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Obreight Ingram reflects on his childhood memories on the porch as Carol McCarthy gets a kiss from O.B. and holds Obreight's baby Kai.

(GEOFF FORESTER/Monitor staff)

Ray Duckler: Bond forged years ago draws NYC man back to his 'other' family in Concord

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Read the text, from a man who once raced down a dangerous road in life faster than a New York City cabbie, and you begin to understand. “If I ever become rich beyond my wildest dreams I’ll be sure to donate to the Fresh Air Fund,” Obreight Ingram, who lives in NYC, texted in February. “My family gets to know … 0

Ray Duckler: Destigmatizing mental illness is no easy task

Friday, July 18, 2014

Debbie Dion’s ringtone – the song “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” – interrupted Thursday’s calm outside the New Hampshire State Hospital. So did the voice on the other end. Officials at the hospital had relayed concerns to the social worker who works with Dion’s son, 15-year-old Shay Perselay. They felt uneasy … 2

Ray Duckler: A family affair, exciting at the start, fades to sadness

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

At 3-0, Pedro Godoi, born and raised in Brazil, got off the couch, dragged aside the screen door and disappeared outside. At 6-0, Pedro’s 13-year-old son, Joao, pulled aside the other screen door, across the living room, and disappeared, too. Neither father nor son could watch the unthinkable, the unimaginable, a 7-1 loss … 0

Ray Duckler: Missouri's Michael Sam comes out of the closet, breaks down the door

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Michael Sam, big, strong and tougher than we knew, acknowledged this weekend that he’s gay, which had football players and coaches on all levels buzzing. The 260-pound star defensive lineman, a recent graduate from the University of Missouri, … 0

Ray Duckler: Ally’s allies help her wings to grow

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Arianna wrote about caterpillars changing into butterflies last week at Beaver Meadow School. In effect, she could have been writing about her friend, Ally Girouard. Ally’s wings grow longer and stronger each day, at a school that won’t … 1

Ray Duckler: Teaching calculus, playing guitar and doing both very well

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

His life sounds like a dumb sitcom. But it’s more like reality TV. He’s a guitar-jamming cowboy who teaches calculus. He’s a former ranch hand whose fingers race across a guitar neck as quickly as his mind grasps … 0

Ray Duckler: Unifying, on and off the court

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Last Tuesday, Sarah Lane had enough dishes to fill a kitchen cabinet. She dished the basketball to Zach Jukoski and she dished it to Jack Rich. She dished it to Hunter Murray and Keith Descoteaux and Jonathan Chern. … 0

Ray Duckler: Following Christa’s lead 28 years later, a teacher aims high

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Two decades ago, during warm summer nights, Lizzie Rosenberger ignored the mosquitoes and lay on the cool grass outside her Concord home, stargazing, dreaming and wondering. She thought about galaxies and planets, her mind racing like a rocket. … 0

Ray Duckler: To record, or not to record; that is the question

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

He may not know it yet, but Joe Hamel owes Rep. Rick Watrous a cup of coffee. At the very least. Watrous is the voice and face behind House Bill 1550, legislation aimed at permitting the audio and … 3

Ray Duckler: Fighting cancer while finding herself at the same time

Sunday, January 19, 2014

The cancer has changed Haley Roy, but not like you’d think. Yes, she’s scared, sometimes even mad. Yes, she’s bald, and in fact has gone out in public without a scarf on her head just twice the past … 2

Ray Duckler: Marty Capodice’s love for the Capitol Center helped him fight to the end

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Marty Capodice, an atheist, worshipped the Capitol Center for the Arts and everything connected to it. He worshipped the plays, the music, the high ceiling that he once helped paint. He worshipped the electricity that events there pumped … 1

Ray Duckler: Is Christie creating a smoke screen in Fort Lee?

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Yesterday morning, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stood in front of a pack of hungry media members and essentially said this to his deputy chief of staff and others close to him: “Liar, liar, pants on fire.” Then, … 46

Ray Duckler: A visionary, Sabrina Matteson saw farming as more than just a job

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Even as she lay dying, Sabrina Matteson, the agricultural pioneer who spread her vision from Epsom to our nation’s capital, had it all figured out. A little pain reliever, sure, but don’t drag this out with IVs or … 1

Ray Duckler: Remembering Kyara, a light that never dims

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Kyara Mailhot’s photo, showing the bluest eyes you ever saw, provided some warmth on a really cold day. The people raising money in Kyara’s name stood shivering outside two markets, their faces red and raw. Kyara’s story only … 0

Ray Duckler: Problems in Pittsfield? Step right up and see the changes

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Anyone seeking to bad-mouth Pittsfield needs to get past me first. I was in town last Thursday night, at the Scenic Theater, with its colorful cylindrical lights on the walls, and its 20-foot Christmas tree on stage, and … 4