Category Archives: COURAGE

DOUGH ON HER FINGERNAILS

When my mother-in-law was in middle school in Beirut around 1946, she arrived late to class one day. The teacher scolded her. “You owe ten cents,” he said. It had already been a long day for the 12-year-old girl. She … Continue reading

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SPEAKING UP

A friend recently wrote an essay for Time magazine on the cholera outbreaks in France in the 1830s. The piece is a good reminder that problems we experience today, though they may feel unique and once-in-a-lifetime, generally have similar antecedents in … Continue reading

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DAVE’S A MESS

There’s a scene in the old hockey movie Slapshot where an opponent talks trash about the Chiefs’ aging player-captain Paul Newman. One of Newman’s teammates, Dave, is outraged. He drops his stick and attacks the opponent. A bloody brawl ensues. … Continue reading

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MY HERO

My recent post about my my mother-in-law got me thinking about other heroes in my life. For as long as I can remember, No. 1 on the list has been my oldest sibling, Kenneth David Troyer. It’s not just that he shot … Continue reading

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DOWN THERE IN THE WOODS

One night 50-something years ago, my mother-in-law was driving home to New Hampshire from Boston when she noticed two cars stopped along the highway. She slowed down as she approached the two cars. One was a police car. Nobody was … Continue reading

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TO A FRIEND WHO OPENED HIS HEART

Thank you for opening your heart. Thank you for telling me who your father was. In truth, I already knew, From talking to him at the ice rink, and From how you and your brother turned out. People don’t turn … Continue reading

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GODDAMN FIXER

I really don’t have much good to say about Chris Fix. Apart from him cooking meals for my son. And rooting for my son at the ice hockey rink. And letting my son stay at the Fix home in Hermosa … Continue reading

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WHAT ARE YOU SCARED OF

Good old Dr. Ford. She knew she was stepping in front of a train. But she went ahead and did it anyway. Well, here’s to courage. As my friends know, I’m a podcast junkie. I listen to a jillion of … Continue reading

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THIS LYING-AROUND SHIT

What’s the recipe for a good pep talk? To me, it’s Anger plus Encouragement plus a Little Bit of Crazy. A widely acknowledged classic was given by coach Herb Brooks to the US hockey team before their upset victory against the … Continue reading

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THE IMPORTANCE OF TRYING HARD

Sorry for the long delay.  I know your lives were incomplete without a fresh posting. First, I want to discuss Jim Marsh, the Marcellus, N.Y., junior varsity football coach who was suspended last week for making an unplanned stop at … Continue reading

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