Things I can do today

Content Warning: Fear of potential effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, like food insecurity and violence, are discussed. Yesterday, I saw a birth announcement from a friend, a happy occasion if there ever were one, and my immediate reaction upon seeing the loveliest newborn face cuddled on his mother’s breast in a safe, warm hospital bed […]

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Printable Comic about COVID-19

In case you, like me, are having a hard time figuring out how to talk about what is going on with your kids, here are some resources. I am super lucky to have a neighbor who is a children’s librarian, and she shared the following list with me this morning via email. Books which will […]

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Black History Month in MA

Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler was the first African American woman to earn an MD in this country, and she did it in 1864. She went south with her knowledge, to take care of recently freed people, and afterwards she spent her life writing and educating people about their bodies. One of her passions, evident in the foreword of her book, was teaching biology and medicine to women. I’m paraphrasing, but her argument is essentially that even though it is possible to produce babies and raise them healthily to adulthood without knowing anything, it is better for everyone if women do know a few things. It’s simple, and obviously true to most of us today, but in her day, this might have been read as revolutionary. Dr. Crumpler is an example of the kind of courage we can all use, then and now. Stand up for the truth. Persevere.

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Welcome news about the air quality monitoring station!

//The monitoring station will collect data on nitrogen dioxide, fine particulate matter, ozone, and volatile organic compounds “consistent with EPA monitoring regulations and guidance,” the State Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) said in a statement. The station will also record wind speed, temperature and direction.// Read more here:

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Embrace the Primary: Having to choose between good candidates is a win

Primary campaigns are vital to the care and maintenance of our Democratic party, and I believe our DTCs should embrace the contests. Indeed, it is my dream that we should always be faced with at least two wonderful, intelligent, thoughtful candidates for every office and be forced to choose between them. When we are so blessed, let’s revel in it. Primaries are healthy. Endorsements create opportunities for engagement and education. Let’s count having a contest as a win!

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MLK Weekend

One of the things I love most about the USA is our willingness to honor revolutionaries and dissenters and freedom fighters as heroes. Indeed, it’s what many of our holidays are about, from celebrating the patriots of the Revolution on the 4th of July to venerating the organizers of our first unions on Labor Day. […]

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