9 Myths of Christmas

     The holidays are fast approaching. There is no escape from the snowball effect as time speeds up and days dwindle when the countdown begins. I’m taking a break from my busy schedule to expose some truths I’ve learned over the years. Myth 1 – Everybody hates fruitcake FALSE: I was surprised to learn […]

Please Re-Lease Me

     It’s shopping time again and I’m dreading it. Oh, not holiday shopping – I love that. What I don’t like is shopping for a new car. I like to look, but the process of negotiating the final sale is torture for the average consumer.      Currently, I drive a 2008 Dodge Nitro. […]

And so it begins…

     It seems like yesterday I was sitting in this very spot writing last month’s column “October, Half Over”. I even made a reference to my kitchen calendar because I was looking at it from my favorite writing spot at the table. I was surprised to see the month was already half over. I’m […]

My Favorite Monsters

     Tis the season for horror movies. Even though Halloween is over, there’s still time to enjoy some fear-filled flicks before the holiday movie onslaught begins. Here’s a list of my favorite fright films if you’re looking for something scary for a fall Friday night: Night of the Living Dead (1968): Hands down the […]

October, Half Over

     The subtle transition from summer into fall is finally complete. I know this because leaves are falling, temperatures are dropping and heavy sweatshirts and heavier jackets are replacing Hawaiian shirts and tank tops.      People spent most of the month winding down from their last hurrahs of summer. Unseasonably warm September temperatures […]

The Truth Is Out There

     Every subject I was going to write about this week was totally eclipsed by the political turmoil surrounding Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. This story was so big even President Trump’s daily faux pas were bumped from the headlines.      When I first learned of the allegations made against the […]

Crisis Management

     I left my North Andover newspaper office last Thursday afternoon thinking it was just another day. closer to the weekend. After the Merrimack Valley gas explosions, life was anything but ordinary.      I work an early shift so my day ends at 3:30 pm. I headed down Route 28 towards Planet Fitness […]