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The Braces Incident of '91

Allison Carmichael

The Braces Incident of '91

The Braces Incident of 1991 Growing up the only girl in a family with three brothers brought with it some challenges including the acquisition of the nickname “Tatanka,” the word for buffalo in the film Dances with Wolves. Thanks Kevin Costner for forever changing my life. Jim, my oldest brother is six years my senior. Chris is three years older than me. Kenny is 5 years younger than me born in 1984. Ken played “I would Walk Ten Thousand Miles” by the Proclaimers, ten thousand times when we were kids. Many of my memories of the four of us include watching...

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Science Says So

Allison Carmichael

Science Says So

Science Says So WARNING: I am not a scientist. I am not a trained researcher other than that of educational content. I am not a doctor. The information below is my own perception of the research I have conducted. Thank you for reading with this in mind! I always understood that the drinking age in the United States was determined to be 21 because the brain continues to grow until that age. So apparently, the law makers thought it would be adventateous for Americans to fully develop their brains prior to killing them one cell at a time. What a...

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Holiday Hustle

Allison Carmichael

Holiday Hustle

Holiday Hustle I am obsessed with making a Christmas list. I love the act of choosing my top ten material wishes in this world within a reasonable price point appropriate for the gift giver, a.ka. although I would love diamonds…Converse All-Stars are a list staple instead. Throughout the year, I take mental notes of things I wish I had to prepare my list far in advance. Back in the ’80s we received magazines in the mail around Thanksgiving for which I would carefully analyze scouring each item’s picture and description to determine if it was going to make my sacred...

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The Joneses

Allison Carmichael

The Joneses

I’m Happy for the Joneses I love a good Christmas list. I begin making mine right after Halloween and always have. They used to be construction paper collages of toy magazine cut outs all wrinkly after adhering the paper with Elmer’s glue. Now they are digital spreadsheets denoting size and vendor as to make it easy on the gift giver. I take my Christmas lists seriously. Ultimately, I always have a list of wants. And I am the typical child who as soon as she gets one toy, instead of being satisfied, is eager to get the next. There is some...

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Focus, Big Al. Focus.

Allison Carmichael

Focus, Big Al.  Focus.

Focus, Big Al. Focus. In the month of June at the tail end of my senior year of high school, I learned that I had been invited to walk-on to the Western Michigan Softball team. An invited walk-on really just is a walk-on who doesn’t need to try out for the team in the fall. That was fine with me! I didn’t care what it was called, I knew this was a special opportunity for which I should take advantage. I was happy to say yes to Western and to be given a jersey. Circa 1998: I’m in back row most...

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