Doldrums give way to musical ghosts

Originally Published: December 15, 2009
By Paul Shirley | Special to ESPN.com

The plotline of my childhood Sunday nights followed a similar pattern each week. There was popcorn. There was public television. There was depression. There was a wiggle room, of course -- sometimes, "Nature" was replaced by Mutual of Omaha's "Wild Kingdom" -- but the Shirley family (and my brain) enjoyed our respective routines.

The source of my mental and emotional distress was the end of the weekend and the impending start of the school week, making me exactly the same ...

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