Byline: By RUTH CHARNEY

My Turn: Germ warfare

1/22/21

Grandma believed in germs. Or at least in germ warfare. She monitored our feet, swiped at our hands, assaulted our ears and boiled the canned peas...

My Turn: A Christmas Angel 

1/7/21

Angel appeared on our porch Christmas morning. “My name is Angel,” he had said. “I’m lost. I wonder if I could borrow your phone.” This Angel was...

My Turn: Family history: The grill

8/27/20

As I set up my folding chair and arrange my towel to get ready for a cherished swim at the Green River swimming pool, I watch the caravans arrive...

I believe in Alex Morse

8/4/20

I have just finished the 17th postcard out of 50 I agreed to write to support Alex Morse’s campaign for congress in MA-01. I can only write a few...

It’s stupid to love a cat, right? I ask because I am cat heartsick. And this is no time to be cat heartsick. No time to mourn a 10-pound rascally...

My Turn: Running while black

5/29/20

The other day while on a walk, I was passed by a runner. “Hi, Ruth,” the runner called. She was well past me before the voice and the figure...

We sit in plastic chairs six feet apart around a fire pit. Daniel doesn’t sit. He’s too busy adding twigs and branches to the fire. The smoke is...

Cry babies

4/16/20

“I’m afraid.” The teacher, like her student, talks from her screen. Leah, a 10-year-old, had prepared four questions. Four questions she chose to...

A tale of two rings

3/14/20

Imagine, if you will, that you have to have a medical procedure. Imagine too, that prior to this procedure you are required to remove all your...

Grandma grooves

2/13/20

Some number of years ago, a friend wrote, “I used to go to weddings, now I go to funerals.” It seemed an apt description of our lives. A time that...

Non Compos Mentis Awards again

1/2/20

It’s time to decide this year’s winner of the Non Compos Mentis Award. You know, that family tradition that I’ve written about before. It’s an...

Bears come to town

12/4/19

There was an unexpected noise. The noise happened just as the evening news was about to come on, so we ignored it. But then came another commotion,...

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