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I have been teaching at the same elementary school in West Hartford, CT since the fall of 1999. The way that this school and its people have become intertwined in my life astounds me.   Just over the course of the Columbus Day weekend: I went to a Moth StorySLAM in Boston with a former colleague.…

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Behold the newly-revised Friendship Application 3.0. Friendship Application 1.0 is more than five years old, and Friendship Application 2.0 is three years old, so it was time for an update. There have been instances in previous years when it seemed as if someone in my life was on the verge of becoming a genuine friend.…

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A friend sent this to me. After some thought, I came to the conclusion that this is absolutely true in every way. My closest and best friends are the people to whom I say the worst things.

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I’m once again in the process of revising my Friendship Application. As I’ve debated new categories to add to my list and the revision of others, I’ve begun to wonder about who I might have befriended from the days of yore. In short, what dead men and women I would have wanted as friends. So…

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The grown men in the audience of the Glee: The 3D Concert Movie, who were overjoyed and in some cases genuinely euphoric over performance taking place on stage, are not likely friendship material for me. First, let me make it clear that I did not watch the Glee movie. I was flipping through the HBO…

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Behold the newly-revised Friendship Application (the original one was more than two years old and in serious need of an update). There have been instances over the past year or so when it seemed as if someone in my life was on the verge of becoming a genuine friend. This is all well and good,…

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