Ruffin It

The Piano

The Piano

Earlier today, I said goodbye to a family heirloom that’s been in the Ruffin family and household for more than half a century: an upright piano, a Westbrook, with two wobbly wheeled legs that somehow have managed to not snap off at the base despite treks spanning half the Eastern seaboard and a drive through […]

My Inner Hoarder

My Inner Hoarder

My wife and I are in the middle of moving into a new apartment, about 10 miles and one city limit away. It’s in a small shopping center down the road a ways from Target, my favorite bottle shop and nearly equidistant from our respective workplaces. That same shopping center houses a pizza parlor, a […]

Where Power Gets You, Part II

Where Power Gets You, Part II

Truly, these combat sport-related columns can get to the point where they resemble a Russian nesting doll. By the time I’m done writing this — never mind by the time it gets posted and printed — there will have been two more fights with serious intellectual- and industry-related implications. In boxing, 42-year-old Tony Thompson (whose […]