New Bedford MA

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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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 […]


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, […]


Greasy Luck

December 13, 2016

Say what? There are many terms in everyday speech that are nautical in nature. Some are more common than others: A loose cannon refers to the damage that was done when a cannon became unbolted from it’s spot on a wooden war ship; fits the bill refers to items on a ship’s bill of lading […]


Best Kept Secret

May 20, 2016

I’d like to think we all love where we live, or why would we live there? But I recall my younger days when circumstances dictated my choice of abode, like crappy college apartments or temporary living arrangements while waiting for a new opportunity to arise, and I realize that not everyone can blossom where they’re […]


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 […]


The Cure for Boring Fish

February 26, 2015

Lent is once again upon us, and as a lapsed Catholic I don’t really give anything up or feel compelled to receive ashes on Ash Wednesday, but for reasons that must be deeply engrained I try not to eat meat on Fridays. Do I feel the need to head to confession when I screw up? […]


Hell Has Frozen Over

February 22, 2015

We have shoveled and blown snow and salted and just when we think we’re done we have to do it again. The never-ending winter onslaught has been so much in the news that I’m sure you’re all just as sick of hearing about it as we are of experiencing it. So I’ll stop the kvetching […]


Love is in the air. While that is normally a spring thing, this late summer and fall has proved to be positively buzzing with it.  A beautiful little flaxen haired boy that we all love. Unless his food is too hot and his mom has to withhold it until it cools off. Then he turns […]