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Between the Lines: Who Cares?

ColumnConscious life, hear me roar. I think the first time I became aware of trash and the environment was when the Keep America Beautiful commercial of Iron Eyes Cody came out. (As drums pound and smokestacks puff out fumes, Cody looks at a highway coated in debris. A bag of […]

Between the Lines: The Disconnect

ColumnConscious life, hear me roar. When I was around 12 I helped my father gut a deer. That night, before anything happened, my mother and I were talking softly by a crackling fire. It was November, with darkness falling early and the wood’s silence deafening, even perched on a cliff […]

Between the Lines: Waking Up With Opportunity

ColumnConscious life, hear me roar. Each day we wake up with hope. You may not realize it, but every morning when you brush your teeth, make a part in your hair, swipe your metro card or open the front door, you are subconsciously convinced that today will be a new, […]

Between the Lines: Our Biographies as History

ColumnConscious life, hear me roar. I recently got a direct message on Facebook from a high school friend I haven’t talked to in many years. “Do you still have that picture of you and the ghost in Africa?” He wrote. I sat there staring at the screen, thinking it funny […]

Between the Lines: Opportunity Knocks

ColumnConscious life, hear me roar. Poet Mary Oliver took on hero status for me when I was 24, living in Portland, Oregon, and in the only “bad” relationship I have ever had. What always comes as a complete surprise to me is that I was introduced to the poet through […]

Between the Lines: Did You Lose Your Edge?

ColumnConscious life, hear me roar. A friend commented on a recent column I wrote, saying, “The last time I went to hear a band in Boston, I realized I’d become the creepy older guy in the back of the room.” “Creepy?” I asked him. “We’ve become creepy?” Christ.

Between the Lines: Opportunity Knocks

ColumnConscious life, hear me roar. Poet Mary Oliver took on hero status for me when I was 24, living in Portland, Oregon, and in the only “bad” relationship I have ever had. What always comes as a complete surprise to me is that I was introduced to the poet through […]

Between the Lines: The Stranger

ColumnConscious life, hear me roar. When I was 21, I set sail on an old cargo ship for Europe and North Africa. Two years prior, I’d finished college in Italy, had backpacked Europe and Tunisia by myself, and had finally come back to Cape Cod – as you might imagine, […]

Between the Lines: The Power of the Written Word

ColumnConscious life, hear me roar. Two-Volume Novel The sun’s gone dim, and The moon’s turned black; For I loved him, and He didn’t love back. – Dorothy Parker My daughter came home from school the other day with this Dorothy Parker poem scribbled in 11-year-old penmanship down her palm and […]

Between the Lines: Waking Up With Opportunity

ColumnConscious life, hear me roar. Each day we wake up with hope. You may not realize it, but every morning when you brush your teeth, make a part in your hair, swipe your metro card or open the front door, you are subconsciously convinced that today will be a new, […]

Between the Lines: Waking Up With Opportunity

ColumnConscious life, hear me roar. Each day we wake up with hope. You may not realize it, but every morning when you brush your teeth, make a part in your hair, swipe your metro card or open the front door, you are subconsciously convinced that today will be a new, […]

Between the Lines: Giving Thanks for Imelda

ColumnConscious life, hear me roar. The night before Thanksgiving, my family was safely tucked in their beds all under one roof. With my parents visiting for the holiday, we play a little bed scramble: My mom always takes my daughter’s bed upstairs, my daughter and I sleep in my bed, […]

Between the Lines: The Stranger

ColumnConscious life, hear me roar. When I was 21, I set sail on an old cargo ship for Europe and North Africa. Two years prior, I’d finished college in Italy, had backpacked Europe and Tunisia by myself, and had finally come back to Cape Cod – as you might imagine, […]

Between the Lines: The Disconnect

ColumnConscious life, hear me roar. When I was around 12 I helped my father gut a deer. That night, before anything happened, my mother and I were talking softly by a crackling fire. It was November, with darkness falling early and the wood’s silence deafening, even perched on a cliff […]

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Between the Lines: Our Biographies as History

ColumnConscious life, hear me roar. I recently got a direct message on Facebook from a high school friend I haven’t talked to in many years. “Do you still have that picture of you and the ghost in Africa?” He wrote. I sat there staring at the screen, thinking it funny […]

Between the Lines: From NYFW to the Garment Factories of Pakistan

ColumnConscious life, hear me roar. I have just returned back home from running around Manhattan and New York Fashion Week. As you might imagine, an intense week full of long legged runway models, moody designer presentations, and the deep bass beats of stylish music gives New York City the air […]

Between the Lines: Waking Up With Opportunity

ColumnConscious life, hear me roar. Each day we wake up with hope. You may not realize it, but every morning when you brush your teeth, make a part in your hair, swipe your metro card or open the front door, you are subconsciously convinced that today will be a new, […]

Between the Lines: Living The Hail Mary

ColumnConscious life, hear me roar. I was brought up Catholic by two parents born and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The seaside city is still dotted with my French Canadian relatives who must still believe that religious statues bleed and cry when we sin and masturbate. If you go today […]

Between the Lines: Rethinking the Bucket List

ColumnConscious life, hear me roar. When I was 19, living in Italy and then backpacking Europe, I re-entered my life back here in the States with a whole new perspective on what I would want from the future. Oh, I could envision this virgin bucket list and sitting here writing […]

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