Mob targets MA 54th monument

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Spray painting and destroying monuments has been a thing these days, instigated by rage over the death of George Floyd. We’ve heard about the beheading, burning and drowning of a Christopher Columbus statue in Richmond, the furor over the Abraham Lincoln Emancipation statue in Boston, where a resident has initiated a petition to demand its removal because the slave figure …

Locktown inspires house dress comeback

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After this extended COVID staycation, many of us have adopted a simpler dress code. Yes, clothing was relaxed well before the pandemic–thank Casual Fridays for that–but the extended quarantine has prompted a state of perpetual dress-down.   With no meetings, church services, luncheons or dinner parties to attend, there’s no reason to dress up. And if 30 days form a …

Lockdown poses more questions than answers

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COVID-19 is a novel virus, so by definition it’s learn-as-you-go. I get that, but nothing drives me crazier than inconsistency and condescension, and here lately, we’ve had plenty of both. A few weeks ago I ventured out on a grocery run. I wore a mask and wiped down the grocery cart handle.  Immediately, I was fussed at for shopping the …

Recent cold snap reminiscent of year of no summer

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Last weekend’s cold snap had us gardeners scurrying to cover tender plants. Saturday’s dip into the mid-30s was the coldest May reading I can recall in the 40 years I’ve lived in Catawba County. Sunday morning I saw 36 on my cellphone weather tab. A friend saw frost on the glass of her car in Newton. I checked the web …

No, your senior portrait doesn’t honor the Class of ‘20

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Call it a symptom of Covid boredom. Recently, Facebook has been deluged with images of Facebookers as seniors. Not senior citizens—that many of us are–but seniors in high school. I know it’s a thing, older Facebookers posting youthful images for the world to see, but exactly how does this honor today’s students? I posed that question a couple of weeks …

On becoming a maskmatician

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I got on the mask-making bandwagon about two weeks ago. Thirty-six masks later, I realize that I will never catch up with my son’s mother-in-law who has made 300 in Florida. But if more people made masks—even a few–there wouldn’t be such a shortage, especially now that the CDC recommends that all of us wear cloth face coverings in public. …

Life in the days of Covid 19

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Last week I dreamed that I couldn’t find my classroom. It was the first day of the semester, and there I was, rushing around, without a clue where this lecture hall was located. I knew I was going to be late, and wondered how embarrassing it would be to enter the room with the class under way. It’s a common …

Coronavirus isn’t likely our worst hard time

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My Dad often said that nothing is so bad that it couldn’t be worse. This used to annoy me, him making light of my troubles. But of course he was right. None of my problems could compare with difficulties of his hardscrabble boyhood in the 1930s. I’ve thought about hard times a lot since the outbreak of coronavirus. Maybe it’s …

Life in the sea captain’s house

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While walking the dogs recently, I spotted an SUV out by the mailbox. I stopped and asked the driver if she needed help. “No,” she said. “We’re studying architecture.” The lady, perhaps a homeschool parent, was driving her teen-ager around the neighborhood to study various home styles. Until then, I hadn’t considered my street as an art project. I pointed …