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When my mother was 67, she lost her voice forever

Posted on 10 May 2021 (0)

When my mother was 67, she lost her voice forever – or did she? My mother valued conversation. She loved getting people together to share perspectives on anything from the existence of God, to the ideas of George Bernard Shaw, to whether it was okay to kill of animals for food or sport. Back when […]

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My Staircase and the History and Hope it Holds

Posted on 01 November 2019 (0)

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Bringing Up Boys Not to be “Men”

Posted on 20 November 2018 (0)

Bringing up Boys Not to Be “Men” I’m sharing my still relevant 1980s article in Sojourner: The Women’s Journal, although I’m now aware that I interviewed only white women, leaving out important voices. “Ha ha, I’m a boy,” Molly Lovelock is sure her son Timothy cried out on the day of his birth. It can […]

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Recommended Reading

Posted on 09 September 2010 (3)

Here are a dozen fiction and non-fiction books that my husband Jon and I read this summer and want to share. We read most of them during two Reading Weekends, when we go away to simply read. Here’s what we read in a sweet little B & B called Acorn’s Hope Great Barrington (MA).   […]

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Howard Zinn – A Tribute

Posted on 07 February 2010 (68)

Howard Zinn − historian, activist, and a member of the National Writers Union and the Boston Chapter for almost 20 years  died on January 27, 2010. But his life and writing will inspire grassroots activists for many future generations.

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Clearing Out Her Stuff

Posted on 18 January 2010 (3)

Sarah Solomont feels stuck. She blames her house — it drives her crazy. “There’s too much stuff,” she says. “I can’t breathe.”

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Christmas Lists – or Not

Posted on 05 December 2009 (1)

“Here’s my list,” my husband says, thrusting a computer printout at me. “Where’s yours?” “No lists,” I say firmly.

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Invasion of the Textbook Department

Posted on 25 November 2009 (5)

I slip into the aisles of the textbook department, shoulders hunched. I’m feel like an interloper, intent as I am on raiding the inventory meant for college undergrads. Clearly, I’m no undergraduate: that was decades ago. Yet I am drawn to this place. At least twice a year I wander its aisles, looking for what […]

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Adventures in Core-Periphery Relations

Posted on 02 October 2009 (2)

My son is in love and engaged to be married. Trouble is, he wants the two families to fall in love as well.

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