Monthly Archives: August 2010

Support your local potlucks

This letter to the editor was published in the Northampton, Massachusetts Daily Hampshire Gazette on January 6, 2010. It’s a shame that the Daily Hampshire Gazette is forced – doubtless by budget and staffing constraints – to use so many … Continue reading

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In support of the Manhan Rail Trail

This letter to the editor was published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette on May 18, 2009. As a citizen of Northampton, a member of the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike), and a commuter and recreational cyclist who doesn’t own a car, … Continue reading

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My Argentine Atlantic Rainforest Safari

This was published in the Women Outdoors newsletter, Fall/Winter 2009/2010 (vol. 28, no. 1) “Warning,” the sign said in Spanish and English.  “Dangerous animals may be on this trail.”  It was high noon, so I knew the chances of seeing … Continue reading

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Six pointers for health-care professionals

Dear Colleagues in Health, Perhaps that form of address sounds hokey, but if I’m going to take responsibility as the owner of this body, I have to consider you colleagues who have much more training in the field than I … Continue reading

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A reviewer is born: An intro to my veggie take on eateries in the Connecticut River Valley and beyond

For years I’ve thought that a newspaper in some large metro area should hire a vegetarian restaurant reviewer, and I fantasized about doing this as a freelancer in a smaller city.  Unfortunately, the newspaper industry is dying; fortunately, the internet … Continue reading

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“News of the Weird”: Stop picking on intersex people

Chuck Shepard writes the syndicated newspaper feature “News of the Weird,” which is published by at least 250 newspapers in the U.S. and Canada. Dear Chuck Shepard, You know what’s really weird, Chuck?  The term “hermaphrodite” hasn’t been used by … Continue reading

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Northampton: Ask hard questions before giving Coke tax breaks

I’m well aware that Northampton, like other communities across the country, needs jobs for its citizens.  But I also think that municipalities need to ask hard questions about the companies providing the jobs, and the goods they produce. The Daily … Continue reading

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Why I’ll never be a vegan

For many years I’ve felt as if I should be a vegan.  It’s always seemed so virtuous – not eating anything that has a face, not being responsible for the deaths of other creatures.  It seems like the seamless garment … Continue reading

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One more comment on “fiddling while Rome burns”

Although I find annoying Daily Hampshire Gazette letter-writer Stephen Hartwell’s characterization of lesbian motherhood as a “lifestyle,” I do agree with him that Rome is burning and those of us in the U.S. are fiddling.  I agree that the federal … Continue reading

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No lifestyles, no specters

This is my letter to the editor of the Northampton, Mass. “Daily Hampshire Gazette,” published on Aug. 14, 2010. Since coming out of the closet 29 years ago, I’ve witnessed incredible legal gains and changes in public attitude, but I … Continue reading

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