The Last Night Presses Ran at MPG

“Bradford’s” is out in this bound first volume of Braided Brook.  It’s a story I wrote about five years ago that started as a newspaper column, then morphed into this short narrative,  which I reworked and wove into […]

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“Home” is Where Your Hot Wheels Are

Immediately after Roberto, the kids, and I moved cross-town in January, Kid Number One was thrown into a month-long tailspin of depression and tantrums. It turned out one mom’s boxy, charmless two-bedroom apartment was one little […]

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Sightless in Seattle

My dad is on the road again. Nine years ago today, the two of us were in snowy West Virginia, getting very little shut-eye at a Jane Lew rest area. We were bunking in his Covenant Transport eighteen-wheeler after […]

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Q&A: Shelley Cardoos: New Bedford’s Own SouthCoast Emerging Leader

I have known Shelley for, oh, over two decades. Once upon a time, we assumed esteemed positions as our high school’s Speech and Debate team secretaries. Across North and South Shore Massachusetts, hearts broke within […]

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Routine Identity Crisis

This is a guest post from Julie, Mom of an insane toddler who is currently running the asylum. After the birth of our first child, when my eyes were wild with sleep deprivation and I […]

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Reading a Book from Every Country

Last night, I read Sorry Not Sorry, an article in The New Yorker about South Korean fiction and “the country’s existential tumult in dark humor.” Beyond my surprise at “the cosmetic surgery craze” (apparently South Korea is the […]

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For the Dads: Life’s Shorts

This is a guest post from “Pierre,” a Dad of two toddler boys, who recently learned a life lesson from a major fashion faux pas.  I was born in 1976, so most of my life […]

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I’m Terry Gross, and this is… your worst nightmare!

Indulge me in a fantasy for a moment. Some day I will sit across from Terry Gross. Well, maybe I’ll be in a local NPR studio some place closer to where I’ll be living or […]

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Getting Sappy for Fall Foliage

Julie, an Ohioan friend of mine who just moved north from Gainesville, Florida to Kentucky, sent me a link to a Time story about buying fall leaves from New England. She understands the importance of […]

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Shell Contracting, Hygge-style

After nearly nineteen hours of intercontinental travel, we, Los 4 Fantásticos, stepped through the front door and zombie-walked toward anything radiating “comfort.” We Pig Piled on the cats, even the annoying one. We made hot chocolate […]

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