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Running from what

By Paul Steinle ’07

I lace up my shoes. On a 10-mile run, I go through 12 neighborhoods — past multimillion-dollar greystones and subsidized housing projects, rows of boarded-up businesses and rows of businesses thriving, if you hables espanol or mówić po polsku.

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The longest road

By Sarah Sibley ’06

The Great River Road is a small highway that runs down the southern spine of the Mississippi, snaking through farmlands and small, sleepy towns. You can find the Road by following the mournful notes of Delta blues, the sweet smell of cornbread in the oven and the wisps of cotton that drift through the air during the fall picking season.

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The day they pulled the plug

By C.M. Wurzelbacher '12

He ducked down behind the wall and — schlaaah-p! — pulled the plug. In my imagination, it was a giant red cork attached to a metal string that popped like a wine bottle. In reality, I’m sure it was something less colorful — like a lever or a wheel.

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Water guns and Nutella

By Kelly Flynn Kramb ’11

I was asleep. I was asleep and it was glorious. I was asleep and it was Sunday afternoon and I had no reason to be awake. I was asleep and a stream of ice water suddenly hit me in the face, jolting me awake.

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Making Lists

By The editors

But each list — while perhaps jaunty and pithy and quick — contains a rich stack of ideas to linger over, loiter with and think about. So read and push pause on your life and listen to the music in your head.

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17 Daily Worries

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

Composed one morning while getting everyone out the door, aware that, no matter what, we will still be late to school/work/practice/whatever.

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Grace is a hobble-wheeled bicycle

By John Corgan ’11

I lost my friend Devin for several hours the last night of sophomore year at Notre Dame. I don’t mean that euphemistically. We actually lost him, like a North Face jacket at Finny’s bar or an untethered child at Disney World. There one moment and gone the next.

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11 Unwritten Rules

By Owen Smith ’95

Woody Allen once said, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” I believe God has a sense of humor and plays practical jokes on us all the time. Jokes I like to call: Unwritten Rules.

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What I’m Reading: Quiet, Susan Cain

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

Two Americas. It’s become customary to think of ourselves as a divided people, at least since John Edwards’ stump speech in the 2004 race for the Democratic presidential nomination when he lumped us into haves and have-nots. But thanks to author Susan Cain, I’m beginning to think our great divide isn’t economic.

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