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Putin on the Fritz!

Published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette May 17, 2022 “Somewhere in my youth or childhood, I must have gone something good.“. In the film, The Sound of Music, Captain Von Trapp sings of finding love with Maria as the world around them teeters toward World War II.   Today, Putin’s Russia is evil incarnate; love isContinue reading “Putin on the Fritz!”

Submit to poetry in wartime

Published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette April 21, 2022 Old saying: “Russia without Ukraine is a country; Russia with Ukraine is an empire.” I follow the news. That Putin is a “killer” is no revelation as we recall the 2020 poisoning of his political foe Alexei Navalny, Navalny recovered in Germany before returning to Russia. HeContinue reading “Submit to poetry in wartime”

Faraway Countries

Published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette 3/16/2022 President John Kennedy’s repeated caution, “What’s past is prologue” is from the Bard’s Tempest. ‘Prologue’ proposes history repeats itself, often in war. Its full meaning contends that our future is subject to the choices we make. True citizens condemn invasions of peaceful countries. Please pray for the Ukrainians–andContinue reading “Faraway Countries”

Make East-West Trains a Priority

Published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette July 26, 2017 Update Feb 2022 – It is gratifying to read that Governor Baker has finally seen the light on East-West rail service from Western Massachusetts. East to Worcester and Boston and West to Pittsfield and the Berkshires. Western Mass has for too long taken a back seat when itContinue reading “Make East-West Trains a Priority”

The Writer at Home(s)

Published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette Feb 4 2022 Northampton’s Forbes Library is inviting all Western Mass creatives to send in work for a Virtual Exhibit this spring. Its theme is every aspect of ‘Home.’ A fine winter challenge for homebound artists and writers to send in online submissions. Deadline: February 11th, 2022. The cityContinue reading “The Writer at Home(s)”

What Do I know?

It seems like yesterday, but I asked the above question following a three-month hiatus from the Gazette. Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. Samuel Corum/Getty Images. Originally published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette January 7, 2022 Aprì 2020: The advent of COVID-19 ended myContinue reading “What Do I know?”

Fully Present for Christmas

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 pandemic are no joke. Christmas is Scrooge, at last, finding joy and sharing warm feelings. Sorry, Faux News, liberals will be out there saying “Merry Christmas” to one andContinue reading “Fully Present for Christmas”

What’s for dinner? Democracy!

Originally published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette November 5, 2021 “A farmer’s final meal of the day.” The million-dollar Jeopardy champ, Matt Amodio, would answer, “What’s supper?” Speaking of WWLP-22, its parent company, Nexstar Media Group, controls 199 TV stations that reach 68% of U.S. households. Lately, they’re using trusted local anchors to push aContinue reading “What’s for dinner? Democracy!”

All shall be well

Originally published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette September 30, 2021 The late Mad Magazine’s Alfred E. Neuman’s, “What, me worry?” was a dimwit. Here’s a list of recent headline bugaboos that trouble me. You may have similar anxieties — feel free to add on. 1. Red Soxxer Chris Sale had Covid-19 twice and is unvaccinated.Continue reading “All shall be well”

“You had to be there!”

“During our lives, meaningful dates oft conjoin in the stars.” Every person I talk to says that 2020 was a memorable year. To be on lockdown meant home-confinement without a court-ordered leg-monitor. (I was shocked to learn that probationers have to pay a monthly ankle-bracelet fee, like cable TV—talk about double jeopardy!). Covid-19 is moreContinue reading ““You had to be there!””