Archive | August, 2014


Onward: Sam’s Gap Year Wrap-Up

Today is the last official day of our 15-month (courtesy of our British friends) Gap Year. The time for the wrap-up has arrived. What did I learn? What can I pass on? Let me begin with a quick summary. Having left a progressively dysfunctional healthcare system, a key issue was how would my sense of […]

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A Mustache With Its Own Zip Code

I shaved off my mustache yesterday. I am pleased to note that I recognized the newly familiar face in the mirror. Eight weeks to grow – and gone in a few moments. I grew it for the show, The Last Ferryman. I had hoped it would help me to channel my character B. Lake Noyes, […]

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The Letdown and the Lessons: Sam’s Time on the Stage

It is the morning after the last matinee of The Last Ferryman. No rehearsals, no performances, no house guests, no family and no other structure are complicating my day. What an experience it was. Eight sold-out performances and eight standing ovations after six weeks of rehearsals and performances. I am ending my revivified theatrical career […]

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When Depression Creeps in Like the Fog

The stigma around depression is stubbornly pervasive. No matter that depression affects 350 million people worldwide. Chances are that someone in your office or your circle of friends or even your immediate family suffers from depression – and you don’t know about it. Most likely, they suffer in silence. I am one of those. I was […]

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Why Our Gap Year Blog Has Been Quiet This Month

Why have we stopped writing? There are several reasons. None of them particularly persuasive. As the guiding editorial force behind the blog, I fell down on the job. More about that tomorrow. As for Sam, he has been busy, well, growing a luxuriant mustache for his part in The Last Ferryman at the Stonington Opera House. He […]

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