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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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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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