A few years ago, I had the pleasure of running into an old educator friend of mine who suggested my students might enjoy reading The Chronicles of Harris Burdick. The following short story was inspired by my experiences with the book.
I recently had the opportunity to read an advanced copy of the very talented Gary France's debut novel. Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of United drops in early February 2018 from FOW Books. Bottom line, I loved this book. CLICK HERE to read my review!
read parts 1 , 2 , 3 The prize fight must have ended while we were away because Hem and Scott were back to their own bickering when we arrived. “You told me you were putting it all on Carter. That’s why I bet on him. I thought you had a tip.” “I changed my … Continue reading A Significant Gamble (part 4 of 4)
read parts 1, 2 Again, we waded into the river of spilling coins and falling chips. Sam tugged at my collar when I found myself, as before, momentarily stunned by the ever-changing casino landscape. He lead me in this way, effective if not terribly ill-mannered for a Southern gentleman, past a minefield of slot machines, … Continue reading A Significant Gamble (part 3 of 4)
read part 1 Two enormous chandeliers hung at even intervals above the vast casino floor and swayed gently, almost imperceptibly, with the rocking of the boat. A million tiny crystals cascaded down their sides like frozen bits of waterfall and the light shining through them left confetti-like flecks on the surrounding walls and the backs … Continue reading A Significant Gamble (part 2 of 4)
I don’t know how I ended up there. It wasn’t my original destination, maybe not even my second choice. But I found myself wandering aimlessly across the pier, inhaling the dank aroma of sodden timber and murky river water. I’d been drawn here, maybe by that same soft voice which beckons lovers to their chance … Continue reading A Significant Gamble (part 1 of 4)
My latest column is live at Change Seven Magazine!
A collection of personal essays, Peanuts & Crackerjacks pays tribute to life’s most undervalued and effective instructor: the world of sports.
From the start I wanted to be a pitcher. I wanted to stand tall on the summit of the baseball diamond–at the center of it all–working the laces on the rawhide and setting the game in motion at my will. A slight nod, a stream of spit, and I’d fire something high and tight on the 0-2 count just to keep the batter guessing, because “pitching is the art of instilling fear.” Sandy Koufax said that. He also won the Cy Young Award three times and pitched four no-hitters and a perfect game, so how could he be wrong?
Thing was, every time I tried to throw a pitch–like, in a real game–I only ever managed to frighten the backstop. Like, the actual backstop. Not the catcher. I could…
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I'm a little late getting this out there, but my essay "The Paperboy Incident" appeared in the summer issue of Lowestoft Chronicle. It features one of the most embarrassing moments of my life, so I suggest you sit back and have a laugh on me. Read it here: LOWESTOFT CHRONICLE (summer issue) - THE PAPERBOY … Continue reading The Paperboy Incident
My obsession can be traced to a single day, when I learned that football had more to offer me than I ever imagined. It all started with a game of horse.