To Our Readers

Marathon is in the air once again. The 102nd running of the Boston Marathon takes place on April 20. As has been my practice for the past several years, I will probably make the quarter-mile walk (that's walk) from my home to a prime vantage point along the course in order to cheer on the runners. My community is about a third of the way into the course, and so the runners appear to have a good deal of enthusiasm and staying power as they run through our town.

Some would say that such a marathon spirit has also been in the air throughout the U.S. economy. Like the Boston-bound runners that zip past me each year, the economy appears to be running strong, with no significant signs of a slowdown. Still, the Boston Marathon does have a finish line. At a designated point, the excitement concludes. We all have an opportunity to take a breath. The runners can assess how they did, and what they need to do better the next time.

With the marathon-like economy still moving forward, and with no finish line in sight, we thought Sentinel readers might want to get off the fast track for a while themselves and assess how their lives are going. Not so much economically, but spiritually. "What's next?" is a question we put to the author of our Cover Story. We think the insights he offers will help keep your life on the right track, even if you're not a marathoner.

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April 20, 1998

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