The Sixth Man

The Sixth Man

By Bob Houghtaling John Havlicek, the great Boston Celtic from the 60’s and 70’s, recently passed away. He was one of my first sports related heroes. Many are remembering him for his 8 Championship Rings. Others recall his “Havlicek Stole the Ball” moment against Wilt...

‘Macie Brown,’ a Poem

By Bob Houghtaling At Hometown Elementary School, A place not far away, Children were coming back inside Following some recess play. After a brief refreshing snack, Then drinks from plastic cups, Students were all asked to share “What I’ll be when all grown...
Did You Ever Think?

Did You Ever Think?

By Bob Houghtaling Who would have thought 30 years ago that one day children would need to be taught how to play? Who would have thought that strategies were necessary to help kids talk with each other, remain focused and relax? We are presently in the midst of a...
So Much Alike

So Much Alike

By Bob Houghtaling Love and its expression is key to the human experience. All too often who we choose to share love with is scrutinized and castigated. My poem “Just Like Me” (below) is my attempt to say how much alike we all are while also cherishing our...
The Old Ball Game

The Old Ball Game

By Bob Houghtaling Many years ago, Opening Day for the Major League Baseball season was a big deal. Millions of fans, who had hibernated from their beloved sport over the winter months, not only awaited the season’s first pitch, but a review of the box scores...