Category Archives: role models

Donald Trump and I threw snowballs at a car when we were 13

When we were eighth-grade classmates, Donald Trump and I used to pal around and do mischievous things. One winter day when we were walking to school, Donald and I conspired to have snowballs handy and wing them as hard as … Continue reading

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You’re never too old to ask for an autograph

When I read that former Boston Red Sox pitcher Mike Timlin was due to appear at a minor-league baseball game in Syracuse, I knew I had to be there. Timlin, who played for the Syracuse Chiefs in the early 1990s … Continue reading

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Bicycle Around America: It’s all about gratitude and compassion

Brian D’Apice is more than 800 miles into his 10,000-mile Bicycle Around America, a solo journey around the perimeter of the lower 48 United States. Gratitude and compassion are the driving forces behind Brian’s ride, which is helping two international charities. After two tours in … Continue reading

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Hidden-camera test of kindness: Good idea, but unfair prank

Yesterday morning I learned of a new video that’s making the rounds on social media, a hidden-camera exercise comparing people’s reactions to two individuals on crutches who “fall” on a city street. Of course I watched it, thinking that I’d … Continue reading

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A confrontation that was worth it — for one of us, anyway

In more than 30 years of running the roads, I have encountered intentional bad behavior only a few times. Once, passing teenagers spit out the window and nailed me good. A few other times, oncoming drivers have laid on the horn … Continue reading

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You only live once, give or take … so let’s give a little

In my more cynical moments as a parent, I remind my three boys that the handy American societal axiom of “the haves and have-nots” is too quaint, too weak. Replace that with “givers and takers,” I tell them, and you … Continue reading

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Bathroom assault leaves victim near death … cue the video!

I got that queasy feeling the other day when I read about two brothers who assaulted a man in a crowded restroom at a pro football game. Apparently the victim nudged one of the brothers to let him know of an … Continue reading

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Syracuse, NY, may require downtown employees to smoke

Frustrated by efforts to quell an increase in cigarette smoking by downtown workers, the city of Syracuse, NY, is considering a radical response. City officials have drafted an ordinance that would require all employees who work downtown to smoke outside during their breaks. … Continue reading

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Team’s visit to children’s hospital is a big win after a bad loss

A professional baseball player whose team gets clobbered, yet shows up the next morning at a children’s hospital — I mean really shows up, doesn’t just phone it in —  is more than OK in my book. Ten players from the Syracuse … Continue reading

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Dear trolls who write nasty, ignorant comments: Identify yourselves

The past three days brought out the best — and worst — of my community. Neighbors of mine, 12-year-old twins with muscular dystrophy, were initially denied entrance into a popular July 4th 10-mile run. After a media and social media … Continue reading

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