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My Turn: The wise ask why
06-24-2024 4:49 PM

By GENE STAMELL

 It is a ludicrous endeavor to attempt to fit all human beings into two distinct categories. But if my life depended upon my doing so (or if I were to refuse to do so at the risk of being condemned to sit in a cinema, watching “The Piano” over and...

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Guest columnist Gene Stamell: We know what we know
05-02-2024 9:06 PM

By GENE STAMELL

 Columnist’s note: The following contains many parenthetical asides and seemingly unimportant details that somehow, one hopes, lead to a conclusion that the reader finds moderately interesting or entertaining or, at the very least, bearable.  Once...


My Turn: I’ll leave making stray bat feel at home to others
02-27-2024 7:01 PM

By GENE STAMELL

No doubt, some of you Pioneer Valley folks will read this column and want it renamed “A Wimp’s Tale” or something to that effect. “Oh, the poor man! A bat is living in his house. Alert the Armed Forces, call out the SWAT team! How will he survive this...


Guest columnist Gene Stamell: Is my friend Peter a narcissist?
01-31-2024 6:30 PM

By GENE STAMELL

For the great majority of my life, I haven’t given the term “narcissism” much thought. The condition simply didn’t cross my radar. Certainly, I have known a number of people who possessed large, overinflated egos, but it wasn’t until I started...


Guest columnist Gene Stamell: Imagine no opinions
01-04-2024 5:24 PM

By GENE STAMELL

One morning, a number of years ago, I found myself standing in line at a Starbucks counter.The woman in front of me was screaming into her phone, arguing about what seemed to be a rent dispute. Obviously irate, she was completely unaware of her impact...


My Turn: Out of the mouths of babes
12-04-2023 10:04 AM

By GENE STAMELL

My teaching career has spanned well over four decades. I recall staining and ruining many perfectly good shirts and sweaters while hand-cranking copies of math papers on ditto machines. Yes, back then, teaching sometimes resulted in strong biceps and...


My Turn: Perfect! Or perfectly awful!
09-25-2023 5:16 PM

By GENE STAMELL

In the history of Major League Baseball (240,000 games, give or take a few thousand), pitchers have thrown exactly 24 perfect games, in which 27 consecutive batters have been retired without reaching base. So, in any given baseball contest, there is a...


My Turn: Flight 474 is soon boarding
07-24-2023 8:17 PM

By GENE STAMELL

Thank you for choosing Green-Jet on this lovely Tuesday morning. We will begin pre-boarding for Flight 474 to Dallas just as soon as I gain the attention of passengers wearing headphones and earbuds. For all others,please excuse the volume of the...


My Turn: B+ types create their own kinds of meaning
06-27-2023 4:23 PM

By GENE STAMELL

I have concluded there are two types of people in the world: those who are content with a B and those who will settle for nothing short of an A. Perhaps the term “Type A Personality” has its origins in our grading system, though I am too lazy to do...


My Turn: A razor blade dilemma
05-25-2023 6:05 PM

By GENE STAMELL

I changed my razor blade this morning. I realize this revelation falls far short of being categorized as earth-shattering news. But if you bear with me, dear reader, you may recognize some parts of yourself in the following self-reflection — and I’m...


My Turn: I may need some help choosing my next iPhone
04-12-2023 6:08 PM

By GENE STAMELL

I need a new cellphone. My iPhone 8 is more than just six generations old; it is cracked and crotchety, begging to be replaced. And, unfortunately, I am wedded to purchasing iPhones. I have used Apple products, exclusively, throughout my...


Guest columnist Gene Stamell: The middle seat dilemma
03-20-2023 2:20 PM

By GENE STAMELL

For those readers who like to skim through guest columns, you are in luck. If you have ever traveled on Southwest Airlines, I invite you to hop down to paragraph four. For all others, I offer the following, brief description of Southwest’s boarding...


My Turn: Guilty or not guilty?
02-01-2023 2:53 PM

By GENE STAMELL

My mother was a big advocate for guilt. “Guilt builds character,” she would say. “If you feel some guilt, you will become a better person.” I’m not sure her opinion influenced my choice of spouse, but my wife of 43 years once told me that she has...

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