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USA Today reported a Santa Claus shortage story that was picked up by TV news. A combination of COVID-19 fears and actual Santa losses to the...

My Turn: Lowering the bar

12/3/21

One recent morning I made a hasty decision to clean the entryway to our house. Up until that fateful moment, I had simply considered the entryway...

Misogyny. It is commonly thought of as the hatred of women, but this oversimplification conceals its large-scale harm. If sexism is at the heart of...

My Turn: World must finally act on climate change

11/18/21

The shocking extreme weather of 2021 has brought torrential rains and flooding to New York, a stunning heat dome over the Northwest, the deadly...

Donald Trump came to fame on a reality television show called “The Apprentice.” He played an all-powerful boss who dishes out insults, pits his...

How do you feel about the political other side? Are you afraid they’re out to ruin the country? Do you sometimes resent them or think they’re the...

Rabbi Harold Kushner wrote his now classic book, “When Bad Things Happen to Good People,” to confront the unfairness of trauma in his own life and...

Words! Words! Words! They both hurt and help. And while our pets understand the handful words most often repeated to them, there are times when...

My Turn: Examining those what if moments

11/10/21

Ever since I was born, I have always been a night owl. My mom’s best friend, who is like another aunt to me, tells stories about how even when I...

My Turn: Racism is killing me every day

11/10/21

As a Black woman, I am twice as likely as a white person to die of COVID-19. I also have high blood pressure and asthma, two conditions that occur...

Fifty years ago this month, UMass Amherst University Without Walls (UWW) announced that with funding from the U.S. Office of Education, it was one...

My Turn: Boston’s lungs and drinking water

11/2/21

Two hundred million. That’s how many gallons of water the Quabbin Reservoir sends each day to meet the needs of 3 million people living in metro...

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