daniel-werner's Stories

Coming of Age

Life was good for a 19-year old kid. I was a Division 1 athlete, attending the same top tier university as my grandfather and uncle. I had made it out of my small rural hometown—where holding down a 4.2 grade point average, competing year-round in sports, and serving as student body president all came too […]

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Thankful for Chosen Family

Thanksgiving used to be a time when I would go home and see family. This tradition ended 6 years ago when I moved across the country in my mid twenties and the distance between California and New York was too much for a long weekend. When I moved to New York City I became involved […]

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Dear Ellen

Setting: Ms. Matlock’s Seventh Grade English Class. My school is a private Christian middle school. It is 1997. I am 12 years old. Ms. Matlock: This week we are going to learn how to write a well-structured letter. Me (to myself): Cool Ms. Matlock: Each of you is going to write a letter to Michael […]

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