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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: 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...


A Yankee Notebook: The second midwinter heralds the return of the light
02-06-2024 9:01 PM

By WILLEM LANGE

Our culture is pretty thoroughly saddled with rituals and celebrations that originated in our distant, non-scientific past, when we considered phenomena the result of supernatural intervention. I guess maybe these rites seem cute or quirky, and are...


Column: Finding companionship in inanimate friends
01-31-2024 10:21 AM

By WILLEM LANGE

Hagar and I dove into the big rotary at the foot of the Nahant Causeway, trying to judge the volume of traffic on a Sunday noon. The friendly voice of Siri spoke to me in her Irish accent from the dashboard: “At the roundabout, take the first exit...


Column: A stay at the hospital and home comforts
01-24-2024 4:54 PM

By WILLEM LANGE

It had been a lovely weekend, courtesy of Martin Luther King, Jr. — lots of pleasant conversation and snacks in the two chairs in the office, supper at Julio’s on Friday, lunch at the Wayside on Saturday, shopping for groceries at the Chopper. Icy...


Column: Blessedly uneventful holiday travel 
01-03-2024 10:32 AM

By WILLEM LANGE

The narration, a modern version of the second chapter of Luke, began the old familiar Christmas story. Mary and Joseph shuffled down the church aisle on cue, Mary cuddling a bundle clearly intended to be the baby Jesus, and Joseph strangely...


Column: Seize the day, when the day calls for it
11-01-2023 9:50 AM

By WILLEM LANGE

For all of your days be prepared, And meet them ever alike: When you are the anvil, bear — When you are the hammer, strike. — Edwin MarkhamThat seemed likes a pleasant little nostrum when I was in high school, so I took it under advisement and tucked...


Column: Event stirs memories of Arctic adventures
10-18-2023 10:28 AM

By WILLEM LANGE

It’s for years irritated me that my fellow countrymen know so little about their next-door neighbor to the north. When my friends and I in the Geriatric Adventure Society first began traveling to the Arctic for our biennial canoe trips on the...

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