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October 8, 2014

The following blog post is a reprint of an essay that I read on WITF's This I Believe Series a few years ago.


Growing up in small town Central Pennsylvania in the fifties and sixties, I had a lot of freedom.  On summer days, my best friend and I would take off on our bikes and roam for hours.  One afternoon, we decided to cross the river near the local college and explore an island we’d never visited.  The only way to get there was to jump off of our bicycles and push them across a railroad trestle. 


 I’ll never forget the mix of sensations that day: the hot sun beating on our backs; the extra effort it took to push the bike tires over the wooden slats of the bridge; the instant of absolute terror when the tracks began to vibrate; and, the exhilaration that I felt as...

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