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First and 10

Today’s nothing very special in terms of the history books, and that’s just as well. It’s special for me, though, for a reason as personal as it gets — today marks the 10-year anniversary since I took my first dose of estrogen. I still remember the day, the place, the simplicity of the moment itself. […]

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A day after loading up on Turkey Day with Charley and friends in Rogers Park, I headed to New York City for my cousin Pam’s formal celebration of her wedding vows to Nat. Whatever your particular reason why, Manhattan is already an easy enough place to drop in on, and even if my own tolerance […]

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Getting back in action

Well, it was a rough spring and summer, but after getting pressed into action as the overnight editor at the regular gig, I was generally sleep-deprived and unable to keep up on all the fronts I would have like to. But now I’m looking to get back in action on this front, if only because […]

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So, I just finished reading Flashman and the Dragon, the adventures of Harry Paget Flashman during the Taiping Rebellion and the Second Opium War, and I’m sort of meh about it. Having never read the Flashman stories before until Dad introduced them to me a couple of years ago, I’ve worked my way through them […]

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Onward, upward, and hello

Well, you have to start these things somewhere, so why not with an oblique reference to Flash Gordon tacked onto delusions of grandeur? As a kid, I loved that movie much more than made any proper sense, to the point that, 31 years ago when it was in the theaters, my best friend Steven and […]

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