Adam Robinson, No. 45. An excerpt from the (above) postcard, which is part of Kimball's art project Michael Kimball Writes Your Life Story: "[Adam] went to a Christian college, but only because his brother, his Irish twin, did. The Christian college was awesome for Adam (though it must be noted that this word often accompanies descriptions of religious experiences) and it was there that he learned that life is really terrible unless everybody forgives each other."
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Moose the Cat, No. 75. An excerpt: "Moose's father abandoned him before he was born. His mother took care of him for a few weeks, but then she abandoned him too. He wasn't given a name for the longest time. Moose was on his own, which he was fine with, but then he got sick. Then he didn't feel like he could move anymore. Moose curled up under the bushes next to a house. Luckily, the man noticed him and made noises with his mouth."
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Jessica Anya Blau, No. 99. An excerpt: "At 4, Jessica Anya Blau thought that kids were strange and had no friends her own age; she didn't want to play Butts and Vaginas with them. Her best friend was a 70-year-old widow who let Jessica play with her sock monkey."
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Shanti Perez, No. 102. An excerpt: "When she was 14, her mother kicked her out of the house and Shanti traveled the homeless circuit. Nothing bad happened. A few years later, Shanti had two wonderful boys — Ki Song and K.C. Later, Shanti went to college where she studied anthropology, computers, and business (now she has an MFA in creative writing and an MA in management). Sometimes, college was difficult; to cope, Shanti kept her pet snake in her bra when she went to class."
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Rachel Joy, No. 103. An excerpt: "In 2005, [Joy] was staying with her father when she found him dead in his bed. The worst part of dealing with her father's death was that everybody wanted her to tell the story of finding him. The only time her father ever said that he was proud of her was when he read her dissertation. After that she moved around a lot again. Rachel will do anything on a dare, but she has trouble trusting people and lives a rather lonely life."
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Nate Jackson, No. 118. An excerpt: "After high school, Nate moved to Israel to study at a rabbinical college, but quit after 1 1/2 years, and became a sniper for the Israeli army. Of course, given previous discipline problems, Nate hated the army."
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Kaya Larsen, No. 195: An excerpt: "Kaya Larsen's parents tried to get pregnant for 4 years before she was born (Boo died in the womb at 6 months), so part of Kaya's Kayaness is that she was so wanted. They had dreamed of her for years. They picked Kaya's name months before she was conceived (while paddling a kayak in the Prince William Sound)."
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Madeleine Brand, No. 201. An excerpt: "When she was 21, Madeleine and her sister hitchhiked across Africa together. They were the first Westerners that some of the villagers had ever seen, but, even so, Madeleine wishes she would have traveled more and been more adventurous. When she was 23, Madeleine met her husband, Joe, at a public radio station in Buffalo where he was a freelance reporter, and they've been together ever since (19+ years)."
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