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The Work Ahead

Five years ago this time, I was in Los Angeles trying to figure out what my life was going to look like after I finished school. To that point, I had spent four years as a journalist covering urban poverty – homelessness, mental health – and was tired of the writing. I wanted to take a more active role in combatting these issues at their core, so I applied for a teaching job in the place I knew I could make the biggest impact – back home, here in North Carolina. I’m humbled, I’m grateful for the recognition – but…

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Fall 2018 Exercise Routine

Workout: Adaptation of Fierce Five Intermediate Program Lower Day A: Squat (3×5) at Max Weight with three warmup intervals (1×5) every 40-50 pounds Back Extensions (3×8) at Max Weight with three warmup sets at 50-pound intervals Leg Curls (3×10) at Max Weight with two warmup sets at 20-pound intervals Leg Press (3×8) at Max Weight with three warmup intervals every plate added (90 pounds) Calf Raise (3×15) at Max Weight with two warmup sets Dumbbell curls (3×5) with warmup sets starting at 20 (3×10) and working to max weight Upper Day A Flat Bench (3×5) at Max Weight with four warmup intervals…

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Dead Weight

The moment you become, indeed, happy and healthy – rid of the anchor that dragged you to the bottom, filled your lungs with water, and chained you to self-doubt. Only now do I realize that I breached the surface of that place some time ago. A glance back toward the blackness now reveals no recognizable reflection, but a man with a death-cheating smile that flashes toward tomorrow. Undoubtedly does a return to the abyss peak curiosity, but only as the sun shines upon one sparkle of that sunken weight not ravaged by rust. It is the type of curiosity, however, that elicits pity, not longing. How lonely it must be, trapped forever by its maker’s design, to disappear as the whipping…

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A jolt in the leg caused him to stir  — she kicked frantically in her sleep, running away from nightmares yet to become part of her reality. He pulled himself up in the bed. Rays from the morning sun had bounced off the white Denver streets to find a home on her naked shoulder, as if God had only raised the sun so He himself could better see her. Each morning he opened his eyes to the sight of her, serenity overcame him. He was just a young man, but it was the first prolonged cessation of sickness he had…

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