Byline: By JEAN STIMMELL

My Turn: The source of our discontent

5/2/21

Conservative media and politicians whip their audiences into a frenzy, crying that the sky is falling: that we are losing our birthright as a...

I’ve written about this before in this space. We think we act rationally with the cold logic of a computer, but beneath we remain mere animals...

My Turn: Working class woke

4/18/21

‘Woke’ has become synonymous with political and social awareness among activists in the Black Lives Movement. This innocuous word has become a...

The advantages of being useless

3/28/21

This essay is about learning how to be useless. As such, it dovetails nicely with a recent piece I wrote on these pages about striving for idleness...

Jean Stimmell: Living in Ghost Land

3/14/21

I recently got back from two months in San Jose, supporting Russet, whose son, Austin, succumbed to a malevolent brain tumor in January. It has...

I strive for idleness. My best ideas come to me not from hard work but from being unfocused, just lolling around.My creative life, such as it is...

Our lives seem to be fragmenting in the face of spiraling polarization and civil unrest. How do we find what’s authentic in this splintered world...

It’s up to each one of us to take personal responsibility to combat COVID. That’s what the media and our president are telling us to do. Gov. Chris...

I wish to expand the conversation about writing, started by Nancy Steenson in her Dec. 16 Concord Monitorcolumn, warning us about how today’s...

We take pride in our modern civilization for being advanced and forward-thinking while judging indigenous people as primitive and backward...

Jean Stimmell: The power of old books

12/4/20

Once upon a time, on Sunday afternoons, families would take picnics down by the peacefully flowing river in their town, both for respite and...

Donald Trump has an uncanny ability to orchestrate pseudo events. Any doubts I might have had were erased after talking to an acquaintance – a...

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