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The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

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The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

Watching a bizarrely colored football team, I realized October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Another public service assignment from Summer, 1995. – JDW A promise made. As 36-year-old Susan G. Komen lay dying of breast cancer, her sister, Nancy Brinker, promised to dedicate her life to cancer education, treatment and research. Since its inception in…

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Can You Spell Kleptocrat?

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Can You Spell Kleptocrat?

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has issued a warning: If Congress doesn’t pass President Trump’s tax overhaul bill, the stock market is going to tank. “There is no question that the rally in the stock market has baked into it reasonably high expectations of us getting tax cuts and tax reform done,” Mnuchin told Politico, noting…

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Gameball OT

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Gameball OT

A drug-free life is a champion’s life. Coach didn’t play the game for the money, he played because he loves the game. He played so he could get up before dawn and go to the weight room and push iron until he couldn’t move another muscle. He played so he could run extra laps in…

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Game Ball

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Game Ball

Apparently, these are notes for a meditation on life and teams and sport and play.  Dated November 30, 1995. – JDW (take a look at GQ, December ’95, p. 212, “Five Drives.”) The idea is this. Duel Meet as a football story. A tall, fast, athletic type, but white, plays defensive back, a honky Neon…

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Sartre Knows

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Sartre Knows

The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it. Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat. To know what life is worth you have to risk it once in a while. There may be more beautiful times, but this one…

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I Was A Baseball Phenom

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I Was A Baseball Phenom

I don’t start watching baseball until the Wild Card games.  Remembered I had an idea to write a Young Adult series, thinking Chip Hilton.  Clair Bee.  Oddly enough, I didn’t write the book for the same reason I never improved as a ball player.  Didn’t care enough. – JDW Back when America was great, the…

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150 Awesome Tips About Becoming An Okay Writer

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150 Awesome Tips About Becoming An Okay Writer

copyright 1995 Writers, the ones I care about, and even myself, write to be read; not to aggrandize themselves in cringing elitism, not to please or psychoanalyze themselves by getting closer to their feelings, and not, indeed, just to be published and to fill that empty space on a resume. Writers write…not even to appeal…

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Take A Knee For Freedom

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Take A Knee For Freedom

We fought and we served and we left home and some of us never came back.  Not all of us wanted to be there. But when we did serve and long after, we all understood we were there to protect your rights and your freedoms. Our rights, our freedoms.  Hell, our future.  Our country’s, too….

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Six Psychos Walk Into A Bar

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Six Psychos Walk Into A Bar

Image by Flickr user Otto Magus It’s not that I don’t want to be found, it’s just that I try to avoid the kind of people who are looking for me. So, when six psychos walked into the bar, I knew Happy Hour had taken a dark turn.

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I Am Not A Moron

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I Am Not A Moron

I am not a moron don’t call me a moron Your a moron. Me, me, I am a winner. Insecure for sure which seems sorta stupid when I think of it but I never do. Never do.

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