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Acting on an "urgent request" of Nepal, hundreds of Chinese police officers have been sent to the quake-hit areas to help relief operations, marking the first time Beijing's armed personnel has entered the neighboring country.


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by cjross
May 26, 2015

On June 30, 1995 at 7am, I was completing my last hour of the last day of a three week detail providing law enforcement at Hoover Dam. I had no idea we were going to wrap up our detail by preventing a jumper from jumping off Hoover dam. We worked...


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by cjross
May 23, 2015

Big Blue was a large Blue Crab that lived in Lake Carlton at our Boy Scout camp, Camp Tolochee. Big Blue was so large because he escaped capture for many years by crabbers, birds, and fish. Camp Tolochee is on a southeast Georgia barrier island...


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by Chloe101506
May 17, 2015

At 16, following some harrowing years, I started down a path. Let's be honest here, I blazed down that path. I knew what I wanted, worked hard for it.  In one instance, I jumped from pusblishing fiction to writing for magazines to...


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by missjen521@hotm...
May 17, 2015

Junior High was the worst two years of my life. I had one, maybe two friends. I felt like no one liked me. I didn’t even like myself. I was an incredibly ugly, dorky, tom-boy who was relentlessly teased for my red hair, my glasses, my...


My marriage of 23 years ended. I saw it coming, but after being married to a bipolar major depressive I hoped it would get better and it didn’t. We tried therapy, medicine, and counseling but to no avail. The depression, hoarding, and the...


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by cjross
May 07, 2015

Hammerhead shark, swimming in the sea

you're too close to my surfboard and me.

It's my first days' vacation with my kids on the beach.

I begin to paddle in to stay out of your reach.

My life flashed before...


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by coreyross
Apr 30, 2015

Do you know which is the respectful as well as most valued profession in our society? It's nothing but teaching education to the generation. Since education has been considered as the biggest asset that a person can ever have, offering...


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by cjross
Apr 30, 2015

In December 2007, five young men were arrested for breaking and entering at Camp Tolochee, our Boy Scout camp. Two of the young men were brothers who were Eagle Scouts. The older brother, Tom was a midshipman on Christmas leave from the US Naval...


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by sbarrettibarria
Apr 24, 2015

About a year ago, I'd hit a slump in my career, meaning, I didn't really have much of a career, or a job, or much of anything going on. I got depressed, became a giant ball of neuroses, stopped brushing my teeth regularly, and basically...


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by cjross
Apr 22, 2015

In 1972, I was ten years old. I was the March Hare in the Folger McKinsey Elementary School rendition of Alice in Wonderland. Originally, I was cast as the Mad Hatter, but the lines were too hard for me. So, I was recast as the March Hare. My mom...


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by Soheil
Apr 19, 2015

I’m a collector.

The best part of working at a café is sweeping the floor at the end of the day. The symphony of brushing the day’s DNA into the dustpan, then entrusting it to the 33-gallon, black, trash bag, echo off...


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by cjross
Apr 18, 2015

My Uncle Earl was a decorated Navy World War Two Veteran; he was a machinist mate second class. He earned the Pacific Theater Ribbon, the American Theater Ribbon, and the Victory Medal. He was a brick mason like my father. He looked like an older...


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by Nick
Apr 10, 2015



This is my story about how I landed my dream job in Alaska.


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by Eleanor Scott
Apr 06, 2015


 More Garlic Bread

(The characters in this story are "Jane" is me, Eleanor. "Bryan" is James Judd; and "Paolo" is Eric Alvarez. When I perform it, I would transpose it back into...