What I’m Thinking

Fear Factor

With Thanksgiving upon us, the holiday season is about to officially begin but we all know it feels different this year. The pandemic is preventing many traditional family gatherings from happening this year. Mine isn’t, and while that makes me sad, I do have loved...

Rainmaker

Rainmaker, a little faith for hire Rainmaker, the house is on fire Rainmaker, take everything you have Sometimes folks need to believe in something so bad, so bad, so bad They'll hire a rainmaker Springsteen, 2020 So here we are again, in transition, ever hopeful for...

Tell me, please.

I really want to know. I want to know where we are as a nation and what we value. I write this piece election morning, not expecting a clear answer to my question by the time you are reading it. Quite frankly, I do not know what to expect and that troubles me greatly....

From the Inside Out

The change of seasons is making me think about winterizing my boat. My eye always gets drawn to external blemishes and rust. The real threat is not the visible surficial rust, but the internal corrosion that left unattended that will cause me the big problems. To...

Prove It

People profess their love for America in many different ways; some make sense to me, some don’t. Love, like a lot of things, is subjective and assessing its depth and basis is fraught with peril. That said, we all have a chance to objectively prove our love of America...

Along for the Ride

Just when I thought the ride could not get any rougher, it did. And while the breakneck speed of events is unlikely to slow anytime soon, this weekend provided a few quiet moments in the yard to reflect. What hit me was this: that the laws of nature and science...

Post Labor Day Blues

That was fast. As unusual as it was, the summer of 2020 seemed to pass quickly. And just like it does almost every year, the transition from summer southwesterlies and hazy warm conditions has given way to the windy swings of early September and lower sun angles and...

Congratulations, Town of Orleans

I don’t go to many gatherings these days, but on Tuesday I made an exception to attend a happy event--the groundbreaking for the Orleans municipal wastewater system. Decades in the making and a testament to the perseverance, and thick skin, of some dedicated and...

An APCC Update

This crisp morning marks the start of meteorological fall. I know it’s not even Labor Day yet and many warm and summer-like days lie ahead, but much of this summer like no other has passed. For me, it is still too early to have fully sorted out what to make of this...

Dry Run

This primary season has proven to be a bit of a dry run in elections preparation as the nation looks forward to the general election in November. The Massachusetts primary is in two weeks; many of our members from other states have already conducted their primaries....