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The enduring power of imagination: Bedtime story, 1997

In my basement today I found a copy of a newspaper column I wrote in April 1997. I am reprising it here, with edits, for my three sons — now 27, 24 and 22. The allure of the mud — … Continue reading

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Powerful echoes of a simple sound at 6:50 a.m.

Weekday mornings, if I’m in the kitchen with my coffee at the right time, I’ll hear a familiar sound coming from the stop sign at the corner. And an entire era of my life replays in my head. It’s the sound … Continue reading

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When ‘The Boy With No Story’ has a tale to tell

Sometimes I fear I have no story. I don’t mean writer’s block. I mean that I have no story, no narrative that spells out what it is I’ve done, or what I’m doing, with my life. This struck me the other … Continue reading

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On vacation in California, the camera goes to the dogs

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — It takes about a week in Northern California to give up trying to capture the beautiful scenery with a phone camera, so you do the next best thing — take pictures of dogs. That’s easy to … Continue reading

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A tell-tale sign of a good vacation

We came across this street sign while out on a run during vacation in Northern California. The sign marks a street adjacent to an elementary school, and it fits our mood after putting cold, snowy upstate New York in the … Continue reading

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A tale of two shoes in four short paragraphs

A man I don’t know walked past me, carrying a pair of my shoes. He went out the door, but I didn’t try to stop him. The long white laces were tied together, and the shoes were draped over his … Continue reading

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A lesson in self-preservation — take it from the trees

It’s never too late to learn a lesson you snoozed through in high school biology. Especially when it provides a metaphor that smacks you upside the head. The science: When trees shed their leaves in autumn, there’s more going on … 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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At what age are we ‘senior citizens’? Time will tell

When I was 49, the constant letters from AARP were bad enough. Eight years later, it’s Time magazine’s turn to take a cheap shot. Time’s special offer arrived in the mail the other day, a discount subscription “for senior citizen … Continue reading

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Pass it on … random acts of kindness still happen

I’m passing along a story from a recent graduate of Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, where I work. Alex Ashley and a group of his Radiation Therapy program classmates went out to dinner in April to celebrate after a big … Continue reading

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