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Keep turning

Without a doubt, it’s chaos out there. A world spins out of control. Our dysfunctional divisions widen. There’s no progress in sight to tackle the burgeoning challenges of the day. It’s enough to make one wonder: What’s the point? What…

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Fathers and sons, swells and circles

Earlier this week, I had a chance to join my dad for a once-in-a-lifetime occasion. We watched a marine sling lift lower his 19-foot sailboat into the water at Mattapoisett Boatyard to start its fiftieth consecutive season. Climbing aboard, we…

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Running with his best

Three days before he died, Doug messaged me on Facebook for my birthday: “Burn a candle for me, old man,” he wrote. John Douglas Wright, I’m overdue to light that flame. Gregarious and loved by many, Doug was a light…

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Malice’s puny orbit

What is this mean streak being unleashed all around us? How do we keep a balance to stay positive and move forward? What are we doing here? Recently, while traveling to Vermont to visit my sister, my wife and I…

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Crossroads and Bookends

Tonight Denise and I will spend the last night in our home of nearly a quarter century. We will undoubtedly raise a toast with firelight dancing from our woodstove one last time. A few tears may come. I expect we…

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Allowing the light back in

Many of us know the disparity of the holidays too well. In what should be a time of festivity and joy, this season instead doubles down on our pain. The isolation from loss or other upheavals in our lives, such…

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The long road ahead

Rounding nearly three weeks after surgery to remove a cancer-threatened gland, I appreciate what a long haul this is going to be. I must relearn patience to recover. Too often this is merely a fleeting thought. A construct that seems…

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Nonelective surgery

“I’ve got the apolitical blues. And that’s the meanest blues of all.” – Little Feat On Thursday my son Chris will be on a red-eye flight from Oregon in order to be with his dad during surgery the next day.…

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This 9/11, remember cohesion

Jay Winuk has a message for all of us this weekend. Unity. Recognize it. Pause from the negative. Restore it. Winuk, who lives in Mahopac, N.Y., will again remember his brother, Glenn J. Winuk, a volunteer firefighter who died while…

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Stretching to the new

“Vulnerability is the key to resilience.” – Mitch Carmody I hope many of you are finding a way to recharge this season, despite the searing heat wave. My wife and I are both former teachers who used the summer months…

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