CHRISTMAS IN FLORIDA: An Epilogue During The Long Journey Home

It was Monday night and I was laying flat on my back, watching the Florida sky whisk by until it became Georgia sky. The moon, a beautiful three-quarter shiner, would play hide and seek behind the occasional clouds, or it would disappear from view for a while until reappearing as my destination turned back toward …

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CHRISTMAS IN FLORIDA: The Gift of Paying It Forward

Addison got a little surprise today, something she never expected. To be honest, it kind of surprised me that I did it. But this is my "Christmas in Florida" and it's coming to a close, so why not? There I was inside a Tampa Bay Buccaneers team store, buying a hat and a t-shirt, when …

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CHRISTMAS IN FLORIDA: The Mom, The Movie and The Man

There is 90 minutes left on this Christmas Day and I'm thinking a lot about fate. Yesterday, as some of you may have read, I found myself behind the car of a family who had lost their son to cancer five years ago. (If you didn't read it, you can click here to read it …

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CHRISTMAS IN FLORIDA: Ian Lockwood reminds us what is important

I am here — a thousand miles from home, alone for the holiday — for a football game. UConn vs. Marshall in the St. Petersburg Bowl, the day after Christmas. Nothing more, nothing less. Ian Cole Lockwood might be appreciate that. He was, after all, a football player and a football fan. I also have …

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CHRISTMAS IN FLORIDA: The Journey To Wheels Up

      A Metro North train slices through the Connecticut morning fog, the clickity clack of its wheels rumbling underneath my feet. I am starting a six-day journey that I’ve dubbed “Christmas in Florida” simply because I’ll be spending Christmas Day — not to mention two days before and three days after — in the …

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Three Year Laters: They Could Have Changed The World

It's December 14th, which means its one of the saddest anniversaries of my life; one of the saddest dates in world history, if you really think about. December 7th. November 22nd. September 11th. And December 14th. Three years ago, a sick madman walked into an elementary school just 20 miles from where I sit, writing …

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Her Name Is Still Rio And She Still Dances On The Sand

It's not very often that an e-mail arrives in my phone and it makes me smile. But at precisely 4:13 p.m., on this day, I received one that made me do just that. And, just like that, it instantly took me back to a time where I could dance with ghosts, back to a day before there was a …

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