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Story Report: First Trip to The Moth

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Moth storytellers gathered

I don’t like the competitive aspect of The Moth but last night there I was, wondering if my name would be called and simultaneously hoping I wouldn’t embarrass myself and also that I’d win. I did neither. The host, Peter Kim, made us laugh and then pulled a name out the bag and it was […]

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Nature adores a vacuum

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Yesterday was warm and sunny, sweater weather at most. We went to the park and Nola discovered ice cubes. She also got yelled at by the dog who owned the ice cubes. For the first time, I saw her slink away from a dog instead of just shaking it off and going back for more. […]

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I ooze love

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a heart shape in concrete.

I ooze love. It crawls out of my pores and slimes its way across the parched landscape of humanity. You send me a broken computer, Gazelle? I ooze love. You give me the same eight bars of hold music on a repeating loop? I ooze love. Same hold music the first time I call, to ask […]

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Inside the Oval Powder Room

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Presidential illustration by Joe Fournier

–And here we have the Oval Powder Room. –Skip that, skip it, let’s get to the good stuff. –This is important. The Oval Powder Room is a secret refuge in times of difficult Oval Office meetings. It comes complete with a Keurig Brewing system, Laz-Z-Boy Recliner… –The codes. Where’s the codes? –If I can turn […]