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October 16, 2018

The minister’s daughter was thirteen years old when she smoked her first cigarette. She had pinched two cigs from a half-empty box of Newports lying on a friend’s kitchen counter and later tucked them into a plastic bread bag. She buried the package deep in the prickly...

April 24, 2018

State Representative Jim Miceli passed away on April 21, 2018. Jim's passing represents the end of an era in politics, and the legacy and footprint he leaves behind in the communities he represented is massive. This is my attempt to capture what Jim meant to his consti...

February 20, 2018

The black 2003 Saab 95, with its sleek body and tinted windows, was given to us as a gift by my sister. Nanci told me that she wanted our daughter, Caroline to have it as her first car.

It was back in 2011, and Nanci was a just weeks away from dying while...

February 24, 2016

When I was a little boy I gave toilet paper a lot of thought.

 

I'd sit with my legs dangling and wonder how the roll was fitted in between the two powder blue ceramic holders, and when the roll was reduced to a flimsy cardboard tube, how it was removed and replaced with...

November 14, 2015

In 1984, when she was a popular and pretty high school senior and I was a skittish wallflower two years younger, my family lived in a parsonage: a brown sided Garrison style house with blue shudders, owned by the church where my dad served as minister. It lay just a fe...

September 17, 2015

 

I have had many different jobs, but the one that provided me with the greatest transferrable skill was working as a painter at a community college. Painting ceilings, walls, baseboards, fences, and railings taught me how to mud, tape, edge, prime, roll, feather, and s...

June 14, 2015

 "This land is your land This land is my land

From California to the New York island

From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters

This land was made for you and Me"

 

The words to "This Land is Your Land" were written by Woodie Guthrie in 1940, and were recorded and s...

May 10, 2015

For many, Mother's Day is about providing mom with a buffet brunch, fancy flowers, and a ridiculously expensive Hallmark card that acknowledges all of the cleaning, baking, and boo-boo kissing.

 

When it comes to my mother, none of those traditional recogn...

April 7, 2015

 

Listening to the news in the car can be a hazardous affair. The airwaves are generally filled with headlines and stories about the negative and bad things people do and say to each other, at home and abroad, and the words and actions of these people are often rooted i...

March 18, 2015

They wormed their way out of their dwellings, just after dark. Their Urge to gather was great, and they descended on motorcycles and in rusty junkers, high-rollers, and mini-vans. They carried an excess of baggage and stored their Daily Bread and Drops of Poison in the...

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