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Seven-year-old Luc Gautreaux, who has diabetes, poses for a portrait with his service dog, Shadow, outside Gilmanton Elementary School in Gilmanton on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Ray Duckler: The highs and lows of a diabetic grade school boy

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Luc Gautreaux, 7, pulled off the top like a pen cap, exposing a pinpoint sharp enough to pop a balloon. He pricked the end of his index finger and squeezed, creating a tiny pool of blood, then smeared it onto a strip inserted into what looked like an old cell phone. His sister, Mellie Gautreaux, then took over, reading the …

Ray Duckler: In New York City, tis the season to be worried

Saturday, November 21, 2015

I worry about my family. They live near New York City, a 25-minute train ride from Grand Central Station. The site of the World Trade Center has been labeled Ground Zero for 14 years, and, beyond Washington, D.C., New York City is undoubtedly the No. 1 target in the minds of terrorists. So …

Ray Duckler: On Main Street USA, towers are a state of mind

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Eiffel Tower, shiny, silver and blinking, faced Main Street on Monday, giving reason to pause. If you saw it, in the window of Depot Antiques and Toys, how did it make you feel? Angry? Sad? Scared? What did you think about? The Twin Towers falling, perhaps? Christina Smith, daughter of the shop’s …

Ray Duckler: For refugee family, education a slow and challenging process

Sunday, June 7, 2015

For Devi Rai and her family, refugees from Bhutan, Becky Kidder had simple yet useful advice. When you can’t understand what people are saying, Kidder told Devi and the rest of her students recently, don’t be shy or …

Ray Duckler: What in the world was buried in that time capsule? Here’s a peek inside

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Erica Nason Ross is a 32-year-old teacher living in Andover, Mass. She gets one. Scott Sanel is a 43-year-old computer salesman living in Westwood, Mass. He gets one. And Barack Obama is a 53-year-old world leader living in …

Ray Duckler: Amy Dutton made an impact here. . . and over there, too

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Riley Bennett walked to her car on what had become a trail of tears, a road narrowed by cars on each side, turning it into a parking lot for those remembering Amy Dutton. An early arrival to the …

Ray Duckler: A look at the life of a Yankee

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Judson Hale is not a hugger. Never has been, never will be. There are cracks in his stoic armor, however, certainly more than his father once showed decades ago in a rich Boston suburb. This, the editor-in-chief of …

Ray Duckler: Fallen officers honored, led by a little girl with an old hat

Friday, May 22, 2015

One person, more than any other, stood out yesterday, her eyes hidden beneath a piece of history. One person, sitting in the front row, looked like the relative of a fallen officer, in a sea of relatives of …

Ray Duckler: Bet on Betsy, founded by kids, rocks in race

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Betsy Segal arrived in the conference room yesterday at 5:05 p.m., about an hour before the race, and slipped on a T-shirt made especially for her. “I feel so official now,” said Segal, shortly before the Rock ‘N …

Ray Duckler: Patriots owner Robert Kraft caves, leaving a foul smell

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Inhale deeply. Do you smell it, the pungent odor of B.S. that’s worked its way from San Francisco to Concord? My eyes are watering, my betta fish went belly up and I saw a bunch of cows in …

Ray Duckler: Running the Rock ‘N Race for David, Brigit and Danica

Saturday, May 16, 2015

They’re called David’s Angels, but let’s add two people to the mix. Let’s add Brigit McKeough and Danica Gage. That tells the whole story, the one about the parents who died too young, the little girl who’s since …

Ray Duckler: Deflategate? Tom Brady? Patriots lineman won’t tackle topic during visit to Concord

Thursday, May 14, 2015

I went hunting yesterday, for the elephant in the room. Or in this case, in the Abbot-Downing School gym. Sure enough, there was Dumbo, or Mr. Snuffleupagus, or Horton, or whichever name you choose, camouflaged by a New …

Ray Duckler: For Greg Grappone, mild manners said it all

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

You could almost feel Greg Grappone cringing at the attention. He was unpretentious and unassuming, never seeking the spotlight, always looking to fly beneath the radar, despite a highly visible surname that stared back at him, everywhere in …

Ray Duckler: Students and parents congregate to speak one language

Saturday, May 9, 2015

The food tables at Rundlett Middle School’s Around the World day made me hungry. The kids there made me hopeful. Kids like Rebecca Bamidele, an eighth-grader at Rundlett and a volunteer for the school’s Student Ambassadors program. I …

Ray Duckler: Once, boxers didn’t merely take the money and run

Friday, May 8, 2015

Check the photo above this column. That’s Joe Frazier hitting Muhammad Ali with a left hook during their 1971 heavyweight title bout. That snapshot, that fight, will last forever in our minds, as will others. The bout between …