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Chatterbox: Purpose every day

It really is amazing that, even in our post COVID days, while we are returning to a somewhat normal life, we’re still haunted. The residual mind games, wariness, even low level fear stay with us. …

Chatterbox: American fear

What are the ordinary people most afraid of for America? No one can argue with the fact that the entire planet is in a situation that is dangerous. Much of what we are facing on our planet right …

Chatterbox: We’re working here

More years ago than I care to remember, someone was working at my house. The lawn guys showed up and I closed the window, saying something about how noisy the machines were. My friend responded to …

Chatterbox: To do or not to do

In life, we are all called upon to do all kinds of things. From playing in the sandbox to how we behave at the office, to being a world citizen, we perform. How we perform is a whole other ball of …

Chatterbox: Deep travel

COVID did a lot of strange things to the world, to people and the traditions we knew, what we did and how we did it. We’re not all completely in the clear, but the world is blessed in that we are …

Chatterbox: Reroute our energy

Here at Chatterbox, we moan about “corporate” a lot. It’s not just apropos, it’s necessary … until we change things. We are all dealing with the inconveniences of not only America’s …

Chatterbox: Personal evolution

When I go back and consider some of my opinions, even those as recent as five years ago, I scare myself. I hope we all do; it’s a good thing. We all know that as we age, we are supposed to …

Chatterbox: Calling all demons

I saw my first TED Talk last night; I know, where have I been? Well, when I sit down at night, I’m usually at my computer. If I watch television, it’s baseball, news or sheer “oatmeal” as I …

Chatterbox: The depth of it

I had a recent, major revelation and thought, perhaps, we should discuss it: Death. Death is a mystery, a certainty, familiar yet unknown. People have been mystified by it and its curtain call since …

Chatterbox: This way out

We’ve talked often about phases of life and about people’s “stuff.” I state up front that those of us who have been able to work, accomplish our goals, and have stuff are the lucky ones; we …

Chatterbox: What we drink in

Many of us, these days, are feeling a comradeship with the dinosaurs after the meteor hit … like, it’s just a matter of time. Of course, we who do hope we’re wrong. Somehow, I’m sure the …

Chatterbox: Over the line

Our Herald readers never fail to thrill us. This past week we had some fabulous letters and columns. Okay, that’s not really a surprise, but we should acknowledge the articulate writing, the …

Chatterbox: Keep the faith, get the lead out

It was my intention, in keeping with the last few Chatterbox columns, to cover the Second Amendment this week. It gets thrown around, misused and misinterpreted too much. Now, with the hearings …

Chatterbox: Turn up the heat

Again: As the mouse said when he approached the tall piece of cheese, “Best to start at the top.” Good advice, even from a mouse. It’s depressing but, if someone asked what the greatest …

No one wants to keep beating the same old drum. Still, to remain silent is the worst of any choices we have. Today, it’s more urgent than ever to get our leadership in check. We’re not being …

Chatterbox: The silent hall of film fatale

Much of this may sound like whining but, in truth, it is a critical synopsis of corporatism’s impact and control in our formerly near-democratic nation. The deterioration of core values in a …

Chatterbox: The unchecked college threat

Last week we talked about the national toll guns are taking on America. The crimes of mass shootings are random, immediate and unpredictable. Still, legislation would help. Today, we talk about …

Camille Granito Mancuso: Chatterbox: Eye on the target

Chatterbox often uses diversion to ignore the elephant in the room, but when the elephant started eating people, we’ve discussed the essentials. We’ve also discussed too much of America’s …

Chatterbox: The baby and the bathwater

My favorite theater was The County Theater for decades, the only theater I went to. It showed off-beat films that ordinary theaters wouldn’t, independent films and new films. Famously, it routinely …

Chatterbox: Minimizing reservations

Labor Day and Memorial Day are two big summer holidays; one starts the official summer season and the other closes it out. Many people don’t know what Labor Day is about. It was claimed as a day …

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