Current Events

The Tipping Point

The Tipping Point By David Daniel On the Saturday that the official results of the 2020 Presidential election were declared, my wife and I were in Springfield, visiting her brother Tony. The concurrence of the two events was coincidental, the get-together having been planned for some weeks. The weather was…

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Denis Barrett of Ireland Shares His Nation’s Joy About Joe Biden’s Victory

Two days ago, Denis Barrett, coordinator of Cork Learning City, wrote to colleagues including John Wooding, former professor and provost at UMass Lowell who leads Lowell: City of Learning. The two partner organizations promote lifelong learning in their cities, and this year brought out the Cork-Lowell writing anthology ATLANTIC CURRENTS,…

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High on October Leaves

High on October Leaves By Henri Marchand  WARNING:  Leaf smoke can be intoxicating and stir colorful memories and images.  This piece was written while under the influence of an October induced nostalgic state. Our yard is home to six Norway Maples, a pesky strain of New England’s favorite tree, known…

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Pandemic Journal: Sept 20, 2020

It was six months ago – Sunday, March 15, 2020 – that Governor Charlie Baker ordered schools, restaurants, and bars to close. Courthouses and much else closed too. Although the Covid-19 virus had been lurking in our consciousness for weeks before that, it was the mandated closings that brought home…

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