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I always dreamed I would end up in Seattle somehow. In the early 90s, I fell in love with the idea of going to the Emerald City back when Gary …

Wu Tang Clan

Short Notes: A Family Thing

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You probably wouldn’t know it from the lack of information I’ve shared about my actual family, but I come from a single-mother household with one brother from my stepfather and …

2Pac In Backwards Hat & Chain

Against All Odds

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Today will mostly be remembered for 2Pac Shakur’s birthday. The once and still prolific MC carried on a legendary life, evidenced by his persistent legacy and demigod status within multiple …

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Open Thread: Thankful

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My favorite Thanksgiving traditions involve my younger brother and cousin eating pernil (pork) from Mom’s awesome cooking, drinking tons of soda, playing NBA 2Ksomething, or Mario Kart, and then sitting …

Immigration in Contempt

All For Naught

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It bothers me that the children of immigrants can so blatantly show disrespect to present day immigrants. Let me give a little backdrop. I was in a car once with …

Younger, But Not Little

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I love my brother.The herb’s birthday was on St. Patrick’s Day, and yet, another year passes and I couldn’t celebrate with him personally. He’s making big moves at my alma …

Our Father

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I wasn’t supposed to write tonight, but I’m moved again.Excuse me for getting a little too personal, but over the last week, I’ve noticed the vital role that fathers play …

In Love With Two Women

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A few weekends ago, I went to AnnMary’s crib, where I got to see Ray and my godson, Josiah. He’s a little browner now (as in more brown, people), and …