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I’m struck by the number of people who wave at me. It used to be you waved at people you knew, or strangers with whom you had some kind of spontaneous bond: another Jeep driver, or a fellow bicyclist heading the opposite way. Now, perhaps because our human interaction is so limited, we seem …

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You baked bread. You watched all 150 episodes of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” You held Zoom calls with your tennis girlfriends. You watched the tulips come up and the deer fencing come down. And you walked around the block enough times to notice that when you hit your stride just pas…

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The events of recent weeks have forced us to face many hard choices we’ve never really had to confront before. To be sure, there are the critical inflection points, the ones that define how we live today. Stay in/stay out, visit/don’t visit your parents, shut down/reopen businesses: these ar…

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In the discussion about our current predicament, while the experts disagree on many details, there seems to be unanimity on one specific and indeed troubling point. As Richard Preston, author of “The Hot Zone,” a bestseller about the Ebola crisis, put it, “We hear some people saying, ‘Well t…

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Welcome! We’re thrilled you’ve taken time out of your busy day to visit us here at the Museum of Obsolete Technology, the MOT. Our tour will be starting in just a few moments, but as we wait for the last few folks to join us, a little history. Yes, I know it looks like the back of my office.…

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They fight. They bicker. They accuse each other of lying, cheating and dirty double-crossing. And while that certainly describes your kids, it also describes the usual state of Congress. It’s hard to pinpoint the exact time that it went from being the world’s greatest deliberative body, a pl…

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As we all adjust to our new existence, every day brings new revelations and experiences about our world. Sure, there’s the big stuff you get 24/7 online, on TV and via conversations with friends which seem to have only one topic. However there’re a multitude of smaller things that also make …

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By now the litany of things to do and not to do is well known: wash your hands, stand 6 feet away from others, wash your hands, cough into your elbow, wash your hands, avoid crowds, and wash your hands again. There are disruptions of all kinds in the everyday rhythms we are used to, and more…

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment which guaranteed women’s constitutional right to vote. To mark this milestone and celebrate Women’s History Month, the Bedford Historical Society is sharing the stories of five women who helped found the Historical So…

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My father, like his father before him, was in retail. He worked in a large department store, one that sold everything from greeting cards to housewares to underwear. Through him I got an after-school, then summer job there, really a series of jobs. I generally started late morning in the jew…

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Before you go any further, we need to come to an understanding. First, no sharing any of my good lines. Second, if you don’t find any good lines, don’t share that either. If fact, no sharing any criticisms at all: if you don’t like this, keep it to yourself. If you break this ironclad pact, …