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Alma Mater: From Fitchburg to Amherst

Ken (FHS ’67 and UMass ’73) and Keith (FHS ’93 and UMass ’98) As time goes by things that at once seemed distant, or perhaps perfunctory, claim an ever-bigger focus in one’s life. There are many reasons for this… principally life… but the death of a parent certainly can shape perspectives some. (more…)

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An Open Letter to Congress

Recently the Fitchburg office of the Honorable John Olver came to the aid of my grieving mother who was facing mounting medical bills following the death of my father. The insurance companies sending those bills seemed to be engaging in predatory practices sending bills my parents hadn’t seen during my father’s four-year fight with cancer. […]

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Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action

Today was a good day to think about things we should reflect upon at least once in a while. I did so while slinging pies and cakes and turkeys. It’s a funny day, Thanksgiving. It’s my first without Dad. Well, that’s not entirely true. I hadn’t shared Thanksgiving with him in a few years. No […]

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What is life worth?

The New York Times this week took a very interesting tack in discussing this age-old question. My immediate thoughts went to my father, who is living with cancer, and is fortunate enough to have good health insurance. Recently my mother showed me four years’ worth of monthly itemized bills from the hospitals Dad’s been to […]

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