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One of the joys of my next-door neighbor Cody is his unpretentiousness. He’s not crude nor harsh in his observations, in fact, he’s a bit shy. He was born and raised in the tiny Nebraska panhandle village of Lisco. The … Continue reading

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The word “pretending” is paradoxical. A person who pretends to be someone else in order to hijack a bank account is fraudulent. A person pretending to be someone else in order to play a role in a movie or play … Continue reading

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Being Someone Else

Growing up as the awkward gay kid in a small town in 1960s Nebraska, the unverbalized message from family and peers was, “Don’t be yourself, don’t be proud of who you are.” Kids are especially conscious of what other people’s … Continue reading

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