Essays2017-05-19T20:27:29-04:00

The following articles were originally published in the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript.

My Ankle Braces and the Supply Chain Backup

A long time ago I developed a left ankle problem. Some sort of tendon issue, but we can fix it, the surgeon said. “No thanks,” I said, and went looking for something simpler and non-invasive. I found it, an “Aircast” brace with that word printed on the strap in [...]

My Older Sister and the Being a Younger Big Brother

When my sister and I were growing up in Claremont, we shared a bathroom. She is a few years older, and family albums include pictures of her walking me on a leash. I guess she considered me a pet. We were close, and at some point in our teens [...]

Our National Mourning and Remembering Tragic Dates

Every year on September 11, we pause to remember the day foreign terrorists hijacked four planes, attacked the Word Trade Center with two of them, hit the Pentagon with a third, and were aiming at Washington, D.C. with the fourth when a passenger named Todd Beamer shouted, “Let’s roll.” [...]

My Friend’s Road Trip Idea and the Moving Needle

The other day a friend of mine called with an idea. He and his wife would like to go on a road trip with the Pianist and me. “Let’s take a walking tour of Claremont,” he said. It seems they have read my reminiscences in these pages about growing [...]

My Grandson’s Camp and Enduring Friendships

My first camp summer was 1948. My parents drove me from Claremont to Boston, where I got on the train at North Station. I spent the next eight weeks at Camp Arcadia on Salmon Lake in Waterville, Maine. “For there’s freedom there, from worry and care,” went the camp [...]

My Father the Elk and Breaking Even

My father was a member of Elks Lodge No. 0879 on Summer Street in Claremont. The lodge is housed in an old brick building on the corner, with an elk statue on the lawn protecting the building. My father used to play poker there, and I grew up believing [...]

My Friend Bob and a Meaningful Life

Bob Abernethy died on May 2, 2021, at the age of 93. He was a remarkable man who enriched many lives. My path crossed his before his crossed mine. Like millions of others, I watched him on NBC News, where he appeared almost nightly to deliver news from Washington, [...]

My Good Fortune and Remedies for the Ills of Life

If music be the food of love, play on. Shakespeare, “Twelfth Night” The 2021 baseball season is upon us, and to my surprise I have gone back to the sports pages to check on the Red Sox who, after a halting start, went on a nine-game winning streak. I [...]

My Truthful Response and an Apology Overdue

I don’t know whether our first president, George Washington, really said “I cannot tell a lie.” I do know that if someone tells you they never told a lie, they’re lying. Telling the truth feels good, but it can get you into trouble. When I was in my 20’s, [...]

My Retraction and What Lies Ahead

This is not the column I intended to publish this week. In fact, I had already submitted “My 21 for 2021,” once again making s series of outlandish, and hopeful humorous, “predictions” for the year just started. Then, on January 6, 2021, President Trump incited a mob, thousands laid [...]

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