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A Yankee Notebook: Among the crowds on vacation out West
03-27-2024 9:30 AM

By WILLEM LANGE

Our cab arrived at 4:40 a.m. on the dot and deposited us at the entrance to United Airlines about 5:30. Check-in was amazingly easy, and the trek to our gate likewise. We took off from Logan also on the dot — it seems to be true that the earlier in...

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A Yankee Notebook: We’re focusing on the wrong half of the debate
07-11-2024 11:10 AM

By WILLEM LANGE

I talk back to the television quite a bit. I get away with it; there’s nobody here but Kiki to comment on either my behavior or my performance. My wife used to point out, sometimes none too gently if I was commenting upon an especially egregious line...


A Yankee Notebook: Finding the words for our current state
07-03-2024 2:54 PM

By WILLEM LANGE

I’ve been listening to sermons for over eight decades. At first, of course, it was because I had to. Next, because it was the thing to do. Now, occasionally, because I want to. And I must say that over those more than 80 years I’ve heard a few good...


A Yankee Notebook: Freedom from religion is fundamental
06-28-2024 3:59 PM

By WILLEM LANGE

The great state of Louisiana, not content with labeling mifeprestone a dangerous controlled substance, has, in a move stunning for its chutzpah, just launched an attempt to vault its government backward between 1,300 and 3,000 years, depending upon...


A Yankee Notebook: Lunch brings on a bout of indignation
06-21-2024 5:46 PM

By WILLEM LANGE

It’s just past lunchtime up here on the little hill, and I’m feeling extremely grumpy. This is not my usual post-lunch mood. Normally I’d collapse into my recliner, wait for Kiki to jump up into my lap and turn around till she found a spot, and begin...


A Yankee Notebook: Kids absorb the outdoors
06-12-2024 10:28 AM

By WILLEM LANGE

We started the kids out early, Mother and I. From summers working on an island and living in a wall tent off the coast of Maine, and little weekend outings, we progressed to a trip down the Allagash when the oldest, Virginia, was 11 and the youngest,...


A Yankee Notebook: A dog is a friend, but a terrier looks after you
06-04-2024 4:16 PM

By WILLEM LANGE

If we start down the driveway in late afternoon, Kiki knows it’s either getting the mail or going to the park. If I pass by the mailbox, she knows her dream is coming true, and climbs partway over the barrier that’s supposed to keep her in the back...


A Yankee Notebook: A message from inside the Arctic Circle
05-29-2024 2:26 PM

By WILLEM LANGE

Twenty-four hours of daylight starts tomorrow! That notice popped up on my Facebook page recently. It was posted by my dear friend Larry Whittaker in the Inuit village of Kugluktuk at 67.8º N, 115.1º W, on the shore beside the Northwest Passage at the...


A Yankee Notebook: A life of hope leads to a time of anticipation
05-24-2024 2:19 PM

By WILLEM LANGE

When my wife and I were married, back in 1959, our prospects were so grim that the priest to whom we went for our church-mandated counseling gave our union — “frankly,” he said — a one-in-10 chance of survival. She went to work in an S&H Green Stamp...


A Yankee Notebook: Old stones and new vitality in a European city
05-17-2024 2:53 PM

By WILLEM LANGE

Tom’s Taxi, of Lynn, Massachusetts, has been faithful as the sun for us. If you tell them that one of you uses a cane, they usually send a van. Which I do, and which they did. About half an hour later we pulled up in front of Portugal Airlines, paid...


A Yankee Notebook: Spectating at spring’s arrival
05-07-2024 10:31 PM

By WILLEM LANGE

This is written in the last days of April. From my office window, the yard and the field and the woods beyond seem to be catching their breath before tackling what’s always come next. Out back, the air on this sunny day is alive with birdsong. So far...


A Yankee Notebook: Old age and the way the world moves on
05-03-2024 2:12 PM

By WILLEM LANGE

The dying day breeze stirs only the treetops, and an evening stillness descends upon the woods. I sit on a bench in the park, as quiet myself as our surroundings. Kiki, restless as ever, alternates between the bench and my lap and short sniffing...


A Yankee Notebook: An inevitable and terminal move
04-17-2024 9:02 AM

By WILLEM LANGE

Living three and a half hours apart, as we do, my dear friend Bea and I get to see each other about every two weeks or so, on average. This is almost without doubt an ideal arrangement, as our lifestyles are quite different, and neither of us could...


A Yankee Notebook: People look up and see what they want to see
04-10-2024 5:01 PM

By WILLEM LANGE

The sky has always been a source of wonder for us earthbound folks. For some of us who are, shall we say, more earthbound, it’s a source of portents, omens, and myths. What we call thunderstorms and explain as electrically charged clouds used to be...


A Yankee Notebook: A trip out West expands the mind and heart
04-04-2024 4:17 PM

By WILLEM LANGE

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s...


A Yankee Notebook: Travel generally involves some tension
03-20-2024 12:16 PM

By WILLEM LANGE

This coming Saturday morning, a Boeing 737 Max 8 bound for Denver will be taking off (or at least is scheduled to be taking off) from Logan Airport at 7:19 a.m. This means that my intrepid traveling companion, Bea, and I need to be at the United...


A Yankee Notebook: Our fixation on age is getting kind of old
03-13-2024 1:54 PM

By WILLEM LANGE

It’s likely the unavoidable fate of both teenagers and golden-agers that most news reporters and writers are aspiring 20-somethings eager to make splashes. Thus, if a young person with a newly minted driver’s license loses control of their vehicle on...


A Yankee Notebook: Boston and what life there would look like
03-07-2024 11:27 AM

By WILLEM LANGE

Owing to the recent development of a relationship with a much younger lady (of only 76), I’ve been traveling every so often to Nahant, Mass., a few miles north of Boston, for visits. Being a bit of a country rube, I’ve been quite aware of the...


A Yankee Notebook: A teacher and a great read about the Arctic
02-28-2024 9:39 AM

By WILLEM LANGE

If you gad about enough and try to do at least one new thing a week, you’re bound to encounter interesting people, educational experiences and exciting situations. A perfect proof of that came up for me last summer, when I trundled across New England...


A Yankee Notebook: A tip of the cap to a legendary adventurer
02-21-2024 4:36 PM

By WILLEM LANGE

During the excitement of Valentine’s Day and the nocturnal activities of the characters who covered the windows of downtown Montpelier with hundreds of red hearts, a significant birthday passed almost unnoticed.While here in the north country of New...


A Yankee Notebook: Reckoning with the pace of change
02-14-2024 2:27 PM

By WILLEM LANGE

Change, we have been told, is the only constant. In recent years, we’ve come to believe, change is accelerating at a dizzy pace. And how many times have we heard the phrase “the good old days”?The good old days, I always muse, before antibiotics and...

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