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Boarding School Blues: Chapter 38

Boarding School Blues: Chapter 38 By Louise Peloquin Dust Bunnies The next morning, while filing outside for recreation, classmates made sure Blanche saw their hang-in-there-and-stay-strong raised fists followed by love-ya-kiddo puckered-lip smiles. She responded likewise in an effort to simulate stoicism. Actually, she was looking forward to what would lie…

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Poem About an Apple Tree by Tom Sexton

Our regular contributor Tom Sexton in Alaska has a new poem for our readers, a poem for Spring. Monty Don, host of Gardeners’ World on BBC TV, has this advice on pruning your apple tree: “So through over-zealous and mistimed pruning people often ruin their fruit trees,” he adds. So…

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“Moody Gardens”

In honor of Pride Month 2022, here’s a story we first posted in 2014: Moody Gardens By Mehmed Ali and Beth Brassel Between 1950 and 1970, Lowell, Mass., saw its status as an industrial dynamo erode. The textile industry shrank to almost nothing and many residents quit on the city,…

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Enterprises Requiring New Clothes

Enterprises Requiring New Clothes By David Daniel Henry David Thoreau, the Sage of Walden Pond, cautions us to beware of all enterprises that require new clothes. With due respect and affection for the man—and I have tons of both—there are times when new threads are called for . . .…

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Please Hold for Mr. Marek

Please Hold for Mr. Marek By David Daniel From the New York Times obituary, March 25, 2020: When Richard Marek was a young editor at Scribner’s in Manhattan in the early 1960s, he was entrusted with one of the literary world’s most important manuscripts, “A Moveable Feast,” Ernest Hemingway’s intimate…

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Franco-American Week 2022

Thanks to Louise Peloquin for sharing the schedule for this year’s Franco-American Week Lowell’s 2022 Franco-American Festival Week begins Sunday, June 19. Here is the schedule of events. Sunday, June 19: 12:00 pm Mass in French honoring St. Jean Baptiste and dedicated to recently deceased Biloxi Bishop Roger Morin of…

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D-Day – June 6, 1944

On June 6, 1944, American, British, and Canadian troops landed on the shore of Normandy while airborne troops arrived inland. The great battle to seize back northwest Europe from the Germans commenced. As with every other battle in World War II, men from Lowell were involved in D-Day. First Lieutenant…

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John J. Shaughnessy – 6 June 1944

John J. Shaughnessy was born in Lowell on October 16, 1917, the son of Edward and Anna O’Donnell of 1091 Gorham Street. He graduated from the Sacred Heart School and Lowell High School. On October 16, 1940 – his 23rd birthday – Shaughnessy registered for the draft at the Elks…

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Jack Kerouac’s Road – a film screening

On Friday, June 10, 2022, at 1 p.m., the Pollard Memorial Library will host a screening of the new film, Jack Kerouac’s Road, followed by an interview with the film’s director, Herménégilde Chiasson, a French-Canadian director, playwright, and journalist who is also the former Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick. Part documentary,…

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Boarding School Blues: Chapter 37

Boarding School Blues: Chapter 37 By Louise Peloquin Never too many, never too much Sister Claudette wasn’t expecting anyone that evening in the two-hundred-square-foot library adjacent to study hall. The elfin nun in her seventies was bent over a thick black tome and didn’t hear Blanche’s footsteps. Her eyes peered…

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