Login

On reflection

The joys of learning to be a hospice volunteer

Hospice teams accompanied my mother, an aunt and uncle, and both my husband’s parents during their last months, keeping them pain-free and comfortable, which helped them focus on relationships with family and die in dignity and peace. Although these family members lived in Virginia, Ohio and California, and hospice is a locally run organization, in every case the hospice philosophy of working with both the patients and their loved ones was as evident as was the quiet dedication and care of its professionals and volunteers.

In search of a workable and humane immigration policy

Locking the door behind us

Soon after my husband and I bought our home in Sharon almost 20 years ago, I went to Town Hall to buy a transfer station permit. Enthusiastic about our little house in the woods, I told the selectmen’s secretary that I hoped the area would stay exactly as we’d found it. The woman gave me a hard look: “All you New Yorkers, as soon as you come up here, you want to lock the door behind you.”

A nice country for well-heeled white men

For a little over a week, the hearings, the stunted FBI investigation, and the final Senate vote for Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court blotted out my upset from Trump’s Zero Tolerance Immigration Policy, and the story of the traumatized four-year old who remains separated from his mother, or the immigrant teenagers lined up like prisoners in a vast tent city in West Texas. Instead I was consumed by the appalling machinations aimed at confirming a white male judge with a record of conservative rulings and an apparent history of drinking and sexual aggressiveness. 

Locking the door behind us

Soon after my husband and I bought our home in Sharon almost 20 years ago, I went to Town Hall to buy a transfer station permit. Enthusiastic about our little house in the woods, I told the selectmen’s secretary that I hoped the area would stay exactly as we’d found it. The woman gave me a hard look: “All you New Yorkers, as soon as you come up here, you want to lock the door behind you.”

A nice country for well-heeled white men

Offering real sanctuary for our immigrants: Connecticut took a stand, is a ‘Sanctuary State’

Amidst the national shame of separating approximately 3,000 immigrant children from their parents as they entered the United States along the Mexican border, Connecticut has taken two important stands.  

Brave students and a changed college

Our Adolf Hitler birthday cakes

A Guatemalan high school senior I’ll call Estuardo, who often spends weekends at my home, arrived last winter with an English assignment. His teacher had asked the class to respond to an AP news story, “Store Won’t Make Cake for ‘Adolf Hitler.’” Since Estuardo has been in America only three years, and his English teacher takes off for grammatical and spelling errors, he often waited to complete his English assignments until he could work with me.   

Prepare to leave a blank in the 2020 Census