Literature

The “Friday Night Lights of Hockey”

The “Friday Night Lights of Hockey”: Jay Atkinson’s Tale at Twenty By David Daniel “Hockey gets in the blood—you develop an intense passion for the game, and either you leave it—too many early mornings, bus rides, urine-smelling rinks—or you just love it.” Jay Atkinson is author of eight books, including…

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Boarding School Blues: Chapter 38

Boarding School Blues: Chapter 38 By Louise Peloquin Dust Bunnies The next morning, while filing outside for recreation, classmates made sure Blanche saw their hang-in-there-and-stay-strong raised fists followed by love-ya-kiddo puckered-lip smiles. She responded likewise in an effort to simulate stoicism. Actually, she was looking forward to what would lie…

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Enterprises Requiring New Clothes

Enterprises Requiring New Clothes By David Daniel Henry David Thoreau, the Sage of Walden Pond, cautions us to beware of all enterprises that require new clothes. With due respect and affection for the man—and I have tons of both—there are times when new threads are called for . . .…

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Please Hold for Mr. Marek

Please Hold for Mr. Marek By David Daniel From the New York Times obituary, March 25, 2020: When Richard Marek was a young editor at Scribner’s in Manhattan in the early 1960s, he was entrusted with one of the literary world’s most important manuscripts, “A Moveable Feast,” Ernest Hemingway’s intimate…

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Boarding School Blues: Chapter 37

Boarding School Blues: Chapter 37 By Louise Peloquin Never too many, never too much Sister Claudette wasn’t expecting anyone that evening in the two-hundred-square-foot library adjacent to study hall. The elfin nun in her seventies was bent over a thick black tome and didn’t hear Blanche’s footsteps. Her eyes peered…

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‘Redemption’ by Babz Clough

Redemption By Babz Clough The Massachusetts Correctional Institute (MCI) at Norfolk was built by the inmates in the 1920s as a community-based prison in what was then rural Massachusetts. The prisoners learned how to lay bricks, how to weld, and how to plumb the buildings. They planted the gardens and…

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Living Madly – Kairos

Living Madly – Kairos By Emilie-Noelle Provost The ancient Greeks had two words for time. The first, chronos, refers to sequential measured time: minutes, hours, days, years. It’s the root of English words like synchronous and chronological, and the perception of time we most commonly use and understand. Lately, I’ve…

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Boarding School Blues: Chapter 36

Boarding School Blues: Chapter 36 By Louise Peloquin Chapter 36: Good vibes A long frantic day was winding down. By the time Blanche finished apologizing to her teachers for skipping class, evening had fallen. Loud grumbling reminded her that an empty tummy had been ignored for too long. When the…

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Boarding School Blues: Chapter 35

Boarding School Blues: Chapter 35 By Louise Peloquin Chapter 35: Consequences of playing hooky Blanche had no idea how much time had passed when her numbed body slid out of the confessor’s armchair to the floor with a thud. The singing had ceased. “The novices are outa here. Phew! That…

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