Essays

Short essays and other general pieces at the Peanut. Ideal section for writers who seek loose guidelines.

How My Chest was Cut Open or Why You Should Date Me

“After two decades with it, I didn’t recognize my own body. I ran a finger over one scar with curiosity, but then the next in a panic, and finally the middle of my chest–I couldn’t feel a thing.”

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How My Chest was Cut Open or Why You Should Date Me

“After two decades with it, I didn’t recognize my own body. I ran a finger over one scar with curiosity, but then the next in a panic, and finally the middle of my chest–I couldn’t feel a thing.”

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The Harmless Icebreaker

“First impressions only come around once and I don’t want to seem like the hipster elitist that deep down, I really am. I need to keep it short and simple.”

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The Harmless Icebreaker

“First impressions only come around once and I don’t want to seem like the hipster elitist that deep down, I really am. I need to keep it short and simple.”

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Escaping Ignorance, Finding Knowledge

“Thought begins. My eyes slowly open. I see nothing — nothing except darkness.
Its heavy, oppressive, all around me. I am held down by the massive weight of things unknown above me.”

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Escaping Ignorance, Finding Knowledge

“Thought begins. My eyes slowly open. I see nothing — nothing except darkness.
Its heavy, oppressive, all around me. I am held down by the massive weight of things unknown above me.”

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Understanding Our Heroes or Why I Hope to Be a Captain

“I’m tired, frankly, of fixating on these out-of-reach superheroes that amplify everything I can’t relate to.”

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Understanding Our Heroes or Why I Hope to Be a Captain

“I’m tired, frankly, of fixating on these out-of-reach superheroes that amplify everything I can’t relate to.”

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Hospice

“My dad once asked me if I knew why everyone is scared of death. I replied that it must be the uncertainty of what follows after.”

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Hospice

“My dad once asked me if I knew why everyone is scared of death. I replied that it must be the uncertainty of what follows after.”

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New Beginnings

“These two words are tossed about in a phrase that wantonly disregards our lives. New Beginnings implies a fresh start that is not an honest reality. We are always changing because no second is like the last. We live in the present, not in the past.”

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New Beginnings

“These two words are tossed about in a phrase that wantonly disregards our lives. New Beginnings implies a fresh start that is not an honest reality. We are always changing because no second is like the last. We live in the present, not in the past.”

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Move-In Day through the Years

“I was excited to move into my dorm as a freshman in college — so excited, in fact, that I moved in on the earliest scheduled day for new students.”

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Move-In Day through the Years

“I was excited to move into my dorm as a freshman in college — so excited, in fact, that I moved in on the earliest scheduled day for new students.”

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To Learn How Magic Works, We Must Revisit our Childhood

“I can rationalize the square root of negative one even if it doesn’t exist. I can tell you how the sky takes on a color even if I can’t explain why that color happens to be blue.”

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To Learn How Magic Works, We Must Revisit our Childhood

“I can rationalize the square root of negative one even if it doesn’t exist. I can tell you how the sky takes on a color even if I can’t explain why that color happens to be blue.”

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