Point of No Return

‘Thankful’ is not even a strong enough word for me

We had a tradition around the McCann family table every Thanksgiving.

The miracle of birth, the wonder of paternity leave

As a kid, I remember watching the old black-and-white movies in which a husband would be pacing in a smoke-filled waiting room while his wife gave birth to the couple’s baby. The man would then get his first glance at his offspring through a glass window, as a joyous nurse would weave her way through a maze of bassinets and point out his baby.

A few (hundred) words of advice to my daughter

Up is down. Day is night. And dogs and cats are playing together. Yes, indeed, my life has been flipped upside down, and I couldn’t possibly be any happier.

Veterans Day a chance to show our true support

On Tuesday, Nov. 11, bands will play, speeches will be read out loud and veterans of most ages, genders, faiths and ethnicities will be celebrated for the one thing they all have very much in common — at some point in their respective lives, they put on a uniform of the Armed Forces of the United States of America and they made a pledge to defend this nation and her allies.

Hey, sometimes life gives you fortune — twice

Who wouldn’t want an extra $25,000 a year? For life.

Well, to be fair, it’s for 20 years, but the name of the game hosted by the Massachusetts Lottery is “Lucky for Life,” so let’s stick with the “life” concept for now. Besides, none of us really know when that final curtain will drop, so 20 years might indeed be a factual statement. In fact, if I could sign a contract right now that guaranteed me another 20 years and...

Do we oversaturate in the media? Absolutely

I love a good statistic.

Not one of those “I’m-trying-to-prove-a-point-so-I’ll-pull-something-out-my-backside-that’s-almost-pertinent” statistics. I mean the ones that either truly tell a story, cause me to think about things in a different way or, quite simply, make me laugh.

Diabolical geniuses just don’t exist all that much

One of the joys of watching crime dramas on television or in the movies is the cat-and-mouse game often played between a brilliant criminal and the detectives who eventually get out in front of the evil mastermind through a combination of hard work and a bit of cleverness of their own.

Guinness still recognizing greatness 60 years later

It had to be a startling scene for anyone who happened to pass by the park on that summer morning in 1979.

The end of summer? More like the beginning of fall!

Labor Day weekend.

Those three words alone can generate a plethora of emotions across the board. They actually work together to constitute one word in our reality, joining “Memorial Day weekend” and “Fourth of July” as the sacred trinity of important summer benchmarks for our community — the beginning, the heart and the end of another summer season.

Williams’ humor, kindness will not be forgotten

When one is in elementary school, opportunities to express one’s individuality are few and far between.

They are athletes, for sure, but also good sports

Sometimes, it is the smallest gesture that can have the greatest impact.

Clayton gets its marker, and brings us all together

Some words are simply synonymous with others, for one reason or another.

Kickstarter the place to be for sidedish dreams

I’m beginning to finally wrap my mind around the notion that I am becoming old.

Can you feel nostalgic over the OJ car chase?

Tuesday apparently marked the 20th anniversary of the most boring thing that’s ever been put on television — a seminal moment in history that quite-possibly sprung the birth of reality television, caused much of the free world to simulataneously stare in a state of disbelief like Dr. Evil was spinning a giant hypnotic wheel from the moon and most likely caused the Ford Bronco to stop being manufactured.

A legend moves on, and we are lesser for it

I’ve been influenced by many great writers over the years. It’s important to note that I wrote “influenced” there, because I can’t say with a completely clear conscience that I was ever able to pick up any of their talent or secrets.

So, yeah, we got beat once again in cornhole

Throughout the history of recorded time, there have been two absolute, undeniable truths.

More killings — more questions unanswered

So, I got into a bit of a debate with some friends over the Memorial Day weekend.

A new season brings with it new goals

There are so many things for us as a community to be grateful for as we embark on another voyage into a summer season.

We indeed have free speech — to a point

Racism has again entered the nation’s conversation lately, as people have responded to the insidious remarks made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling in a recording reportedly made without his knowledge by his admitted mistress.

What can I say? I am definitely a momma’s boy

The notion of “family” has been in my mind quite a bit lately.

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