THE BEST OF ME: When I first realize the healing power of a sports team

In May of 1993, I wrote the following story for the Bangor Daily News. Personally, I can really start to see a maturity in my writing from the last item shared from 1992. But this story really hit home for me in a sense that I truly began to see how a sports team can …

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THE BEST OF ME: The story of Greg Braley

The first person I ever knew who died was Greg Braley, a former baseball team who was 15 years old when he was accidentally shot and killed by a friend back in our hometown of Orrington, Maine. Thirteen year after his death — which occurred when I was just 12 — I wrote this piece …

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THE BEST OF ME: One from the early days of my career

This is a column I wrote early in my career, perhaps 1985 or 1986. It was first printed in the Bangor Daily News. As I re-read it, the part of it that really staggers me — other than the immature writing style I presented back then — was the realization that two of those mentioned …

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THE BEST OF ME: Looking back at the highlights of Bobby D and Me

I was having a discussion the other day about the new Robert De Niro movie, "Dirty Grandpa" and it really got me thinking about the actor's career. How could a legend like De Niro — whose resume is filled with all-time classic movies like "Taxi Driver" and "The Godfather, Part II" or "Good Fellas and …

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Glenn, Scott, Cathy & Me: The Road Trip that gave me a love of friendship, girls and music

I remember the car. Vividly. A green AMC Gremlin that lives on as a classic in my mind only because of the stories it helped to create during my formative years. I remember the friend. Scott. He was the kind of guy you could always count on to do you a favor — no matter …

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