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Sad Trombone

It’s been another one of those days in which I feel as if everyone knows something I don’t, one in which I read too much into every shifty stare, short remark, and snub, and by evening I’m exhausted from paranoia. … Continue reading

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Visitation

The visitation room is a white-walled space with scuffed floors and bench seating like that of an airport terminal. In one corner sits a raised desk where officers loiter and scout the room. Refrigerated vending machines along the opposite wall … Continue reading

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Measuring Pride

Company A buys 8,000 fasteners from Company B at 6.8 cents each. How much does Company A spend on fasteners? “How are you going to solve this problem?” I asked. “What’s your operation” I tutor Jones twice a week in … Continue reading

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Thankful

I knew I’d need a lot of optimism to get through today’s Thanksgiving, the first holiday away from my family. So I pinned my hopes on this year’s annual “Turkey Confidential” with Lynne Rossetto Kasper. Every year, listeners call in … Continue reading

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Essays: Childhood Home

During my sentencing, the prosecutor argued that because I come from a good home and was raised by a good family, I am somehow more dangerous than other criminals who might have suffered traumatic or abusive childhoods, because while their … Continue reading

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The Divide

I have my father’s lips, full and pouty, and my mother’s nose–a Roman nose that’s roamin’ all over my face, she’d say jokingly. I also have my mother’s dark eyes and hair which, at the age of 25, is already … Continue reading

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A Gamble

I had second appointment with the prison’s psychologist this morning. I had actually been looking forward to some intelligent conversation all weekend, but the session was brief and uninteresting. When I arrived in his office, he said, “you always look … Continue reading

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