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Scary Edgar Allan Poe and Me: Super-Weird or Super-Power?

By Teresa Bruce

  After a recent rereading of spooky old classics, I reached a disturbing realization: Maybe Edgar Allan Poe’s scary, creepy characters aren’t as odd as he meant them to be. In “The Fall of the House of Usher,” Poe’s narrator describes Roderick as tortured by sounds — except for certain stringed instruments. If Mr. Usher …

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Breaking Miracles

By Jennie LaFortune

“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, it’s insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.”  Cynthia Occelli I heard a writer speak a while ago who said her goal is to break open stories. She went …

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A Trifling Thing—But Not Necessarily a Cake Walk

By Brooke Benton

My sophomore year of college, I decided to take piano as a class. Breaks from school spent at my parents’ house and around their piano reminded me how much I missed it, so I registered with a teacher and took my piano books from high school back with me, on the plane. My first lesson …

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Can I Get a Witness?

By Catherine Pavia

Lately my 3-year-old has been obsessed with puzzles. He lines them up every morning in order, beginning with the one he’s going to do first. He even gets out the 150+ piece puzzles–“Just to look at them, I promise,” he tries to reassure me. “I won’t dump them out.” (This is a New Year’s resolution …

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