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Why the sense of urgency? The numbers don’t lie

I turned 58 a week ago. Amid all the birthday cheer on Facebook was a post from a childhood friend, sharing that his mom had died that very morning. That sad news reinforced what I wrote the next day to thank … Continue reading

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Which version of ‘Hallelujah’ is the best? Does it matter?

Five years ago I heard a group of college students perform an a cappella version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” and was spellbound. Newsweek recently ranked 60 versions of the song, from best to worst. I disagree with the magazine’s No. 1, John Cale (“Shrek,” the movie). … Continue reading

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Would you swap your talent for someone else’s?

Let’s say you’re a gifted painter. Maybe you don’t make a living at it, but it’s a source of pleasure and fulfillment, occasionally joy. But for years you’ve wished you were a standout baseball player, even though you’re not so … Continue reading

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‘The Last Waltz’ and other Thanksgiving rituals snuck up on me

It’s scary sometimes how the mind works. Mine, anyway. When Michelle came home from work the other night carrying cameras, backpacks and other tools of the photography trade, I greeted her at the door with, “Take a load off!” It’s not … Continue reading

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A premature ‘Last Lecture’: Time Wounds All Heels

Tomorrow I will send a letter to each of my three sons, ages 25 to almost 21. I started the letter in 2008, shortly after a good friend died in his sleep at age 52. My friend never married, never … Continue reading

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As a kid in a shopping center, it was a Temptation to shoplift

I’m unsure of the statute of limitations on shoplifting, but here goes . . . This was around 1970 or 1971, when I was barely a teen. It was probably on a dare, or perhaps in response to peer pressure. … Continue reading

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Vermont weekend: Changes in altitude … changes in attitude?

Road trip! A few decades ago, that phrase used to mean a wild weekend to a buddy’s wedding or a major sporting event, often just a convenient excuse for youthful debauchery. That kind of trip I long ago relinquished to … Continue reading

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Lessons learned during a day as a music fest ‘roadie’

The Great American Irish Festival beckoned again this year, so I figured I’d spend a day as a volunteer stagehand, or “roadie,” for some very high-energy Celtic Rock bands. Ah, the lessons learned … Lesson No. 1: When a band finishes … Continue reading

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