This week, I’ve been struggling with what to say, what to do, even what to think. I want to yell everything, and say nothing, and march in the streets, and never leave home. Here are my thoughts. They’re not perfect. Tell me where I’m wrong. Tell me where I’m right. Tell me where I can […]
Matt Welch, age 17.
The night before the big game, he stood astride the door to the crowded bar with a half-full beer in his hand, welcoming all, offering hugs, and never taking a sip. As Christine and I approached, his arms flew wide and welcomed us into his circle, a private moment in a sea of people, excitement, […]
He actually asked my parents if he could adopt me. It had nothing to do with my parents, who are great, and didn’t need the help. Maybe he was joking, maybe he was serious. It was an odd thing to say, for sure. But it was Phil’s unique way of giving me the biggest seal […]
When it starts, the frustration sets in. There we stand, hundreds or maybe thousands of people determined to travel a set distance in the shortest time. The anticipation builds, a countdown or some music blasts, and then it begins. And then everyone passes me. ________________________________________ Since May 2013, I’ve done 11 races. Most people would […]
The questions have come many times over the years. Why did you leave journalism? Why did you major in Spanish? Why did you jump to work in fraternities? Why do you want to do this now? In many different ways, the questions ask one thing: why did you make choices that seem inconsistent, curious, and […]
One of my friends has a theory about the sports teams I root for: in each place I live, I pick the most successful team. He’s wrong about how I pick my teams, but he’s right that I have a random assortment of teams to call my own. Some sports team affiliations run in families. […]