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Allow me to set the scene… It’s late in the evening following a day of fishing and fine eating. A group of eight men, aged twenty-five to sixty-six, are enjoying time together in a semi-rustic Maine fishing cabin. Four of them are playing cribbage while the others check fishing tackle and debate who should beContinue reading “The Fishing Trip”
While I’ve mentioned my mom in some of my other columns, I thought, given the Mother’s Day holiday, I’d share more about her and who she was. Natalie Rogers was a four-foot, ten-inch woman who stood eight feet tall and earned the respect of everyone she encountered. I can’t begin to accurately paint of a portrait ofContinue reading “Lessons My Mother Taught Me”
In this world, very few things have reached a level of perfection and should never be altered. For example, hot dogs are always the best meal at a baseball game. There’s no reason to consume avocado toast or a noodle bowl while you’re watching the Red Sox play the Yankees. I can quickly think ofContinue reading “Please, Leave These Songs Alone…”
My mother, and most of her siblings, were first generation Americans. Her parents came over from Italy, landing in Portland, Maine and settling in Beverly, Massachusetts. She was the youngest of seven children who, collectively, created a massive assortment of first, second, third, and in-law cousins. To give you an idea of the size ofContinue reading “The Greatest People in the World”
Back in the 1970’s and 1980’s, during my prime job interview years, I was coached to prepare for the question: “If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be?” Now, no interviewer ever pursued this rather quirky line of inquiry. However, I’m a “be prepared” guy, and was always ready with anContinue reading “If You Were an Animal…”
Last week, my wife Kathy and I celebrated our thirty-fifth wedding anniversary. She’s the best friend I’ve ever had and we’ve shared so much fun and laughter that it’s hard to imagine spending those years with anyone else. Of course, life, as it will, has thrown us our share of curve balls, so we’ve facedContinue reading “The Worst Proposal in History”
I play golf, but I’m not a golfer. I think there may be quite a few of us out there. One of my older brothers, I believe, falls into this category. He, like me, enjoys the social interaction and exercise as well as being outdoors. But we’re not going to spend time between rounds practicingContinue reading “Death Match”
I love action movies. They are my favorite way to escape when I’m looking to be entertained. Seemingly, there’s a million of them, which potentially makes any debate over which one is the greatest a complicated discussion. However, for me, there is only one choice—Die Hard. A completely thorough explanation would require a small bookContinue reading “The Die Hard Dilemma”
I can be a bit of curmudgeon. During some recent introspection on this trait, I identified certain popular phenomena, people, and activities that, for me, generate a lower level of enthusiasm than for the majority of other people. At the risk of alienating anyone who reads this, I’ve listed a few items that will probablyContinue reading “Things I’m Contrary About”
I did most of my growing up in the 1970s, which means I had a lot more autonomy in my day-to-day activities than kids in 2020. Outside of seasonal youth sports and scouting, there was, until high school, very little structured activity. Parents basically told us to find something to do and threw us outContinue reading “Free-Range Boys”
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