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The Ayer Mill was once a gem of American industry, the companion to the Wood Mill and home to the one of the largest textile manufacturers in the United States. It seems fitting that the old American Woolen Co. factory in Lawrence be pressed into service again for products the country needs.

It continues to amaze me how in crisis the best and the worst of people and institutions emerge. The pressure and stress of crisis doesn’t allow for cover up or nuance. I am proud to say that the people and institutions of the North Shore have been the best in this time of crisis. It has bee…

In the middle of March, when we first got a sense of how much would change because of the coronavirus, a friend joked, “I didn’t plan on giving up this much for Lent.”

Cooped up in our homes, while anxious about returning to work and the rhythms of normal life, it’s only natural to want a sign that we’re gaining ground of the coronavirus. Early this past week it looked like we had something like that from a company called Unacast, which studies location da…

The saying that “nothing is certain except uncertainty” has never been more true than today. This year’s Salem State University Center for Childhood and Youth Studies symposium focusing on preventing and addressing trauma had to be postponed due to a new form of trauma – COVID-19, the coronavirus.

Of course the issues were different. The country was different, its role in the world was different. The means of communication were different, the methods of transportation were different. The roles of the sexes were different, racial attitudes were different. Even the diversions were diffe…

I can hear the discouragement in my mother’s voice. She is 92 years old and holed up in her apartment in a senior residential living community near me.

Everyone is getting a little coronavirus claustrophobia. It feels a lot like that itching you feel toward the end of a nor’easter, when all you want is to do is go out to eat or maybe see a movie but you’d be hard pressed to make it to the end of your driveway.

This is a moment in time that we should never forget. There are still many unknowns about how widespread and over what time frame the coronavirus will impact ourselves, our country and our planet. While we all wait for answers, physical distancing is absolutely critical until this deadly vir…

Gov. Charlie Baker’s order Monday shuttering most non-emergency operations in the Bay State as a way to further slow the spread of the coronavirus had many residents and business owners asking themselves the same question:

“Unprecedented” is often a word that’s overused; we see it when an auto dealer is offering “once in a lifetime” deals on cars or other similar advertisements. But these are truly unprecedented times. This is a kind of emergency that most of us have never seen before; for us New Englanders it…

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing entire countries to rethink deeply held social norms. Faith leaders are coming up with new ways to reach their communities, with many turning to online platforms to perform rituals.

As I sit down to write this piece about Generation X and coronavirus, I’m seeing author Betsy Byars died in February at 91, from complications after a fall. I was not a big reader as a child but I read Betsy Byars, because Betsy Byars, I get now, got Generation X. She wrote about kids who wa…

A lot of extra family time could be a hidden blessing from coronavirus cloistering. Calendars wiped clean of sports practices, school activities and church services — not to mention closed schools and workplaces — mean more time together under the same roof, at the dinner table and deciding …

It is now clear that we are at war with the coronavirus. While the people of our state need a range of help and assistance, one action we need to take is clear to me: We need a massive wartime manufacturing mobilization for coronavirus testing kits and personal protective equipment for medic…

Never before has a public-health emergency created such widespread economic paralysis. As government officials work to slow the spread of the coronavirus, treat the afflicted, and save lives, it is essential that Congress and the president take immediate actions to stabilize a dangerously te…

You probably don’t stay up until 2 a.m. to “spring forward” or “fall back” with all the clocks in your house, preferring to set them before bed or after you get up the next morning.

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