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Trevor’s Ride At The Rodeo (Chapter 13)


Standing near the curb at the edge of a downtown sidewalk in front of their parked cars on a mid-September Wednesday afternoon, mid-teen friends Lauren Nelson, Haylee McPherson, and Carly Hansen enthusiastically traded stories of the new school year with … Continue reading

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Trevor Winds Down Summer At The Ozarks (Chapter 12)


Becky McPherson turned her tan Buick into the same suburban Minneapolis alley as she had been doing at least two times monthly for the past few years on an early August Thursday afternoon.  She spotted the familiar black van parked … Continue reading

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Trevor’s Friday Night At The Fair (Chapter 11)


Trevor McPherson was heading home on a hot Friday afternoon in mid-July after a miserable day of mowing lawns in the 90-degree summer heat.  He would have already been there if not for the unusual instructions sent to him by … Continue reading

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Trevor And The Family Head Back To The Cabin (Chapter 10)


The swimming pool in Lauren Nelson’s backyard was bustling with activity on a warm Wednesday morning in mid-June.  Lauren sat poolside in a reclining beach chair, decked out in a stylish white bikini with a bluish-green flower pattern that contrasted … Continue reading

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Gretchen Defends Family And Throne


The hundreds of employees at Philip Morris’ Virginia headquarters were on their best behavior this morning, knowing that CEO Gretchen Paulson was not only coming into the office today for a morning board meeting, but that a hit piece from … Continue reading

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Trevor’s Mom Brings Home The Bacon (Chapter 9)


Becky McPherson took a fierce drag from her Marlboro Red as she sat in the small, dimly lit bathroom facility designated for hospital staff, holding her cell phone to her ear and listening to her husband speak.  If the wrong … Continue reading

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Trevor’s Birthday Girls Share a Party (Chapter 8)


Trevor McPherson was barely even trying at this point to focus on his older sister’s tax form tutorial as he sat at the kitchen table between his sisters, a haze of fresh cigarette smoke engulfing his personal space from both … Continue reading

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Trevor’s Valentines Slow Dance (Chapter 7)


A haze of cigarette smoke filled Courtney McPherson’s car as it almost always did as she drove the streets of suburban Minneapolis on a dreary mid-February afternoon with the windows completely closed, but today it was twice as smoky as … Continue reading

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Trevor Brings In The New Year With The Family (Chapter 6)


A few yards in front of the entryway of Leonardo’s Italian Steakhouse in the western suburbs of Minneapolis, Trevor McPherson and Lauren Nelson stood near the curb with their teeth chattering, miserable as they braved the raw early evening cold … Continue reading

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Breanna Grooms A Protege


Alexis Sampson walked down the familiar corridor of Dirks Financial, her long-time workplace in suburban St. Louis, with a late elementary aged brunette girl in a T-shirt and jeans walking next to her, shyly leering ahead awaiting the formal arrival … Continue reading

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Gretchen Becomes The Queen of Big Tobacco


I laid in a state of semiconsciousness in the wee hours of the night, having been scarcely able to reach that REM sleep zone in the six weeks since my wife Gretchen gave birth to our baby boy Brayden.  My … Continue reading

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Trevor And The Family Get Snowed In (Chapter 5)


The homey peacefulness of a quiet December evening filled the air inside the McPherson home in the early Thursday evening hours, a comfortable 70 degrees indoors in contrast to the darkness and chill of a Minnesota winter only a few … Continue reading

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Trevor’s Thanksgiving Dinner Guests (Chapter 4)


Bemidji, Minnesota–Last June Lauren Nelson sat on the wooden dock on the beach of the northern Minnesota lake where her family had a cabin.  A look of serene satisfaction was splashed across her adorable 15-year-old face as a slight breeze … Continue reading

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Gretchen Takes On The School Board


My daughter Kaitlyn sat anxiously at her assigned desk in her fourth-grade classroom, looking up from her math assignment to the clock hanging over the door every few seconds.  She struggled to concentrate for a few moments until she saw … Continue reading

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Trevor And The Family’s Sunday Afternoon At The Mall (Chapter 3)


The crowds were modest traversing the halls of the Willow Creek Mall in the western suburbs of Minneapolis on this late October Sunday afternoon.  Trevor McPherson was walking hand in hand with his sweet-as-honey dark blond girlfriend Lauren and exploring … Continue reading

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Megan’s Revenge


It was a dreary Monday morning in Kokomo, Indiana, as Megan Neary stood waiting for her bus to school with a light but steady rain bearing down on her and dousing her shoulder-length light brown hair into mangly strands as … Continue reading

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Breanna Goes To Work For Her Dad


The conference room at Dirks Financial Services corporate headquarters in suburban St. Louis was a cesspool of air pollution and noise pollution Monday morning. More than three dozen employees of the accounts department were huddled in the conference room to … Continue reading

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Trevor’s Girlfriend Meets The Family (Chapter 2)


Trevor McPherson gingerly worked the steering wheel and pedals of his dad’s car as he drove through the familiar suburban neighborhood approaching his home on a Friday evening in early October. He had just gotten his driver’s license a month … Continue reading

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Trevor’s Weekend Getaway With The Family (Chapter 1)


Damn it, I’m a freak, 15-year-old Trevor McPherson thought to himself in a simultaneous state of misery and euphoria, wiping beads of sweat off of his forehead while packed tightly in the backseat of the family car, occupying the middle … Continue reading

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Breanna Goes Looking For Trouble And Finds It


Breanna Dirks sat at her booth in the small, cramped family steakhouse, feeling oddly nervous as she approached her fork to her mouth with one of her final bites of steak.  She had no real reason to be nervous, but … Continue reading

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