Yearly Archives: 2005

Take Me To The River

I play basketball every Monday night in my town’s middle school gym. It’s always a fun time, and although the gap between my age and that of the average player seems to grow exponentially with each passing week, I don’t mind telling you that it’s one of the things I look forward to most during the winter. It doesn’t come without a cost, however. Within minutes of leaving the gym, various parts of my body begin to stiffen up and […] Click to read more…

 

Tails, You Win

Like you, I’ve been toying lately with the idea of growing a tail. Nothing too elaborate mind you, just something long enough and furry enough that when I wag it, you can tell I’m happy. The truth is, I wish everybody had one. Think about it. Never again would you have to sit and wonder whether or not your husband really likes your family. If you saw his tail wagging, you’d know. Granted, this kind of evolutionary upgrade would require […] Click to read more…

 

Is Your E-Newsletter Worth A Kiss?

My wife Linda is a peer mediation trainer. She and her colleagues at School Mediation Associates (SMA) travel throughout Massachusetts, teaching middle and high school kids how to mediate their own disputes in school-sponsored peer mediation programs. (By the way, SMA’s founder, Richard Cohen, writes a terrific E-Newsletter of his own — and I’m not just saying that because I hope he gives Linda a big raise. Although I do. Follow this link to see for yourself.) The trainings are […] Click to read more…

 

What’s Your PENGUINscore?

It’s been over 12 years since I first witnessed the birth of a baby. I’ve been present at two more births since then, but I have to say that the first is the one that really sticks with me. The hours of pacing up and down the hallways with my wife Linda; the sudden rush of activity and people as the moment grew near; the first thought that entered my mind as I watched my son Evan being born (which […] Click to read more…

 

The Hoarse Whisperer

It was February of 1980, and my friend Rob and I were sitting in the lobby of the School of Education, at McGill University in Montreal. We were second year students at the time, and were quite pleased with ourselves, in the face of Rob’s most recent discovery. The simple truth that Rob had uncovered was this: “The School of Education is overwhelming dominated by female students. You can walk the halls, sit in the lounge, read in the library, […] Click to read more…