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The Christmas I Sat Next to a Sex Offender

By Jessica Eddings-Roeser

It’s not that I was afraid. My two brothers and I were grown—the youngest a six-foot tall Marine. Jim seemed weak and nervous most of the time, but my parents had realized that our hospitality was the most appropriate available.
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Pennies for a Conquistador

By Jessica Eddings-Roeser

Each morning I rose early to drink coffee and write. Then I put on black eyeliner and three-inch heels—my own carefully calculated self-image designed to sensationally guide unruly high school students before moving on to happy hour. Continue Reading …



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