Up Next: Amanda Hazard

When I was in recitals for dance, it was a little easier to get over my stage fright for a couple of reasons. Because of lighting, it was hard to see past the first few rows of parents, whistling for the class, and waving at their children. I couldn’t see the other how-many-hundred people that fit in the room, and I was thankful for that.

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Cinderella’s Castle

If you were to ask someone to paint a picture of Disney World in their head, they will most likely imagine one of two things: Main Street, or Cinderella’s Castle.

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Super Sensitive

If I were forced to give up one of the five senses, I would probably give up sight. For one thing, I already have horrible eyesight, so I’m already halfway there. And I’m not even twenty-five.

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Call Me Marina

When I was a little girl, I would pretend I was a mermaid. In the bathtub, in the pool, in the ocean. I would swim with my arms, and would body roll my way through the water.

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I Don’t Know Why I Do This: Confessions and Apologies

So I do this weird thing where I go through long phases of pushing people out. My patience and attention span become shorter than usual, and my desire to leave my bedroom basically disappears. And it’s not like a chase me kind of thing, but I do it.

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Sounds of the Seasons

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: / Silent snowfalls and crackling fires. / Skates gliding against ice, hands rubbing against one another. / The hectic rush of last-minute shopping.

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