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An Upstate New York morning with 'Brexit': Dog out, coffee on, a flutter in the gut .... everything seems to be the same. Except it's not. My column for +The Buffalo News ... http://live.buffalonews.com/2016/06/24/western-new-york-morning-brexit-everything-except-not/
You wake up and do everything in the same way you always do it. You load up the old percolator on the stove and you get the coffee going. You let the dog out, then feed the cat so the dog, while outside, can’t try to steal th...
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On +LeBron James, the +Cleveland Cavaliers and a long-awaited title: What Dolph Schayes learned Upstate about the 'empty chair,' and the fierce loyalty of struggling cities .... http://live.buffalonews.com/2016/06/20/lebron-cleveland-lesson-dolph-schayes-learned-upstate-gift-fierce-loyalty-cities-struggled/
LeBron James wept on the court Sunday at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. His Cleveland Cavaliers had just upended the Golden State Warriors for the third straight time. The comeback gave the Cavaliers their first National Basket...
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Farewell to Diane Muench: My column for +The Buffalo News on the passing of a Western New York woman, born with Down syndrome, whose life encompassed a quiet revolution .... http://live.buffalonews.com/2016/06/09/farewell-diane-muench-born-syndrome-pioneer-example-great-wny-movement-human-rights/
No flags will be brought to half-staff, and a toast built around "chocolate rolls" is not the stuff of a state funeral. Still, the people who gather Sunday for a 4 p.m. memorial service at the Busti Church of God in Jamestown...
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A father who still mourns a namesake lost at sea: My column for today's +The Buffalo News on a visit by Sen. Chuck Schumer with a Syracuse veteran who survived a disaster at sea that killed his son, a 91-year-old who wants his boy's name - and 73 others - added to the national Vietnam Veterans Memorial, best known as 'The Wall' .... http://live.buffalonews.com/2016/06/07/father-survived-namesake-lost-sea-schumer-vows-wants-sons-name-vietnam-wall/
Larry Reilly Sr. takes everything in stride. He remained seated in his favorite recliner Monday in his small Syracuse home, even as his living room filled up with reporters, even as U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer walked past th...
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My column today in +The Buffalo News: The great Upstate tradition of changing storms and screens, the old household music of a wooden screen door, slamming. http://live.buffalonews.com/2016/06/01/seasons-change-screen-door-slams/
A wooden screen door, slamming. That is what several friends remembered when I mentioned the ritual. It was part of the music of their Upstate childhoods: They recalled long slow days in the summer, how they’d be in the kitch...
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My column for +The Buffalo News: Nearly 15 years after the Sept. 11 attacks, a stair climb at One World Trade Center in New York City helps guarantee the memory of those who were lost .... including a hero firefighter, Billy Burke, with deep ties to Syracuse and Upstate http://live.buffalonews.com/2016/05/19/nearly-15-years-911-memories-linger-one-family/
Even before the climb began Sunday in New York City, you could feel the deeper meaning in the morning darkness outside One World Trade Center, the building often called the Freedom Tower. At 4 a.m., Manhattan was as quiet as ...
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Cleveland had its championship drought, but Buffalo is dealing with a downright curse - going back to the time when the city was double-crossed and lost the team that would become the +Boston Red Sox .... My column on the 'Curse of Ban Johnson,' for the +The Buffalo News: http://live.buffalonews.com/2016/06/22/buffalo-curse-ban-johnson-trumps-even-clevelands-losing-record/
Jim Overfield laughed when he heard the comparison. Today is Parade Day in Cleveland. Hundreds of thousands of people have gathered to say farewell to an epic sports curse that some observers see as traveling eastbound on Lak...
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In the wake of Orlando, my column for +The Buffalo News: On Flag Day, for those lost, for nation and family, for my oldest son .... http://live.buffalonews.com/2016/06/14/flying-flag-freedom-love/
After my parents died within two years of each other in the 1980s, the old American flag they’d fly on the front porch passed down to me. They were part of the World War II generation in Buffalo, and they endured some terribl...
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'Go find a mirror:' University College 2016 convocation address, +Syracuse University: Extraordinary, resilient graduates ... lifelong learners who overcame war and loss and struggle to earn their degrees. The inspiration was in the audience, not the talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWM7e6lYRd8
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Was there almost a Beatles reunion, at least with three members, in Syracuse? Several respected voices say it's true. Friday, I got a chance to put the question to Ringo Starr, as he passed through Central New York with his All-Starr Band, and I turned his answer into a column for +The Buffalo News .... http://live.buffalonews.com/2016/06/03/three-beatles-almost-reunite-syracuse-ringo-starr-says-absolutely-cant-remember/
I’d waited a long time for a chance to ask Ringo Starr this question. I’d first heard the story more than a decade ago, from people of accomplishment and authority. Still, I remembered the basic point seemed so improbable I h...
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In Syracuse, The Catholic Sun picked up my piece for +The Buffalo News on the Feldmans, a family that shows extraordinary grace in the face of tragedy. A benefit concert for Michael Feldman is Saturday, at Most Holy Rosary. Details are in this column: http://thecatholicsun.com/2016/05/19/choosing-happiness-in-the-face-of-unspeakable-tragedy/
By Sean Kirst Contributing writer, The Buffalo News Editor’s note: This story originally appeared on BuffaloNews.com, the website of the Buffalo News, on May 6, 2016. When Christina Feldman and her…
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Make America Great Again. I was lying in bed the other night, thinking about the world, when I remembered this column. I wrote it four years ago, 2012, honest to God, before all the fury we've got going on right now. But I believe in the central point as much now as I did then. http://www.syracuse.com/kirst/index.ssf/2012/11/post_364.html
If you look back with eyes open, things might not have been quite so great.
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    English and professional writing, 1977 - 1981
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