Letters (Draft)

This piece is a complete draft of my letters. It is close to where I want it, I just want to make sure I am clear in expressing my ideas for heroism. I wanted to show a hero as the representation of certain ideals such as confidence, independence, and empathy. These traits can be categorized […]

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The Story of a Path (expanded draft)

7:00 on a Tuesday night.  We won the basketball game 43 to 40.  I flung open the gym door, and the roar of a hundred conversations flickered, as if blown by the cool dusk air.  With a slam, the noise was snuffed out, and I slowly began to notice the rising and fading rush of […]

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The Story of a Path (first draft)

Chicago author Nelson Algren said, “A writer does well if in his whole life he can tell the story of one street.” Chicagoans, but not just Chicagoans, have always found something instructive, and pleasing, and profound in the stories of their block, of Main Street, of Highway 61, of a farm lane, of the Celestial […]

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Spinning Confidence (draft)

The confidence of a diver impresses me. To stand straight, cold and exposed on the unstable end of a spring platform, completely aware of position – height from bellyflop, jump distance from concussion, depth of concussion absorbant – it is like the mark of a young adult hero [1]. And those teens in long boardshorts, […]

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