William Cullen Bryant -- the 19th century American poet and long-time editor of the New York Evening Post -- once said, "remorse is virtue's root; its fair increase are roots of innocence and blessedness." Surely, all of us can recall misdeeds from our youth, those painful memories of our missteps and insensitivities toward others. True maturation, it seems, occurs when we are able to acknowledge our blunders and learn from them. And this is the stuff of Brian Shanley's poignant reflections in this encore essay.
Brian Shanley grew up in Attleboro, Massachusetts, attended Providence College, and, for graduate school, Salve Regina University, where he was Assistant Athletic Director and Men's Tennis Coach before assuming his current position of Associate Dean of Admissions. Shanley lives with his wife and son in Newport.