In this issue, we’ve excerpted some fine material indeed from some of our finest local writers: Ed Ricciuti’s reminds us that our homes can contain more than a Weber grill in his piece on wild-life’s continued creep into our backyards. Here’s a curveball for you: Alligators. Sherri Daley also hysterically lets us men know what woman really think of our shenanigans. And our own John Gaffney allows us access to his personal journey through surviving leukemia, with an excerpt from his memoir “Bad Blood.” In the process, he shows us all what it means to have courage ... real courage, in the face of unthinkable odds. It remains my privilege to call him a friend first and a colleague a distant, distant second.