http://www.gadcotimes.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml/sports/rss.xml en Along Twin Ponds Road http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/along-twin-ponds-road-28 <p> Gloria Dowaliby should haven been in show business. Instead, she chose the teaching profession. She was glamorous, witty and just seemed to have all those characteristics of a Broadway star. Fortunately for Gloria&rsquo;s students, she became a teacher.<br /> Gloria started her teaching career around 1953 at Lincoln-<br /> Lewis Junior High in Southington, Conn.<br /> I was privileged to have had Miss Dowaliby as my seventh-grade English, history and homeroom teacher.<br /> Celebrating the best worst thing http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/celebrating-best-worst-thing <p> The other day I thought of the phrase, &ldquo;the best worst thing.&rdquo;<br /> Is it even possible to have a best worst thing? Isn&rsquo;t that an oxymoron, like jumbo shrimp or pretty ugly?<br /> For one of my daughters, the past year has been the worst of her life, and she&rsquo;s still asking why. &ldquo;If Jesus loves me, why did he let this happen?&rdquo; she asks.<br /> Along Twin Ponds Road http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/along-twin-ponds-road-27 <p> &ldquo;What I really get a kick out of is that they call their high school mascot, the &lsquo;Syrupers,&rsquo; or something like that. Doggonest thing,&rdquo; my neighbor, Stan, laughingly shared with me.<br /> Stan and his smallish dog, Reggie, were heading up the street we both live on, Fantasy Way. My Yorkie, Nick, and I were headed toward them.<br /> It was early afternoon; we paused to converse.<br /> This gentle, elderly man&rsquo;s habit, whenever encountering me, was to say something short and sweet. He always wore a smile and made me feel good.<br /> '42' http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/42 <p> Watching the movie &ldquo;42&rdquo; a few nights ago was good for my soul and reminded me of how much we need more movies or TV shows that inspire us with heroic deeds performed by true and deserving heroes.<br /> Most baseball fans, no matter how old, will recognize 42 as Jackie Robinson&rsquo;s number when he played with the major league Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team.<br /> It is the only number that has been permanently retired by all major league baseball teams.<br /> Civil rights hero’s legacy continues to inspire http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/civil-rights-hero%E2%80%99s-legacy-continues-inspire <p> In the wake of the horrific murderous attacks in Paris, and in recognition that terrorism in all its forms must be condemned, it&rsquo;s important to honor leaders who use non-violent means to reach needed<br /> societal reforms.<br /> &nbsp;In anticipation of the Monday, Jan. 19, Martin Luther King Day celebration, I&rsquo;m pleased to share this personal reflection. &nbsp;<br /> Grace Notes http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/grace-notes <p> By Nancy Kennedy</p> <p> Special to the Times</p> 4GEN Journal http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/4gen-journal <p> &nbsp;Traditionally a day when we honor our mothers &mdash; in person, by phone, with a card or flowers, over a meal, or, as for me, in memory &mdash; Mother&rsquo;s Day also provides us an opportunity for reflection.&nbsp;</p> 4GEN Journal http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/4gen-journal-0 <p> &nbsp;Traditionally a day when we honor our mothers &mdash; in person, by phone, with a card or flowers, over a meal, or, as for me, in memory &mdash; Mother&rsquo;s Day also provides us an opportunity for reflection.&nbsp;</p>