Category Archives: Colleen

The Elephant in the Room — Colleen – 12/1/2016

The Elephant in the Room 1 December 2016 You may have noticed the long period of silence from One Year of Letters. In addition to the individual pressures keeping us from our beloved keyboards, we’ve all been reeling from the … Continue reading

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The Truth Hurts — Colleen – 9/19/2016

The Truth Hurts 19 September 2016 With all the talk about universities, political correctness, and trigger warnings, I’ve been chafing to write something/anything on this subject, but knew I’d only get myself into trouble with my pro-Northwestern University, “suck it … Continue reading

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Race to the Finish — Colleen – 8/12/2016

Race to the Finish 12 August 2016 Look at this photo of my classmates and me from 1969. I’m four years old, and it’s a preschool at Brandeis University in Boston. I’m the one with dark pigtails and a soul-piercing … Continue reading

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Lip Service — Colleen – 7/1/2016

Lip Service July 1, 2016 He never knew what hit him, that young man in the restaurant who for some reason hailed three middle-aged ladies dining at the table beside him. Suave and handsome, he only meant to spread his … Continue reading

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Shootout on Wycliffe Drive — Colleen – 6/3/2016

Shootout on Wycliffe Drive 3 June 2016 I grew up in west suburban Houston, Texas on a sleepy street called Wycliffe Drive. I led the kind of life you hear us Gen-Xers mourning these days. We were the last kids … Continue reading

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Restricted Access — Colleen – 5/4/2016

Restricted Access 6 May 2016 From birth, our hearts are like construction zones where the work never ends. They begin as open ground, ready for grading. Naked and new, without preconceptions, we invite the emotional equivalent of heavy equipment to … Continue reading

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Seeing Red — Colleen – 4/16/2016

Seeing Red 16 April 2016 For the past three weeks, I’ve been seeing red, and I don’t just mean that I’m angry. I am talking about a grassroots organization I’ve joined called Periods for Pence, which appeared out of nowhere … Continue reading

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