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The Guilt of Death from a Distance

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The Guilt of Death from a Distance

“She must have been waiting for you,” distant relatives said softly at the visitation, cupping my hand in theirs with furrowed brows and sympathetically tilted heads.  

“I think so, too,” my head would tilt back. 

But I didn’t actually think so. In reality, she was already gone by the time my plane touched the ground.

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To Iowa: I'm Sorry

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To Iowa: I'm Sorry

Iowa, I'm sorry.

For years I've written off your people, cursed your winter-torn roads, pitied your empty shopping malls, lamented your land locked-ness, and readily given you the title of "The Land of Missed Opportunity." I made up my mind that you had nothing to offer me; you and I, we simply wanted different things. But for years, it turns out I was wrong.

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