Ten Reasons to Watch NBC’s The Voice

For those unfamiliar with the show, to better read this article, this is the way The Voice works: A singer comes out onto a stage, and the four Voice coaches have their chair backs to the singer. The singer has 90 seconds to give the coaches a reason to turn their chairs. Once one coach turns his or her chair, the singer is no longer an auditioner, and becomes a

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Like Dying

Well, it felt like dying. I was maybe six. I was playing outside, in the backyard, with my little brother. Dad was at work and Mom was . . . well, wherever she was. Look, she wasn’t a drunk or anything. She was just terribly sad. When I was a teenager, Dad took her to the doctor and she started taking pills and she seemed to do better. I don’t

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Zera and the Green Man: Chapter 27

From the kitchen table, Zera saw Drew and Bear on the back porch, taking off their black rain parkas. It had stopped raining. “Find anything?” Lily asked as Drew opened the door, her voice rising above the rock and roll music playing on the radio. Drew’s eyes darted from Lily to Zera and back again. “I was sure it was some kind of elaborate trap,” he said, “that somehow Void

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An Open Letter to My Eighth Grade Self

One of my former students recently posted the following video made by a guy who was bullied as a kid. My student said this video captured the experience perfectly, so I watched it. He was right. The video and the comments underneath it inspired me to write an open letter to my eighth-grade self during what still remains as the toughest part of my life. I share this letter in

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