Again in America

I never wanted to go to Las Vegas. It was never on my bucket list of places to visit or things to do. I had no interest in the bright lights, The Strip, the casinos, that silly sign that sits obnoxiously on the edge of the city as a photobomb for tourists who stand in …

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Monday in Manchester: The World Just Changed Again

Every tragedy seems to carry with it that one image that becomes iconic because it gets splashed across television screens worldwide, and in newspapers from Calcutta to California. For Monday night’s terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena, at an Ariana Grande concert, of all places, the image is that of a teen-age girl being helped …

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An American Tragedy: A Fallen Star is Dead

Like every other New England Patriots fan -- well, let’s make that NFL fan, why don’t we – I woke up to the news this morning that Aaron Hernandez was dead. Hanged in his prison cell. Just like that a former star is gone. He was just 27. I knew what was coming next. As …

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Better Late Than Never: Thank You, Mr. Murphy

I was sitting at the corner of the bar minding my own business when I felt him grab my arm. "C'mon, John," Mike Murphy said in his Irish brogue. "I need you." The next thing I knew I was standing on the edge of a bar fight with two men awash in alcohol-induced machismo verbally …

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The Unwritten Bucket List Loses Another Item

Before I ever loved basketball – before I even truly knew what love was, in fact – I loved baseball. It was 1975. I was 9. And it was beautiful, even after it broke my heart. The Boston Red Sox went to the World Series that summer and captured my heart my heart while doing …

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2016: The Year Our World Grew Darker

Sunday was, perhaps, the roughest day of all. The future was taken from us in the waters off Miami. The past faded away inside the cold, sterile confines of a hospital in Pittsburgh. Jose Fernandez, 24, a Major League Baseball baseball player whose story of his escape from Cuba, and success at such a young …

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