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Posts by Cole Smith

Adrift in the Storm

Cole Smith

The storm had the quality of chaos that melts one’s courage. Where the orderly world once existed—and the illusion of control—there was the unhinging of helpless terror. Had they ever been ripped by a wind so strong? The boat spun and bucked on the waves like a piece of tree bark, tiny in the midst…

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Pride in the Journey

Cole Smith

On long trips, I’m the navigator. Well… sort of. Even though I rarely have to use a map these days, I still feel proud when the GPS gets us to our destination. It’s as if my micro-decisions (“This route is thirteen minutes longer, but we avoid major traffic areas!”) are what lead us across prairie…

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Friendship Movie

Cole Smith

Because of what I’m about to tell you, this could be my most controversial post… I think Napoleon Dynamite is the best movie about friendship I’ve ever seen. There, I said it. Lots of people have reviewed that movie with comments like, “I just wasted two hours of my life,” or, “I kept waiting to…

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Where’s My Simple Summer?

Cole Smith

How can I find simplicity during hectic times? I’m writing this during the final stages of preparing to leave town for a nice, long vacation. Problem is, I’m not a details person. So sifting through the to-do lists and the what-ifs and the oh-nos is a big, big stretch. (It’s a good thing this is…

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