If today is terrible

I guess this kind of rainy Monday would have really gotten Karen Carpenter down.

Maybe it’s got you down, too.

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Life tips for my nephew

Mason,

When you were born Feb. 20, I was elated. A lot of things ran through my mind at once when I thought about you, mostly pride and a plan to travel the length of the country twice in a weekend to see you.

My pride has only deepened in the six days you’ve been here, especially since I heard you’ve already peed on your mama.

My plan didn’t happen, but there’s another one in the works and we’ve been officially introduced on FaceTime.

Since I wrote to your sisters shortly after they were born, I thought I’d try to write down some things you might need to know about life.

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An open letter to elected officials

Dear elected officials and future candidates,

I am a 28-year-old American citizen. I have a four-year degree from a reputable university. I have a job, and I am also a registered voter with the power to provide you with yours.

What I am about to tell you may not be the same feeling your constituents have, but I bet it’s not far off.

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