Tag Archives: endurance

Running the Course

LeeAdianez Rodriguez had been running late. And then she was just running. And running. And running. The 12-year-old New York girl had meant to line up for a family 5k race in Rochester, a run of about three miles. Somewhere … Continue reading

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Making Magic

Heather’s youngest sister hurried up to me as the rehearsal dinner wound to an end. “Mom’s outside with Heather,” she said. “She’s sick.” My turn to hustle. Sure enough, my wife Heather was doubled over on a bench outside the … Continue reading

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Furnishing a Marriage

The stage contains a balcony and literature’s most famous lovers. They seem considerably older than we remember them. “Romeo, oh, Romeo; wherefore art thou Romeo?” “Call me but love, Juliet, and I shall be new-baptized. But take this gift of … Continue reading

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Words of Honor

“He wrapped himself in quotations – as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.” — Rudyard Kipling   Slowly but surely, the words are claiming the wall. Muhammad Ali watches from one point, Saint Paul from another. … Continue reading

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Cracking the Case

There’s something very soothing about being in an Agatha Christie play. I admit that sounds a bit odd. After all, Dame Agatha delighted in mayhem. Over dozens of books, she never found a cause of death she didn’t like, from … Continue reading

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Growing with the Flow

There are a lot of rough jobs in this world. Street sweeper at an elephant parade. Quality control for a parachute manufacturer. Speech coach for Bob Dylan. But the roughest job of all may be the one inaugurated this weekend … Continue reading

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Another Story

My name is Scott Rochat, and I am a notebook addict. It clicks in without fail, every back-to-school shopping season. Ten- or twenty-cent spiral-bound? Fifty-cent composition book? Drop a few in my basket every shopping trip and never mind the … Continue reading

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Red Queen’s Race

It’s hard to think when she’s hurting. I look at those seven words. Then look at them again. They don’t seem to go far enough. And they seem to fit far too well. She’s been hurting a lot lately. This … Continue reading

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Triumphant Through Defeat

When you think about it, our country celebrates a pretty odd birthday. I’m not talking about the fireworks bursting in the sky while stomach linings are bursting on the ground. As Erma Bombeck once said, it’s a wonderful thing that … Continue reading

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Outlasting

As I write this, a grand old man hovers at death’s door. By the time it appears in print, he may already be gone. Godspeed, Nelson Mandela. His is one of the amazing lives of the last century. Few men … Continue reading

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