Through His Eyes…

Lately, I have stopped watching the news and reading the newspaper because I find it too painful. I realize however, that in doing so I have in essence locked myself into a one sided opinion unable to see or hear opposing options. I know better... I learned this lesson during a class I took while …

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Pitching Coins

Sunday Morning:I learned to pitch coins in the mid 60's against the brick walls of my neighborhood church between Sunday morning masses. It helped to kill the down time between the morning and afternoon masses as a paperboy selling the Sunday newspapers to the faithful. To play the game each player would take a coin …

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Poor Fashionistas

Who knew that the old worn out, duct taped Chuck Taylor's and Jack Purcell's we wore on the basketball courts of Cambridge would one day become high fashion footwear.... A company called Golden Goose is selling a posh version of our duct taped Converse Jack & Chuck's street shoes for over $500.00... (see add below). …

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Endure ..It’s what we do

I saw this sign hanging outside a church in downtown Portsmouth NH. The message was a simple request Hang On America and a reminder ..We can Endure. I haven't been able to shake thinking about the message. This year has presented struggles i.e pandemic, isolation, politics, race, sex and financial issues. But are these new …

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The Sweet Smell Of Home

At times back in the day the air from Lafayette Sq along Main Street to Kendall Sq. and all the way to Lechmere station in Cambridge Ma smelled as sweet as candy. Many of the candy factories there produced some of our favorite treats, including Necco Wafers, Sugar Daddies, Charleston Chews, and Junior Mints. The …

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On The Corner of Pleasant Street and Putnam Ave

In Cambridge before video games were a thing, kids played the game of stick ball. Using card board bases, a ball (rubber pinky, pimple or half ball) and a broom handle, we played a short version of baseball which made it fit the close quarters of back yards, alley ways and busy streets. The toughest …

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Richards Drive-in old school social distancing

Richards Drive-In Memorial Drive Cambridge Ma If you grew up in Cambridge during the 50's and 60’s, there were a number of Adventure Car Hop Drive-in restaurants featuring car hop / curb service. Cambridge had its own Car Hop called Richards Drive-in on Memorial Drive next to the Art Deco styled BB Chemical building (which …

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Cambridge’s Mass Ave a High Fashion Mecca….

On a recent trip to Europe I was struck by how well dressed Europeans are in the big cities I visited like Rome and Barcelona. As I walked though their city streets I found myself remembering the days when Jackie O' inspired a desire for fine clothing among Cantabrigians before spandex and sweatshirts replaced a …

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Crossing The Divide

The best way to be human is........being human, with a human being.  Historically, Americans have come together in times of crisis.  Lately however, it seems a perfect storm of crisis has made it more difficult than ever to unite us as in the past.. Politics, unemployment, social distancing and the Covid19 pandemic has us scared, …

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Is Truth Stranger Than Fiction?

      Payday weekend always seems to take on a wild west type atmosphere around the base.  Most Marines living on base are in their prime, fit and ready both physically and mentally.  Trained to be ready.. always prepared to engage any target...not to question the who, what or the why.   That is …

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Finish this short story…

HELP ME FINISH THIS SHORT STORY.......... Calm replaced the chaos of his childhood home in the days following his mother's passing.  Seated on the edge of her bed he welled with emotion as he sifted through her things.   All her earthly belongs now fell into three piles.  Most would go to Goodwill, some for …

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What’s in the cards for you?

While reading Dear Abby in the morning newspaper, I stumbled on a brilliant idea.  It was an article recommending that dementia caregivers create “business cards” stating briefly, “My companion has dementia. Please be understanding.” Caregivers would give these to hosts and hostesses when entering restaurants, or discreetly hand them to salespeople if situations start to …

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When Things Get Lost In Translation

A Tuna sandwich is a staple of mine.... It originated around the 19th century when Americans started combining the leftover fish scraps from dinner with mayonnaise for lunch. In 1977 while serving as a Marine Corps military policeman at MCAS Iwakuni Japan, I longed for American style food and in particular an old style tuna sandwich... …

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We Are The Lucky Ones

Being lucky is believing you are…. Growing up I was always superstitious about luck and purposely didn’t play the number, the lottery or bet the horses.  I think it’s because I sensed that luck came in small quantities and wanted to save it for things more meaningful to me than money.   The Corona Virus …

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If you see your glass is half empty, pour it into a smaller glass.

I have come to understand that New Englanders love to complain, it's kinda what we do..more than anything. We complain about politics, weather, sports, kids, spouses ... you name it we complain about it. It's not that we are unhappy, venting or confrontational... we're just looking for a different way to look at life... we …

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Everyone Loves A Great Storyteller

Everyone loves a great storyteller.....They can transport us to unimaginable places and all we have to do is listen. Storytelling has been called an oral history, an art form, a powerful force for learning and an ancient craft but it is powerful whatever you call it. A great storyteller has the ability to alter our …

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I give you permission to discipline my son!

The Blessed Sacrament Elementary School Cambridge Ma. With the start of every new school season came the teacher / student and parent mandatory meeting.  Each year as my mom and I awaited our turn to meet my newest nun, I'd sit clutching the edges of those heavy oak library style chairs with sweaty hands as …

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