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Eugene Narrett taught writing at Boston University.
"A dog's obeyed in office," and the power of the welfare state to grab your money, property, health, and—through "no-fault" divorce—your children, too, is already bad enough.
Last fall, an editor at my suburban Boston daily urged readers to reflect on "a personal essay, lyrical but not flowery," by one of our "neighbors" at the Massachusetts Correctional Institute in Framingham, the state penitentiary for women.
Analyzing cultures across the millennia, Harvard sociologist Pitirim Sorokin found that "No society has loosened sexual morality from marriage and survived. Virtually all political revolutions leading to societal collapse were preceded by sexual revolutions in which marriage lost its status."
The fall of 1995 may be remembered as the time when the miscast and overheated melting pot cracked and spat its singed ingredients all over us.
Hometown of John F. Kennedy, Brookline, Massachusetts, blends small-scale charm with a shabby urbanity. Plugged like a weak rib into Boston's west edge, Brookline is laced with picturesque trolleys and dotted with quaint buildings.
A few months ago and despite my better judgment, I spent some time watching the NFL playoffs. Seeking relief from rather than in work, I soon was reminded that the tube is a conduit of malaise and of pop cultural propaganda.
Leonard Bernstein was a fine midcentury American composer and conductor. He also achieved notoriety as one of the postwar period's first and most visible celebrants of extreme leftwing attitudes.
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