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Week Twelve: The Maple-Leaf Rag

THE NEW YORK TIMES – MARCH 12, 2016 In New Jersey, Liberal Insurgent Runs On Canadian Themes HANOVER, N.J. –Justin Trudeau-Fairchild is not Canadian, but you’d never know it. “I’m not the Justin Trudeau that’s Prime Minister of Canada,” Trudeau-Fairchild said in talking to supporters here in this rural burg in northwestern New Jersey. “My […]

PreTeena March 28 – April 3 2016

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Week Eleven: The State Dinner

I had three events that day, which made it the busiest day on the campaign schedule so far. I had a morning meeting with the Hanover County Sierra Club about water quality. They’d seen my commercial where I said that I’d fight for clean water, which they were of course also interested in, and decided […]

A Beating in Bremen

"At least by analogy," Hans was saying in a low hoarse growl to the two others, Willi and a man named Muller, who stood on either side of him in a doorway across the street from Cafe Frieden on Helenenstrasse, the main drag of Bremen’s hooker neighborhood, nominally regulated and patrolled by the city’s finest. […]

PreTeena March 21-27 2016

March 21, 2016 March 22 March 23 March 24 March 25 March 26 March 27 <————– Previous Week******* Next Week ———–>

Week 10: The Negative Ad

"Are you sure this is going to actually be on?" Emma asked. "Positive," Polly said. "I got a tip from a source at the cable office. It was a very targeted buy. They’re only running for a week on basic cable." We were in my living room, watching a show on a channel called TBS, […]

Wish I Would Have Said Hi

I wish I would have said hi. But discomfort. At a greeting’s aftermath. Words fail. Awkwardness of extrication. Certain questions. You might ask. Answers lacking. Emotional stamina near empty. Busy street. You most likely wouldn’t have recognized me. Twenty five years. Or more. I admired you. I was little. You were my teacher. Kind and […]

3 Excerpts from Marina Fontaine’s Chasing Freedom

Freedom is lost, but not forgotten. In 2040s America, civility is prized above truth, conformity above free expression, and “green” living above basic human needs. Most have given up, too busy trying to survive in a country where life is cheap and necessities are scarce. Yet even in the midst of drudgery and despair, unbroken […]

PreTeena March 14-20 2016

March 14, 2016 March 15 March 16 March 17 March 18 March 19 March 20 <————— Previous Week’s Comics***** Next Week’s Comics ———->

Week Nine: The Sucker Punch

"I just can’t believe you’re watching this," I said to Emma. "Quiet," she replied. "Nobody is making you watch it." "I think it’s important to take a stand about certain trends in our popular culture," I said. "If you’re going to watch television shows that are that intentionally biased and non-diverse, I have a responsibility […]