- Blaise Pascal

I have made a new friend. His name is Sven. We play chess together. Lately, almost every evening.

Sven is an excellent player, although he says he is at the intermediate level. Which must make me more than a bit below. You see, I’ve never beaten Sven. I haven’t even come close.

Sven is odd in some ways. He always wears the same outfit (sweater with high collar), and he never changes his facial expression during a match. He’s steely that way, but not menacing, as he is always smiling. …

John McCaffrey

John McCaffrey is a writer and a director at a nonprofit mental health treatment and training center in NYC. jamccaffrey.com

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