I like to sit in back next to the window during report so I can space out when I need to.  There’s usually a lot of chatter about regular meetings, new regulations, and patients I don’t have any responsibility for.   That day I was looking down into the courtyard where three threadbare alkies were … Continue reading Martinelli


“So what happened? “ said the doctor, leaning over me, “Tell me once or twice from the top. Were you unconscious? ”  It was two thirty in the morning, and Doctor Vivian Westphal had been called in to provide a second opinion. How can you sparkle this much this late at night, I wondered. She … Continue reading Diary

Clark School report

 A report from attorneys and investigators hired by the Board of Trustees of Clarke School and dated April 30, 2018, documents physical and sexual abuse at the school between 1950 and the early eighties. This report, which opens a window on a dark chapter in Clarke School’s history, was based largely on interviews with … Continue reading Clark School report

Doyle’s Lament

I went out and latched the door behind me. The scene had changed and the great brick and asphalt sprawl of Burgess Point had gone dark on me, sharp-diamond edged cutouts against the horizon, the sky a madman’s yellow, a day ending too soon. Street lights stuttering awake, lights appearing in the windows.  Business was … Continue reading Doyle’s Lament

The Costa Report

    Part One, November l984 to  November 12 of l987    This summary begins just prior to a June 30, 1987 submission of a Proposal for a joint venture between Associates and NIS Development Corp. (NISD), a wholly owned subsidiary of HeritageNIS Bank for Savings (Heritage), for the development of the Cummington Farms and … Continue reading The Costa Report