May 1, 2017

In the six years of days I wrote grants for Mystic Seaport, the most memorable occurred in the summer of 2014, when we launched the Charles W. Morgan. Yes, this was a big day because the 1841 whaleship had not been to sea since her 37th and final voyage in 1921. But it...

February 13, 2017

When I was shoveling over the weekend, my mind drifted to a more carefree time, when snow had nothing to do with work and everything to do with play. I’m going to say it was the late 1960s, when I was in elementary school, that snow days were the most magical. The even...

January 17, 2017

Sorry for the inconvenience.

You’ve all heard this line before – it’s blasted in an email when the internet goes down at your office; broadcast over the public address system when your flight has been delayed for the third time; uttered without emotion by the receptioni...

June 4, 2016

The SEND button in Outlook looks a lot like the other buttons. It’s small and rectangular with rounded corners and, when hovered over with a mouse, turns a pleasant apricot shade of yellow. This serene design belies the power of SEND, for as we all know and – more than...

May 8, 2016

While Mothers’ Day in our house has never been cause for elaborate brunches and extravagant gifts, I have been on the receiving end over the years of some awesome bath products. Commercialism aside, Mothers’ Day does make us think about our mothers – or about mothers i...

April 4, 2016

The question, How many books do you read in a year, has more depth than it first appears. I recently learned that the owner of Bank Square Books, Mystic’s independent bookstore, reads 160 books annually – or at least she did last year. Granted, some of them are childre...

March 12, 2016

The blank page often gets a bad rap. Many writers find it intimidating. If you open up Word on your computer or if you grab a new lined pad from the kitchen cabinet, you are faced with the same thing – nothingness. This nothingness has been known to cause shallow breat...

February 14, 2016

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson is “A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice – from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.” It’s the 2015 selection of Eastern Connecti...

January 16, 2016

For Christmas, my youngest son gave me a copy of The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan. It was first released in 1963, when I was a toddler. My mother read it after she had my younger brother, her third and final child. She told me last week that the book “turned her...

December 30, 2015

My husband recently read Infinite Jest, and consequently, we have been talking a lot about David Foster Wallace. I have read a couple of his essays and listened more than once to his 2005 graduation talk at Kenyon College called “What is Water?,” which was enough to co...

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