Category Archives: HEROES

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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NOBODY ELSE SPOKE LIKE THAT

One evening sixty years ago, my parents-in-law were returning to their apartment in Beirut, Lebanon. As they approached the building, a friend called out from the balcony. In a hushed voice he warned them, three rough-looking men were waiting upstairs. … 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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MY KINGDOM FOR JACINDA

Look, I know every country is different. I know different populations have different needs.  I don’t care. I want Jacinda. Right now. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern needs to drop her regular gig for a hot second and lead … Continue reading

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COVID-19, YOU STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM VAN MORRISON

As much as I worry about my parents during COVID-19 and about my wife’s mom, there’s another senior citizen whose welfare sometimes troubles me — Van Morrison. I have no reason to believe the famous Irish singer is anything but … 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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