Leaving Las Vegas … Looking back on four days in the desert

As the Airbus 320, flying as Jet Blue Flight 611, made its way over the Utah mountains, banking towards lower Nevada, the lights down below finally came into view. With every drop in descent, they grew brighter and brighter until right before landing when the city below became clear as day, even in the darkness …

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Celebrating 100: I’ve Got The Music In Me

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” -- Friedrich Nietzsche I have always loved music. I can’t carry a tune from here to the shower, and can’t play any instrument worth a potato, but do I love the music from those who can. For as long as I can remember, a radio, a record player, …

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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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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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Happy Anniversary To Us

• • • Four years ago -- well, four years and one day ago, to be exact -- The October Weekend was reborn. I was sitting around, feeling old, and wanting to write, so I moved off my couch, sat down at my computer chair, and still feeling old, I started to write. Over the past 1,424 …

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My life if Donald Trump was Coach Trump

If Donald Trump and his people were in my world … Reporter: Hey Coach Trump, tough loss tonight, what do you think happened? Coach Trump: Loss? What loss? We won. Season-opening win. Go team. Make Team Great Again. Reporter: Coach, the other team scored 65 points. Your team only scored 62. You lost by three …

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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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