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From Pain to Peace: 'Riding with the Blue Moth'

Jan 22, 2006 (Weekend Edition Sunday)

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Bill Hancock found peace and unexpected closure while bicycling across the country after the untimely death of his son. Hancock, a NCAA sports official, chronicles the journey in his book Riding with the Blue Moth.

"Blue moth" is a phrase from Hancock's childhood. It's what he thought his grandmother was saying when she used the term "blue norther" to describe a well-known weather condition in the Midwest.

"A blue norther brings cold air with blue skies... but just brutally cold temperatures and just chills you to the bone," Hancock says. "And that's what the waves of grief came like."

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