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Speak Now, or Forever Hold Your Peace

By Angela Hallstrom

1. When I was a kid, I was a hand-raiser. I remember once in the 4th grade almost bursting out of my seat, palm flailing, wanting wanting wanting Mr. Poulsen to call on me. His eyes kept scanning the classroom from one end to the other, settling on my eager face for a moment then moving past it, until finally he peered at me over the rim of his glasses and said, “Angie, I think we need to let someone else in the class have a chance to participate.”

Oooff.

Lesson #1: Know-it-alls are annoying

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