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Looking In

In the wake of an attack, normality can be the strangest thing of all. When the first reports came out of London, my heart sank. This seemed to have the earmarks of a scene that we’d witnessed many times in … Continue reading

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Love in a Cold Time

The first serious snowfall of winter always energizes me. Maybe part of me never stopped being nine years old. That’s how old I was when the Christmas Blizzard of 1982 hit, transforming the world around me with sudden rapidity. A … Continue reading

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Lifestyles of the Miss and Famous

As we made our way through the crowded downtown, Missy’s face lit up. She quickly waved, calling to a stranger in the crowd. “Hi!” Did I say stranger? In moments, the excited woman had seen us, returned the wave, and … Continue reading

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Prizewinner

A plastic medal. A book of photographs. A little ice cream, quickly gone. Not the stuff, perhaps, that a big league contract is made of. But for Missy, this was her World Series ring. I’ve written before about Missy’s softball … Continue reading

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Seeing the Invisible

The bundled figure on the North Carolina park bench could have been any homeless man, curled up and trying to sleep. Well, except for two things. First, the figure was made of metal. Second, it had visible nail prints in … Continue reading

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Gone to (Tea) Pot

There are things that must happen in a Missy morning. But the greatest of these is tea. Get the kettle singing. Ready the Tetley’s – always Tetley’s, never any flavored stuff. Mix it up with a bit of milk, enough … Continue reading

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Well, Look at That

About 10 years ago, my boss took me to the emergency room. Nothing huge, just a bleeding chin that needed three stitches after my spur-of-the-moment attempt to make the Olympic parking-lot diving team. You know, the usual. On his way … Continue reading

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Gee, What a Treat

It doesn’t take long for a kid to spot the dangerous houses on Halloween. Like the ones who give out raisins. Or pennies. Or candy that exists only to fill out a bargain bin. (Bit O’Honey, I’m looking at you.) … Continue reading

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A Rose for the Infield

The bat tapped the ball gently, sending a soft liner into the infield dirt. “Go, Missy!” Heather and I shouted as Missy leaned on the arm of a volunteer and slowly made her way to first base. Partway there, she … Continue reading

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