Thoughts after the Election

Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the rest. This is one of my favorite lines attributed to the incomparable Winston Churchill.  According to Snopes and the Churchill Society he actually did say something to that effect,…

Just Before the Election

This has been a very intense election seasons and I know many of us are exhausted and just want it over with.  There is a chance that there may not be closure on Tuesday night however as ballots are counted…

Here Comes the Sun…

I hope everyone reading this is doing okay this week.  I continue to hear from many of you and I know that all of us are experiencing frequent “ups and downs” amidst this unusual and hopefully temporary reality in which…

Spacestation

April 17, 2020 I read this week about the three astronauts who have been working in orbit for the last 200+ days at the International Space Station.  Usually people who spend 100 or more days living within the cramped confines…

Our Changing World

I remember many years ago my grandparents describing to me what happened to American society in 1941 in the weeks following Pearl Harbor.  They recounted how they witnessed the rapid and disorienting transformation of their society and “world” as the…

To the Statehouse we go!

Last Wednesday my daughter and I “played hooky” together, albeit for a worthy, distinctly 21st-century cause.  We spent the day at the Statehouse in Boston as part of the Intergenerational Youth Climate Lobby Day organized by Our Climate, a nationwide…

Bowl Ponderings

At times it amazes me that the biggest annual sporting event in our country involves two teams of 11 men donning helmets and plastic armor.  Dressed as colorful gladiators each team attempts to move by force and wits an odd-shaped…