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Around and About with Richard McCarthy: Coffee at the pearly gates: The importance of a moment of connection, even with a stranger
05-10-2024 9:20 PM

By RICHARD MCCARTHY

About a mile from where I live, there is a convenience store and a doughnut shop. For a period of a few years, a woman of perhaps 60 years of age could be found standing outside one of these establishments on most days. She would be shuffling her...


Around and About with Richard McCarthy: Turn on, tune in, drop out: Exploring Timothy Leary’s Pioneer Valley roots
03-03-2024 1:46 PM

By RICHARD MCCARTHY

I suspect a fair number of readers are aware who Timothy Leary was, and more still have heard his name as part of the lexicon of popular culture. For those who do not know, he was one of the more famous (or infamous, depending on your perspective)...


Around and About with Richard McCarthy: Plane of dreams: Cheering on young athletes as they gain life experiences
02-08-2024 8:37 PM

By RICHARD MCCARTHY

Recently, I was at an airport and waiting for the same plane was a group of what looked to be about 12-to-14-year-old boys, all wearing the same black sweatsuits, with the same logo on the front of the sweatshirt. You could feel the electricity...


Around and About with Richard McCarthy: ‘The having doesn’t stop the wanting’: Catching up with a former colleague who’s still determined to ‘make it’
12-09-2023 1:17 PM

By RICHARD MCCARTHY

I spent a few years of my life writing one-act plays in the wee hours of the morning before I went off to my job. Three of those plays were produced at small theaters in New York City (off-off-Broadway), as part of a bill of one-act plays by different...


Around and About with Richard McCarthy: AI and I: Can AI write in my style?
09-06-2023 7:56 PM

By RICHARD MCCARTHY

I came up with the idea of having ChatGPT, an Artificial Intelligence-based tool, write a column in my writing style. Not knowing much about AI at that time, I enlisted the help of Matthew Berube, Head of Information Services Reference, Online...


Around and About: Everything that needed to be said
04-17-2023 6:33 PM

By RICHARD MCCARTHY

A friend of mine had a terminal illness, and I went to visit him at a medical facility. Perhaps that is a dark sentence to begin a story, not brimming with enticement, but it’s a real one.On the way over to see him I felt like you do when life serves...


Around & About: A fashion plate for a whole minute
03-08-2023 6:29 PM

By RICHARD MCCARTHY

Once when I was walking on a main drag in Toronto, I turned to the woman I was with and said, “The guys here dress differently than I do.” Without missing a beat, she said, “I wouldn’t worry about it if I were you. You’re equally out of fashion...


Around and About with Richard McCarthy: Pondering my life’s habits
01-20-2023 9:22 PM

By RICHARD MCCARTHY

This past fall, I was bicycling in Hadley and I came up on a dead squirrel in the road. I got off my bike and used the instep of my foot to move the remains to the edge of a field on the side of the road. Two other cyclists approached me as I was...

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