I took a flying leap

Notre Dame Magazine | Autumn 2013

I jumped out of a plane. Then I wrote about it. The beginning:

Way up there, in the first weightless moments of free fall at 10,500 feet, the cold atmosphere is silent.

There are only wisps of sound: of thudding heartbeat, of nylon jumpsuit against parachute container, of clinking metal fasteners, of the plane’s droning engine fading into nothingness above. An island of whispers through a vast stillness.

Gravity vanishes. It is still there, of course, tugging downward, but its apparent absence is palpable in sudden weightlessness. Stomach flutters upward. Nerves spark with energy. Brain struggles — and fails — to comprehend it. To process it. Total free fall.

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Un-suck the Band

Notre Dame Magazine | Spring 2012

When I was in high school, I played keyboards in a rock band. After a few years of playing, we were good enough play at the Stone Pony, a dive famous (at least in New Jersey) as the bar where Bruce Springsteen got his start.

We clearly had no idea what the hell we were doing.

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Prodigy on the Grand Stage

Notre Dame Magazine | Autumn 2013

At only 30, Paul Appleby is rapidly ascending the ranks of the opera world as one of the finest lyric tenors of his generation.

And he is so unassuming, such a decidedly regular guy, that one could be tempted to dismiss his meteoric rise as a product of luck.

It’s not.

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