At least the end of the story. That didn’t change the sinking feeling I felt […]

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Mentor (7 of 90)

I’d planned on writing this post on the plane last night, but the best laid plans and all those things. The travel delays and obstacles, though, brought new opportunities my way. I had the chance to sit next to a young woman from Charlotte on the flight from Memphis to San Francisco. We chatted about […]

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