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Writing a presentation for third-year med students, something that will inspire some and scare off those who should be saved before they’re too far in debt, is a real pain. More

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Bids

Tired of paying too much for goods and services, a man resolves to start a bidding war on his front lawn. More

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Getting Home

How could Michael explain to his son that when you do nothing, bad things can happen, but also sometimes, even when you stand up and More

Failed marriage
Long Past Time

With the news of his ex-mother-in-law’s death, a man faces disturbing questions about his failed marriage to a woman who had always seemed a stranger. More

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Artist in Residence

A Louisiana folk musician is uneasy around his nephew’s new teacher. How can a Northerner understand Creole traditions?  More

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The Awkwards

Hector parlayed a gift for computing into a good yet unsatisfying gig at QVC. But just when he was ready to quit the television network, More

Crack

A chance encounter between an Iraq War vet and an Iraqi immigrant awakens painful memories. More

The Payback Present

“Payback may not be nice. It may not be pretty. But it certainly goes a long way toward evening the score. If I let Bubba More

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Like It’s Your Last

Recently divorced self-help junkie Bernie Bennis annoys family and friends with his “live each day like it’s your last” philosophy — but what if today More

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The Birthday Call

A young woman receives belated birthday wishes from her aging father, who promises her a present. But when the package arrives, the gift isn’t what More

Father pleading with his son
The House Will Be Rubble

Hoping to gain hero status in his son’s eyes, an out-of-work father says yes to anything his 6-year-old wants for an entire day.  More

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