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Chatterbox: Over the line

Our Herald readers never fail to thrill us. This past week we had some fabulous letters and columns. Okay, that’s not really a surprise, but we should acknowledge the articulate writing, the …

Chatterbox: Keep the faith, get the lead out

It was my intention, in keeping with the last few Chatterbox columns, to cover the Second Amendment this week. It gets thrown around, misused and misinterpreted too much. Now, with the hearings …

Chatterbox: Turn up the heat

Again: As the mouse said when he approached the tall piece of cheese, “Best to start at the top.” Good advice, even from a mouse. It’s depressing but, if someone asked what the greatest …

No one wants to keep beating the same old drum. Still, to remain silent is the worst of any choices we have. Today, it’s more urgent than ever to get our leadership in check. We’re not being …

Chatterbox: The silent hall of film fatale

Much of this may sound like whining but, in truth, it is a critical synopsis of corporatism’s impact and control in our formerly near-democratic nation. The deterioration of core values in a …

Chatterbox: The unchecked college threat

Last week we talked about the national toll guns are taking on America. The crimes of mass shootings are random, immediate and unpredictable. Still, legislation would help. Today, we talk about …

Camille Granito Mancuso: Chatterbox: Eye on the target

Chatterbox often uses diversion to ignore the elephant in the room, but when the elephant started eating people, we’ve discussed the essentials. We’ve also discussed too much of America’s …

Chatterbox: The baby and the bathwater

My favorite theater was The County Theater for decades, the only theater I went to. It showed off-beat films that ordinary theaters wouldn’t, independent films and new films. Famously, it routinely …

Chatterbox: Minimizing reservations

Labor Day and Memorial Day are two big summer holidays; one starts the official summer season and the other closes it out. Many people don’t know what Labor Day is about. It was claimed as a day …

Chatterbox: The red sock

At my house, there’s an expression about “the red sock.” We didn’t invent the phrase, but when we heard it used on a favorite television show decades ago, it stuck. The meaning of the red …

Chatterbox: The decibels can ruin a party

It’s spring and coming on June. Ah, the June wedding season. We all love weddings. We all love the idea of them: new love so optimistic and charming and being able to wish good things for that …

Chatterbox: Heading upward via compassion

We’re often aware of empathy; that’s the emotion most of us feel on someone else’s behalf. Some news channels, recently, have been trying to tagline empathy as a negative trait. They …

Chatterbox: Constant flux

Okay, I’ll admit it … I just finished my first binge watching of anything ever. As mentioned on March 31, I attempted “Downton Abbey” for …

Chatterbox: Listening to hear

It seems that when we pause to see the world in danger, anywhere, most of us feel at least a pinch guilty about any blessings or good fortune we may have.Helping in whatever way we can is good, and …

Chatterbox: All reentry is dizzying

We’re beginning to see daylight these days, as our COVID numbers decline and we begin to peek out from, and venture beyond, our hollows. It’s certainly about time, if not past, but …

Chatterbox: Praise where it is due

There are many things that merit accolades. Some we overlook as being simply expected. For the most fortunate among us, that could be the care of dedicated medical staff. In America, good health care …

Chatterbox: Box of rain

Around my house, there’s an expression that fits many moments. I mentioned in my parenting column last week, parents are the be-all, fix-all, do-all resource in a family setting. As seemingly …

Chatterbox: The necessity of time and change

The weeks seem to be flying by, more so for some than others of us. A character in one of my books says flippantly, “Relativity … it’s all about relativity.”

Chatterbox: Parenting up, down and always

Of late, we have been very overtaken by the social and political situations that have surrounded us for over six years. Last week I wondered if it was still okay to enjoy anything. Now, I realize, we …

Chatterbox: Déjà vu, and the joy it costs

Erma Bombeck made people laugh with a syndicated column for over 30 years. She started during the Vietnam War, not an easy time to make people laugh. She published 12 books including nine best …

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