Fran Ostendorf
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Hate is a horrible thing. It touches all communities – anywhere that there are people who are perceived as “different.” It’s been around for as long as there have been people who think that theirs is the only way of thinking. … more
I’m a worrier. You name it, I worry about it. Honestly, if there isn’t something to worry about in my life, I will find something. Or, I can find something in yours. I want to say this … more
I have witnessed a number of  “rites of passage” in the last few weeks. Late spring is the season for such things. First, my nephew walked down the hill, and then up the hill as he graduated from Brown, a graduation process steeped in … more
Life is about making choices. Anybody who knows me has certainly heard me say that often. My kids would tell you they hear it all too often. But with each choice we grow a little bit. It helps us become the person we are today. And it doesn’t … more
As a news junkie, I’ve been watching a lot of coverage about this year’s elections, particularly the presidential race. I read and watch news from a variety of sources in an effort to … more
We’ve spent a lot of time talking about the weather again. But this time, the topic centers on what a mild winter we’ve had so far. One year ago, I was writing this column from my home office. The weather was awful; the snow piling up. A … more
If you have more nights than usual scheduled with meetings that you absolutely have to attend this month, then you know it’s annual meeting season. Geraldine Foster wrote about the history of these annual meetings in our last edition. More … more
I am surrounded by smart people who are never at a loss for words. Friends, family members, colleagues are all capable speakers with lots of valuable things to say. I, on the other hand, start … more
Everyone I know has a bucket list. I have to admit, I have a small one. It’s  perhaps not as extensive as some of my peers. I’ve kept my list small so it will be manageable. It’s especially focused on New England. At one time, … more
I spent a number of years working from my home office. On snowy mornings, I could get up, walk into another room and never worry about who was going to clear the driveway or how I was going to get down the street. No such thing as cabin fever or … more
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