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Can You Prove Yourself?

  I don’t like being hated. I mean, that’s probably a human universal, right? No one wants to feel like a target. One of the words that I hear bandied about often as a middle school teacher is “bullied.” Students and parents both know that it is the modern-day equivalent of screaming “fire” in a…
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The End of Uncle Leonard

Uncle Leonard stood at the prow of the ship, a 42-foot Ketch, looking every bit the captain in the blazing late afternoon heat. The trade winds riffled through his crew cut, and Austin wondered if that sheaf of smoky hair hadn’t had more to do with his success than his understanding of computer parts or…
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Life at Bicycle Speed

Getting older sucks. Trust me, I am the most belligerently unhappy human on the subject. I truly thought that I would get away with being 12 forever. I mean, I am completely irresponsible, awful about keeping myself alive, and pretty sure that everyone who is not me is a robot. And then, it happened. One…
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Jelly Donuts, Sweet Little Liars & Crazy People

Being Bipolar has it’s good parts. I mean, how many times have you said, “Hey, I’m going to write a musical,” and then actually followed through with it? I do that all the time. Bipolar people get a bad rap, but the truth is that we really like parts of our illness. The manic phases are…
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Creative Honesty: Lies and Truth in LDS Storytelling

Recently, I have been working on a fictional story that is very personal. It involves some things from my past that are traumatic and hard for me to bring up. Finishing was difficult. It left me razed and empty. What’s more, is that I know that I will never be able to publish it or…
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The 15 Truths That You Don’t Want to Hear

It’s not like He doesn’t want to, however. The problem is that you’ve been so busy being alive that you may not have taken the time to slow down and really listen. You don’t have to believe me on this, and I’m sure that some of you don’t. But, after a strange and harrowing 35…
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All the Unborn Words

I suppose there are a lot of things I could write about today. I haven’t been here for a few months, so there’s some catching up to do. I’m going to give you a short timeline so you can feel like you’ve been there: November – Our family moves to Vernal, UT to follow the…
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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pen: Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!

The best thing about social media is that you get to meet so many amazing and cool people! Case in point: from my limited (and harrowing) time on Twitter, I made friends with a plethora of interesting writers, each of them uniquely talented and inspiring. One of these lovely people was the incredible Nillu Stelter,…
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The Follower Rap – Willow Dawn Becker Unleashed!

  A couple of weeks ago, I looked at my Facebook author page and realized that I had close to 500 followers. Being a number-loving kind of gal, I figured that I would turn the upcoming 500 into a real event. So, I decided that I would issue a challenge. It was a fun challenge…
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How Lying to a Cop Helped Me Be a Better Christian

No one who knows me would call me a “good driver.” From the time the driving test instructor said, “I’m going to pass you anyway,” to the time of this entry, I have paid out enough money in traffic violation fines to purchase a stainless steel food cart from Craigslist. I still think that there…
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Teacher Pay: Education’s Deplorable Word

It’s cliche to say that teachers aren’t appreciated. It’s barely worth mentioning that teachers promise to keep students safe, undergo thousands of hours of training, and manage hundreds of students each day – both educationally and physically. But, as requirements to be a good teacher escalate every year, administrative support and investment to hire excellent teachers isn’t rising to…
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Carolina Drama – 10 Secrets of Good Microfiction, Courtesy of the Raconteurs

I have a thing for Jack White. It’s really not fair to start this post without being 100% honest about that. And, although there are a thousand fantastic songs that tell stories- Carrying Cathy, by Ben Folds Five, Me and Bobby McGee, by Janis Joplin, Ode to Billie Joe, by Bobbie Gentry, Lola, by the…
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