Tease Me, Please.

We fall into patterns. Habits. Roles. You're the Helper, the Joker, the Troublemaker, the Listener, the Idiot, the Object of Desire--what more can you think of? Which role is yours? Take a wild guess at my role back in college. Now, I'd like to break out of the Insecure Writer role I've cast myself into, …

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Stomach Turner

"You remind me of Lana Turner's sister," my dad would say to me. "Stomach Turner." "I put your school picture up to keep the roaches away," he said every year. And "If you're lucky, one day you'll be as good-looking as me." Not everyone finds the same joke funny. My friends thought my dad was …

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