Thoughts on Thanksgiving

     It seems summer just ended and the holidays are already upon us. Every year as soon as Halloween arrives, time speeds up and Thanksgiving takes us by surprise. Some say Thanksgiving is a lot of work for one meal, others enjoy the festivities and go out of their way to make the day […]

The Great Divide

     One year ago, the election of Donald Trump was a polarizing event. Love him. Hate him. Those are your two choices. There is no in-between. And the dividing line is more like a dividing chasm. There is no middle ground. Political discussions have become non-existent. Choose a side, hunker down, and don’t make […]

Warming, Schmarming

     Could someone please tell the weather gods it’s November already. I wasn’t always a big believer in global warming, but I can’t deny the signs any longer.      The most obvious sign that the seasons are changing is the fact that the seasons seem to have stopped changing. The Northeast has been […]

Dark Shadows

       It’s late October. Full moons and ghostly beings abound. I’m harkened back to a time in my early childhood when all things were possible: the days of the 1966 horror-infused soap opera Dark Shadows.      I would make any excuse to cut my after-school play time short so I could catch […]

Golden Years

     When I saw the help-wanted ad in the Stoneham Independent for  Weekend Activity Assistant at Brightview Senior Living facility in Woburn, I thought I’d reply and try to arrange an interview. The job description sounded interesting. “Activities” is such a broad term I had no idea what it might entail. If nothing came […]

Phone Home

     If you want to feel old, go shopping for a new cell phone. Technological advances are happening so fast in the telecommunication world it’s next to impossible to keep up with changes.      The cell phone I had was perfectly adequate for my needs. I could make telephone calls. I could text […]


     After many false starts and stops, the day finally arrived for my son, Max, to leave his home in Stoneham and begin his new life in Japan. His hard work and dedication to his musical education from Stoneham High School through Berklee College of Music has culminated in this huge milestone. It’s hard […]