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Back in the day there were the 49ers, those tough old bastards who clawed gold from the earth, with their bare hands and crude explosives. Today, there are the 56ers, who donate blood with sanitary needles, comfy barca-loungers and pretty phlebotomists, every 56 days.  The facts, baldly stated, are these: there is a chronic shortage of …
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Becoming a 56er

June 3rd, 2014 | Posted by MDI in Only Connect! - (0 Comments)

How did I become a 56er, one who gives blood every eight weeks?  I have tried for days, weeks to come up with the “right” answer, the “right” answer being the one which makes the subject go “ding” for readers and makes them want to do it, as well.  And, why is that? Why should …
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Only Connect

April 23rd, 2014 | Posted by MDI in Only Connect! - (5 Comments)

“Only connect!” wrote E.M. Forster. “That was the whole of her sermon.” He continues– “Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, And human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer. Only connect…” I have loved that simple admonition for years. “Only connect.” Simple, sound, lifetime …
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Boston Strong!

April 23rd, 2013 | Posted by MDI in Only Connect! - (1 Comments)

Guess how much blood we lost in Boston last year on our Patriots’ Marathon Day and in the aftermath. That’s how much blood we need to keep giving and then some… Join us on August 16, 2014 for the 56ers Blood Drive for Life in Dedham, Danvers and Worcester, MA, as well as Manchester, NH and other locations throughout North …
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Birdsong rousted me out of bed at 4:45 this morning. I have June and songs on my mind. Nettie intoned it in “Carousel,” singing “June is a love song, sweetly sung.” And, along with the chorus, “June is bustin’ out all over The feelin’ is gettin’ so intense, June, June, June Just because it’s June, …
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Reading in Romeo and Juliet earlier, I found a fitting Shakespearean context for this day, as well as the predicted “near-100″ degree ones to follow, Thursday and Friday– Benvolio. I pray thee, good Mercutio, let’s retire: The day is hot, the Capulets abroad, And, if we meet, we shall not scape a brawl; For now, …
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Mi cumpleaño

May 12th, 2011 | Posted by MDI in Only Connect! - (Comments Off on Mi cumpleaño)

“Cumplir” (to reach) and “año” (year). To reach a year, in Spanish. Or, “Cumpleaño”– birthday. It is “mi cumpleaño,” amigos, my 58th. One of the intangible benefits of working at Whole Foods has been learning a modicum of Spanish, thanks to my Latino co-workers. Today I will observe mi cumpleaño, and I will do so …
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