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Smoky Bar Man

A Tribute to Phil Saviano, 1952–2021 Front page, above the fold, in The Boston Globe. Feature length obit in The New York Times. Segments on major outlets—nationwide. I have only one friend whose death warrants such a blanket of coverage. … Continue reading

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Giving Thanks (Despite Our Faults)

Thanksgiving. Crisp leaves underfoot. Stinging fresh air. Roasted turkey. Glutinous stuffing. Fruity, creamy pies. Frantic airports. Family around the table. Football. Horns of plenty. Pilgrim pageants. The national folktale of our collective well-being. A day of gratitude. Last year, two … Continue reading

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Who is My Neighbor?

I’m confident there’s something greater than us out there. Not a deity that directs our daily lives: that abdicates our individual responsibility. Nor something fashioned in our own image and likeness: that’s simply a narcissistic failure of imagination. I believe … Continue reading

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$1.37 of Giddy Happiness

As a first order approximation, the amount of money a person spends is a good reflection of how sustainably they live. It’s not an exact correlation—environmentally negligent junk food costs a lot less than locally-grown produce—but the ratio tracks well … Continue reading

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Death of a Family?

October 28, 2021 It’s after midnight. I cannot sleep. I rise from my thrashing, flame on the computer, and spill my thoughts. My sister-in-law is lying in a hospital bed, 2000 miles away. Body temperature lowered to 75 degrees. In … Continue reading

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A Member of the One Percent

(No, not that One Percent) There’s a new crop of one-percenter’s in our nation. Not the one percent who hold ninety percent of the wealth. Rather, a distinctly different group. The one percent who hazard to ride on public transportation. … Continue reading

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Dancing with Angelina

Turns and Twirls for People with Parkinson’s Disease One of my childhood nicknames, Two Left Feet, was all-too accurate. My stout, clumsy body didn’t fit into a family of agile baseball players. Over time I trimmed down and reached average … Continue reading

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The Universal Charm of Spokes

Lincoln Street in Gardner Massachusetts is mid-way up the hill. Higher than the rows of worker housing that sit tight to the shuttered mill buildings below. Less elevated than the formerly grand mansions of the mill owners above. A solid … Continue reading

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The Neutral Zone

This time of year the days and nights are even-handed, the temperature is benign, neither too warm nor too cool. A kind of balance that reminds me of a virtue in yoga that I discovered long ago. After a few … Continue reading

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Gimme Shelter – 3

A Primer on Housing America In two previous posts I outlined a brief history of affordable housing in the United States and the current mechanisms for creating more. Still, the gap between the affordable housing supply and demand increases. Is … Continue reading

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