Remembering my 13-mile long classroom

Many of my friends and former classmates are mourning the loss of a former teacher today. The news of Jeffrey Johnson’s passing takes many of us back to our high school days, to our interactions with him and how he changed our lives. I never had Mr. Johnson as a teacher, however. Instead, he changed... Continue Reading →

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Dear Lottery Winner, What if?

Dear $758 Million Lottery Winner, I woke up this morning and discovered the bad news. I was not the big money winner of last night’s Powerball drawing. Instead, you were. Congratulations. Then, I discovered more bad news. After walking up to my local deli, and plugging my own two lottery tickets under the scanner (I... Continue Reading →

The Quitter

She quit. She packed up her gear, walked out of the dugout, said something to the head coach and walked away from the field, not looking back, leaving behind eight teammates to ask, "What the hell just happened?" She just quit. It was the bottom of the fourth inning in a two-run game. This is... Continue Reading →

Sometimes You Just Want To Feel Close To Home

Walking through the under belly of Wesleyan University's Freeman Athletic Center in Middletown, Connecticut, I came across the Colby College hockey team. I was there for the 2017 National High School Squash Championships. The Mules were there to play hockey. One by one, earphones plugged in to drown out the outside, they were lugging their gear... Continue Reading →

The New World: One Week In

In the summer of 1983, I made the bold choice to transfer high schools. I went from a three-year private school of 300 students, where I had many friends, to a public school more than twice the size where I knew, perhaps, 10 people — and only three or four of them well enough to... Continue Reading →

A Change Is Gonna Come

"It's been too hard living, but I'm afraid to die 'Cause I don't know what's up there, beyond the sky It's been a long, a long time coming But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will" — Sam Cooke, A Change is Gonna Come • • • There's an old story about... Continue Reading →

Dear Basketball

Dear Basketball, I didn't realize this was it how it was done. Thankfully, Kobe Bryant has shown us all the way. That being the case, I've come back to you on this day — the last day of November in the year of our Lord, (Michael Jordan) — to let you know I'm announcing my... Continue Reading →

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