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Competition, equality and riding the bench

At Braddock Park, the playground in Queens where I learned so many life lessons, you had to earn your way onto the big-guys court. The rule was that winners stayed on the court. No one wanted to be saddled with … Continue reading

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Legend of Frank the Indian takes odd turn

The other day, my older brother John emailed me a picture and asked whether I knew who the dignified-looking, white-haired man was. “Looks like an Italian notable,” I responded. “That’s our Indian, Frankie Lia,” my brother replied. He had done a … Continue reading

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Going back to the park isn’t going home

  “The Long Way Home” is a song on Rosanne Cash’s new album titled “The River and the Thread,” which explores her Southern musical roots. She referred to the song with wry humor at a concert Friday in Folsom. The … Continue reading

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Speed bag conveys memories of long ago

I decided to retire my old speed bag. It’s been with me for at least 20 years. It’s too worn and cracked and covered in red tape to bother replacing the bladder again. Sometimes, you just have to let go. … Continue reading

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On being an athletic fat kid

  When I brought home my report card near the end of fourth grade at Our Lady of Lourdes grammar school in Queens, I gave it to my mother. She took it into the dining room to discuss it with … Continue reading

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