Improvements needed in Malden Center

It’s time to finally write my rant about Malden’s city hall, a.k.a. “government center.” The short story is that the building was built smack dab in the middle of Pleasant Street and now blocks access to that commercial area, and that the building and area around it create a hostile rather than welcoming environment. In […]

Mental Instability: on the T

Here is an attempt at writing something short on my blog, in one sitting, and posting it immediately. The seriously mentally ill are all around us, more so since states closed their mental institutions. My encounters with crazy people have almost all been on the Boston area’s transportation system: the T. Let’s get two things […]

The elusive “soccer mom” (and a bit of Betty Friedan)

Pejorative pigeonholes When we hear, “she’s a soccer mom,” we Americans all know the speaker means that the woman drives her kid, and perhaps their friends, to and from soccer in a minivan. Like all stereotypes, there is additional meaning lurking just below the surface. However, because this stereotype is “coded” with markers of the […]