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My list-keeping compulsion

My list-keeping compulsion

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Essay | On May 18, 2003, I was 12, and I had just read the last page of a book. You know what that feels like. You get excited because you made it all the way. You…

Those who think, and those who do

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Education | “Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not…

The most harmful of fictions

The most harmful of fictions

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Homosexuality | The last time I tried reading Alice Walker’s The Color Purple , I was too young for its explicit scenes of abuse. It terrified me, and I burnt it in the…

Seeing my pride in the protester wearing a green sweater

Seeing my pride in the protester wearing a green sweater

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Faith & Inspiration | This year’s nursing home caroling service smelled more like death than ever before. Despite this, with one electric piano, one violin, 12 church people, and…

The wood-chopping workout

The wood-chopping workout

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Essay | It’s cold in New York this week. We’re having, as my brother would say, the kind of weather that makes a sneeze dangerous. To guard against the…

Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Obituary | The man who reconciled a divided South Africa dies at age 95

It’s a girl!

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Embryo adoption | Paul and Susan Lim welcome daughter Madeleine, whom they adopted as an embryo

Finding happiness in giving

Finding happiness in giving

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Faith & Inspiration | “You will only be happy when you are giving,” my best friend Kayla said to me. Her long distance call from Africa woke me that day in my dorm room at 7:54…

Proper send-offs for a college couple

Proper send-offs for a college couple

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Marriage | If you’re sitting in a dorm lobby at Patrick Henry College and notice a horde of young men barreling down the walkway shouting, one of them is about to get…

Pleading Beethoven’s Fifth

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Music | I’ve been planning a wedding for only 19 days, but it feels like five months. The decisions to be made seem endless. My father, as is the custom of some,

The bride to be

The bride to be

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Faith & Inspiration | I sat before the mirror, awaiting my fate. The hairdresser behind me extracted her scissors. Half a second later, she held my long, detached ponytail in her…

Unrequited love redeemed

Unrequited love redeemed

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Essay | As soon as I meet my husband and he proposes, I’m going to walk up to him and punch him in the chest. I will then cry, “You have no idea what I went…

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