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What to REALLY Expect When You’re Expecting: The Straight Dope

Quite soon, my stepson and his wife are expecting their first baby. (Spoiler alert: It’s either a girl or a boy.) I’m so over-the-moon excited for them. It harkens me back to the days leading up to the arrival of my first son more than 20 years ago. It was a time filled with excitement … Continue reading What to REALLY Expect When You’re Expecting: The Straight Dope

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Going Old School to Get Into Shape

With the encouragement of my childhood friends who make up the About Men Radio crew, I’ve decided to fully embrace the AMR Fitness Challenge. It’s not that I haven’t tried to eat right and exercise. I’ve been working out consistently for nearly 15 years but I would say in the past two or so, I’ve … Continue reading Going Old School to Get Into Shape

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Weighing in on the AMR Fitness Challenge

Note: About Men Radio member Richard Rodriguez wrote this a month ago as we prepared our AMR Fitness Challenge. We’re encouraging all men to do what they can to get themselves in better shape. Here is Rich’s first installment: It is July 1st and I have determined this to be the start of my entry into … Continue reading Weighing in on the AMR Fitness Challenge

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No More Excuses, It’s Time to Get Healthy

Longtime listeners of the podcast know that getting the entire AMR Posse to reach a consensus on anything is quite the achievement so this episode may come as a shock. Father John, Coach Silvio, SuperDad, Mele Mel along with yours truly, El Kaiser, have unanimously agreed that getting healthy should be our top priority for the rest of the year. … Continue reading No More Excuses, It’s Time to Get Healthy

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Talking Men’s Health

In this latest episode of About Men Radio shenanigans, Pedro and Chris talk about men’s health —  no, not the magazine —  but what it takes for men our age to be of sound bodies. (Forget about our minds, those are shot!) Partly the discussion was spurred on by recent medical procedures we both endured … Continue reading Talking Men’s Health

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A July Fourth Wedding: Happy Un-Independence Day!

Today marks my sixth “Un-Independence Day.” I got married on July 4, 2010, to Meg, who is gorgeous, tall and fiercely, fiercely bright. I was then and continue now to be one lucky guy. Talk about marrying up… The wedding itself was a relatively easy event compared to getting engaged. Meg loves waterfalls and what … Continue reading A July Fourth Wedding: Happy Un-Independence Day!

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Brexit, Trump and the Best Insults Ever

Say what you want about the Brexit vote and about Donald Trump (and let’s face it, there’s a lot to say about both) but the most important development to arise from the intersection of these two newsmakers was the hilariously inventive invective streamed at Trump during his post-Brexit visit to Scotland. A quick refresher: British … Continue reading Brexit, Trump and the Best Insults Ever

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Father’s Day Roundtable

As fathers, we hardly lead the lives of television characters such as “Father Knows Best,” “Leave It to Beaver,” or “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father.” Unlike television characters, our parenting efforts lack a script. We make it up as we go along, drawing on what experiences we recall from our parents. The results are far … Continue reading Father’s Day Roundtable

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How a Symbol of Love and Loyalty Saved My Finger

“All kings should have scars.” That was what Queen Cersei said to her son Joffrey, who was soon to become king on “Game of Thrones.” As hated as both of those characters were by fans, I have to agree. Scars are reminders of a battle, won or lost, that have left their mark. Scars have … Continue reading How a Symbol of Love and Loyalty Saved My Finger

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Men Who Are Miserable, Join the Fight Against Shopping!

An Instagram account called “miserable_men” documents the silent suffering that is the scourge of all men: Shadowing their wives or girlfriends as they go shopping. You know the scene I am talking about, or perhaps you have lived this nightmare yourself. Your significant other wants you to go shopping at the mall, which means you … Continue reading Men Who Are Miserable, Join the Fight Against Shopping!

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We’ve Got About as Much Job Security as a “Game of Thrones” Character

This sure as heck is not your father’s economy or job market. Gone are the days when a person could expect to start, stay and retire from the same company after 30 or more years of service. You are likely to switch jobs any number of times as opportunities — and companies — ebb and … Continue reading We’ve Got About as Much Job Security as a “Game of Thrones” Character

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Jason Lives! Celebrating “Friday the 13th” in Its Hometown

What does Friday the 13th mean to you? For many people I’m sure it represents some superstitious beliefs about the number 13, bad luck and ominous happenings on this day that can possibly occur three times a year. For many people who are fans of a certain movie genre, it is a cause to celebrate … Continue reading Jason Lives! Celebrating “Friday the 13th” in Its Hometown

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“Mansplaining?” Let Us ‘Splain It to You

Just because Pedro and I are men does not mean we can explain everything about what our gender does. Take for instance “mansplaining,” the way men will insert themselves into a conversation and talk to a woman like she was a 4-year-old and the man was the Great Wizard of Oz. Or at least that … Continue reading “Mansplaining?” Let Us ‘Splain It to You

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A Visit to the Penis Museum

There has not been this much news coverage and public conversation about penises since Anthony Weiner’s campaign for New York City mayor flamed out over some too-revealing selfies. Donald Trump’s allusion to his manhood — in no less a setting than a Republican presidential debate — and Hulk Hogan’s recently concluded trial against Gawker (“Hulk Hogan lied about … Continue reading A Visit to the Penis Museum

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Some of That Old-Time Religion

In an article from September of last year, AMR posse member Chris detailed his personal crisis of faith.  In the post he explains why he drifted away from his faith and acted on his growing indifference toward the Church’s teachings about the existence of God, Jesus Christ and the ceremonial trappings of Catholicism. On this episode of … Continue reading Some of That Old-Time Religion

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The Verizon Strike, Men and Job Insecurity

Seeing Verizon workers on strike picketing outside company offices made me think about 1971. My dad was working for what was then New York Telephone Company (this was years before the breakup of AT&T into the “Baby Bells”) and the union he belonged to, the Communications Workers of America, went on strike. It ended up … Continue reading The Verizon Strike, Men and Job Insecurity

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You Wondered, We Answered

We here at About Men Radio are nothing if not a full-service podcast and website. We invited readers and listeners to submit their most burning questions about men and some of our peculiar behaviors. Among the questions put to us: Jacqueline Damian: Why can men never find anything in the house? Why do so many … Continue reading You Wondered, We Answered

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About Men Radio Turns 2!

Wish happy birthday to About Men Radio! We turn 2 today (which is appropriate considering our behavior)! if you’ve not checked out our podcasts or read our blogs, today is a great day to get started and to get caught up. Go ahead, and have a piece of cake on us!

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What Is Wrong With This Picture?

What is wrong with this picture? As far as I can tell, nothing. But try telling that to some of the trolls who came out and criticized the photo — specifically how actor Michael B. Jordan and director Ryan Coogler were posed. According to mic.com, the photo, which appeared in Vanity Fair, prompted comments like these: … Continue reading What Is Wrong With This Picture?

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The AMR Posse Reunites in Florida!

The About Men Radio posse recently got together for the first time as a group since 1985. Thankfully, the intervening decades have not changed us: Stupid jokes, endless ball-busting and side-splitting laughing were all the rage for our get-together. Here then is an array of the photos from our get-together, with my snarky captions.

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How I Survived My Daughter’s First Concert (and Mosh Pit)

My daughter turned 20 today. So many feelings and memories surround the writing of that sentence. I had to stop a second because my eyes started sweating a little. I have many wonderful thoughts of being able to be that larger-than-life presence in her life. I was, and still am, the daddy. Although my role … Continue reading How I Survived My Daughter’s First Concert (and Mosh Pit)

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Some Marriages Age Like Fine Wine, Others Turn to Vinegar

Don’t be fooled by the seemingly negative title of this week’s episode. We are celebrating the bonds of wedlock, not tearing them down. All of the posse members have jumped the broom, with varying degrees of success, and during our recent summit at the AMR Central Florida Command Center, we had a frank and probing … Continue reading Some Marriages Age Like Fine Wine, Others Turn to Vinegar

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Taking Fear to New Heights

For me, fear is an invisible emotional or mental “weakness” that I have historically refused myself permission to give in to. My attitude has long been that it’s an effort of will: You can push through fear and pretend it’s not really there. But I learned something recently that turned that line of thinking on … Continue reading Taking Fear to New Heights

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Life After “Downton Abbey” For Its Characters

The series finale of “Downton Abbey” is Sunday night but that does not mean the characters do not carry on with their lives. Here is a glimpse of what happened with some of the major players post-DA: Mrs. Patmore: Moved to Nevada where brothels are legal, and opened her own house of ill repute, Patmore’s … Continue reading Life After “Downton Abbey” For Its Characters

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The Words to Avoid When Fighting With Your Wife or Girlfriend

I have a very interesting relationship. I’m an American with a German girlfriend. Not only that, but I now live in Germany. Maya and I met in Manhattan in 2007 – she was an au pair – and I decided to move to Germany in 2013. Over the years, I have flown over the Atlantic … Continue reading The Words to Avoid When Fighting With Your Wife or Girlfriend

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Getting by With a Little Help From Our Friends

It is not every day that the entire About Men Radio posse gets together. In fact, it took a bit of carbon-dating to determine that the last time Silvio, Rich,  Pedro, John and I were all in the same room together was 1985! It is almost hard to believe that it has been that long … Continue reading Getting by With a Little Help From Our Friends

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Pussycat List

Let’s be honest: What man – or woman for that matter – does not have a Hollywood heartthrob for whom he or she does not secretly carry a torch? Call them what you will: Models. Hunks. Starlets. Celebrities. My late fiancée had a name for the actors she got hot and bothered about: She said … Continue reading Pussycat List

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Action Figures of the 60s and 70s: Where Are They Now?

With the news today that Mattel is updating its line of Barbie dolls to be more diverse and realistically representative of the population at large, I bring you these updates on popular boys’ action figures from yesteryear: * Action Jackson: Now in his late 60s, AJ ain’t getting any action without the help of a … Continue reading Action Figures of the 60s and 70s: Where Are They Now?

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In Defense of Cosmo

I confess. Seeing the new issue of The New Yorker, crumpled up and stuffed into my mailbox each week, never fails to give me a legitimate thrill. I look forward to shutting out the cacophony of my New York City commute by diving into the venerable magazine’s essays, fiction, satire, and cartoons. I grew up loving magazines. … Continue reading In Defense of Cosmo

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Why ‘The Revenant’ Is Not Worthy of an Oscar

Maybe by now you’ve heard of this movie called “The Revenant.” It’s gained a fair amount of notice after being nominated for 12 Oscars (including best picture, best actor and best director) and after it won three awards at the Golden Globes. “The Revenant” – a reference to a person who has returned, especially from … Continue reading Why ‘The Revenant’ Is Not Worthy of an Oscar

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Let’s Talk About Sex

The start of the mega-hit Let’s Talk About Sex begins with at least one of the band members expressing concern about the controversial topic of their song. Keep in mind, this was way back in 1991 and mentioning bumping uglies in a pop song was still very much frowned upon. Their concern was not surprising and probably part of a … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Sex

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Get Up or Die: Surviving a Trampling at a Rock Concert

The next thing I knew I was knocked down to the dirt and panic filled me… This is what I felt in 1992 at the Lollapalooza music festival in Waterloo Village in Byram, N.J., as the headlining band The Red Hot Chili Peppers began their set. I had been at the traveling music festival all day … Continue reading Get Up or Die: Surviving a Trampling at a Rock Concert

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We Need Your Opinon: Which “Star Wars” Movie Is the Best of the Seven?

The debate is on and we need your input! All of the members of the About Men Radio posse have now seen the latest installment in the “Star Wars” franchise, “The Force Awakens,” but there are shades of disagreement about how TFA ranks compared to the previous six installments. As you will hear in in … Continue reading We Need Your Opinon: Which “Star Wars” Movie Is the Best of the Seven?

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Are You Ready to Take Our “The Force Awakens” Quiz?

How hardcore a “Star Wars” fan are you? Well, if – and only IF – you have seen the newest SW Episode VII movie, “The Force Awakens,” should you take this quiz. (There are spoilers ahead…) Let’s see if you are a Jedi master or merely a scruffy nerf heder. For answers, scroll all the way … Continue reading Are You Ready to Take Our “The Force Awakens” Quiz?

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Know “Star Wars” Think You Do? This Quiz Shall You Take!

This quiz, compiled by John O’Connell,  will test your knowledge of the “Star Wars” books, movies, cartoons and games. (For answers scroll all the way to the bottom.) 1.  Who restored balance to the Force? 2.  What was the name of Queen Amidala’s planet that she ruled? 3 . What elephant-like armored tanks were on … Continue reading Know “Star Wars” Think You Do? This Quiz Shall You Take!

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A Very Special Message From About Men Radio

As a Star Wars parent, you want to do everything you can to keep your kids from experimenting with the prequels. Repeated viewing of the Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith may not be an epidemic, but the impact on American society is staggering. Don’t let your kids fall under the … Continue reading A Very Special Message From About Men Radio

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A Recap of “Star Wars” With a Biblical Interpretive Twist

A co-worker said that she never saw any of the movies or cartoons. This conversation gave me an idea for this blog post. So, a recap for all of you who haven’t seen any of the movies or cartoons or have read the books or played the Star Wars video games, you may have heard … Continue reading A Recap of “Star Wars” With a Biblical Interpretive Twist

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Unbreak my Heart, J.J. Abrams

They aren’t just movies. As Chris and I discuss on this episode of About Men Radio, the original Star Wars trilogy continues to be an important part of our lives and a cultural touchstone for the entire AMR posse. While Chris has gone “all in” and is already set to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens multiple times … Continue reading Unbreak my Heart, J.J. Abrams

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A “Star Wars” Fan’s Dream Comes True!

When I read that a former colleague of mine, Germain Lussier, had interviewed Harrison Ford – among other leading lights from the new “Star Wars” movie – I could not think of a more worthy person to celebrate such a professional milestone. I knew Germain from my time as an editor at The Times Herald-Record … Continue reading A “Star Wars” Fan’s Dream Comes True!

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Remembering the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shootings in Newtown

Note: Today marks the third anniversary of the mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., which took 27 lives.  I wrote this column when I was executive editor at the Pocono Record in Stroudsburg, Pa. It appeared in the paper on Dec. 27, 2012. Weeks before the mass murders made Newtown, Conn., a household name, we had planned … Continue reading Remembering the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shootings in Newtown

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A-Hunting I Will Go…

I am invisible. You cannot see me. You cannot smell me. And, apart from my growling stomach, you cannot hear me. I am dressed in camouflage, covered in scent-killing spray, perched about 17 feet off the ground in a tree stand near the Delaware State Forest in the Poconos woods of Pennsylvania. It’s late October … Continue reading A-Hunting I Will Go…

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Man in Mourning: Where Do You Put the Pepsi and the Pain?

It was nine years ago today that my fiancée Carla died. The weeks immediately after her death were a blend of profound sorrow and emptiness. Carla, who led a colorful and sometimes pain-filled life, used to joke: “Growth experiences are a bitch.” Yeah, that about described it. Looking back on those early months after her death opens … Continue reading Man in Mourning: Where Do You Put the Pepsi and the Pain?

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A Mad Rush for Bras and Panties

Editor’s note: Meg McGuire, wife of About Men Radio contributor Christopher Mele, offers this recollection of working at a retail clothing store at the Reading, Pa., outlet malls on Black Friday many years ago. The wrinkle? She didn’t know it was Black Friday. When I returned from England all those years ago in October with … Continue reading A Mad Rush for Bras and Panties

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No One Gets Out of Here Alive

The older you get, the closer your mortality appears to be gaining on you in your rear-view mirror. Once you cross the threshold of 50, you’ve lived enough of life to have experienced some losses personally, seen others who have suffered them or just simply are more aware that no one gets out of here … Continue reading No One Gets Out of Here Alive

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I Worship at the Church of Dunkin’ Donuts

Having spent a week in May in the San Francisco Bay area, I have these observations to report: * The weather is consistently cool and comfortable. * The locals are unfailingly polite and helpful. * Colorful flowers grow easily and in abundance. * The restaurants are diverse and the food is fresh and flavorful. * … Continue reading I Worship at the Church of Dunkin’ Donuts

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It’s my Fault the New York Mets Lost the 2015 World Series

Most fans are blaming Terry Collins, Daniel Murphy, Fallout Boy, or some combination of the three, for the Mets crushing World Series failure. The sad truth is that I am solely responsible for the Kansas City Royals being this year’s MLB World Series champions. You see I’ve been blessed with very powerful baseball mojo. I … Continue reading It’s my Fault the New York Mets Lost the 2015 World Series

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Why I Won’t Miss the Photos of Naked Women in Playboy

Playboy without nude women? It’s like peanut butter without jelly. As a subscriber to Playboy for more than a dozen years, I can say, though, I will not miss the naked pictorials, which the magazine announced it will discontinue in March. There is the old joke that men get the magazine to read the articles. Well, the … Continue reading Why I Won’t Miss the Photos of Naked Women in Playboy

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AMR 29: Happy Halloween Edition

No doubt you’ve all read Chris’s tale about how, despite his general distaste for Halloween haunted houses, he girded his loins and joined posse members Rich and Father John at  the Haunted Scarehouse in Wharton, N.J. Whaddaya mean you haven’t read it?!?!?! Stop wasting time and check it out here. I’ll wait. As luck would have … Continue reading AMR 29: Happy Halloween Edition

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My Haunted Scarehouse Visit: Screaming, and Lots of It

When it comes to visiting Halloween haunted houses, let’s just say that I sprout feathers and Frank Perdue is sizing me up. My earliest recollection of visiting a spooky attraction came when I was about four years old. My dad and I went with a neighbor to the Palisades Amusement Park in New Jersey. We … Continue reading My Haunted Scarehouse Visit: Screaming, and Lots of It

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It’s Never About the Destination, It’s About the Journey

This is how these things usually breakdown: Chris gets a crazy idea. I say “sure, what the fuck, I’ve lived too long anyway” then Rich, John and Silvio decide if they want in too. It’s been our M.O. for 40 years and, as evidenced in this latest episode of our fine podcast, things won’t be changing … Continue reading It’s Never About the Destination, It’s About the Journey

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Celebrating 14 Years of My ‘Exercise Sobriety’

Today marks my birthday but more important than that, it is year 14 of my “exercise sobriety.” At About Men Radio, we’ve touched on health, fitness, exercise and eating right in any number of podcasts and blog posts. Pedro and I talked about our exercise routines and eating right in podcasts here and here. And … Continue reading Celebrating 14 Years of My ‘Exercise Sobriety’

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A Bank Job: My Work as a Teller in the Bronx

A recent story in The New York Times made the case for why all young people should at least work one summer as a bank teller. It stirred memories of my years working as a part-time bank teller while going to college. While I didn’t get those money-management skills that the article suggested would result, … Continue reading A Bank Job: My Work as a Teller in the Bronx

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The Musical Edition of About Men Radio: “That’s Amore!”

Welcome to the musical interlude at About Men Radio. C’mon! Sing along! You know the words! “In Napoli where love is king When boy meets girl here’s what they say…” “When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie That’s amore!” “When the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine … Continue reading The Musical Edition of About Men Radio: “That’s Amore!”

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Battle of the Bulge: The Struggle to Eat Right and Exercise

Every man has had a battle of the bulge. No, not THAT bulge, you perv! Get your mind outta the gutter! I’m talking about the bulge ABOVE your belt. The spare tire. The love handles. The beer gut. Whatever you call it, by the time a guy reaches middle age, his metabolism isn’t what it … Continue reading Battle of the Bulge: The Struggle to Eat Right and Exercise

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Dancing as Lunchtime Therapy in a Bronx School

This story is about a song, a New York City public school, an energy-releasing lunchtime activity, and a unique policy by school officials that kept the peace during some rough times. Growing up in the Bronx during the 70s was a rough adventure for most city kids. Gangs, violence and an economic downturn made it … Continue reading Dancing as Lunchtime Therapy in a Bronx School

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My Crisis of Faith

You’ve heard the expression “Cafeteria Catholic” to describe someone who picks and chooses the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church they want to believe in or adhere to. Me? I’m a Drive-Thru Catholic. Here are my (lapsed) credentials: Attended and graduated Catholic elementary school and a Catholic all-boys high school; altar boy for five years; … Continue reading My Crisis of Faith

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