Stuck in the Heartland

I watched the first couple episodes of NARCOS, the Netflix series, and before it lost its documentary structure and took its all but inevitable plunge into the sewer of sex and mindless violence which is at the core of the Columbian drug business, it raised the usual questions that we ask ourselves about our strategy … Continue reading Stuck in the Heartland

Through the years with Wayne Feiden

Why he is the most powerful person in our city government?   Under four mayors Wayne Feiden has steadily amassed power. I remember Wayne Feiden when he was young, just out of college, I think.   Not the city planner, but an ambitious assistant to our planner Larry Smith. Some well-connected people wanted to get rid … Continue reading Through the years with Wayne Feiden

Bulletin: A talk at Historic Northampton

Cooley Dickinson Hospital, which serves Hadley, Hatfield and Northampton,resulted because  of a charitable donation of $100K made in 1882 by a Hatfield farmer named Caleb Cooley Dickinson, who unfortunately is little remembered today. He preferred to be called Cooley hence the name of the hospital. His life was recently brought into view when W. Michael … Continue reading Bulletin: A talk at Historic Northampton


  I don’t know how long I’ve been putting out this blog, but all things have to end some day, and although the blog will be around, it will be less frequent and not of an investigational nature. There’ll be some editorials from time to time, and some short stories. I have to work on … Continue reading Goodbye

Beauty is only skin deep

22-34 New South Street looks good, but it doesn’t seem to be a happy building. It’s got pockets of happiness. You can see how the building works and doesn’t work by the police reports.  It’s the eleven “warrant services” , the 14 “suspicious-wanted” notices and the 14 “harassment-stalking” notices that grabbed my attention.  I’ve been in … Continue reading Beauty is only skin deep