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Before Roe v. WadeEffie Caldarola

I went to high school before Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision establishing a woman's constitutional right to abortion and an absolute right during the first trimester. In early May, ...

Lessons from Monte Cassino Effie Caldarola

The hairpin turns were gasp-inducing, especially to someone afraid of heights. As we climbed higher and higher, I alternated between covering my eyes and then peeking out at the remarkable landscape unfolding ...

Guard the netEffie Caldarola

When my daughter Maria was a senior in high school, the girls' hockey coach asked her to be the goalie for the team. This might seem a reasonable request except for one thing: Maria didn't play hockey. ...

The face in the mirror Effie Caldarola

When my granddaughter Alice was just months old, she would lie on a blanket, surrounded by a plastic toy structure that had colorful objects hanging from it. When the structure was jiggled, things would ...

Picture thisEffie Caldarola

I am on a decluttering kick, spurred on by months of being a virtual prisoner in my own house. I have bags full of clothes to give away, books someone else may enjoy, junk that needs to be pitched. Most ...

'The Social Dilemma' Effie Caldarola

My brother has been a faithful member of Alcoholics Anonymous for decades. He's the guy who opens the church and brews the coffee for the weekly meeting. But since March, his meetings have been on Zoom. ...

Driveway moments and justiceEffie Caldarola

I think we've all had "driveway moments." That's when your favorite song comes on the car radio as you arrive home and you linger to listen. Or maybe it's a National Public Radio story you have to finish. So, ...

COVID and encounter Effie Caldarola

In the news recently: An amusement park in Japan encouraged roller-coaster riders not to scream. Screaming is a great way to project COVID-19 particles into the air for a much farther distance than speaking. ...