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Jeremiah Horrigan
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Jeremiah Horrigan is a prize-winning reporter for the Times Herald-Record in Middletown, NY. He has just completed work on his memoir “Fortunate Son: A Father, A Son and the War on the Home Front.” He can be reached at

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A Poet's Truth, and a Mother's

(4) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 4:43 PM

In late December, my daughter Annie asked me how to repair a poorly-mounted drawing I'd made for her some dozen years ago. ​

The drawing was my attempt to illustrate a favorite poem of ours, "Days," by the English poet Philip Larkin.

Its first line snagged me the moment I...

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On the Occasion of My Son's Birthday, a Toast

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 1:11 PM

My son Grady was born at home on a snowy January evening 42 years ago in Buffalo, NY. It's a time he can't remember, but one I'll never forget. He means more to me than even the most carefully chosen words can say. Here's the story of his arrival:


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On Meeting a Woman on the Way to Somewhere Else

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 3:31 PM

I was on my way to a murder scene, walking to my car on a cold, bright February afternoon in the city of Kingston, NY. I'm a newspaper reporter,and I was on deadline. A woman had been murdered the day before. Now it was my turn to drive a few...

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Remembering Vietnam, Ministry-of-Truth Style

(23) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 2:21 PM

We were kids, a fact our elders used against us when they told us to go to war.

It was our duty, they said. The government wouldn't lie to us. Serving our country would make men of us. We didn't know what war was, but we would find out....

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Here's to the Man Who Made History by Doing His Job

(8) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 11:02 AM

It's been 40 years since the most reviled president of the 20th century resigned from office. What more fitting time than now to raise a glass to the man who did his job and did it so well he brought down a president of the United States?

Here's to...

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Hard Copy for a Hard Rain

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 1:37 PM

EREHWON -- Trillions of tons of water poured from the skies along the East Coast today, nourishing untold numbers of trees and tomato plants, providing relief to millions of grateful frogs and disrupting, if only for a few hours, the spread of a colorful fungus that leaves a rusty splotch...

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Eulogy for a Fledgling Who Took Flight

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 12:53 PM

We were four lusty 17-year-olds flying student stand-by to from Buffalo to New York City in 1967. In two weeks we'd begin our final year at the tony Jesuit high school to which our parents had entrusted our gawky bodies and putative souls. But for the next precious seven days,...

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A Cancer Catechism

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 12:28 PM

(Catechism: "A set of questions designed to determine knowledge.")

What has cancer taught you?


What has cancer reminded you of?

All the things that I've allowed to go unnoticed in a busy, distracted life.


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Draft Day: My Brother and I Once Ran It

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 11:40 AM

The million-dollar extravaganza that provides the occasion for the new Kevin Costner movie, Draft Day, used to be a simpler affair. Time was, any two skinny kids could run -- and I mean run -- the pro football draft. I know, because me and my brother Joe did exactly that...

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Down a Desolate Hallway, Eddie's Ghost Lingers Still

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2014 | 9:42 PM

The Copenhagen Zoo shotgunned to death a young giraffe named Marius a couple of weeks ago, cut it up and allowed children to watch as the zoo's big cats ate the creature.
It was a real teaching moment. Just ask one of those kids.

A few days ago, the...

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March 17: Here's to the Patron Saint of Nigeria

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 2:03 PM

Most everything you know about St. Patrick is wrong. He wasn't Irish and he wasn't named Patrick. He wasn't the first Christian missionary to visit Ireland and when he did arrive, there were no snakes for him to banish.  

And yes, he's been the Patron Saint of Nigeria since...

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The Son of God Is Coming -- Yet Again -- to a Theater Near You

(13) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 9:30 AM

That's right. He's back. Doing everything by The Book.

And as he goes about his Father's business -- walking on water, raising the dead -- clusters of heavily bearded gentlemen with vaguely British accents and very white, well-cared for teeth, worry aloud in Jerusalem's shadows that maybe, just maybe, this crazy Nazarene is, you...

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A Hard Day's Night in a Hospital Bed

(2) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 10:34 AM

From a distance of 50 years, you might think that everyone in America fell in love with The Beatles when they first performed on The Ed Sullivan Show. Not so. I abhorred them. At least, that's what I told myself and anybody who asked.

The Beatles invaded my life at...

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A Whistleblower's Wish for Edward Snowden

(3) Comments | Posted January 19, 2014 | 1:57 PM

Whistleblower Edward Snowden shocked the world with his revelations of the NSA's worldwide surveillance programs. I hope he shocks it once again by returning to the United State to stand trial for the "crimes" he has essentially admitted committing.

My wish is offered respectfully. It's grounded in my experience...

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