And you can say what you want, but it all comes down to one split second…. One fraction of a moment is all you get to decide. Speak or not? Respond harshly or not? Rise up defensively or seek reconciliation? Click or don’t click? Photo: David Melchor Diaz, Creative Commons, cc license Despite our values,…

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“I wonder if he’s still here,” I told Morgan as we ducked our heads low, dodging rainfall across the parking lot. Inside Dunn Brothers, an espresso machine hissed and whirred, while baristas tamp-tamped old coffee grounds from metal filters. Photo: Petteri Sulonen, Creative Commons, cc license “No, he’s gone,” I noticed, seeing someone else at…

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There were days when I wasn’t sure of it myself: this brave notion we were telling them. “It’s true,” I had insisted. “Friends may come and go, but family is always there. Brothers and sisters can be really close friends.” They had stood there scowling. He was mad that she had crumbled his Lego creations…

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There are suitcases straddling the couch and sleeping bags coiled beside them. Photo: Charles Roffey, Creative Commons, cc license Photo: Kashfi Halford, Creative Commons, cc license “Do you think it’ll be cold?” I ask, grabbing a blue plaid shirt. There are replies from across the house. “We can always layer more, I guess.” Phone calls…

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