• Posts Tagged ‘Uncategorized’

    love that dirty water

    by  • August 1, 2006 • Uncategorized • 5 Comments

    Last night Ginger and I spent the evening at Fenway Park watching our Boston Red Sox play the Cleveland Indians. Fenway is one of my favorite places. The nearly century-old park in one of the few not named after a corporation. It’s also one where you have to lean a bit to see around...

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    blind and toothless

    by  • July 31, 2006 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    Years ago, when I was teaching at Charlestown High, we got in to a class discussion about fighting. It had nothing to do with the book we were reading. There had been a fight in the school that day and I asked the kids what happened. As we talked and I continued to ask...

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    by  • July 28, 2006 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    Ginger and I went into Boston today for doctor’s appointments. Mine was in Copley Square and hers in Kenmore, so she dropped me off and took the car with her. The point of my trip was to talk to my doctor about my antidepressant and whether or not it was doing what it could...

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    by  • July 26, 2006 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    I’ve had a simple goal since I wrote last Wednesday: read a novel. There are times when a small act of defiance reverberates in larger ways; reading a novel from beginning to end for the first time in a couple of years felt like a profound gesture for me. As we headed into Boston...

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    chance meeting

    by  • July 25, 2006 • Uncategorized • 4 Comments

    In a different chapter of my life I was a high school English teacher. I started as a building sub at Charlestown High School in Boston and worked my way into a job, staying there for seven years. I loved being with the kids, but the bureaucratic tag team of the School System and...

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    word play

    by  • July 14, 2006 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    Think Tank Pundits are messing with my mind. I keep trying to imagine what songs are on their record. I think the first single will be “Cheney’s Fools”: “Che, Che, Che/ Cheney’s fools. . .” I could go on, but I won’t – for now. I was helped on my semantic sojourn by the...

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    brain strain

    by  • July 13, 2006 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    I don’t know much about the architecture or the geography of the brain. I know the left and right brain thing (I would favor the right side) and I know a couple of names for different regions. My favorite is the hippocampus, not because I know what it does but because it has the...

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    choosing our words

    by  • July 12, 2006 • Uncategorized • 7 Comments

    Ginger and I moved to Boston in August of 1990 and settled in Charlestown, the neighborhood of Boston that is home to Bunker Hill and the USS Constitution. We had not been in town long when we started going to neighborhood meetings about the impact of The Big Dig, which was the nickname given...

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    open space

    by  • July 10, 2006 • Uncategorized • 5 Comments

    Since the Round of Sixteen began, I have not gotten to see one World Cup game until today. I got to watch the Final this afternoon. For all of the other games, I was either in Mississippi or in the kitchen at the restaurant. I made sure my schedule was clear today so I...

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    life sentence

    by  • July 6, 2006 • Uncategorized • 10 Comments

    Ken Lay died yesterday of a massive heart attack. The news of his death sent my mind in two directions. First, it sent me back to my belief that the corporation is one of the most insidious inventions of modern life. The giant Greed Machine that is Capitalism gave birth to the corporation the...

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