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I was sunburned and my back hurt from trying to throw soft toss strikes to a lineup of six year olds. We’d played three innings over the course of an hour, and my team was more than a little ready for snacks. 711 more words


Counting the weeks

The spring slogs on. I have three weeks of classes left to go and three weeks has never felt so long. I am so very ready for my sabbatical. 105 more words

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The kids are building a fort.

Three days into Spring Break, unplugged by Mom and Dad, they’re in the back yard deciding how to put up the ceiling and how many blankets they can smuggle out of the house before I tell them to stop. 503 more words


Taking a Break

Even competitive swimmers take a breath. Powering forward, arms reaching, legs kicking, eyes on finishing strong, their status as humans means that every few yards they need to turn their heads and draw in air. 286 more words


“Play Ball!”

They’re two magical words that carry a whiff of nostalgia and the promise that spring has arrived.

When I was a youngster, the start of baseball season meant a lot. 815 more words

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