“There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.” -Red Smith

Looking Back

Mar
22
Posted at 12:21 pm

Janelle was running late for work, so she just had time for a quick look at herself in the mirror as she was going out the door. What she saw there made her stop dead in her tracks. Her white blouse was — shudder! — wrinkled. Normally, this would not be a huge problem for [...]

The one thing Cory could always do on a basketball court was shoot free throws. Even after rehabilitating from the stroke he suffered late in his freshman year at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, he could still drain free throws.  A 5-11 point guard who scored more than 1,000 points in his high school playing career, shooting [...]

Sep
04
Posted at 4:54 pm

(The following column was written Tuesday morning, Sept. 11, 2001, as events unfolded. It is reprinted this week in remembrance . . . and hope.) The world changed Tuesday morning. A thick cloud of smoke and dust still hangs heavily over the New York City skyline. Firefighters and emergency personnel are responding to crises in [...]

Aug
30
Posted at 4:49 pm

I’m not saying they are heroes or anything like that. Not exactly. But as far as I’m concerned, the Murphy family did a pretty heroic thing last weekend. They watched a movie. And not just any movie.  No, sir. As fierce winds from Hurricane Irene shook windows in their apartment building, bending trees all around [...]

Jul
19
Posted at 4:01 pm

“That’s it! I’m through! I’ll not take another step!” William threw his tired teenage body to the ground in the sparse shade of the first tree they had seen in several days. Caroline stood beside him anxiously, torn between love and loyalty for her older brother and the fact that the pioneer wagon train was [...]