Category Archives: Off-Topic Tuesday

Two Tall Trees

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OK, I’m back. Quite nearly everything is still terrible, but we have no alternative except to go on. 

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Please Do Not Enjoy This Experience

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From approximately 2003 through sometime in 2009, I contributed to a political blog called Best of the Blogs, which no longer exists. While it lasted, it was great fun: one of the contributors had been one of the first staff writers at Rolling Stone; another was a former military man based in Japan; still another punctuated his opinions with different colored fonts and occasionally feuded with his fellow contributors. (He’s still online, and still quirky, as I discovered entirely by accident a few days ago.) On the flip, there’s another post I wrote for the site back in 2007, which might still be of interest to readers a decade later. It’s got nothing to do with the usual run of stuff around here, so read it if you want, or don’t.

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So Much for My Crisis of Purpose

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My first blog, The Daily Aneursym, existed from 2003 through 2006. I still think some of the best writing I ever did was at that site, even though it had only about a half-dozen regular readers. From approximately 2003 through sometime in 2009, I also contributed to a political blog called Best of the Blogs. It no longer exists, but I found an online archive of posts a while back, and killed most of a day reading through it. Most of my stuff there was highly topical (for example, lots of detailed inside baseball about the 2008 presidential campaign, from the early primary process through Election Night), but I found one piece that might be of interest a decade later. It’s got nothing to do with the usual run of stuff around here, so read it if you want, or don’t.

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This Day

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There have been nearly 50 iterations of this post. I keep revising and deleting and starting over and ultimately wondering if I should even bother. This is the shortest and least angry of them.

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The Bulletin

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This isn’t what I had planned to post today, but I forgot that today is the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. The following is a historical fiction piece I wrote for one of my clients a few years ago, to appear in a 10th grade language arts book. Technically, I don’t own it anymore, they do, but I’m putting it up here and they can cease and desist me if they want. It’s got nothing to do with the usual subject matter of this blog, and it’s really long, so you can skip it if you want.

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Iowa City Love Letter

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(Pictured: the Old Capitol, the iconic centerpiece of the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City.)

Here’s another Off-Topic Tuesday piece. During the 1995-96 academic year, while I was working on my teaching certificate at the University of Iowa, I wrote a regular op-ed column for the student newspaper, the Daily Iowan. I found this piece in an ancient electronic file of drafts, but it’s not in my pile of clippings, so I’m not sure it ever ran. But it adequately captures how I felt about that place. 

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