By Robert GillisOriginally published in the Foxboro Reporter, 1/2005, rewritten and updated for 4/2010 publication, and also published in the Boston City Paper, 4/2010.
The sound is so loud that his brain can’t comprehend what is happening. The window is exploding, shattering, coming toward him. Glass—glass everywhere. There’s no metaphor to describe it; it’s just horribly, painfully, incomprehensibly loud. The moment is so traumatic that his brain can’t process it. It doesn’t make sense. All he knows is absolute terror.
by Robert Gillis Published in The Foxboro Reporter and the Boston City Paper 8/2009
The “Back to School” sales are in full force, despite the face that kids were out of school for just a few weeks and the last Independence Day fireworks had barely fizzled.
Now, there are many that would argue that school should be a year-round event and that summer vacations tend to dull students. There is more than a grain of truth to that notion — after all, two months of brains baking in the sun tend to cloud even the sharpest minds, and September can be a difficult readjustment, sort of like a month of Mondays.