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Guestwords: One Phone Call

All our decades of planning were working to create the family we’d always wanted. Until, late in my pregnancy with our fourth child, a nurse called.

Jul 21, 2022
Guestwords: My Vietnam

Vietnam was my war, even though I never served there. It framed my youth and I longed to see the country. I finally got there at age 69, in early 2020, just before Covid hit.

Jul 14, 2022
Guestwords: Emulsion of Deliciousness

A family tradition of clamming and an everlasting appreciation for the chowder of Mary Emma Bunn of the Shinnecocks.

Jul 7, 2022
Guestwords: Like a Snake Bite

The summer of 1977, the summer of Son of Sam, brought trauma and fear, and the poison of trauma doesn’t just go away.

Jun 30, 2022
Guestwords: ‘Casablanca’ Revisited

Again today, the world is witness to invasion, resistance, and the need to escape repression.

Jun 23, 2022
Guestwords: Listening Is Not Enough

We are seeing a resurgence of attitudes antagonistic to correcting systemic racism. After two years of listening, there is not only fatigue around these conversations, but also significant pushback. So we must act.

Jun 16, 2022
Guestwords: At War With Ourselves

Nature on Earth is in a man-made death spiral, but imagine how much faster we would be killing life as we know it if everyone on this fragile orb followed the lead of America’s most “successful.”

Jun 9, 2022
Guestwords: Ghosts of Harmony

I satisfied my departed dad’s spirit as Rosanne Cash sang about enshrining her departed dad during a benefit concert at the State Theatre, a plaster palace in Easton, Pa.

Jun 2, 2022
Guestwords: Fishing for the Uninitiated

If you’re like me, a fishing greenhorn after you’ve already gone gray, I’ve got a few tips.

May 26, 2022
Guestwords: Swarm Season

Honeybees will not make a hole in your house, but they will take advantage of an existing one. So be sure to take a good look around your property and seal up all cracks and crevices.

May 19, 2022
Guestwords: The Meat of Memory

These days, “one could do worse than yield to the power of food.” And poetry.

May 12, 2022
Guestwords: How Do You React to a War?

Lessons from the Dutch travails of World War II.

May 5, 2022