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Shep's Place

by Joe Sheppard

With a little help from his friends...
Although Joe officially retired in June 2013, he remains active at LA, continuing as a contributing writer and editor for the Academy Journal. We trust you'll enjoy Shep's Place and check back often to read Joe's habitually witty, often poignant, and always insightful vignettes about life at Lawrence Academy.

Of Moonwalks and Volkswagens

The stories you are about to read are true. The names have been (mostly) omitted to protect the guilty. (See disclosure statement at the end.)

Picture it: Groton, early morning, a few years ago. A beautiful hillside overlooking a shimmering lagoon. Three hundred kids sitting in a theater at morning…

Posted by webmaster on Thursday June 16
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The Squannacook and Nissitissit

LA has had its share of clubs and organizations over the years. A few, like Spectrum, the student newspaper, or the Elm Tree Society for admissions tour guides, have lasted for generations, but most, like [choose whatever corny bloom-and-die simile comes to mind], spring up only to disappear within …

Posted by webmaster on Wednesday April 6
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One-Twentieth of a Millennium

I had an “OMG” moment recently in the middle of a conversation with an old colleague: The Class of 1966, seniors my first year at LA, celebrate their fiftieth reunion this spring! After a few moments of wallowing in age-induced self-pity, I decided to dig out the 1966 Lawrencian and see …

Posted by webmaster on Tuesday December 22, 2015
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The Leaves of Brown…


Fall is here, LA’s fields echo to the shouts and cheers of soccer, football and field hockey teams—the latter two being played on a new turf field—and for the third year I don’t have to drag my aging bones out of bed at 6:15 a.m. to get to that first morning assembly.

Posted by webmaster on Tuesday October 6, 2015
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O’er the Fields

My very first view of Lawrence Academy happened in the fall of 1959, when I was an eleventh-grade bench-warmer on the St. Mark’s JV soccer team and we took a bus to Groton to play this school that I had never heard of.

It had been raining, and the sky was still gray when we turned onto Route …

Posted by webmaster on Sunday June 14, 2015
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