Tell Your Story: Space is Limited

When my town’s recreation and community education department sent out an email looking for instructors to teach classes during the spring and summer, I drafted three proposals. To my surprise, all three were accepted; and, if people sign up, all three will run. Although I’m looking forward to facilitating a conversation about the divorce process […]

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To the Threats, I ask, “Is Life Not a Hundred Times too Short for Us to Stifle Ourselves”? ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

On Thursday evening, I received another letter threatening a lawsuit, summarized with “please be informed that absent the immediate removal of your writings from the Internet  . . . a lawsuit will follow.” We live in a nation where we each have been promised the inalienable right to free speech. I’m exercising this right. And […]

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The Looming Threats of a Lawsuit

On July 19th, just hours before I’d published even one word of Episode 1 of GINNED UP, I received a letter from an attorney. This attorney represents a person integral to my memoir. The salient part read as follows: “If you publish or in any way promote false and defamatory statements or information of and concerning (my […]

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To the People of My Hometown

As you may recall, seven years and some months ago, I resigned my elected seat on our town’s Board of Selectmen. What you likely do not know is that just a few weeks after my resignation, a then-sitting board member called to warn me that The Boston Globe would likely be calling for my comment […]

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WARNING: Mature Audiences Only

I’m about to tell you some very personal information about me—and, I suppose, about the people I came to know, came to trust, and in the last seven years, came to question. In this years-long unearthing of myself, I have obsessively studied human nature, individual motivations, inviolable loyalties, and painful betrayals. And I had all […]

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The Perilous Comforts of Being Average

Twenty-two years ago when my fiancé and I wrote our wedding vows, we agreed to incorporate particular words and phrases. Of course, “love” and “respect” were there, but I felt it important to include “extraordinary life.” That word, “extraordinary,” is something of an oxymoron, in that, the meaning is understood as “exceptional” and/or “special,” not […]

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