November 6, 2014

My Husband, Al, and I went to a Veteran’s dinner this week, and I heard a poem that actually brought me to tears. It may be long, but I have to share this. Read it slowly and take in the words.

I Am a Veteran
by Andrea C. Brett

You may not know me the first time we meet
I’m just another you see on the street
But I am the reason you walk and breathe free
I am the reason for your liberty

I am a Veteran

October 9, 2014

The first duty of college administrators is not to educate or improve, it is to keep students safe

                                   By David A. Mittell, Jr.
August 26, 2014
"Live Free and Die" ?

NH has a good idea -
Stop Scott Brown

Driving back to the Cape from Maine is always an illuminating experience, especially if you detour along Route 1 in Seabrook, New Hampshire. While checking the passing scenery, my wife this past weekend caught this photo of a giant "Scott Brown for U.S. Senate" sign.

Yes, the former U.S. Senator from Massachusetts moved north to that state where one must "Live Free or Die" after being defeated by Elizabeth Warren in 2012.

August 20, 2014
Has Wall Street quaking in its boots

By Michael Bradley

In recent weeks everyone has been treated to a live drama of magnificent proportions! It might even be called the ‘Capitalist Play of the Century.’

The great Market Basket dilemma has been ‘covered’ by virtually all of the public media, making it a national show originating here in the Bay State. But the media – large and small – failed to grasp the underlying story; there has been no attempt to reveal what this powerful drama illustrates.

July 25, 2014

Ah, summer vacation! There’s nothing like getting away. Whether by car, by air, or by train, traveling however, generates a lot of waste!

My husband and I were recently in Asheville, North Carolina. On the drive from Charlotte to Asheville, we stopped at a Subway restaurant , one of the healthier fast food options, for lunch. Since I haven’t been to a fast food restaurant in years, I was shocked at the enormous amount of throwaway,non-recyclable products with each order – still!

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April 13, 2014

By Greg O'Brien

William Shakespeare captured the essence of the late Sherill Smith of Orleans when he wrote in Hamlet, “He was a man. Take him for all in all. We shall not look upon his like again.”

February 6, 2014

Lately, I’ve been hearing about rebooting our abandoned New Year’s resolutions. It’s only February after all, and way too soon to let those good intentions fall by the way side. Hopefully your resolutions included adopting new green living habits, but if not, it’s never too late to add them.

What is the most important green thing you can do? Think.

December 28, 2013

If you believe -- as I do -- that Rutgers economic historian James Livingston and others are correct in postulating that consumer spending is what really drives the economy, you may also buy into my own modest econometric proposition.

It suggests that while economists may palaver at length about the multiplicity of economic indicators they rely upon to crystal-ball the economy, there is -- at bottom -- only one: the number of items-per-second sold by Amazon on Cyber Monday:

November 7, 2013

I originally posted this item 16 months ago. All due modesty (yeah, right!) compels me to re-run it, although the horse is already out of the barn.

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July 15, 2013

June 20, 2013

Thanks for the Thanks

It was particularly nice that the Duxbury schools' PTA and PTO organizations and nearly 100 property owners saw fit to post signs around town thanking school bus drivers completing a safe year of delivering their precious cargo to school and back 180 times a year, as well as on countless field trips and to away games. These drivers are the salt of the earth and accordingly tend not to be given to self-promotion.

May 8, 2013

Battelle Memorial Institute's short announcement last week that it plans to move its Duxbury operation of 80 years to a state-of-the art facility in Norwell is important news. Battelle's campus at 397 Washington Street is prime real estate. The oncoming move demands the attention of citizens and town officials while the seller and any buyer may be moved to act in what might be called a feasible statesmanlike manner.

May 2, 2013

As Mark Twain put it, "Reports of my death are exaggerated" -- he meant premature. So, our headline, "Winsor House Inn sold" in the April 24 Clipper. The fact is the business is under agreement to be sold, but that in the hot-and-cold world of real-estate transactions nothing is ever final until papers are passed. The anticipated date for that is May 20. Meanwhile, David and Patricia O'Connell continue to own the business, as they have for the last 37 years.

April 21, 2013

Five days ago, Tom Grilk of the Boston Athletic Association committed to the 2014 Boston Marathon; a quintessential sample of the courage Boston mustered in the face of an extreme act of cowardice still unfolding at the time. A bright light in a dark moment.

April 1, 2013

This was by far the hardest topic around which to create an animation with a point of view, entertainment value, and amusement. The issues are serious and potentially tragic; not exactly fodder for funnies. I'm hoping that an animated cartoon can go where written words sometimes are not welcome.


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March 3, 2013

Arriving in good time to make it onto my personal “Best Parodies of the 20th Century” list, came Ian Frazier’s incomparable 1997 Atlantic Monthly essay, “Lamentations of the Father”.

February 24, 2013

The self-proclaimed “American Military’s Most-Trusted News Source”, The Duffle Blog, has scooped the MSM with its chilling revelation that the military has been drawing up plans for nation-wide gun confiscation.

February 23, 2013

Lincoln was my father's hero. “We’re both from Illinois,” he would say. When I visited my Dad at his stone house in Redhill Park, he invariably drove me to the nearby town of Salem—Lincoln's home in his formative years.

On more than one occasion, we drove to Springfield and visited the Lincoln house. This was sacred ground to my father whose ancestors were Chicagoans.

February 21, 2013

We are reminded by The New York Times that it was 70 years ago this month that Soviet troops finished wiping up the last remaining pocket of Nazi resistance at Stalingrad (now Volgograd). The Germans had lost over a half-million men killed, wounded or captured, along with staggering quantities of materiel.

January 20, 2013

Dan Kennedy, in his blog, Media Nation, chortlingly cited this truthy maxim from an old book on newspaper design:

Research indicates that readers classify information in the paper into two areas: information that is interesting and/or useful; and information that is not interesting and/or useful.

To this old TV newsmonger, the problem with cable news is way too little of the former and far too much of the latter.

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July 21, 2012

Lighthouse Beach ChathamAfter the Winter-That-Never-Was, everything seemed to be running two weeks early this spring. Grass was greener, flowers up, trees leafing out. Even school was let out a few days earlier than had been anticipated due to a lack of snow days (yet was still later than other towns, oddly).