Author Archives: jschoenberger

Eighth grade

Today is the first day of the last school year my daughter will not be in high school. God willing, that is. While I do not know if I could follow through on this, I told her a couple of … Continue reading

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Hills to climb

One of the parallels to life I draw from bicycling is the struggle of climbing a hill. Not that I am a cyclist. More than a decade ago, a 20-mile ride on my bike was pretty much a daily thing. … Continue reading

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An hour in my past

Since I moved to South Carolina eight years ago, I have had a crush on Abbeville. It is a town with storied history. Just beyond the center of the tiny downtown lining a quarter-mile circle of jagged, uneven brick pavers … Continue reading

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Tumultuous

Here’s the thing about daughters: they grow up. Like a rope lowering a bucket of wet sand down a well, you can only slow it down. Trying to stop it will only bring frustration. So you’re along for the ride. … Continue reading

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Let me go get my son

The best part of the day for me is picking up my 3-year-old son from daycare. It’s something I’ve waited for since I got to work. Sentimental as it may seem, I carry him on my shoulder each morning down … Continue reading

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Coaching privilege

I wonder if he lives with a collection of souls in his mind. I wonder if he even knows the number he has touched. The quantity he has molded. The lives he has changed. How can a person even focus … Continue reading

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Old Christmas trees

I can’t remember how it feels to squeeze into a rusty hand-me-down Jeep among friends I’d probably die for. I do not recall how it feels to cheer its four bald tires toward gaining enough traction to climb an unplowed … Continue reading

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