Downtown View: Peace, Good Will

What do you want for Christmas? Maybe it’s the same as what I want. It’s peace. A refuge from vitriol. A haven from such...

Downtown View: Questions You’ve Wanted Answered

The trash is picked up early on trash days. But the recycling trucks come by later—sometimes much later. This problem occurs most frequently in...

Downtown View: Good Reads

Every year about this time I recommend a few books about Boston or by Boston authors that might make good holiday gifts for your...

Life on the Corner: Eataly, Part 1

Two well-known New York celebrity chefs, Mario Batali & Joe Bastianich, decided to come to Boston and teach us provincials about Italian food. Their...

Downtown View: Winter Ahead

This is the week that seems to begin winter even though we know December 21 is the actual date. So after the turkey is finished...

Life on the Corner: It’s All About Jobs

The old Italian laborers in the North End used to have a saying when they came home exhausted from ten hours of backbreaking work;...

Downtown View: Acts of Kindness and Humor

Last week’s election produced fear and despair among most Massachusetts voters, who went for Hillary two to one. But amidst the misery, some lightheartedness, humanity...

Downtown View: A Modest Proposal

The noise is always a surprise. Your cab stops in the street to let you out. The driver can’t pull over because parked cars...

Downtown View: Thanks, Donald, for the Big Reveal

One good thing Donald has done for America is that the regrettable frequency of sexual assault is now out in the open, and it’s...

COPP’S HILL MOMENT: All Hallows’ Eve – Saints Among Us

(The celebration of Halloween evokes childhood memories, both fun-filled and fearful, and provides a commercial warm-up to the approach of the winter holidays. In...

Downtown View: Make America Grope Again

First, thank you to my friend Alicia for the title of this column. It’s the sign her daughter’s roommate held at the second presidential...

Life on the Corner: A City of Parishes

The Boston Globe recently had a wonderful article about nuns, the Sisters of Saint Joseph, (www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2016/10/13). Reading this brought back so many memories of...