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Christmas Entertainment

Here are some audios and videos for your holiday enjoyment. First, a couple of songs written (lyrics and music) by Charlie Gargiulo. Both are sung by Patti Sardella and produced by Elliott Jacobowitz. Next we have an old favorite from 2012, Lowell recites “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” Finally, there’s…

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Oranges at Christmas

Here is another of our Christmas classics: Paul Marion’s “Oranges at Christmas.”  Oranges at Christmas By Paul Marion This week, my wife, Rosemary, bought a bag of small navel oranges at Market Basket, the first of these babies for the season. When I opened the plastic bag the twelve baseball-sized…

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Can We Honor a Native Son?

This essay was initially published in The Lowell Sun on December 14, 2020.  Can We Honor A Native Son? By Suzanne Beebe              Jack Kerouac is a world-renowned writer. He opened new avenues for American writers of the 20th century. He was central to the Beat Movement of the 1950s…

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Linda Hoffman on WBUR

Congratulations to artist, writer and farmer Linda Hoffman of Old Frog Pond Farm & Studio in Harvard, Mass. (and our sometimes contributor) for joining the ranks to commentators on WBUR. Linda’s essay on the apple orchard at the Winter Solstice is now online. Also, Linda has a terrific post based…

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Mexicali Angels

Mexicali Angels   By Jim Provencher   A chorus of angels soars through the dusty streets of a Mexicali morning. It could be anywhere along the Line—cartel-torn, half-deserted, furtive, uneasy. Still, children are singing— It’s Christmastime after all, and I follow the sound into a white-washed adobe chapel where small…

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Cemetery Gates: A Tour of Lowell Cemetery

Lowell’s Matthew Ludvino is a professional filmmaker and editor whose documentary credits as an editor include Year of the Bull and The Man in the Mask. This year, Matt focused some of his considerable talent on creating a film version of one of my Lowell Cemetery tours. In this effort,…

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