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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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Sound Off

There are a lot of wrongs to rail at in this world. Hunger. Injustice. The continued existence of the Oakland Raiders. And since all those are taken, I’m going to snark about the Tony awards instead. At least, I will … Continue reading

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Drawing the Poison

I’ve been walking the yard with the dogs lately. I’m sure most of you can guess why. If you can’t, I envy you. Our two dogs, you see, have eating habits that only a canine could love. Our senior citizen, … 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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Civil, Not War

When someone stops shouting in your ear, it can take a minute to notice. It had been a typical work-from-home day at Chez Rochat. Which is to say, something like Fred Astaire dancing on ball bearings, each step careening into … Continue reading

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Putting the Pieces Together

Missy has a unique way of playing Concentration. To start with, her cards always stay face up. That in itself might not be unusual, given her disability. Simply locating and matching a pair of cards counts as a triumph, even … Continue reading

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In a Dog’s Eye

It’s official. The Rochat house has gone to the dogs. It’s been coming for a while, of course. For seven years, we’ve been host to Duchess the Wonder Dog, the smartest scaredy-cat on Earth. And as some of you may … Continue reading

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Living in the Eye

It is with deepest regret today that I lay to rest a fine old saying: “Character is who you are when no one is watching.” Not because character has become obsolete. But the idea of nobody watching has. Any doubts … Continue reading

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No Room

When the planes struck, the call came. Some of our finest responded. It’s been 10 years. This time, the call isn’t coming. And that is a shame beyond words. I’m sure you’ve heard the news by now. You’d almost have … Continue reading

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