Celebrating a Slice of Americana

Published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette June 14, 2022 On July 4th, 2026, our United States will celebrate the 250th Anniversary of America’s Declaration of Independence. Yet, we kept Britain’s ideals, like representative government and the English language.  Today, years seem longer than they used to be. We’ve been home for two now, and, asContinue reading “Celebrating a Slice of Americana”

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!”

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)”

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!””

Reigning Cats and Dogs

Originally published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette August 6, 2021 “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” Harry S. Truman August owns a moniker, ‘the dog days of summer.’ Well, every dog must have his day, and I’ve got that off-the-leash feeling. Also, what about cats? A good question, one likely misconstruedContinue reading “Reigning Cats and Dogs”

Impeach me, I was there

Originally published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette   November 19, 2019                   Gump-like Writer Witnesses Three Impeachments          Time was that a citizen alive for the impeachment of Andrew Johnson would be long dead in the 106 years between he and Nixon. Americans live in a speeded up world. Committed voters of a certain ageContinue reading “Impeach me, I was there”

The Benefits of Travel

 Originally published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette June 4 2021 “A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.” Leo Buscaglia. I’ve been lucky when it comes to friends and family. A large clan network surrounds us without much notice, yet appears when duty calls. True friends astound us, like found treasureContinue reading “The Benefits of Travel”