What My First Pet Taught Me About Death

My parents bought my first dog on the spur of the moment and named her after a license plate. Her name was Zoe, like the last three letters of our license plate, Z-O-E, not Zoey or Zöe as I corrected teachers who circled my spelling with red circles through school. I loved Zoe. We were almost exactly …

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“I want to mean something to someone.” | Strength in Numbers | How it Feels to be 18

In this series, Strength in Numbers, I interview humans of different ages and stages of life to learn how it feels to be in their shoes. Today we meet Devyn. Devyn is no stranger to the digital world. The 18-year-old Call of Duty enthusiast spends hours on his computer playing video games, talking to friends, …

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“Something Resembling an Adult” | Strength in Numbers | How it feels to be 23

Rain pelts the windshield of my Subaru as Brian and I drive by cow after cow en route to driving school. We will be stuck together in this car for a total of four hours this week winding along these same streets. Not so much "stuck", I volunteered to drive Brian to class after he …

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In Fourth Grade I Wrote My Mother the Creepiest Letter

We've been through this, I was a weird kid. Sometimes I think to myself--man, I couldn't have been that weird. Surely I misremember the past to some degree. I mean, look at her, she's harmless. What's a penchant for horrific masks among friends? From the time I waffle-stomped dog shit down the bathroom drain, thereby …

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How It Feels To Be Starting a New Business at 45-Years-Old | Strength in Numbers

I am a half hour late to my meeting when I stumble out of my car into the Dunkin Donuts parking lot, cursing. The sky has unleashed a torrential downpour over most of Massachusetts. A harsh beep from my phone alerts me to a severe flood watch, but the washed out bridge down the road …

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