Hostel Is A Homophone

A harrowing encounter at Harpers Ferry, unexpected expenses, and justly punctured pride.

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Trumpet Lessons

I wanted to quit my music instruction. So did my teacher.

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You’ll Probably Need Stitches

Sometimes it just makes sense to bleed in the living room.

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Broadway Boogie Woogie

Why my aunt had such eccentric decor.

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I Once Was A Man Who Lived In A Shoe

It was the only dorm in which every resident was suspended. Literally.

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Son Of A Son Of A Son Of A Son Of A Civil War Soldier

I examine the military record of my great-great grandfather.


What do Bugs Bunny, taking a bath, and a precocious vocabulary have in common?

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Stranger Danger

That sinking feeling when you fear you’re about to die.

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The Reluctant Athlete

It takes a prison to make me play left field.

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Dumb and Dumber

Incompetence in the kitchen.

The Annotated Edward Cramer

My earliest writing. Under a pseudonym, of course.

The Rise And Fall Of The Edward Hannon Band

From instant fame to humiliating failure, all in one month.

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Hip Hop

Crude. Irreverent. Sexist. Riding in his trash truck was the best part of my summer job.

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Hot Hot Hot

Sweltering Memphis, blazing Las Vegas, and a doomed Easter Bunny.

The Lawnmower Man

Lawn maintenance, the necessary evil.

Alice In Limaland

Be careful what you promise your children.

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The Honeymooners

Chicago, 1952. Starring my parents as the naive newlyweds.

Death By Piano

Brother Brian’s torment, my pianistic glory.

You May Say I’m A Dreamer

My recurring dreams.

Bombs Away

Some plastic darts, a little imagination, and a cardboard city.

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The Old Man And The Sea

A humbling reckoning on the Outer Banks.

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Kill The Wabbit

When the family pet is a lethal predator.

The Lost Art Of The Long-Form Obituary

A tribute from another time.


How to invent profanity.

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If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Africa

On safari in Ohio.

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You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away

An adolescent’s bold plan to acquire an issue of Playboy.

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The Vinyl Frontier

The playset conundrum: Mego Star Trek or Mego Planet of the Apes?

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Turkey Bowl

Past participants reflect on a bygone tradition.

I Wanted My MTV

When the M stood for music.

The Dark Sides Of The Room

At ease in the absence of light.

That’s Entertainment

Finding meta-amusement in the unlikeliest places.

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Every Boy Does Magic

Prestidigitation, the introverted boy’s rite of passage.

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Green Machine

Freedom on a recumbent three-wheeler.

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For me, the lunch break was just as trying as the rest of the school day.

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Intimidation, mind games, and cut-throat Intellevision competition.

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Cans ‘n’ Stuff

Father-and-son heaven at the end of our street.

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Grandpa, Sasquatch & Me

Rediscovering the heart of a taciturn grandfather.

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Anxiety In Bee-Minor

Did I really take a dive in the school spelling bee?

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A Summer Place

Heaven was a quarter in the age of the five-ball pinball machine.

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The Plexus Tuxedo Project

The dissolution of a teenage songwriting partnership.

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