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2. Church

Continued from last week’s installment of Digging in the Dirt. A rust-colored 1973 Chevy Nova was flattened underneath a smaller blue 1977 Honda Civic. Russ awkwardly climbed over them to get to the spot. Just beyond a block building, in a muddy clearing backed by three trees, and surrounded by an evenly placed circle of…

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Banned Books week

Next week, we’ll be running articles about banned books. How has a frequently challenged book affected you? You can read more about Banned Books week at bannedbooksweek.org. You may also have noticed the new look to the site. We’re still making changes, so things may look a little unstable at times. But what do you…

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1. Dinner Time

This is the first installment of Digging in the Dirt. Jim lifted a spoon to his mouth and took a taste from the pot. He paused and let the smells infuse his senses; he closed his eyes and meditated on the flavors. “Mediocre,” he thought. “Oh, well,” and yelled, “Dinner’s ready!” as he wiped the…

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Drop by Drop

I’m a big fan of Japanese comics, known more widely as “manga”. I’ve been a fan since high school, when one of my friends introduced me to a series called Naruto. I’m sure many of you have heard of it. I’m also sure I just heard many of you groan. But it’s the series that…

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Sandman: Overture 3

I read the original Sandman graphic novels as fast as I could afford to buy the trade paperbacks. (I’ve since re-read them often enough that I wish I’d spent the extra money on hardcovers.) When this prequel series started coming out, I decided to see what it’s like to read a Neil Gaiman story one…

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The Confidence Curse

I was talking with a friend the other day, when he mentioned, “Self-confidence is one of my weaker traits, despite all appearances.” And my first thought was–yes, I totally agree. It’s strange, really. I had a great childhood, a supportive family, and the best friends a girl could hope to have. There is no discernible…