Forget the hearts and flowers, the pricey chocolates. There is no verifiable connection to the vague historical saint named Valentine and our obsession with this emotionally-draining Hallmark holiday. READ MORE
It is breathtaking to me to hear the neighbors talk about what it will mean to their suburban “whites only” utopia, from loss of property value to “bringing hoards of colored people” to the area, to the fear that their children will “have to marry niggers.” READ MORE
There are lots of industrial buildings for sale around the state right now because, hey, times have been rough. Some of them seem ideal for a longer-term solution to stabilizing the unsheltered. In advance, I want to say that I’m working off a commercial properties Real Estate listing site called LoopNet, and maybe some of these properties are already in negotiation or spoken for. These are just some obvious examples. READ MORE
Gardening is an obvious metaphor to me, for life. It is action and inertia, success and failure, roses and thorns. Every season I learn something new, or remember something forgotten. There are odds of survival and inexplicable failure to thrive. This is life on earth, whether you are plant or animal. READ MORE
Yes, I know the historical roots of how we got here — from ancient Greek goddesses and “Mothering Sunday” in the UK to Anna Jarvis and Julia Ward Howe, who campaigned for mothers around the world to lobby for world peace — women who sacrificed their sons in wartime knew that there had to be a better way to solve the world’s problems. READ MORE
A few things struck me about last week’s Manchester Fire Department recognition ceremony. I think it’s something we can all relate to — how to balance change and the tasks at hand while recognizing and honoring the traditions that provide a sense of comfort and stability.
Like a compass needle, her magnetism pointed me exactly in the direction I needed to go, whether we ever really knew it or not. Just as the invisible moon pulls at the ocean, even through a sky of clouds, my mother continues to move me. READ MORE