New intensity to Black History Month

Photo by Brett Sayles on Pexels.com Black History Month feels different this year. It's not just because of the apparent increase in special programming on television and the expansion of relevant articles in the print media, though both of those have burgeoned. Nor is it only because of the emotional thrust of Black Lives Matter …

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More comforts of fiction on winter days: 2

Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell is a gift. It's the story of William Shakespeare's son Hamnet, who died of the plague at the age of 11, leaving behind his twin sister, Judith, older sister Susannah and mother, Agnes Hathaway. Clearly the book's Agnes is wife Anne, and Hathaway's real-life father's will refers to Anne as Agnes. …

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The comforts of fiction on winter days: 1

Cold grey days, snow and ice, long waits for vaccines, Zoom fatigue, all add up to wonderful opportunities for reading, with fiction being an especially enticing escape. Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward, came out in 2011, won the National Book Award for fiction.  The narrator, Esch, is the only girl in this working-class family …

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Medical mecca messes up measures to vaccinate

When will we become eligible for COVID immunization? How will we be informed? Where is the state on moving from Phase One to Phase Two? Where will we be able to go to get the vaccine? How do we sign up? What's the process for scheduling the second shot? You can blame the feds for …

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Whew!!

He's gone. With pomp, puffery and pettiness, the worst President in U.S. history has left a White House and Washington defiled by Donald Trump's four painfully long years. The bill of particulars is too numerous to recount, save for extorting foreign countries for his own political gain; dereliction of duty, if not outright criminal negligence, …

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Unity shouldn’t mean impunity

President Joe Biden is setting the right tone in calling for healing and unity in our nation, a welcome change from the outgoing President. But that doesn't mean turning a blind eye to Donald Trump's inciting insurrection or to the crimes of his followers and the toxic role of his Congressional enablers. Neither he nor …

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Boston Children’s Chorus celebrates us all

We're all pretty Zoomed out these days, but consider saving Sunday, January 17 at 4 p.m. for the Boston Children's Chorus' 18th annual tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year's concert is "On the Water" and is not be be missed. Once dubbed the "Ambassadors of Harmony," the Boston Children's Chorus' mission …

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Despair, disgust, danger and domestic terrorism on Capitol Hill

First they ignored Donald Trump's self-dealing and shattering of norms. Then they pooh-poohed the plot to abduct Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Then they bought into the lies about election fraud and attempts to overturn the results of the election. Today, they sheltered in place as mobs of Trump fanatics, heeding his incitement to violence and …

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2020 a real “annus horribilis”

For more than a decade, my year-end blogs have typically presented readers with a list of headlines I hoped to see in the coming year. Some were aspirational, some were funny, some were caustic. You often contributed your own imaginings to the list. Last year, my top headline for 2020 announced Donald Trump's defeat and …

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Famed documentarian captures City Hall and Hizzonah

Boston City Hall, often damned for its award-winning but decidedly Brutalist architecture, is nonetheless home to Boston's fundamental humanity. Mayor Marty Walsh is a man of the people, and the people who work there, who serve the public, who represent government to the citizenry, are the glue that holds together all the disparate and diverse …

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