That Car Warranty Call Needs Serious Regulation
Making the honor roll in high school was a big deal because it spoke of hard work, some grit, some smarts and, well, honor. It shined a light on everything the student did from that point on, and it was not uncommon to hear from a mother or a teacher if you strayed, “That is not how an honor…
As Christmas comes, as Hanukah recedes, as other faiths bring forth their days of joy and days of miracles, I am set to thinking about our dance these days with death and pain and isolation.
Here on this island off the coast of Rhode Island, the weather is highly changeable. The winds and currents bring different climates daily. While storms surge in the South, we feel the movement in the water and wind here as the knock-on effect in full force.
When people are dying we often say, “I would do anything to have my mom back... my nana back...I would do anything if my husband didn’t have cancer” and we mean it. We would do anything.
Dec. 24 1860, just as Christmas was rounding the corner, the South Carolina Declaration of Secession was issued to explain why the state wished to secede from the United States of America.
The coronavirus will be just a memory at some point and we will be so very glad that it is over. I am wondering just what we will have taken from this experience in the end.
When white supremacists took to the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, killing at least one woman, the president said there “were good people on both sides.” I did not believe him then and I don’t believe his recent photo op of holding a Bible to demonstrate his understanding now.
I lived in Connecticut but went into New York City nearly every weekday when the World Trade Center was attacked. I was home that day and watched the entire event on my TV, worrying about my many friends who lived and worked there.
Years ago in New York a friend of mine, Lynne Lambert, decided that she needed a plan B. She was a very successful voiceover performer but she knew, as we all did, what happens to women over 40, even in voice work. So she decided to start a very clever business by working with the transit sy…
All I wanted to do was plug into an outlet. I had a desk/workplace/shelving unit made a couple of years ago for my “office” in what would be listed as a bedroom. Cleverly the fellow who crafted it for me put an electrical outlet/power cord under the desk.
There are some folks who ran around the back roads of the country to buy hand sanitizer, masks and other items needed during a pandemic.
I have to say that the longer I live and vote, the more questions come to my mind. No, not about one candidate over another — that seems to change based on personalities and times — but some things seem to live on and on. Here is what is bugging me right now.
It’s over. Valentine’s Day is done. It’s a day made for cards and restaurants. There’s always so much pressure with the commercial Valentine’s Day, and what does it matter if attention is not there on a dull Tuesday or during a health scare? What good is a card and dinner then?
This impeachment felt like a bad divorce: One person walks away with everything, having gutted the house. The other gets the gutted house to build their life upon.
Normally I would be typing this on my iPad or Mac, but on this day I am in Carthage called to jury duty, and as we are not allowed any cellphones or electronics, I am writing this in longhand on a legal pad.
While various towns in the ol’ North State struggle with decisions of growth, I decided to notice how other places are handling it. Darling Husband and I traversed Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey (yes, there are many small towns in Jersey), Rhode Island and New Hampshire on our annual vac…
While Donald Trump clumsily tries to buy Greenland and gets rebuffed, he also starts quoting a radio host who now calls him the “King of Israel” and “the second coming of God.” I have to say I expected better from Trump and God.
Let me see if I understand our president’s thinking. Unlike predecessors who tended to keep their scrapping with other U.S. politicians in-country, he now seems to be seeking approval — or some form of affiliation — with tyrants against potential nominees for the upcoming election.
How lovely to know that the Temple Theatre wants to come down to us from time to time. I know that it is a great undertaking to plan a show to work in our somewhat inhospitable stage space at the Sunrise Theater.
The bridges of Paris were thronged deep, not with lovers kissing, but with Parisians watching history burn. They gathered like a village would when a great person is passing by. Thousands upon thousands mourned as fire stole their history — you might have hoped that many tears could stop the…
The Mueller Report is done and is being interpreted by the Justice Department and has been related to us in a rather short letter. Fine, that is the process but we really should stop talking about the report until and unless we actually read the actual report.
I don’t get spending billions on a wall. More judges and a better regulation of the rightful ports of entry seem a better way to properly adjudicate entry.
Scott Walker and all the others, some in our very own state, should be getting massive coal deliveries any day now. Massive! It would seem that the GOP has decided that when people vote for Democrats — and I can only assume independents as well — the voters don’t really mean it.
I don’t mind driving alone if Darling Husband cannot come with me. Today was such a day. I spent hours alone with Jon Meacham and his quite wonderful new book on Audible: “The Soul of America.” I recommend it to you as a great Christmas/Hanukkah gift. It is a historical look at how the natio…
Let me see if I understand the GOP position on sexual assault. If you are a white male, any age, you get at least one assault as a “gimme.” You are not required to go through a legitimate investigation. “He isn’t the type of guy” or “I really like him” is good enough.
Watching “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” about Fred Rogers and how he came to be a PBS and children’s advocate icon was thrilling and uplifting. His calling was to see children both at the level of their height(when he was with them) and the level of their incredibly rich and risky development.
Your head will spin if you follow the bouncing ball of explanations from presidential adviser Stephen Miller — who says it is policy — to Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen — who says it isn’t — to Attorney General Jeff Sessions — who cherry-picks the Bible to support injuring children. Pre…
Any time two world leaders meet to actually talk and build bridges, that can only be construed as a good thing. Hope resides within such a meeting. My problem is not in the meeting but in the whitewash of who it is Mr. Trump met with recently in Singapore.
Some folks stand and wait for the Fourth of July parade. Or bring a seat. And a little knot rises in the throat as the flag and the kids go by.
While listening to the recent questioning of Mark Zuckerberg, the senators felt a little like Claude Rains in “Casablanca,” who was “shocked — shocked!” to find gambling going on at Rick’s, just as they handed him his takings for the night.
No one remembers why my middle sister walked into the headmaster’s office at Sandy Springs Friends School in Maryland on that particular day. That was where she saw the lone application on a table. Why she noticed it, we don’t know. But there it was, the last student application for an excha…
Norman Rockwell’s famous painting of a town hall meeting actually had several versions — with a slight change in point of view and a few minor changes to the “supporting characters” and to the main man standing to make his voice heard.
I experienced my first assault at age 10 in a barn, when a field hand put his hand up my T-shirt. I jumped on my bike and pedaled like hell. I felt ashamed and alone, and I told no one.
When We the People decided to break from the Crown, one of the things that must have been in the mix of the conversation in Philadelphia was: How low do we have to bow? How many poor decisions do we have to swallow? How many rules that suppress us before we come to this table to ask for redress?
Seldom do I disagree with my colleague Steve Bouser, but his Sept. 20 column about hoping to see live theater return to the Sunrise Theater is one of those times. I spent 35 years in New York professional theater, and there are some elements of making good theater that it seems the Sunrise i…
Everyone loves to get away. Even in retirement, there are stresses and demands on our time, so getting out of town for a few days can lighten the load. Unless there is a hurricane seemingly headed toward your house way back home — which is the situation we found ourselves in last week.
Ronald Reagan famously called for President Gorbachev to “tear down this wall,” which was both a barrier and a symbol of the separation of East Berlin and the rest of the world.
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