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in Nonfiction - 17 May, 2014
by MCLGarrett - no comments

Note: This post deals with abuse and contains some strong language. He was a singer; he was an artist; he was studying to be a minister. He was unstable; he was a sadist; he was a pedophile. He was my father. His name was Joseph Edwin Wilkinson, the same as mine and my grandfather’s. On […]

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in Nonfiction - 11 Feb, 2014
by MCLGarrett - no comments

So, I spoke in front of the adult congregation of Awaken City Church, Knoxville on February 2, 2014. The positive feedback has been a blessing. As you will hear if you listen to the recording below, many people told me that I was worthless growing up: thankfully, God loves to use the broken, the thrown […]

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in Nonfiction - 23 Jan, 2014
by MCLGarrett - no comments

By Rs1421 (Own work) CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons Previous Entry | Table of Contents | Next Entry Jess and I had exchanged some American money for yen with our bank in preparation for our trip to Japan, but this was mostly to cover our lodgings. Some of the hotels explicitly said they accepted credit cards, […]

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in Nonfiction - 16 Jan, 2014
by MCLGarrett - no comments

Previous Entry | Table of Contents | Next Entry We were feeling good getting off the bus in Tokyo: we had directions from our stop to the hotel and, once we checked in and dropped off our suitcases and backpacks, the real meat of our trip could begin. When we consulted our directions, though, we […]

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in Nonfiction - 09 Jan, 2014
by MCLGarrett - no comments

Previous Entry | Table of Contents | Next Entry We didn’t have long in Narita because we were taking a bus to Tokyo the next morning. As much as we wanted to start exploring, though, we wanted check in to our hotel and pass out even more. Thankfully, the airport had free buses to take […]

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in Nonfiction - 02 Jan, 2014
by MCLGarrett - no comments

Previous Entry | Table of Contents | Next Entry The most pressing of our worries concerning the trip to Japan was the idea of losing valuable time due to jet lag. Working a night-shift job taught me how to manipulate my sleep shedule rather quickly, although my method relies heavily on masochistic sleep deprivation. This […]

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in Nonfiction - 26 Dec, 2013
by MCLGarrett - no comments

Previous Entry | Table of Contents | Next Entry It has been more than a year since I wrote An Adventure, which was to serve as an introduction to the rest of the stories amassed during our honeymoon in Japan. Just like the plans mentioned in that piece, this one fell to the wayside. Upon […]

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in Nonfiction - 26 Oct, 2012
by MCLGarrett - no comments

Previous Entry | Table of Contents | Next Entry After much planning, preparation and perspiration from thinking that we didn’t do enough of the first two, Jess’s and my wedding finally arrived on October 13, 2012. It was such a blessing to see people from both of our lives come out to bear witness to […]

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in Fiction - 15 Sep, 2012
by MCLGarrett - no comments

A man shambled through the dust his own feet kicked up, grasping a small metal container hidden within the rags that were left of his clothes, with a desperation that was anything but inconspicuous. His gaze zigged and zagged across the prefab structures that only rote memorization could help distinguish. The front door led to […]

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in Fiction - 29 Jul, 2012
by MCLGarrett - no comments

Nigel and Godwin by noblerab via Fiverr Church bells told me that my family would be returning from chapel. How long had it been since I stepped foot into that place? The time is lost to me, but I remember the circumstance. A cross, something that had always given me hope, had burned into my […]

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