Thousands of Dollars Raised to Support Ukraine at Local Event

A steady flow of Eastonites turned out for a successful fundraiser for the people of Ukraine held at the Ashlar-Aspetuck Lodge on April 10. The event was organized by local residents Gale and John Papageorge, and the venue and coffee were generously donated by Eric Farrell and his Continue reading “Thousands of Dollars Raised to Support Ukraine at Local Event”

The Power of Storytelling

Storytelling is central to our human existence, since it passes on cultural traditions from one generation to the next. Stories are also the best method of learning about others, which will eventually allow us to see, as a nation and world, that everyone is basically the same, and Continue reading “The Power of Storytelling”

Things for which Easton Is Grateful: Maureen Williams’ Service

I first met Maureen Williams at ER9 Board of Education meetings and Easton Town Meetings, when she was the moderator. Maureen was an elected member of the Region 9 board, the governing body for Joel Barlow High School, which has equal representation from Easton and Redding and determines Continue reading “Things for which Easton Is Grateful: Maureen Williams’ Service”

Column: Know Your Easton Board of Education Members

Jen de Jesus, Jenny Chieda and Devon Wible Continue Their Service 

There are currently three open seats on the Board of Education, and there are three people running for those seats. Because it’s a local board, Easton Board of Education needs to have equal representation from Republicans Continue reading “Column: Know Your Easton Board of Education Members”

A Tribute to our Mothers on 9/11 and Everyday

To all mothers who have lost a child on 9/11, or anytime, through illness, accidents, suicide, overdose or  separation.

​All of us should give thanks to our mothers, since we wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for them. Each time there’s the loss of a mother, all of society suffers, Continue reading “A Tribute to our Mothers on 9/11 and Everyday”

Town Zoom Book Discussion Is Sept. 20

Town Book Discussion via Zoom, Monday, Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. If you are interested, start reading now and email me at

“In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, Continue reading “Town Zoom Book Discussion Is Sept. 20”

A Tribute to Jerry Garcia

In August of 1995, I was walking through the giant oak grove at my graduate school in Western Pennsylvania, and there was a huge speaker in front of the library blasting the Grateful Dead. No one was in sight, just a lone speaker and Jerry Garcia’s voice billowing through the trees. Continue reading “A Tribute to Jerry Garcia”

‘Eloquentia Perfecta’: Educating the Whole Person

Teaching social justice, injustice, civic duty and civic action is not a recent fad or movement invented by left wing radicals. In fact, the concept has been a cornerstone of America education from the beginning.

In his seminal work, Democracy and Education, John Dewey states “Lives Continue reading “‘Eloquentia Perfecta’: Educating the Whole Person”

Anne Fiyalka Marks 100 Years of a ‘Blessed Life’

Flew in Amelia Earhart’s Airplane, Always Puts Others Before Self

Anne Fiyalka has led a storied life. That’s not to say it’s been easy. Born on Feb. 15, 1921, she recalls a long life of overcoming adversity, large and small, and daring to embrace adventure whenever it came her Continue reading “Anne Fiyalka Marks 100 Years of a ‘Blessed Life’”

What Is Cyberbullying?

The internet has proved to be a wonderful resource for modern society. Many organizations help individuals by raising money and awareness. The internet enables us to gain endless information and to purchase just about anything we can think of with the click of a button. Because of Continue reading “What Is Cyberbullying?”