Baseball is Life and Life is Baseball

June 19, 2017

Several journalists,  philosophers, and authors have compared baseball to life, probably because it is such a compelling comparison. I can look at major moments in Red Sox history, learn from them, and apply them to significant points in my own life, and given what many men my age have been through, they probably can, too. The baseball season is the longest of …


Are You Stuck? – The Cloud of Depression Isn’t Just Black and Stormy

February 15, 2017

Depression does not always reveal itself in the clichéd, ‘doom and gloom’ cloud that follows you around, accompanied by a sad soundtrack featuring a mix of The Smiths, Joni Mitchell, and early Bruce Springsteen. Depression can be an unconscious malaise that slowly takes over your mood about everything. This dynamic is something that I’ve come to better understand …


Don’t worry about me. I’m okay.

January 26, 2017

I was born in Boston City Hospital, the first son of an Irish-Catholic family. I’ve lived here for over 40 years. I spent the first part of my childhood on the South Shore. When I was nine my family moved to a town north of Boston; it was at the same time when Clemens came up from Pawtucket. Throughout …


We’re Strong, But Not Infallible

November 17, 2016

Here in Massachusetts we pride ourselves on our toughness. We’re Boston Strong. We run marathons for fun. When there’s nine feet of snow surrounding our house we tunnel out of it. That very attitude is what makes us so unique, but it doesn’t mean we’re infallible. We’re all prone to bad days, feelings of stress, and even depression …


Recognizing and Responding to a Friend Who May Be Suicidal

September 15, 2016

This week you’ve probably talked to your friends about the Red Sox being ahead in their race to the playoffs and how the Patriots can still win without Tom Brady. But what if a friend needs you to talk about something more? If you are concerned about a friend and notice they are struggling, would you say something? …