Forty for Forty – #31. Film Flam

On May 22, 1994 – on a beautiful Spring morning in the bucolic Happy Valley that houses the University of Massachusetts, Amherst – I marched through a gauntlet of countless peers standing in the same boat and grabbed hold of my Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. It marked the crowing achievement on four years of study,…

Forty for Forty – #30. On Writing

It’s been awhile since I posted one of these but I really wanted to make sure the coast was clear after that little April Fools prank  I pulled. Plus, I’m still smarting over “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow” book deal. With this post, we round the bend to the final 10 posts leading to 40. In…

Forty for Forty – #29. The April Fools

“A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.” ~ Ancient Proverb, Author Unknown Time to come clean. April Fools!!! I’m dying to know who among you completely fell for my latest fool-proof plan. Especially when it’s become something of an annual event…

Forty for Forty – #28. Forty for Forty

What a week! First a job offer. Now a book deal!!! The week began with me accepting a brand new job within my company. It ended with me officially signing off on something completely different and infinitely more exciting. This is what all those cryptic Facebook updates were all about. More on that in a…

Forty for Forty – #27. A Boy and His Dogs

I never had a dog growing up. When you’re a boy and you develop without a canine by your side, two things happen. First you pine for one – or at least, the romantic notion of one. There’s just something inherently mythic about a boy and his dog. That image marks so much of our…

Forty for Forty – #26. Two Eds Are Better Than One

“Doesn’t that guy have anything better to do?” That the thought that pops through my mind every single time I walk by “the other Ed“. For years now, at least twice a week, at various times throughout the day – as I step away from my desk at work to chase down some intel from…

Forty for Forty – #25. Desert Island Game

You know that Desert Island game? If not, it goes like this. If you were trapped on a Desert Island, name three movies or TV shows or songs that you would like to have with you to help kill the time. It’s a great little diversion aimed at getting you to narrow down your favorites….

Forty for Forty – #24. Will I Ever Watch TV Again?

“Will I ever watch TV again?” Those were my first words – uttered in the waking light of my first official day as a proud papa. 24 hours prior, I was rousing Andi from bed so we could make the short trek to the South Shore Hospital in South Weymouth, MA where she was scheduled…

Forty for Forty – #23. Everything but Net

There was a time when I thought Colin would never speak. He was 2, getting very close to 3, and at the time – as I saw so many of my friends’ kids hitting certain developmental milestones many months ahead of my little boy, I frantically hit the Internet trying to diagnose what I thought…

Forty for Forty – #22. It Gets Better

In the original ‘Back to the Future‘, a teen travels back 30 years – from 1985 to 1955; a time when people listened to weird music and dressed real strange. If they were to remake that movie now (and bite my tongue because you know it’s inevitable); anyway – today’s Marty McFly would flash back…