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Lowell Lists: Constitutional Officers

Another installment of our Lowell Lists series. Constitutional Officers Here is a list of those who have held the offices created by the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of the Commonwealth, Treasurer and Auditor) from 1970 to the present. Governor Francis W. Sargent…

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New Post on Apples, Art and Spirit Blog

Linda Hoffman has a new post on her Apples, Art, and Spirit blog. This week, Linda writes about fertilizer. Specifically, the great harm being done by the widespread use of synthetic fertilizer (which she points out cause last week’s massive explosion in Lebanon). Linda calls for a new agricultural model which…

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A Letter to “Bon Bon”

From Steve O’Connor: I met John Lavin while attending University College Dublin in 1979-80. We’ve stayed in touch since then. Recently, he began to send me sections of an epistolary work in progress. I was bowled over by the beauty and sincerity of the writing. John’s from an Irish family…

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Daniel Chester French and Lowell

Best known for creating the Abraham Lincoln sculpture at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931) had a number of Lowell connections. One link was familial: his grandfather, William M. Richardson, was born in Pelham, New Hampshire, in 1774. At age 23, Richardson graduated from Harvard and began…

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Woke Columbus

WOKE COLUMBUS By Stephen O’Connor It’s 1492. Christopher Columbus is leaning on the taffrail of the Santa Maria, writing in his log. He raises his head, brows knit, looking toward the horizon as he polishes the lens of his telescope with a lace handkerchief. Finally, he tucks the handkerchief into…

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