My Turn: Germ warfare


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 


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


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


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


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


“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


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


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


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


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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