Blue Star

Scott Sullivan
The race circuit rhythm, like a musical beat, propelled us. Our hearts beat hard but weren’t beaten. Who is hurt when you beat a drum or path? When a sailboat beats to windward?

Among the more-merciful four-letter words I’ve been called is “beat.”

I assume name-callers mean “beatific,” as writer Jack Kerouac did when he coined the term “beat generation,” or to say I cover a “beat” for this newspaper.

But recent news about football stars beating their girlfriends, kids and raps makes me wonder.

To win you must beat someone, right? Beats losing. If folks mean I’m beat up or down, their regard may for less—and more realistic.

For full story, pick up a copy of the Sept. 25 Commercial Record or subscribe to the e-edition.

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