Trash Pickup Walk

Being home is getting harder, so this morning, we took a trash pickup walk, which felt both useful and, because we were looking at the landscape from a different angle, a little like an adventure. Photo of Melissa and son Ev holding a bag if trash in downtown Hingham.

COVID-19 Q&A Update

with Dr. Katie McBrine Join us again for another Q&A with Dr. Katie McBrine! In the two weeks since we talked with Katie and Dr. Robbie Goldstein, much has changed. Bring your questions and get some answers. We've moved to Google Hangouts Meet because AI-generated captioning is included in every meeting, and we want to …

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 …

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.

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: https://www.wbur.org/earthwhile/2020/01/30/state-to-install-permanent-air-monitoring-station-in-weymouth

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

Wooden wall painted blue

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!