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Ray Duckler
Isaniya Rai whispers in her father's ear at their new apartment. Isaniya was wondering when her mother was coming back from the doctor's appointment.


(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

Ray Duckler: What a long, strange trip it’s been

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Bom Bahadur Rai and his family, Bhutanese refugees searching for a home, pushed through the glass doors at 11:15 a.m., the last passengers off the plane. They moved in a single file, a father, a mother, a son, a daughter, all expressionless, the low hum and squeak of a nearby luggage carousel breaking the silence. The trip, from Kathmandu to …

Ray Duckler: To know, or not to know, that is the question

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Is Harriet Cady fighting for transparency in government? Yes, she is. Is the 71-year-old Deerfield resident also, at times, a pain the butt? Well, it’s safe to say yes to that as well. On her side stands the New England First Amendment Coalition, which honored Cady recently for her work in prying open …

Ray Duckler: Bruschi stops by to visit his friend

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

In 2005, Tedy Bruschi moved left, then went down, hard. But unlike so many other times in his NFL career, there was no crunching block involved, no wallop from an offensive lineman the size of a condominium, or a running back with a bowling ball-like center of gravity. And it didn’t happen on …

Ray Duckler: Given a second chance, Ryan Pitts recalls the nine who died. . . forever

Saturday, March 14, 2015

We wanted to be near him, make eye contact with him, because we wanted to understand. Maybe we’d see something in Ryan Pitts’s eyes that would give us a clue as to how someone saves lives, loses friends …

Honoring the nine who died

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Ryan Pitts of Amherst, who last summer was awarded the Medal of Honor, spoke about his experiences in Afghanistan this week in a dining room at the Red Blazer Restaurant. While the crowd came to thank Pitts for …

Ray Duckler: In 1990, a murderer’s mustache told us he was a kid

Friday, March 13, 2015

For what seemed like forever, that barely visible, wispy mustache was all over the place, not just beneath Billy Flynn’s nose. It was on every TV news show, on every talk show, on every back page of every …

Ray Duckler: Don’t be chicken; step right up and speak your mind

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

One night many years ago, a group of chickens hell-bent on revenge invaded the Northwood town meeting, pecking everything in their path. You could have knocked the residents over with a feather as the commando chickens fanned out …

Ray Duckler: For veterans, a place for support, rejuvenation

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Breathe, yoga instructor Helen McConnell told the group of eight veterans, each storing some form of emotional baggage. Stretch. Bend. Relax. Unpack. McConnell twisted the men, participating in a therapeutic process in Gilford this week, into pretzels, then …

Ray Duckler: Around here, some like the snow, while some like it hot

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

For Chris Spannweitz, the snow means cash in his pocket. For Jim Bashios, it means a pain in his tush. One is a private contractor who shovels roofs in a business he started last month. The other is …

Ray Duckler: A Porsche, a truck, a snowmobile? What would you buy?

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The salesman quoted me a price for the Porsche Boxster, a two-door silver convertible with a sound system that could reach Vermont. “Around $70,000,” he told me. “$69,712 actually.” “That’s it?” I said. I reached into my winter …

Ray Duckler: Kendall wins, on the mat and everywhere else, too

Thursday, February 12, 2015

He could have been a ringmaster or the lead in a Broadway show or a rock star on stage. And, in a sense, Concord High wrestler Kendall Thompson was all three last night, illuminated on the school’s basketball …

Ray Duckler: Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The latest forecast calls for more snow Thursday, and you know what I say? Snow what? If you can take it, snow can I. That’s my new outlook, after seeing the enthusiasm at the Super Bowl parade during …

Ray Duckler: The Eggman cometh, decade after decade

Sunday, February 8, 2015

I think Norman Rockwell would have painted Bert Southwick. In fact, I’m sure of it. Southwick grew up in Northfield and stayed there until he died one week ago at age 91. He lived at the same place, …

Ray Duckler: The Butler did what? Here’s hoping he brought spring

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

For me, Malcolm Butler, a household name by now, represents the spring equinox. Butler’s interception saved the Patriots on Sunday, helping them beat the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl, and it also ushered in the end of winter. At least I hope it did. Okay, it’s a …

Ray Duckler: For a Pakistani teenager, life is good

Sunday, February 1, 2015

I learned something this week, about a student from Pakistan who’s attending Bow High. I learned that senior Poonam Kumari is a teenager like any other teenager. Let her sing, dance and watch movies. Let her charm you …