An Open Letter To My Aching Leg

Dear Tenacious Little Running Injury,

Is is okay if I call you TLRI for short? No, you prefer Tenacious I, like Tenacious D – but with an I. Fine. Now, comedy music duo names aside, I’m writing to let you know that you’ve made your point loud and clear and I’m going to need you to leave.

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To the Creative Writing Students I Met Last Week

Dear writers,

First and foremost, a huge thank you to the teachers who work with your club at the high school for coordinating my visit last week. They are some pretty amazing folks. Did you know, they teach all day, then attend your meeting, then coach various and asunder sports before going home, where I’m sure they also have adult life sorts of things to do? You probably knew this, but I’m not sure I did when I was in high school. (So, yeah, umm… a hearty thanks to all of my teachers/coaches, some twenty-ish years ago, for all of that. *blushes in embarrassment*)

Anyway, I digress. Though with good reason, as gratitude is always a worthy side ramble.

What I wanted to say to each and every one of you, is that you are amazing. And you have stories. And I’m going to need you to write them. Whether they take the form of poems, or songs, or plays, or short stories, or novels, or screenplays, or essays, or doctoral theses, or graphic novels, or some other form that doesn’t exist yet (perhaps because you haven’t invented it).

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