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September 26th, 2022 Posted 7:41 am

Tennis came up yesterday so why not football today?

“Chisholm High, Chet.” Bernie took a deep breath. His eyes got a faraway look. “A kind of madhouse, in retrospect.”

What was that about? We were parked by a playing field that lay alongside a brick building, not tall but big and sort of heavy-looking. Madhouse sounded bad but nothing bad seemed to be going on.  All I saw was a bunch of boys in football uniforms, many of these boys on the large side, standing around a red-faced bald little dude with a whistle hanging from his neck.

“It can’t be,” Bernie said. “Coach Raker? Shouldn’t he be dead?”

All at once I was finding Bernie a bit hard to understand. I made up my mind then and there not to let him out of my sight for the rest of the day. We hopped out of the car – me actually hopping and Bernie not, although he can, as he proved beyond doubt the day a diamondback slithered out from under the driver’s seat and started wrapping itself around the gear shift – and headed across the field.

“Uh, a little space there, big guy?”

I tried to give him a little space.





September 25th, 2022 Posted 7:50 am

On Sunday we do beginnings, taking a look at the start of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker™. As a kind of a shout out to Roger Federer, let’s do a book where tennis plays a role. There are a few, including The Tutor, Lights Out, Thereby Hangs a Tail, and – coming next summer! Mrs. Plansky’s Revenge. And there’s this one, A Perfect Crime:

Thursday, the best day of the week – the day of all days that Francie was predisposed to say yes. But here in the artist’s studio, with its view of the Dorchester gas tank superimposed on the harbor beyond, she couldn’t bring herself to do it. The problem was she hated the paintings.


Ready For Some Football?


September 24th, 2022 Posted 7:14 am

Saturday means lots of things, but here in America one is certainly college football. If I was explaining this to say, a European sophisticate, I’d start with mascots, a big part of the fun. The Georgia Bulldogs are currently #1. Here’s their mascot Uga X (tenth in the Uga line).


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September 23rd, 2022 Posted 12:48 pm


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