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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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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Don’t run and hide: Join me on our bully pulpits

I was called a bully the other day. Anybody that knows me -- truly knows me -- would laugh at that as much as I did considering over the course of my life I've loved and accepted everybody that has come and gone. My only "fight" was in fourth grade with a kid named Joe …

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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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The Woman Who Traveled The World

We were 16 and in love. As such, young couples don’t tend to weigh risk vs. reward, opting instead to jump feet first into a new adventure and just enjoy the ride. That’s how we – me and my girlfriend in the spring of 1983 -- ended up climbing a fence at the Bangor International …

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To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before

You are all so welcome. Today, the day of Cupid, you are not with me … so that is my Valentine’s Day gift to you. On the day when love allegedly conquers all, I offer you up eternal happiness, away from me and the few things I bring to the table. Humor. Friendship. Understanding. Yeah, …

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