Category Archives: Humor

Long Live the King

It’s hard to put into words what Chadwick Boseman’s massive talent and radiant light have meant to me, my family, and my students. In 42, Boseman brought Jackie Robinson to life for today’s youth in one of the best baseball … Continue reading

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Beirut in Ruins and Rage

Still reeling from the news, images, and stories from Beirut, I’ve been watching the films of Lebanese filmmaker and actor Nadine Labaki. Her latest is “Capernaum” (2018), winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes. I’ve taught and written about … Continue reading

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Comic Relief

In recent posts I’ve been writing about the grief, fear, sadness, and anger that can grip up us all when we live in a chaotic, hostile world, and I’ve been exploring what holds the power to soothe and recenter us. … Continue reading

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2013: A Blog’s Life

This New Year’s Day, gratitude for all of you who followed Wayne Street Soul in 2013. Thank you so much! Here are some highlights from the past year: “Viva Bosnia” — on the stirrings of hope in a shattered land … Continue reading

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Keeping Score

Even though I quit playing organized baseball more than a decade ago, I still feel the same unruly, boyish intensity every time I’m near a field. Whether I’m coaching high school players or rooting for my own young kids, I … Continue reading

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You’re Killing Me, Jabari

BYU basketball fans got their hearts ripped out yesterday when Chicago high-school phenom — and devout Latter-day Saint — Jabari Parker announced that he will be going to Duke next year.   I’m not a Mormon or a big BYU basketball fan, … Continue reading

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Fall Classic

Images from a spectacular fall weekend in New Hampshire, as I sit down to watch my beloved San Francisco Giants take on the St. Louis Cardinals. Game 7, winner goes to the World Series. This one goes out to my … Continue reading

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Why Winning Just Might Make You Stupid

A Buffalo Bills fan living in New England endures various kinds of torture. For instance, New England fans think it’s been a “long time” since their team has won a Super Bowl. Today, the two teams met in Buffalo, and … Continue reading

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Goran Simić, “Sleeping with Poetry”

Today, a gem: a dazzling, very short essay called “Sleeping with Poetry,” by Bosnian-Canadian poet Goran Simić. Every English class, everywhere, should read it — in my humble opinion. 🙂 An excerpt is below; click on the link above for … Continue reading

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My “Dog Days” Hangover

Last night $61 got me, a friend, and our five boys tickets to see Dog Days, the latest movie based on the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. My buddy and I were in survival mode — both moms were … Continue reading

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