Local Events

Calling All Angels

December 12, 2017

The Standard Times, New Bedford’s local newspaper, (and, full disclosure, the paper in which my articles appear weekly) is selling a photograph taken by staff photographer Mike Valeri back in 1997 to raise money for the Salvation Army’s Neediest Families program. The photo was of a Padenarum (a village in South Dartmouth, MA) sunset. After […]


Thomas Wolfe wrote “You Can’t Go Home Again”. His experience was vastly different from mine; his protagonist’s town turned against him. My house just got smaller. Still, it held stories and memories, which I won’t share here but choose to hold back for possible eventual blackmail purposes. My darling husband wanted a surprise birthday experience […]


Irreverence and Sarcasm

October 26, 2017

Some of us were lucky enough to see the humorist David Sedaris at the Zeiterion Theater in New Bedford last week. I’ve been a fan for a long time, but unlike my companions on this night it was the first time I’d ever seen him live. And while his books are brilliant I enjoy listening […]

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The Official Invitation

October 18, 2017

Anyone going to be in New England over Thanksgiving? I’m celebrating and I want everyone to come. Turning 60 is a big friggin’ deal, especially when at 50 I wasn’t sure I’d make it. My old friends and readers know the story, but I’ll provide the Cliff’s Notes for those who are new to the […]


My New Gig

September 20, 2017

I still read the local newspaper. Daily. Cover to cover. Well, I scan the sports section for items of interest and for enough info to be dangerous (or to be able to fill in a sports-related crossword clue). As a foodie I always looked forward to the Wednesday food pages, and for many years a […]


Just after Easter I had the pleasure of visiting Parsons Reserve, one of the areas under the jurisdiction of the Dartmouth National Resources Trust, which is a non-profit, accredited land trust established in 1971. It is supported by members and donations, and protects more than 5,000 acres of land and maintains more than 35 miles […]


The Girl With The Band

January 25, 2017

Our local newspaper, The Standard Times, has a writer named Lauren Daley who authors columns on the arts, books, and music, and in a recent paper she listed the top 10 albums she listened to as a teenager. She asked her readers to let her know their own, so I sent her a note… Dear Lauren, […]


Keeping The Story Alive

March 4, 2016

Have you heard of The Moth? If you haven’t you’re missing out. The Moth is an award winning not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. They’ve facilitated the telling of over 17,000 stories worldwide, and the storytellers perform live, without notes. Many NPR stations broadcast The Moth Radio Hour; go to themoth.org […]


The first weekend in August is always the Newport Jazz Festival. 60 years ago at the first festival it poured rain, which put the Newport Jazz Festival and it’s diehard fans on the map. Photos of music lovers with rain hats and umbrellas made their way around the world and the annual event was born. […]


There has been a tremendous spotlight shown on the city of New Bedford these past few weeks with the arrival of the whaling ship the Charles W. Morgan, which sailed under her own power from Mystic, Connecticut to New Bedford with much fanfare. We were in Greece for her arrival, and also missed the “Parade […]