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
  Were you sorry to see the Olympics go? Or were you ready for it to be over? There seem to be two camps. First, there’s those who obsessively watched the Olympics coverage. Ski … more
Last week, we finally had a couple of warm days.  On the day this paper comes out, it’s predicted to be near 80 degrees. Today, as I write this, the heat keeps going on in my house. … more
Do you look at today’s changing technology and feel overwhelmed? You’re not alone. No matter your age, any new technology involves a learning curve. Unfortunately, in the case of … more
The Boston Jewish Food conference last Sunday provided an opportunity to learn about food insecurity, food injustice and general issues surrounding food and community. A full day of workshops … 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
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