Author Archives: aronsbarron

Marathon musings: who is a hero?

Don’t read this if you’re tired of the non-stop coverage of the Marathon bombing.  Don’t read it if you’re not touched in some way by the tragedy that befell individual runners and bystanders or disturbed by the assault on our community.  Have … Continue reading

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Shame on Brandeis

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is, indeed, a controversial figure, especially for the vehemence with which she has criticized Islamic fundamentalism.  Just read her memoir Infidel, and you’ll understand why.  Her childhood was spent in Somalia, Saudi Arabia and Kenya, where she survived … Continue reading

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Selfie, shmelfie – where will it end?

Four months ago, when the Oxford English Dictionary named “selfie” the 2013 word of the year, I had never even heard of it. In the last couple of days, it’s almost all I’ve heard.  Of course, there was the selfie … Continue reading

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Remy brings ick factor to ballgame

Despite a hailstorm today, little green shoots are starting to poke their heads up in our yard, tomorrow is April 1st and the baseball season has officially started.  I’m poised to wrest control of my garden from the rabbits and welcome the season … Continue reading

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Running for A.G. – a familiar face stands out

On April 19 last year, longtime political activist, former elected official and Watertown resident Warren Tolman found himself 300 yards from the capture of Marathon bomber Zhokar Tsarnaev.  With a helicopter roaring overhead, police on both sides of his driveway and in his … Continue reading

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Teaching kids to hate

If you’re Jewish, think twice about moving to Bedford, MA.  That’s the message of recent anti-Semitic incidents in that west suburban town. Elementary school children play a game called “Jail the Jews.” Swastika graffiti is discovered at an elementary school, … Continue reading

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St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast: more love-in, less roast

Southie’s traditional St. Patrick’s Day breakfast was anything but traditional yesterday.  A testament to the new Boston, a majority-minority city, the breakfast was hosted for the first time ever by a woman, a person of color, a Haitian-American, and a … Continue reading

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Florida escape clears the cobwebs and crabbiness

South Beach is lovely this time of year, especially in that special residential anti-glitz, non-tourist world South of Fifth. Thank goodness for the generosity of friends. Cloudless blue skies, sunny days in the low 80s with low humidity, toes in … Continue reading

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Patent leather shoes and other intrusive technologies

Wearing skirts has always been a challenge for adolescent schoolgirls concerned about their privacy, an issue made patently clear by John Powers’ 1975 coming-of-age book Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? I believe local writer Caryl Rivers also talked about it … Continue reading

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Remy back; feels odd

Jerry Remy is back, broadcasting from Red Sox spring training.  His return to the broadcast booth last weekend was duly reported on local news.  Hearing his voice was familiar but definitely odd. He’s doing his usual color analysis, but now his … Continue reading

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