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The Mast-Head: Our Present Grief

Reflections on the deaths of four young people on their way home from worship in 1716.

Feb 1, 2024
Gristmill: Cracking the (Great) Books

A conservative school up the Island goes all-in on classical education. Attention must be paid.

Feb 1, 2024
The Shipwreck Rose: Darndest Things

This week, I went back to Facebook to be reminded of the humorous things my children said when they were little.

Feb 1, 2024
Gristmill: A Better Way to Vote

Across Long Island Sound in the Nutmeg State, a legislator has been trying to get ranked-choice voting to stick since 2017.

Jan 25, 2024
The Shipwreck Rose: Hershey’s Cocoa

Our family has an overdeveloped muscle for nostalgia, and the kitchen is the epicenter where we exercise it.

Jan 25, 2024
Point of View: As Caligula Used to Say

As one Trump acolyte in Iowa said, “It’s good not to be liked — being strong is better.”

Jan 25, 2024
The Mast-Head: Boater or Yachtsman?

After a few days when the ponds were frozen enough to skate on, we might as well start looking forward to the boating season.

Jan 25, 2024
The Shipwreck Rose: Mayberry

The funniest scene in the funniest television program was the moment in the old “Andy Griffith Show” when Gomer Pyle makes a citizen’s arrest of Barney Fife on the Main Street of Mayberry. And does the idea ever have staying power.

Jan 18, 2024
Point of View: Leave ’Em Laughing

I wrote my own obituary not long ago, and when I showed it to a co-worker, she broke out in uncontrollable laughter.

Jan 18, 2024
The Mast-Head: No Day Off

Grade schoolers here woke up unhappy on Tuesday. There had been a bit of snow, but not enough for a delayed start, let alone a day off.

Jan 18, 2024
Gristmill: Things Fall Apart

The pain of planned obsolescence.

Jan 18, 2024
Point of View: It’s Worth It, Believe Me

The New Year’s Day plunges here were communal convocations as reassuring as any you’d find at a church or at any other gathering.

Jan 11, 2024