Category Archives: Culture

Summer reading part one: escape into fiction

Every year at this time I share books that that may interest my readers.  What I have discovered in year two of the Trump administration is how I often have I sought escape into fiction, though it is fiction with … Continue reading

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The war of the roses

Candide says, “We must cultivate our garden,” and it’s all the more important today as an escape from Donald Trump and the malevolent cacophony he brews. My garden is one reason I shall never move out of our house.  But, … Continue reading

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Saving equal access to the internet

Net neutrality isn’t just an issue for millennials and techies. The Federal Communications Commission’s December decision to change the rules governing access to the internet will affect us all. Your eyes glazing over? Our attitudes won’t be so “whatever” come … Continue reading

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Rename Yawkey Way: yea or nay?

Renaming Yawkey Street next to Fenway Park as Jersey Street, its original name, should be a no-brainer.  The reputation of the Boston Red Sox under the leadership of the late owner Tom Yawkey reinforced the sense of Boston as a … Continue reading

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Vietnam through New Eyes, part 2. A kaleidoscope of images

Coming from Boston, you’d think we’d be used to crazy traffic and pedestrian behavior.  Boston is an Eden compared to Vietnamese cities, where the intensity of the traffic takes your breath away. Most people ride motor bikes (due to the … Continue reading

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Headlines I’m looking for in 2018

My New Year’s gift to you is a list of headlines.  I have precious little expectation that we will see them atop newspapers, magazines,  newscasts or on social media in 2018.  Please send your own in the comments section below. I … Continue reading

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Yecch!  Al Franken was a boor. A jerk. A pig.  A sexual assaulter. Not like serial offenders Roy Moore, Bill Clinton or Donald Trump, but on the sexually offensive spectrum nonetheless. In 2006, on a USO tour, a photographer took his … Continue reading

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