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stop blaming bush
let's talk about the real problem
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: sports
10.1.10 • CLASSIC

What I did to you just now was wrong, and I admit that. And even though I usually can't stand this excuse, it wasn't my fault. Blame it on the system. If I have to bend the rules and use subterfuge to get ahead in this sea of Internet noise, then so be it, because everyone else is doing it. Sure, I can be expected to operate at a huge disadvantage under rules that no one else is following and ultimately put everything I've got out there for the satisfaction of everyone except me. I can do tha

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a cover story
how my debut novel got its cover
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: writing
10.4.10 • CLASSIC

It is both odd and fitting that the one thing that could have the biggest influence on my book's success is something I really had nothing to do with. Odd, because as authors we want to think that our hard work and talent is what will put us, and our books, over the top. Because we want to think that we know best. That because the idea is ours and the writing is ours, that we know how best to title the book and market it and select a cover image that is the truest expression of what we're tryin

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the shore thing
losing a house; gaining a hand lamp
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: general
1.9.12 • CLASSIC

It’s January! It’s cold! It’s warming up this week because Al Gore said it would!

Okay, I’ll admit I did not see, “An Inconvenient Truth.” Largely because I already believed that climate change was a real thing and didn’t want to get depressed at being right. It’s sort of the same reason I’ve never watched any of Michael Moore’s films: I already know that people, especially the Republican leadership, can be real asshats. I don’t need a liberal asshat to tell me that conservative asshats are asshats.

(Asshat. Asshat.)

Now that that’s out of the way, Happy New Year! Let’s hope this one’s better than the last. Though, admittedly, 2011 had a lot going for it over 2010. I got new glasses, for example.


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my mother's daughter
reflecting on one day and two lifetimes
by michelle von euw
topic: writing
5.8.09 • CLASSIC

We walk the edge of the ocean, just beyond where the waves trickle and die against the sand. There are thick beach towels wrapped around each of our waists; actually, mine is around my waist and hers is cinched up higher. We both wear navy blue tank suits, and we both have dark wet hair, totally different shades when dry, but now, pushed back from our foreheads by salt water and a sprinkling of sand, it looks the same. We are the same. Once, we were so different. Worlds apart. But the olde

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my irish eyes are crying
sick and pale with grief sunburn
by mike julianelle
topic: humor
7.11.07 • CLASSIC

I have never been mistaken for an albino. I am not one of those clowns that places a lot of stock in my lineage. I happen to be 50% Italian and 50% Irish, but I don't have an Irish flag on my wall and I don't pretend to relate to Paulie Walnuts. I like The Godfather movies as much as the next guy and I like drinking as much as, well, everyone. But I am American, first and foremost. I appreciate having access to some of the traditions, recipes and traits that are inherent in the two ethnicitie

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identity crisis
a tale of starstruck lovers
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: pop culture
3.31.08 • CLASSIC

He said he didn’t know who she was anymore. She refused to believe that was true, thinking he was looking for an excuse, any excuse at all, to leave. He told her to get a life, and slammed the door. She kicked off her Carlos Santana heels as she locked the front door behind him. Get a life. There wasn’t anything wrong with her life. He’s the one who needs to find himself. As she wandered down the hall to the bathroom, she tripped over his forgotten Bob Geldolf man bag, nicking her toe in t

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the year of parenting dangerously
amina's daddy states his case
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: general
8.18.11 • CLASSIC

It will go so fast.

That’s what everyone tells you when you have a child, when you’re about to have a child, when you think you want to have a child, when you even look at a child -- enjoy each moment because they go fast. I didn’t really believe it. I was a child once, and, for me, those years weren’t fast at all. 4th Grade: Crawling. 7th grade: Sluggish. High school? So ponderous, I thought we were moving backwards on some Benjamin Button ish.

But I felt that way because I was the kid. The one with no job, bills or serious responsibilities. The one whose greatest contribution to the world was that I more or less single handedly introduced N.W.A. and Public Enemy to my junior high school. (You're welcome.) So, of course time felt slothful, elastic, listless... I had nothing to compare it to.

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wish you were here
a reluctant writer on why you should write
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: writing
12.18.09 • CLASSIC

Much like Mr. Adam Kraemer mentioned he did before writing his IM piece for December 2009, I too spent some time looking back at this year before writing my column for the final month of 2009, running roughly 10 years after IM's founding, and written by IM's first non-original staff member, me. Realizing this, I looked not only at this year, but I got looking all the way back to the year 2000, when I first started writing here. I've had just short of 100 columns published, and countless more t

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how to be happy
a simple quest with humble results
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: pop culture
3.22.10 • CLASSIC

I took six months off from work to figure out why I was so unhappy, even though life appeared to be going well. I was making money, I was finished with a relationship that was unhealthy for me, I was busy and had many friends…why would I be unhappy? So I, after some great advice came from many different quarters, I took some time for me and I went to India. During my tour of India I had many amazing experiences, but I have to say the moments that stick with me the most are four conversation

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rock on, robin
the top chef: las vegas cheftestant shares a few of her own personal ingredients
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: television
10.19.09 • CLASSIC

Fans and viewers of Bravo's "Top Chef: Las Vegas", take note: Chef Robin Leventhal is a survivor. Currently competing in the hit show's sixth season, the feisty cheftestant has become one of the top eight contenders for the "Top Chef" title. In addition to impressing culinary star Michelle Bernstein and showing a younger generation of peers that she's no old lady to underestimate at 43, she has also squared off against two types of lymphoma— and won. As "Top Chef: Las Vegas" prepares to a

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they can do it! and so can you.
6 tips for successful blogging
by sarah ficke (@DameMystery)
topic: writing
8.24.09 • CLASSIC

Have you read a blog today? I don't know you (unless I do. Hi!), but I'm going to guess that you have. If fact, you might have read several. Even with the up-and-coming competition of Twitter, blogs are holding strong. The best ones are supplying readers with the news and views they used to get from newspapers or the television, and even the worst are catering to someone out there with a passion for... armadillos in socks, say, who doesn't care if said blogger knows a preposition from a peanut.

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the return to small town america
back to the past
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: pop culture
1.21.09 • CLASSIC

For a while, I was really glad that gas was up to $4.00/gallon this past summer. I was really excited at the forecast that we might see a $7.00 gallon of gas this coming summer, though that looks more unlikely now. This might make me look, up front, like a bad consumer. Or maybe an OPEC sympathizer. Or maybe I hate dinosaurs. In reality, I have an over-developed sense of loyalty to local economy. Let me explain. In my mind, here's what a $7.00 gallon of gas does: It heralds the return o

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a diamond in the rough
the rules of engagement
by heather m. millen
topic: general
4.27.07 • CLASSIC

When I announced my engagement in September of 2006, I had many visions of what the following year would entail. What I pictured was an endless year of one champagne-drenched celebration after another, all held in my honor. Red carpets rolled out at any available opportunity! And, heck, I didn't even necessarily need parties thrown for me, I'd create them wherever I went, celebrating the engagement until it was no more. I'd have to invest in a tractor trailer to haul all of my fabulous new p

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the elevator superhero
captain america goes to portland
by jeff miller (@jmillerboston)
topic: pop culture
4.20.12 • CLASSIC

The morning we're leaving for our family trip to Portland, Maine, my son discovers one of the hiding places where I've (obviously) failed to conceal an open Amazon box containing two kick ass 10" Marvel action figures. Through the open cardboard flap, he spies a Captain America shield, barely visible through the packaging - but it's enough to send him flying down the stairs yelling "DADDY DADDY I SEE CAPTUM ANMERICA CAN I HAVE HIM!?

He's three this month, and there's just no postponing gratification - birthday or not - when a toy of this caliber is unearthed. If he'd dug a little deeper, he would've seen the brain-melting awesomeness of the accompanying Iron Man figure. Luckily, I get to save that one for his big day.

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