Saturday, May 02, 2009

my essay is in sunday's nyt

Several months ago, I blogged about my interest in submitting an essay to The New York Times describing my love affair with the Harlem River and its many bridges. For months I had read the remarkable NYC-themed stories in the "New York Observed" column and thought, hey, I think mine could make it here as well. I worked on the piece off and on and after several revisions, I submitted it and remarkably, the paper accepted it.

For those in the NYC area, it will be in the "New York Observed" column of the City section of tomorrow's NYT. However, you can also view it online now: The Bridges of Bronx County.

I hope you enjoy it.

Someone very recently told me that I had become a rock star. If cancer is a prerequisite for stardom, I'll pass. My desire to write this piece was rooted in the humble confidence that I had a story worth sharing. That's it. But it's just one of the thousands of other inspirational tales of survivorship out there. Its submission was aimed at reminding folks that in the face of adversity, we possess the ability to tap into an amazing pool of energy: our own innate goodness and courage. This journey has taught me that some of life's most enriching experiences can come from the most difficult and unexpected circumstances.

Life is challenging and painful, but also beautiful, exciting, precious, and brilliant.


Comment Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW! I'm floored! -Dina

12:20 PM  
Comment Blogger Kelly Kane said...

Congrats, Duane!!! It came out really great and the image online was perfect!


1:39 PM  
Comment Blogger Heather said...


2:52 PM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Thanks everyone. There's so much negativity out there. Just trying to inject some hope and optimism into the conversation.

9:43 PM  
Comment Blogger missingheart said...

Congrats Duane!! What a wonderful article!


11:06 AM  
Comment Blogger B. said...

Like I said before, rockstahhhh.

Beautiful article Duane, I just love it.
I love how much of a contrast you show in your life --
adversity and then such resiliency.

It's beautiful.

Sending love, to you kiddo..


11:28 PM  
Comment Blogger Jeff said...

Quite an insightful article Duane, well done.


3:42 PM  

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