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A Decade + 1 (Making My Luck)

“¿Qué número salió?” It was the question everybody asked around 5:00 pm every day in my neighborhood growing up in Brooklyn. People would walk into


From Heartbreak To This

Sometime in the future — I don’t know how far, maybe 10 years, 20 years, 30 years from now — there will be something great


If Only

I listened to a sermon last week that began with a discussion on happiness. The preacher talked about “the myths of happiness,” based on the

Running Past Me, Loud and Laughing

“That’s the one you picked?” I could tell immediately that my mom was not happy with the plant I bought for my grandmother. She took

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One Night Owl Awakes Another

“Are you getting ready for bed?” It’s a question I get almost every night from my wife. She’s usually already in bed, half asleep under

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The Wrinkles in Our Lives

Are you going out like that? Always, just as I was about to head out the door to go partying with my friends, my father