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The Renewal of All Things

In 4LTR WORD: FOOL, Marriage by Jonathan Williams

I took my wife snowboarding when we’d been married for six weeks. It was the right time. She’d never been before. I on the other hand found traversing the Colorado mountains on a snowboard far more important than a college …

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The Choice

In 4LTR WORD: KISS by Jonathan Williams

“I can’t kiss you because this can’t get serious.” There was an eyelash that was stuck to my eyeball. It felt like sandpaper, and when my girlfriend moved in to clear it, I made my move. “I can’t do this! …

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All I Want for Christmas is You, Baby

In 4LTR WORD: GIFT by Jonathan Williams

Mariah Carey changed my life. Well, Mariah Carey’s timeless classic, All I want for Christmas is You, changed my life. It was Christmas time when my wife and I decided we wanted to start having kids. I’m a fair-skinned Scotch …

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We Made It Home

In 4LTR WORD: HOME by Jonathan Williams

My two-year-old daughter began vomiting on the busiest corner of Canal Street. Passersby dodged half-eaten chunks of M&M’s and I stared helplessly, my hand on my daughter’s heaving back. Our family had moved to New York City six weeks earlier. …

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God and the All-Star Game

In Sports & Society by Jonathan Williams

My father couldn’t make it to the All-Star Game. He had nose surgery and I was upset. I’d waited right around 25 years for the All-Star Game to be played at the home of the New York Mets and I …

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My White Privilege and Ferguson

In Social Justice by Jonathan Williams

I believe that Ferguson, Missouri does not want my sympathy. I believe that Ferguson does not want my outrage. Ferguson couldn’t care less if I shake my head at the photos of that small American town turned into a war …