Stir Crazy

When I was in sixth grade I got sick one day after returning from Christmas break. I was out for another three weeks with a horrible cough, and a host of other symptoms that, for whatever reason, came during the night. That illness, because of too many missed classes, cost me a full year of …

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The Crash

In some ways this feels like the Crash of 1977! Back to that in a moment. If you were a kid in the ’70s or ’80s, you’ll remember a time when kids would come over to your house to ask if you were available to play. Obviously, if we could text each other, we certainly …

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Kobe!

My first memory of watching Lakers basketball was with my dad on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon in 1973. I was six. At the time, I couldn’t figure out why anyone would be interested in basketball. I said something like, “Dad, this is boring. All they do is run back and forth.” I watched the …

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Feeling Blue

I think I have gotten angrier with each passing day about the fact that the Astros (and Red Sox) cheated. The last time the Dodgers won the World Series I was 21 years old. If someone had told me then that the next time the Dodgers played for the title I would be 50, I …

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ChristmasTEN

Over the last few weeks, I’ve watched a lot of Christmas movies. Some good, some bad, some horrible! I realize it’s a bit sacrilegious to suggest that a Christmas movie isn’t up to snuff; but the acting in some of these films is pretty bad. One of my students asked me to watch Let It …

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ICE Babies

In order to understand how necessary undocumented immigrants are to the economy, you must read (from a variety of sources). If you get your information from soundbites, tweets, and agree with friends who say stuff like, “What about ‘illegal’ do these people not understand?” then I guess you probably don’t want to know the truth. …

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Not Saved by the Bell

One of the things I notice a lot on social media, as I’m sure you do, is how willing people are to comment on topics of which they know nothing about. Of course, I’m not talking about everyone. There are plenty of people who agree and disagree with each other on a variety of topics …

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Lemonade, That Cool, Refreshing Drink

Almost everyone is familiar with the phrase “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” a proverb that’s used to encourage optimism in the face of life’s misfortunes. Years ago, as a seven-year-old second-grader, I did something that had the opposite effect. On a Sunday much like today, I made a very short trek to visit …

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Bear It Tall

A couple of years after my wife and I started dating I heard her use the phrase “Too Tall Jones,” on more than a few occasions. At some point I asked her if she knew who Ed “Too Tall” Jones was, to which she said, “That’s a person?” It was one of those a-ha moments. …

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Dear Abby

In our hotel lobby in Mexico, while my wife and I were deciding our next move, I said something like, “It’s fun to people-watch in places like this.” She agreed and added that the likelihood of running into any of those people is just about as remote as running into people who live near us, …

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