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The Mast Head: Reconnecting

Since we are all still feeling our way around remote work and online meetings, I thought that I would ask my high school junior for a few tips.

Oct 1, 2020
The Shipwreck Rose: Sweater Weather

A creeping dread — of finding ourselves homebound again, wearing fuzzy slippers and harassed expressions around the kitchen table, bickering about who ate the last Klondike Bar — has driven me to wallow in as much outdoor time as I possibly can before the temperature falls.

Oct 1, 2020
Gristmill: Fear of Flying

The airline industry may be on the verge of collapse, but once upon a time pilots were celebrities, dating movie stars, driving fancy cars — hold the autopilot, thank you very much.

Oct 1, 2020
The Mast-Head: Sign of the Times

This is a column about poop trucks.

Sep 24, 2020
The Shipwreck Rose: Love Thine Enemy

I am extremely bent out of shape about the apparent near-future extinction of the Atlantic right whale.

Sep 24, 2020
Gristmill: Tour No More

I was limited to 20-minute segments of highlights over a small laptop screen, but even that couldn’t diminish the pleasures of the Tour de France.

Sep 24, 2020
The Mast-Head: Mailboxes Missed

There was a fair bit more activity in front of the Star office when the Methodist Lane United States Postal Service mailboxes were inaccessible during work on the railroad trestles nearby.

Sep 17, 2020
The Shipwreck Rose: The Dark End of the Street

I’ve just come from chasing my son as he set off double-quick for his first day in Mr. Tupper’s fifth-grade class at the John M. Marshall Elementary School.

Sep 17, 2020
Gristmill: Home Alone

What happens when your children go back to school after six months of family time at home?

Sep 17, 2020
Relay: One Lucky Lady

If I could only get to Abraham’s Path and make it across the railroad tracks without the tire rim shattering, I would be okay.

Sep 17, 2020
The Mast-Head: Unnerving Mail Mysteries

First cellphone service, next the U.S. mail. It’s no wonder Americans’ trust in public institutions is not stronger.

Sep 10, 2020
The Shipwreck Rose: Bad Words

Some people have “sensitivities” to particular sounds or to the fabric content of sweaters. I myself have a pretentious sensitivity to trendy words.

Sep 10, 2020