Category: Commentary

Swim lessons

Last week, I attended my first swim meet in a long while. I saw my grand niece and nephew compete for my children’s alma mater—the Bridgeport Wildcatters. Within minutes of my arrival, I saw life come full circle: former teammates of my children have become the parents of the newest generation of Wildcatters. As I…

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My America

It’s no secret that Independence Day is special to me. It’s one of the most important holidays Americans celebrate. Now, more than ever, citizens need to remind themselves of the reasons we have lived safe and free for 245 years. Over the past several months, our country has suffered divisions of gigantic proportions in the…

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Ben Gay

A few weeks ago, on championship Sunday of the PGA at Kiawah Island, a lone golfer started the day. According to the final schedule listed by ESPN, B. Gay teed off around 7:30 AM—paired with no one. I feel certain that few — if any—photographers, press, and fans showed up for Gay’s round. Wannamaker Trophy…

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Simple, but complicated

A few years ago, I fell on a tennis court and cracked my skull—on top, just behind the crown. If you figure out how I managed to do that, let me know. Anyway, I somehow wound up on my stomach, my head glued to the hard, blue surface. I thought, “If it could just be…

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It’s elemental

I’m writing to the rhythm of raindrops. Raindrops pittering the windows and pattering my roof. Raindrops sliding down leaves and dripping from branches. Raindrops puddling dips in the road and watering grass. It’s a familiar sound, a familiar sight. August rode into September on a waterslide. As raindrops drizzle down my window panes, I realize why…

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Wise words

My husband highly recommends The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson. The book focuses on Winston Churchill’s first year as Prime Minister during WWII. It also provides great insight into his private life. Gary awarded the book five out of five stars, but he would give a thumb’s up to any book on Churchill. The man…

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I am a natural disaster

“Look! You are a tropical storm!” That’s the random text I received from my daughter Kristen. I’ve been called a lot of things over the years—bossy, stubborn, generous—but never, as in ever, has anyone referred to me as a tropical storm. I suppose that, when I’m in a foul mood, I exhibit a few stormy…

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Notable notes

When I finish a good read, I avoid turning to another book right away. Instead, I’ll turn to short stories, essays, or poetry. This week, I picked up one of my volumes of Letters of Note. Lifting the hardback copyis no easy feat. It’s a book that doubles for a barbell. It’s the size of a…

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Goodbye Hollywood

The Academy for Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced new inclusion and diversity rules that will take full effect in 2024. Films that fail to meet at least two of the four new guidelines won’t even qualify for an Academy Award nomination, much less take home the coveted Oscar. Before I proceed, an explanation is…

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Awesome and Awful

Once upon a time, someone loaded my very first brand-new washer and dryer onto the back of a box truck. While waiting for the delivery, I glanced out the windows over and over. My heart pounded in anticipation of receiving two new appliances designed with the latest technology. Then, my excitement dawned a sudden realization.…

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