Category: Community Life

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Bad People and Thanksgiving

As per my count, there have been at least three shootings within my three block radius in the past three months. One resulted in a death. The first one happened at an intersection I had driven through literally a minute beforehand; I heard the gunshots nearby after getting home and, after seeing…

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Entitlement

One of the most difficult things I’ve struggled with since moving here has been a sense of entitlement. That word is not one I ever hear from those living here, mainly because it’s never used in a positive context. It is typically in reference to “handouts to the poor” and finds its…

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Hoarse

I am currently sitting in the pharmacy, waiting to pick up prescriptions for my neighbor, X. He is one of the more colorful characters on my block: a young man with an easily distractible but friendly affect who loves to pound on the door and invite himself in when it…

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Humbler Yet

We were sitting around the peeled and cracking table, chatting late into the night. It has become a common occurrence in our small dining room to see an eclectic mix of people perched on different pieces of our patchwork furniture, trading stories and snippets about what it means to believe in God…

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My Most Dangerous Neighbor

My most dangerous neighbor actually died half a year ago. I am told she was an elderly lady who used to live in the house next door. The family didn’t want to give up the property at the time, but they didn’t want to board it up like the other abandoned or…