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How we measure success in this life

Shortly after moving to Atlanta in 1993, Linette and I started publishing our zine, Crimewave USA. We didn’t have many friends, and it gave us a reason to leave the apartment and actually do things. We’d wonder around, having little adventures, and meeting new people, and then we’d scurry home to scribble everything down before […]

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On turning 50 and celebrating my 25th anniversary with Linette on the same day

I’ve now been with Linette for exactly half my life. Today marks not only the 50th anniversary of my birth, but the 25th anniversary of our first date. Saying that I shouldn’t just be sitting around the house on my 25th birthday, Linette drove out to Ann Arbor, picked me up, and took me for […]

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The weighted blanket

This year, for my birthday, Linette ordered a “weighted blanket” for me. Well, it came today, and I’m laying under it right now, struggling to fill my lungs. I can see the appeal. It’s comforting. It’s like the lead apron you have to wear at the dentist’s office when you’re having X-rays taken. I’ve yet […]

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Almost a half-century ago, on this very day, the woman pictured here had a baby. And that baby grew up to be me.

The above photo of my mom and dad, I’m told, was taken when my mother was about six months pregnant. So, according to WebMD, my skin would have still been transparent, and I would have just been starting to produce white blood cells to help fight disease and infection. My parents, as you can see, […]

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My big birthday revelation

[A big thank you to my friends Scott and Sarah who commissioned this drawing of me for my birthday, even if it did allow me to slip out of my blogging responsibilities on the national day of protest against government surveillance.]

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