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Listening to comedian Tig Notaro on a recent podcast, she expressed insecurity over failing to complete high school. She worries that there are large gaps in her knowledge base because she left high school early and instead earned a GED. I wanted to jump through my headphones and let Tig know that she has nothing…

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My son is somehow becoming cooler and better dressed than me. I’m not sure how I feel about this.

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Here’s how McDonald’s did it: Even though I eat an Egg McMuffin almost every day, and even though I managed McDonald’s restaurants for more than a decade, I did not have the McDonald’s app on my phone. I’ve downloaded the Chipotle app. The Panera app. The Way Back Burger app. The Dominos and Shake Shack…

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After more than two decades in the classroom, I can say with confidence that this particular school year has been more challenging than most. There are lots of little things that make it challenging. Things like trying to speak loud enough and articulately enough to be heard through a mask. Listening closely enough to hear…

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My friend, Dan, texted me yesterday morning. “Did you marry someone at Flamig Farm?” The text was accompanied by a photo of me, officiating a wedding at the local farm. Apparently I’ve become a part of their advertising. While I have memories of taking my children to that farm when they were little, my memories…

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I’m going to play golf with friends this weekend. Golf is a great game for so many reasons, but here’s a huge one: It allows me to spend quality time with friends. This seems fairly obvious, but consider this: Once or twice a week (and sometimes more in the summer), I take a two to…

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Sometimes a television show comes along that transcends all other shows by bringing the characters of that show to life and making you feel like you’re not watching TV as much as spending time with the best of people. I felt this way about The Office. I still do. I miss those people so much.…

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I spotted this sign in the entrance of Thornes Marketplace in Northampton, MA. Weird. Right? If it were 1982, perhaps there was reason to be excited, but in 2020? Slow your roll, UMassFive College Federal Credit Union. It’s an ATM. Invented in 1967. Coming in 2021 to an increasingly cashless society. I don’t think there…

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A decade or two from now, I’ll  show this screenshot to an NFL fan and wait for the quizzical look. Then the questions will come. “Why was the Broncos – Patriots game postponed?” “Why is there a team called Football Team?” “The Jets and Bengals were terrible teams back then, too?” I’ll pause for a…

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If you watched Saturday Night Live this weekend, you heard Pete Davidson criticize JK Rowling for a slew of what Davidson and cast mate Colin Jost referred to as “transphobic” comments. I agree with Davidson and Jost regarding their criticism. Rowling has been an enormous disappointment in this regard. But I can’t stand the word…

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