Category Archives: Gratitude

The Mask

The Mask When comedian and actor Robin Williams ended his life in August 2014 I was absolutely shocked. In public, he wore a convincing mask as the “funny man”. Behind closed doors it was a very different story. I can only imagine the burden of his journey. In that moment, I began to fully comprehend…
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Ben:

Ben: Ben was a quiet kid with a big smile and an open heart. He called me Mr. Doug and my wife, Ms. Mary. Ben was one of "my kids" that came to visit us each month from inner city Hartford. Each month we drew from a group of over two hundred kids. Often the…
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Russian Toilet Paper

This afternoon I had reason to go to our basement. There high on a storage shelf I noticed a souvenir that I took home from Moscow Russia in 1990 while there as a member of the US Intersport Karate Team. One might wonder why I would save a roll of toilet paper for 24 years…
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Black and White

It was during the early morning hours of June 7th 1998 that 49 year old, James Byrd Jr. of Jasper Texas was dragged nearly three miles behind the bumper of a pickup truck to his death. Just the day before my wife and I brought our second newborn daughter home from the hospital and I…
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