Category Archives: Columns

Column: Something to believe in

Editors note: The following column is being written at 12 p.m. on Oct. 4, just four hours before Sports Editor Mike Smith’s Red Sox kick off the 2013 ALDS.  In just a few short hours, the American League Division Series will kick off with the Boston Red Sox squaring off against their division rivals from […]

Column: A September to remember

No bad rainstorms “It always rains in Sep­tember,” declared my older brother Henry sometime in the late 1930s. He was no longer able to test his theory after 1944, when he died of war wounds in eastern France. It did seem in the 30’s as if we got a lot of rain around the time […]

Poetic License

Memory is each person’s poet-in-residence. -Stanley Kunitz Aging While priming myself for age a parenthesis closed around a potent déjà vu of suppositions. This long-term work in progress began with witty attempts to create a frame of reference around the memory of a red wagon being pulled along a sidewalk. How can I explain all […]

The NCAA’s APU problem

There’s a storm brewing in the world of college athletics, but right now it would seem that nobody has an idea of just which way the winds are blowing. One thing remains certain, however; when the dust settles, the collegiate sports landscape could be drastically altered and, possibly, unrecognizable. For years, the NCAA—and its ideas […]

Can you afford a new kitchen?

Whether you’re walking down the street, passing by a kitchen showroom or in a home center strolling down the isles, it’s hard not to notice the stunning new kitchens on display, and your mind begins to drift. You work hard. You’re a good person. If anyone deserves a new kitchen, it’s you. But then reality […]

U.S. and Russia, shoulder to shoulder

When I was in college, I took an elective course on the history of American diplomacy. The reason for this choice was probably because my father had been a U.S. diplomat during his first few years after Harvard. He had the good fortune to be posted to the American embassy in Paris during World War […]