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Magnified Levels of Greatness in 2015

As I reflect on 2014, the first image that comes to mind is a roller coaster. Not one of the kiddie roller coasters frequently seen at a local fair. I’m talking about a Texas-size Six Flags, blow-your-mind, scare-you-to-death, hold-on-tightly-for-the-ride-of-your-life roller coaster. I was up and down. Some moments passed fast and others seemed to drag…

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A Cajun in the Heartland

In an Iowa City bar I realized I was Cajun. It was the summer of 1998, I had just graduated from LSU with my English BA, and before starting the MFA at the University of Memphis in the fall, I attended the University of Iowa’s Summer Writing Festival. After the opening night’s workshop, some of…

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Sweet Potato Dressing

One of the biggest decisions of the holiday season is “What do I cook?” “What will I bring to the party?” I know we are all familiar with rice dressing, cornbread dressing and oyster dressing, but how about some sweet potato dressing? Yes, that’s correct, Sweet Potato Dressing! I agree, the name sounds strange, but…