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James M. Chesbro
James M. Chesbro's essays have been listed as notable selections in The Best American Essays 2012, 2014, and The Best American Sports Writing 2014. His work appears or is forthcoming in The Writer's Chronicle, The Huffington Post,, Stymie Magazine, Superstition Review, CT Review , Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality, The Good Men Project, Teaching Tolerance, Fairfield University Magazine, Serendipity, Brevity's blog, Weston Magazine, and Teachers of Vision. He is the co-editor of You: An Anthology of Essays Devoted to the Second Person (Welcome Table Press).

He teaches full-time at Fairfield Prep and is an adjunct professor of English at Fairfield University. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and children.

Entries by James M. Chesbro

In Pursuit of Light

(3) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 12:45 PM

Our youngest calls through the dark in the morning from her crib. Street lights and house lights blink on before the chicken sizzles in the pan for dinner, before we are all home. We are approaching the Winter Solstice, which is the shortest and darkest day of the year. Maybe...

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Fathering Minds: 7 Books for Dad's Shelf

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 5:34 PM

The night I began reading Scott Russell Sanders's Secrets of the Universe: Scenes from the Journey Home, our new-born daughter had finally settled back to sleep in her bassinet. My wife and son resumed their rest but in the restored quiet I could not relax my mind, which flexed for...

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I Really Need a Fish in My Life

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 3:52 PM

It was the way he said it that hit me. We were watching the white and orange and red koi fish surfacing, opening their large concentric mouths. They dipped back under the brown water and bumped scales, before gliding away to suck algae on concrete walls. They were 20-year-old fish,...

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Of Ashes and Invitations

(1) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 10:07 AM

He wore glasses and a trench coat. Part of his large button-down shirt hung out of his pants. "It's Ash Wednesday today?" he said. The cashier stood behind the counter and watched us. No one else was in the Stop-N-Go mart. The man unholstered his thumb from his coat-pocket and...

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Swim Lessons

(1) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 11:41 AM

The hands-on physicality of encouraging our not-yet 3-year-old to jump in and swim for his life at the YMCA struck me as dad duty. Besides, my wife, Lynne, was a few weeks post-partum. At first, I looked forward to this time out of the house with my son, James. I...

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Flag on the Play: My Toddler Is an Ineligible Receiver

(1) Comments | Posted October 20, 2011 | 4:54 PM

When my son, James was two years old, and I heard the jazzy music of an erectile dysfunction commercial start playing, I wanted to throw a penalty flag. Even at two, James could understand context, and could deduce inferences. I was afraid he'd ask me about the couple in the...

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What Our Three-Year-Old's Broken Heart Taught Us About Parenting Him

(155) Comments | Posted August 10, 2011 | 5:29 PM

On his first day of nursery school, the teacher said our son, James, paced back and forth along the fence of the playground, saying to himself, "This is a disaster. This is a disaster." My wife, Lynne, and I needed to help him adjust, but how? The teacher gave us...

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