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New England Patriots during a team practice in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015.  The Patriots face the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

One Man’s Plan: Football and the loss of the American mind

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Watching the Patriots isn’t healthy for me. Since moving north two decades ago, I’ve seen the Patriots win a lot more than lose. Division titles, Super Bowls, MVPs, GRONK – I’ve fallen hard for them. But very little of it gives me joy. Viewing a Pats game is a mix of angst, stress, self-loathing, terror, nausea and occasional exhilaration. I …

One Man’s Plan: A day at the New Hampshire Food Bank

Sunday, December 14, 2014

When was the last time you were hungry? I don’t mean standing in line for Sunday Brunch at the local diner and wow doesn’t that short stack of pancakes look amazing kind of hungry. I’m talking about a distracting ache inside your stomach, a constant dull pain making you lightheaded, and an anxiety …

One Man’s Plan: Volunteering at Ward 7 showed me the true face of democracy

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Feeling a little cynical these days? Frustrated with your fellow citizens for choosing that bozo or reelecting such a nincompoop? In the surge toward this year’s election, I’d been swimming in a sea of cynicism, drenched by negative ads and images that made me wonder if America’s Biggest Idiot was running against the …

Living in an empty nest isn’t so bad

Sunday, October 26, 2014

My children left home for school a few months ago. My wife and I dropped our son off first, followed by our daughter a week later. We hugged them both, reminded them to stay in touch and told …

One Man’s Plan: Behold the passing of the expansive vocabulary

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Say goodbye to big words. I just learned the puppet masters at the College Board (“Ruining Teen Dreams since 1901!”) have determined that the verbal portion of the Scholastic Aptitude Test is just too hard for today’s youth. …

One Man’s Plan: A 9-day detox cleanse? Just what the post-holiday bulge requires

Sunday, February 23, 2014

I need a change. The holidays should be a distant memory, but they’re still with me, right around my midsection. I guess all that beer, the Frito fiesta dips, triple-baked potato challenges and piece after piece of cake, …

One Man’s Plan: Bad vision – it happens to the best of us

Sunday, January 12, 2014

‘I’ll never need eye glasses. They’re for people who didn’t eat enough carrots growing up. And everyone knows Clark Kent doesn’t put glasses on to become Superman.” These are the things I’ve said to myself over and over, …

One Man’s Plan: An Equation for Redemption

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Recently I wrote a few sentences about mathematics that could have been construed as less than supportive of the discipline. Yes, the word “hate,” was used, as in, “I hate math.” And I admit making comments on number-related …

One Man’s Plan: Learning to hate math all over again

Sunday, October 27, 2013

e_SSLqCan you help me with my math homework?” my daughter calls to me from the living room, motioning to an open textbook, pencil in hand. Nothing strikes terror in my heart like the words “math” and “help me” …

One Man’s Plan: Sandeep and Sully – a trip to India

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Describing a trip to India to someone who’s never been there is like explaining a dream from last night that makes you sound outhouse-rat bonkers. “And the podiatrist was this super tall pelican with a Wisconsin accent, a …

One Man's Plan: A night on Winnipesaukee with the Marine Patrol

Sunday, July 21, 2013

It’s close to 1 a.m. – the early hours of July Fourth – and there’s a man with curly hair sitting a few feet away from me trying to touch his fingers to his nose with his eyes …

One Man's Plan: A police K9 shouldn't make you cry

Sunday, April 21, 2013

I hear the beast before I see him, his humid, heavy breathing filling the darkness, bouncing off the discarded junk strewn across the factory floor. He’s trying to find me. I’m curled into a fetal ball in a …

One Man's Plan: Zombies stole my mind

Sunday, January 27, 2013

I miss the zombies. It’s been almost two months, and I miss their plodding gait, their gurgling moans and their unwavering quest for feasting on all things living. The Walking Dead, the greatest hour of zombie-themed televised entertainment …

One Man's Plan: Where's the heart in Christmas cards?

Sunday, December 16, 2012

With the yuletide clock ticking down on this holiday season, I need a time-out. A man can hear only so many versions of “Santa Baby” sung in a half-toddler, half-boozy-harlot voice before he questions his worth as a …

One Man's Plan: Time's up

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Are you ready for the end of the world? I just learned that on Dec. 21, Planet Earth will be engulfed by massive solar storms, followed by a cataclysmic reversal in the magnetic poles. And then, as if …