Playing Catch With Strangers

Excerpts

Click on links below to see published essays adapted for the book:

  • “Playing Catch With Strangers,” The New York Times: A chance meeting with a boy on a baseball field turns out to be a metaphor for life. 
https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/07/01/playing-catch-with-strangers/


  • "This Is How It Really Feels to Be the Oldest Person in the Office," Reader's Digest
https://www.rd.com/advice/work-career/oldest-office-employee/


  • “Boyhood, Airborne,” The Atlantic. A venture into unknown woods with friends leads to an idyllic afternoon of playful abandon at a swimming hole.
http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/08/boyhood-airborne/278636/


  • “My Father’s Train Ride,” The Atlantic. My grandparents decide to dispatch my deaf father at age five to a special school 850 miles from home for 10 years – taking a toll on him and everyone around him.
http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/06/my-fathers-train-ride/276864/


  • “My Last First Date: A Valentine’s Day Story,” Huffington Post. The drunken remark I made to my future bride that threatened to kill our future before it began.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-brody/first-date_b_2637447.html


  • “Look, Dad, No Hands: Coming To Grips With Letting Go,” Washington Post: A walk on the beach with my young daughter teaches me to confront the unavoidable -- that someday I would have to let her seek her independence.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/10/AR2007061001087.html


  • “A Race This Dad Is Happy To Lose,” USA Today. One afternoon my teenage son competed against me in a sprint and, much to my satisfaction, left me in the dust.
http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/2010-06-08-brody18_st_N.htm


  • “Bargaining With My Father,” The New York Times. The minor crime I committed as a boy against him, but never told him about during his lifetime.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/18/opinion/18iht-edbrody.html?_r=0


  • “A Thanksgiving Change Of Heart: How I Learned To Love My Mother-In-Law,” New York Daily News. For 20-plus years, I had issues with her, only to realize I’d gotten her all wrong.
http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/thanksgiving-change-heart-learned-love-mother-in-law-article-1.982068


  • “So What Do You Do For Hostility Around Here?” New York Times: My remark to a boyhood friend in Connecticut reveals, both for better and worse, why I’m a diehard New Yorker.
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/02/nyregion/thecity/02host.html?pagewanted=print


  • “Breakfast With Saint Peter,” The Wall Street Journal: A doff of the cap to the friend who, despite prostate cancer and a heart attack, found the strength to help me look for work after I lost my long-held job.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122783270019463061.html


  • “Estranged From My Mother No More,” The New York Daily News. Why I reunited with my mother after a 10-year estrangement – and the larger issue of why parent-child ruptures should be repaired.
http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/estranged-mother-mother-day-remembrance-article-1.143060


  • “In Harm’s Way,” New York Times. The man with the gun in his hand came running across the street toward us, forcing me to prove the extent of my loyalty toward my wife – and exactly how much I would sacrifice for her.
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/23/nyregion/thecity/23bull.html?pagewanted=printv

Playing Catch with Strangers | By Bob Brody © 2017