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Brandon

The beauty of sports, as seen when East Carolina beat Tulsa

East Carolina's dramatic last-second win over Tulsa this past Saturday was the thing goosebumps were made for, but so much about the game symbolized so much that is right in college sports. I at first meant only to write a few paragraphs about it. Then it turned into this....
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Stud Karl Dimachki survives tongue cancer, sings on X Factor

The other night, Karl Dimachki performed on the Australian version of "X Factor." He won't win it, and to be completely honest, I'm surprised the judges voted him on to the next round. But what Dimachki did is one of the bravest things I think I've ever seen anyone do.
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My life really isn’t so bad, even when it feels like it (Part 1,872: Felicia)

  Some days, like today, I get feeling down about things. Then I remember people like Felicia, the 47-year-old homeless woman I met last week.
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Humans, it’s Cooper. That’s right. I’m back. Again.

Cooper wrote a blog. He wants to start doing that again. I decided to let him. That said, I assume no responsibility for the following.
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The Internet has worn me out

Every once in awhile, I just get tired of the Internet and everything--Twitter, Facebook, blogging--that comes with it. Today, I call on the help and insight of some of today's more prolific bloggers, asking if they ever feel the same way and how they cope with it.
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“Sneed is learning how to surf”

I'm starting to do more first-person experience features for the Wilmington StarNews. My first one is this one, about me trying to learn how to surf. As usual, it involved mass amounts of failure.
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Five Ways I Fight Writer’s Slog

  Some days, like yesterday, writing is hard. And some days, like yesterday, I really need writing to come more easily. This post explores five things I sometimes try to break out of writer's slog.
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Christians help stem cholera outbreak in Cambodia

From an upcoming short blog I wrote for HalogenTV.com: Cholera-afflicted patients in early July overwhelmed a health center in Taveng, Cambodia, after an outbreak of the disease that was part of a wider epidemic in the Northeastern Ratanakiri province. Since April, the outbreak has killed 36, but could have become much worse had it not...
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The most valuable lessons in life sometimes cost the most

I’ve recently learned the power words have.This probably comes as a surprise to many of you. “Only recently? Like, aren’t you a writer?” Like, yeah. And some days, I’ve even a smart writer. But some days, I can be pretty dumb.
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Featured Music – Sigur Ros, “Untitled 1” (a.k.a. “Vaka”)

Today I was introduced to the Icelandic band Sigur Ros. This is their song “Untitled 1”, also known as “Vaka.” It’s my new featured music.  The music video could seriously depress me if I let it, but the music itself will probably go on repeat for the day. Enjoy.
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Next time you’re in a traffic jam….

….think of this. From the AP story: Thousands of vehicles were bogged down Monday in a more than 100-kilometre (62-mile) traffic jam leading to Beijing that has lasted nine days…The Beijing-Tibet expressway slowed to a crawl on August 14 due to a spike in traffic by cargo-bearing heavy trucks heading to the capital, and compounded...
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Top 5 Work Songs

I'm going to start posting some Top [Insert Number Here] Lists around here. Seems like something all the coolest bloggers do*, and as my little brother** Logan said a couple weeks ago, "Everybody loves a good list." Music is my muse. Every writer has one. The muse has been personified by myriad writers as something...
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Announcing EdgeOfLegend.com – The official website for my book about Ant Atkinson

Get ready, people. Shameless self-promotion is about to start in full swing.  The official website for the book launched this morning. Check it out here or by clicking the screenshot of the homepage, below. Katie did a brilliant job designing the thing. Man, she’s good. The website features the first excerpt from the book, which...
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Highlights from the NYC trip: “Pure Organic Energy”

I don’t know much about Mike Katz. Or whatever his name was. But here’s what I do know. Mike was one of the guys working for the Staten Island Yankees entertainment crew. And Mike went hard, whatever he was doing. Throwing t-shirts. Leading kids through games. And, as you’ll see in this video, dancing. My...
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Steven Slater

Steven Slater, as anyone who reads the Internet knows by now, is the JetBlue flight attendant who flipped out after a disagreeable passenger bonked him in the noggin with a carryon he was removing from the overhead compartment.  Basically, it went down like this: As plane taxis toward the gate for unloading, passenger stands, opens...
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The trip to NYC

I’m planning a pretty epic blog post or two chronicling a trip I took over the weekend to New York City with my dad, youngest brother, and uncle. We left Friday morning and I got back to Wilmington this morning around 1:30.  [ Me / Logan / Kramer / Dad ] What happened in between...
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Introducing Featured Music

I love music. I’m always trying to find new good music. Sometimes it comes from obscure places I’d never thought to look before. Other times, it’s from some of the most popular bands.  Don’t know how often I’ll update it, but I’ll keep it over there on the left, in the sidebar. Just click play....
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Mr. Maddon doesn’t need what he thinks he needs

Joe Maddon, manager of the Tampa Bay Rays, after a fly ball hit a catwalk in Tropicana Stadium and cost his team the game:  “It just needs to be a real baseball field…” Eight-year-old kid, in the Tampa Bay projects, after playing a game with his buddy and a dozen imaginary players, using a broomstick...
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The greatest single cause of atheism

“The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians, who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, walk out the door, and deny him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.” – Brennan Manning That quote opened a song once. Name that song, name that band, name that year. ...
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Thoughts from an American in Senegal with the Peace Corps

David Campbell, 24, is from Wilmington. Right now, he's over in Senegal with the Peace Corps. I wrote this story about him for the Wilmington Star-News, and interviewed him via email earlier last week. Of course, what’s going in the story is only a small portion of all he’s really experiencing over there. He said a lot...
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