Tim Blagg

Blagg: Oz, Baum and me

Sunday, September 28, 2014

I owe a lot to the “Wizard of Oz” ... not the movie, particularly, but to L. Frank Baum, the guy who wrote that wonderful series of books about Dorothy Gale and her friends and their adventures in a marvelous world of make-believe. You see, that book, and the 13 sequels Baum wrote, got me started on reading ... and taught me to speed read, an attribute that has served me well throughout my whole life. I was slow to start reading, back at Zia Elementary School in Albuquerque, N.M. in the late 1940s. But the school was unusual for that time, in that it … 0

Blagg: ‘Green’ energy mix can be done

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The other day, newspapers across New England carried a story that heralded the fact that Burlington, Vt. is claiming that 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water, and biomass. With the purchase of the 7.4-megawatt Winooski 1 hydroelectric project on the Winooski Rive, the story said, the Burlington Electric Department crossed a long awaited threshold and … 0

Blagg: Connecting history’s dots

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Every once in awhile, the stars align and mysterious — and interesting — things happen. That was the case the other day for me. I was listening to NPR in the morning, as usual, when I heard a story about the anniversary of the creation of our national anthem. Francis Scott Key, it turns out, scribbled the words to “The Star Spangled Banner” … 0

Blagg: Finding the positive side

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Whew! What a stinker of a year! It seems like every week of the last 52 has been marked by some sort of lousy news coming from somewhere. Mass shootings, suicide bombers, natural disasters ... the toll in human lives and suffering has been enormous. Frankly, the editors … 0

Blagg: Christmas on the silver screen

Sunday, December 22, 2013

At this time of the year, some Christmas favorites begin to show up on television — Charles Dicken s’ “A Christmas Carol,” “It’s a Wonderful Life” with Jimmy Stewart, and “Miracle on 34th Street,” with a 9-year-old Natalie … 0

Blagg: All in the preparations

Sunday, December 15, 2013

I’ve been interested in survival for a long time, probably ever since my Boy Scout days. Back then, I wasn’t particularly enthralled with birdwatching (that’s changed!) or the environment or other subjects. But I studied firemaking and finding shelter and using your watch to determine north intently and … 0

Blagg: A limit on rights?

Sunday, December 8, 2013

We found out some more details the other day about Adam Lanza, the Newtown, Conn., man who murdered 26 people, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School back in December of last year. They were chilling. It … 0

Blagg: Role worth remembering

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Mavis Batey died the other day. Most people have never heard of her, but she played a key role in the secret code breaking by Great Britain during World War II. She worked at Bletchley Park, a rundown mansion surrounded by hastily thrown up huts which housed dozens … 0

Blagg: Following ‘The Plot’

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Why are we surprised that incidents involving guns and violence seem to be on the rise all over the U.S.? After all, we’ve been teaching our children that violence is the answer to almost any problem for decades. And I’m not talking about the number of guns in … 0

Blagg: Part of our carbon footprint

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Let’s talk about cellulose. No, I’m not kidding ... cellulose. You see, cellulose is an incredibly abundant organic polymer that makes up the tough fibers that constitute plant material. Stems, stalks and tree trunks are made of cellulose, … 0

Blagg: Keeping Greenfield ‘special’

Sunday, November 10, 2013

What kind of a town is Greenfield? Is it, as legend would have us believe, “the town that turned down Henry Ford?” In his fascinating 1982 social history of Greenfield — “The Conservative Rebele_SDRq — Paul Jenkins wrote that the story that Henry Ford once wanted to build … 0

Blagg: We’re still at war

Sunday, November 3, 2013

It’s hard to know which way to go. The United States finds itself in a real bind these days, caught between a rock and a hard place. We are at war, faced with an implacable, well-financed enemy that … 0

Blagg: Health care website issues

Sunday, October 27, 2013

It shouldn’t be a surprise that the government’s new health insurance website has run into problems, any more than the fact that Republicans are screaming their heads off about the snafu and claiming that it means the new … 0

Blagg: Where it’s written

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Now, I’m not by any means a grammar snob. I tend to go for writing that’s easy to read and more conversational than precisely according to, uh, Fowler. I try to use “that” and “which” correctly, but I … 0

Blagg: Seat belt law with teeth

Sunday, October 13, 2013

I’m not sure how likely it is that S-1115 will make its way through the Legislature, but it’s worth talking about. It’s a bill that would change the state’s current seat belt law to one of “primary enforcement.” … 0