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Guestwords: In Praise of Pickup Games

Ah, the competition and camaraderie of hoops.

Aug 12, 2021
Guestwords: Going Home

I am 74 and diagnosed with end-stage heart and kidney disease. The doctors said there was not much more they could do. Go live life.

Aug 5, 2021
Guestwords: When the Living Is Easy

Memories of funky, beautiful, artistic Springs in the summer of ’64.

Jul 29, 2021
Guestwords: The Way We Were

The release of the Netflix mini-series “Halston” coincided with my discovery of a letter I’d written to a friend in Europe in early 1978 and never sent, containing my firsthand account of a busy Friday night when the designer played a starring role.

Jul 22, 2021
Guestwords: To Potato and Privet

Thoughts on “The Potato Book,” a droll, tongue-in-cheek time capsule of a book with a 1970s warning in Truman Capote’s foreword.

Jul 15, 2021
Guestwords: Where Man Was Born

Throughout this past year, for reasons that are not entirely clear to me, I have returned again and again to the lyrical prose of Peter Matthiessen’s “The Tree Where Man Was Born.”

Jul 8, 2021
Guestwords: The Seven Ages of One Man

July Fourth is a celebration of independence, and these are the reflections of an alumnus of the ’60s, the era of freedom.

Jul 1, 2021
Guestwords: A Year in Springs

Every March fills me with a false hope that spring is right around the corner. The inevitable rebirth of the new season is always painfully incremental. Glacial. The coldest winter I ever spent was a spring in Springs.

Jun 23, 2021
Guestwords: So, Whose Daughter Am I?

When I was 40 I began the previously forbidden search for my birth father.

Jun 16, 2021
Guestwords: Overcoming Sports Anxiety

June is L.G.B.T.Q. Pride Month, presenting an opportunity to celebrate and reflect, causing me to ponder if my awkwardness playing team sports was intensified because I was a gay kid.

Jun 10, 2021
Guestwords: The High Way of History

I read the sign’s words out loud: “Grand Army of the Republic Highway,” adding, “I love that about America. You’re never far from our history, and we’re still fighting the Civil War.”

Jun 2, 2021
Guestwords: A Question for Gardeners

Why do so many men of a certain age suddenly take up gardening?

May 27, 2021