Tag Archives: From The Stacks

Bracing for Blizzard Juno? Grab a shovel and some Zen.

With Winter Strom Juno bearing down on Down East, friends and family won’t lose a chance to poke fun at me over an obsession for shoveling snow, specifically the messes which accumulate in my driveway following storms. But in taking self-effacement to the nth degree I let some other thoughts slip by. This is a chance to make […]

Coach K: A sports role model we can actually root for

  There is a silver lining in every cloud after all, and this week we will find it on the hoops hardwood. Recently, the nation’s sports attention has been on DeflateGate – the alleged cheating by the New England Patriots in the recent AFC Championship Game, enroute to the Super Bowl. And while that affair’s fallout will linger, […]

In cold and flu season, Musterole remains the remedy of my dreams

My contractor had to delay repairing my kitchen floor for several days while caring for his sick boy, who had a chest cold. After the second postponement, I sent him this text message: Vicks on his chest, back and throat might help; too bad you don’t have Musterole. Ah, Musterole; how easily that word came […]

Irrational love: A Mustang memory

Some years ago, Ford Motor Company held a writing contest for past and present Mustang owners to describe their favorite memory of the American icon. The prize was a trip to Los Angeles for a Ford convention and further Mustang considerations. While I didn’t enter the competition, my own recollection of the classic pony car […]

Scaling back inflated grades: the first step in education reform?

    I teach college classes regularly, and with each passing year I’m feeling more extinct as a result. Part of this has to do with how much has been made over the last generation of the importance of self-esteem versus hard-earned grades – at all levels of our education system. As someone who has […]

Forever in bloom: which flowers are best for giving?

People always seem to ask me for advice on flowers. Those who know me well also know that, as the son of a (now long retired) florist, I’ve always favored flowers as tokens of appreciation over other gestures. In this light, the questions never cease: What kind do you usually send? Why? Do you have […]

The last, true big-time college football game

When I’m out driving and want to take a mental break from news casts and jazz, I turn the dial to scratch that other itch of mine – sports. Recently while cruising home to New England from Virginia, I tuned in to a segment on the greatest rivalry in college football. Several callers touted Michigan-Ohio State, USC-Notre Dame, and […]

Is self-sacrifice instinct or moral choice?

I’ve always been amazed by accounts of selfless sacrifice – of those who give their lives so that others might carry on. Inherent in this is a question that perplexes and fascinates: how much are these acts rooted in instinct versus a predetermined outcome that people carry inside them based on their value system? This […]

Dad and the last bus from Pearl Harbor

When I was 10, my father, a former World War II fighter pilot, took me to see the joint American-Japanese production of “Tora! Tora! Tora!” The 1970 film was a major spectacle, portraying the Pearl Harbor attack from both sides. Its Academy Award-winning special effects left me mesmerized. Death, destruction, and history-changing events didn’t make […]

Why snow shoveling is good for the soul

   Friends and family know I never lose a chance to poke fun at myself over an obsession for shoveling snow, specifically the messes which accumulate in my driveway following storms. But in taking self-effacement to the nth degree I let some other thoughts slip by. This is a chance to make up that ground. More than […]