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I got the state's notice in the mail.  My driver's license, it said, will expire on my birthday.As you may have heard, the feds now... [Read More]
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Aug. 3 was "National Ernie Pyle Day," designated as such by a resolution passed last year by the U.S. Senate.The center of the celebration was in... [Read More]
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Nov. 6, 2018, is circled on my calendar. Election Day. Or redemption day as my family calls it. It's less than four months away now.But... [Read More]
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Forty-five years ago this summer, my parents took me in the family camper to Burlingame State Park in Charlestown, Rhode Island, near the coast of... [Read More]
At a luncheon for veterans in Northampton earlier this year, retired Northampton police officer Edward "Red" Morrissey got everyone's attention.Red described a morning some 74... [Read More]
Just off Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester, a 12-foot-high monument on the University of Massachusetts Boston campus lists the names of 79 Dorchester servicemen who were... [Read More]
It hit me like a sledgehammer, like the Eagles' offense hit the Patriots last weekend.The flu. Count me in.Ah, the chills, the headache, the constant... [Read More]
While taking down the Christmas tree in my family room last Saturday, I saw reports of Pope Francis delivering a homily during an Epiphany Mass... [Read More]
It's December and I'm in that in-between-holidays season of binge watching and binge reading.I yearn for down time when I can watch and read at... [Read More]
Saturday is Veterans Day. Do you know where your veterans are? Chances are you don't.All told, there are a few more than 11,000 veterans in... [Read More]
It's been over two weeks since "The Vietnam War" documentary on PBS concluded and yet I'm only halfway through the 10-part, 18-hour heart-stopping series.Geoffrey Ward's... [Read More]
Massachusetts was recently ranked 48th of the 50 states in "patriotism."That's according to an organization called "Wallet Hub," a financial help website that runs free... [Read More]
My son, Connor, is an actor.My wife, Denise, and I have watched him in all sorts of plays from heavy drama to children's theater, with... [Read More]
I'm one of the few, the proud … the baby boomer who actually still watches the evening news.There's not many of us left, according to... [Read More]
Lost last month in the day-after-day political rancor in Washington, D.C., was the unanimous confirmation of Dr. David J. Shulkin as the ninth secretary of... [Read More]
Johanna Montalvo was on the other side of recovery, battling a drug addiction and fighting to get her life back in order to include finding... [Read More]
So, here we are 13 days into 2017. The holiday decorations are stuffed back in the closet or boxed up and thrown down to the... [Read More]
For months, 10-year-old Jeffrey Szulc of Agawam would see military veterans with their ball caps wearing their military pride at his local Stop & Shop.... [Read More]
Later this month, my wife Denise and I will head north, where we often go when we want to get away from it all. We... [Read More]
A question was posed during a meeting this spring with veterans discussing the arrival in West Springfield of The Wall That Heals, the 250-foot traveling... [Read More]
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