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Not just for kids

One of the many pleasures of having a 5-year old granddaughter is that my wife and I get to do fun things that we couldn’t as unaccompanied adults.  Last week our granddaughter took us to the new Children’s Museum and … Continue reading

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Carrying the flag

Sometime during the last century when I was a child, nothing pleased my sister and me more than coming upon a road construction project while in the car with our parents.  When we saw the first cautionary sign, we hoped … Continue reading

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Re-reading Roth–with a guide to the players

Last February I wrote here about the pleasures of re-reading books, fiction and nonfiction, as a way of coping with the plague that kept us locked down and isolated.  I’m returning to one aspect of that theme today with a … Continue reading

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Night lights: what are they afraid of?

We live in a neighborhood of seasonal houses.  Most are owned by families from other New England states, especially Massachusetts.  Except for my nephew, who has the house next to ours, the owners are not really known to us.  They … Continue reading

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The Day the World Ended

Today is the first anniversary of The Day the World Ended. On this day last year my wife and I drove to Salem to the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) to see its special exhibit of Jacob Lawrence’s “Struggle,” several dozen … Continue reading

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Tell again: the pleasures of re-reading

Like many others in what is now nearly a year of plague-induced isolation, my wife and I spent many hours reading.  In normal times we read a lot.  I always have two books going at a time, alternating between one … Continue reading

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My Joe Biden Story

Many people who lived in the Delaware Valley (southeastern Pennsylvania, southwestern New Jersey, and the state of Delaware) in the 1980s and 1990s have a Joe Biden story.  Here’s mine.  In the early 1980s I was the dean of a … Continue reading

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Solstice and sauna

            Today is the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere, the astronomical beginning of winter when the length of day roughly equals the length of night.  Since the summer solstice in June, daylight has gradually shortened; beginning today, it will … Continue reading

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Revenge of the trees

            Early last spring four men and a woman arrived at the house across the road from us in a beat-up pickup and a larger flatbed truck that had also seen better days.  Within minutes they fired up chainsaws and … Continue reading

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Recommendations

            How often do you recommend a book, mystery or otherwise, to a friend?  How often are you asked to make a recommendation?  Because people know I write mysteries, I’m asked from time to time to recommend a good one.  … Continue reading

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