Category Archives: Northampton/Connecticut River Valley

Local politics & comments on the scene

Just live, live, live

One of the conversation snippets I remember best from my graduate creative writing program days came from a classmate I didn’t know well and with whom I didn’t have much in common. It’s stayed in my head all these years … Continue reading

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Visiting the Planet Mainstream

Some months ago when a friend and talked about the advantages and drawbacks of being in a pleasant, insulated small town, I realized immediately that I adore my bubble. For almost seven years I’ve lived in what I’ll call Collegetown … Continue reading

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Film comment: Not blaming the victim, not being a victim: Viewing “Flirting with Danger”

Unfortunately, there’s never a bad time to screen a film addressing violence against women, as it’s such a pervasive problem.  But the timing of the premier of the Media Education Foundation’s new documentary, Flirting with Danger: Power and Choice in … Continue reading

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Wear. A. Helmet.

This was published in June 2012 in the Northampton, Massachusetts, USA newspaper Daily Hampshire Gazette; I’ve changed the pronouns to reflect my ex’s gender more accurately. After reading two articles in the last five days in the Daily Hampshire Gazette … Continue reading

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The music is too damn loud!

An edited version of this was published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Northampton, Mass., on Jan. 8, 2011. I’ve been a faithful First Night attendee for the five years I’ve lived in Northampton; I’ve had a marvelous time and noted … Continue reading

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The reality check is in the mail

The following is a letter to the editor of the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Massachusetts.  As the Gazette, like most newspapers, has a publishing limit on the number of letters per writer per month, and I’m much more eager … Continue reading

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Bullying and teen suicide: Sometimes it gets better

I, like any feeling human being, have been extremely disturbed by the recent rash of U.S. teenage suicides caused by bullying, and by homophobic responses to those suicides.  The media have reported four suicides in September alone; all of these … 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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