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‘This Old House’ renovated my childhood home

‘This Old House’ renovated my childhood home

Published in the Boston Globe, December 26th, 2014 See a video of Mindy touring the house: on Boston.com. There is no player at http://bcove.me/1ohkaee5. My parents unbolted the front door of my childhood home in Lexington only for parties. Otherwise, people entered the 1966 Garrison Colonial via a side door. This door, located on a tiny porch that led into the mudroom, was closer to the garage but still outside, so we raced on rainy days. We mostly used the tiny porch for entry and egress. Yet it contains a special memory: Every spring for 45 years, my mother’s annual hanging impatiens...

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Great Dane Service Dog Project

Great Dane Service Dog Project

Published in the Boston Globe, March 2014. Stanley frequents Nashoba Brook Bakery in Concord, but not for the pastries and sandwiches. This 165-pound, 5-foot-long Great Dane, with yardstick-size legs and a nose waist-high to an average human, is on the job. Stanley accompanies his companion Becky Spencer everywhere, even just for a cup of Joe. And he wears a sign on his harness: “I’m working. Stop. Do Not Distract.” Spencer, 39, is an Army National Guard veteran with two decades of service despite multiple injuries exacerbated in a Humvee accident in Iraq. Her complex medical conditions can...

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Saying goodbye to your childhood home

Saying goodbye to your childhood home

Published in the Boston Globe Address Section: My First Home, July 27, 2014 Two years ago, on the day my aging parents moved from their three-story home of 45 years, they expressed little sentiment. My father proclaimed that “some moves are prompted by desire, while ‘necessity’ drives others.” This move’s necessity emerged when my mother’s scoliosis made navigating stairs problematic in that spacious Lexington home where I grew up. Their lack of emotion surprised me until Dad explained he was too busy orchestrating the move to feel sentimental. And while my mother described the move as...

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