- Tom Grace
- Tuesday, November 16, 2010
At loggerheads over unions, corporate cash
COLUMBUS _ "You know what they say about a little bit of knowledge? It can be a dangerous thing, because it gives the illusion of knowing, without perspective," Uncle Chet said to his old antagonist, his sister, who sat across the table from him.
- Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Right-wing rabble, Rupert and rich rulers
COLUMBUS _ Hon had ladders up, a sheet of plywood lying across sawhorses, a cordless drill in her holster. As the silver pickup rolled down the driveway, she was hoisting a sheet of galvanized steel onto the roof deck of the entranceway.
- Tuesday, October 19, 2010
So what if Mother Earth has a little gas?
COLUMBUS _ Uncle Chet came to the back door, but I opened it before he could knock.
- Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Talking Democratic strategy
COLUMBUS _ "I know how the Democrats can hold all their seats in Congress," Uncle Chet opined Sunday afternoon, leaning back in the rocker with a laptop computer. "How's that?" I asked as I painted the back door brown, trying to make it look more like wood. Buddy was on the computer that runs the stereo, and we were listening to "Cry Me a River" by Justin Timberlake.
- Tuesday, September 7, 2010
What you see out the windshield
We were in the old silver truck, dripping wet in bathing suits, three on a bench seat, ready to pull out and leave the park Sunday. "This summer flew by," Uncle Chet said, reaching under the seat for his keys "Why is it time goes faster every year?"
- Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Mosque issue was created to distract us
Basketball was invented in Springfield, Mass., in 1891, and for most of its history, Spalding Inc., also of Springfield, produced the balls and equipment that go with the game.
- Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Get out of Afghanistan, Mr. President
COLUMBUS _ "Dear Mr. President: Get out of Afghanistan!" Uncle Chet read as I scraped maroon epoxy paint off an antique dining room chair.
- Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Coast belongs to the rich, but what if?
OLD LYME, CT. _ The coast belongs to the rich. Of course, we'd known this before driving from Niantic to Old Saybrook, a stretch of Connecticut coastline where Long Island Sound meets the open ocean.
- Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Disappearing act by family pooches upsets household
COLUMBUS _ Big trouble at our house.
- Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Exuberant Lab leaves present for owner
COLUMBUS _ We had a birthday last week. Della, the exuberant black Labrador, turned one and ate a ballpoint pen.
- Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Upright apes can't see past almighty dollar
COLUMBUS _ "Six weeks till we go to the beach," said Uncle Chet, sitting on the tractor seat on a Sunday afternoon.
- Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Oil spill another example of corporate failure
COLUMBUS — "You want the Kubota or the Husqvarna?" I asked, looking at the ragged yard and field early Friday evening.
- Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Big Oil's legacy bubbling up from the gulf
COLUMBUS _ We were driving down River Road on the way to Curtis Lumber on Saturday morning when Uncle Chet observed, "You're low on gas." The needle showed about an eighth of a tank left.
- Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Let's put the shoe on the other foot
Uncle Chet was wearing his wide-brimmed khaki hat, sunglasses, jeans and a long-sleeved flannel shirt when he arrived at the door early Saturday.
- Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Travels with Uncle Chet: Toyota can ride on its record
The air was biting cold outside, but it was warm in the old pickup, tooling along the Thruway. ``This is our exit,’’ said Hon, who had printed out a Google map.
- Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Travels with Uncle Chet: Marriage valuable for all
``How long is Pennsylvania?'' asked Buddy as we began our fourth hour of driving through it. ``Too darned long,'' said Uncle Chet, who was at the wheel of a Toyota van.
- Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Travels with Uncle Chet: Sharing wealth could help
COLUMBUS _ We filed into the brightly lit school lobby on a chilly Saturday night, and the rush of warm air felt good on my hands and face. The sounds of bouncing balls, heavy feet and dozens of voices echoed through the building.
- Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Travels with Uncle Chet: Better stock up on yen
COLUMBUS _ "The dollar’s tanking,’’ Uncle Chet said during dinner Saturday as we celebrated the little miscreant’s 16th birthday. ``It’s dropping against the yen, the yuan, the euro.’’
- Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Travels with Uncle Chet: Making ‘Made in America’ a lifestyle
COLUMBUS _ We’ve been slow to get in the wood this year, and fall has been quick to cool. The logs need stacking, splitting and some need culling because they’re old and punky, but everything from oilchanging to dry-walling to kid-taxiing has cut in line.
- Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Travels with Uncle Chet: Making waffles should be patriotic
COLUMBUS _ The phone rang and Buddy ran to check the caller I.D.