Leader of the pack

Is there any better way to spend time on your precious summer vacation than bringing the family to Great Wolf Lodge resort and water park in Fitchburg, Massachusetts? I was asking myself the same question when my wife proposed this “fun-filled” family getaway.  There was no sense arguing. I could tell it was a done […]

No going back

I’m sorry but there’s no going back. Two-plus years. I’m done.  Covid-19 wreaked enough havoc on my life, and the lives of many other people if public sentiment is accurate. I won’t bore anyone by recapping the horrors of 2020. You were there. You experienced it first hand. Many of us are still affected by the […]

The Recital

My granddaughter recently performed in her first musical recital. She’s a first-grader, as were most of the other children who performed in the show. I was handed a program when I arrived at the school auditorium. I knew I was in for a long night when I saw my granddaughter’s name last on the list, […]

The Bee’s Knees

I’ve turned into one of those cranky old guys who complain about their health, in particular, their knees. I’m surprised how universal the problem of “bad knees” is. I’m happy to report I’m not the only person complaining about them. As we age, our bodies suffer wear and tear, some more so than others. Our […]

Little Bear (2006-2022)

STONEHAM – Little Bear Mullowney was laid to rest on Saturday, June 12, 2022. Sadly, after sixteen years (that’s 112 in human years) the last of her nine lives had run their course. She leaves behind her human parents, Scott and Priscilla, and her adopted sister, Bella. Little Bear was preceded in death by her […]

And the winner is…

Hollywood’s annual Academy Awards broadcast honoring best actors and films of the year has always been a long, drawn out event. I expected this year’s show to be the same tired affair. Thanks to Will Smith and the slap heard around the world, there’s plenty to discuss. Smith’s confrontation with comedian Chris Rock overshadowed anything […]

Near Normal

As the spring season approaches, mask mandates are being eased or lifted, depending where you live. Vaccine cards are becoming less important to enter restaurants and entertainment venues. The covid death count is no longer the lead story on the nightly news. Life is slowly returning to “near normal” which sounds so much better than […]

A Perfect Storm

A blizzard. In January. On a Saturday. The recipe for a perfect storm.  Days before last Saturday’s storm hit, weather forecasters everywhere were announcing the potential for a storm of historic proportions. The warnings were dire, complete with catch phrases like the terrifying “Bomb Cyclone” and the deadly-but-fun-to-say “Bombogenesis”.  The storm met the official criteria […]

Mac & Cheese

I wanted winter to end, not football season. The excitement and enthusiasm rookie quarterback Mac Jones brought to the New England Patriots returned some of the energy that was missing last year. Nothing against Cam Newton. I liked his showmanship and his hat collection. It was his performance on the field that was the problem.  […]

Deja-vu Year

And just like that, 2021 and all the baggage that came with it is behind us. Funny, I said the same thing about 2020. We may be entering a new year, but why do I get the sinking feeling there will be some carry over baggage tagging along for the ride as the calendar changes. […]