Column: Connections and Cycles — A Visit to Rhinebeck N.Y.

While some seek sleek lines, bright lights, and austerity, Dave and I love the warmth of well-worn wood, a fireplace tarred with the soot of centuries, a bar bearing the imprint of innumerable elbows and pints, and the welcome of a friendly barkeep. With his deep-set eyes and hollow Continue reading “Column: Connections and Cycles — A Visit to Rhinebeck N.Y.”

Letter: David Bindelglass Has Our Vote

To the Editor:

Strong leadership is tested by crisis, and David Bindelglass bolstered and guided us through storms, the pandemic, and social turbulence. When health was of foremost concern, he championed Easton’s connection with the Westport/Weston Health District. His weekly letters Continue reading “Letter: David Bindelglass Has Our Vote”

Column: Our Woodland Neighbors

The bark of the fox was loud, close, and strident. Was it distressed? I ran downstairs to check, unsure what I would do if the animal were injured. I looked out the front window and scanned the road. No fox, but a bobcat sauntered down the path through the garden. I knocked lightly Continue reading “Column: Our Woodland Neighbors”

Column: Close to Home: Easton’s Open Spaces

Rows of town houses, one indistinguishable from the other, stretched as far as I could see from the road. Along the border of the development, a shopping center brooded like a castle atop a massive retaining wall.

“Check out the name on the sign,” my sister said, her voice conveying Continue reading “Column: Close to Home: Easton’s Open Spaces”

Column: Expressway to Revolution

Author’s note:  I wrote “Expressway to Revolution,”  four years ago, while Trump was in office, and the year before my mother died. Much has happened recently to heighten the questions and concerns I reflect on in this piece. It’s also a fond tribute to my mother, as this was one Continue reading “Column: Expressway to Revolution”

Letter: Response to July 25 letter

To the Editors:

I am deeply distressed by the loss to our school and students of Dr. Rydell Harrison. That he was hounded, even persecuted, is apparent. The flurry of fliers and letters full of righteous indignation over DEI efforts are astounding given centuries of evidence.

Continue reading “Letter: Response to July 25 letter”

Column: A Celebration’s Postscript: Boston 1854 and 2021

What’s that sound. It had been a late night prior, and the heavy brocade curtains in our room at Boston’s Parker House effectively muffled the outside world. But as I shook off sleep, I thought I heard… drums?

Omigod! Drums! “Dave! Wake up! The parade’s starting!”

It was 9:30 Continue reading “Column: A Celebration’s Postscript: Boston 1854 and 2021”

Letter: Thanks to Bruce Nelson and Dr. Lechtenberg

To the Editors:

I am so grateful to The Courier for introducing me to Bruce Nelson and Richard Lechtenberg through their columns. Through his vintage pictures, stories, and historical accounts, Bruce offers a window into Easton’s past, as well as that of some of her people. His most Continue reading “Letter: Thanks to Bruce Nelson and Dr. Lechtenberg”

Memorial Day Message

Last year, The Courier’s Executive Editor, Nancy Doniger, articulated what was on the minds of many in town when she wrote, “I look forward to the day when Eastonites will once again line Center Road, cheering on the marchers and the Helen Keller Middle School Band, and listening Continue reading “Memorial Day Message”

Letter: Easton Histories

To the Editors:

My thanks to Bruce Nelson — and The Courier — for his columns on people, places, and events in Easton’s history. I was drawn in and fascinated by the piece on automobiles in Easton and was compelled to catch up on articles I’d missed: The history of Ida Tarbell’s home, Continue reading “Letter: Easton Histories”