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Guest columnist Mariel E. Addis: Terrified about what Trump win would mean
02-08-2024 9:17 PM

By MARIEL E. ADDIS

It was 2016, the last year of the Obama administration. It was an election year with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on the presidential ballot. I don’t have to remind you who won.Most of us, at least here in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, had...

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Guest columnist Mariel E. Addis: On mothers and daughters
01-04-2024 5:19 PM

By MARIEL E. ADDIS

My mom passed in 2008 at the age of 70. She had suffered for a number of years with early-onset Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and had been in nursing home care the last years of her life.I had come out as transgender to my wife a year and a half before...


Guest columnist Mariel E. Addis: High hopes and lost experiences
12-07-2023 5:29 PM

By MARIEL E. ADDIS

Imagine for a moment, getting a new name, a new gender, a “new” body, and a closet full of new and different clothes. Now, imagine experiencing life with both a heightened level of both emotions and physical sensations. While it seems like something...


Guest columnist Mariel E. Addis: Just a garden variety tool girl
09-10-2023 1:37 PM

By MARIEL E. ADDIS

‘I’m Mariel and I love my tools.” Clapping can be heard from other members of the tool owners’ support group.When I announced my transition in January 2016, I think some people thought I might trade in my tools for a makeup kit. Nothing is further...


Guest columnist Mariel E. Addis: From the Barbie files 
08-10-2023 2:18 PM

By MARIEL E. ADDIS

It is hard to believe, but I think my initiation into “femaledom” is finally complete. On what must have been its fourth day in theaters, I went to see the new Barbie movie.A long-time female friend of mine organized the outing, and I went to the film...


Guest columnist Mariel E. Addis: On self-expression
07-11-2023 11:15 PM

By MARIEL E. ADDIS

Now, I could write about the upsetting judgment by the Supreme Court indicating that free speech and religious rights supersede the civil rights of individuals, namely those in the LGBTQ+ community, but I won’t. I could talk about how Moms for Liberty...


Guest columnist Mariel E. Addis: About the cliques …
05-09-2023 4:56 PM

By MARIEL E. ADDIS

I am a Gen-X’er. I am among the first of the new models to come out. The Mustang and the Beatles beat me and my peers to the scene by mere months, both being introduced the year prior. Probably due to being the first of my generation, I feel a lot of...


Guest columnist Mariel Addis: Mad as hell and scared
04-12-2023 6:23 PM

By MARIEL E. ADDIS

Ever been mad as hell and scared to death at the same time? Well, lately I have been, and it is not a great or happy combination.I watch the news on TV, listen to NPR on the radio, and see seemingly countless news items on Facebook, primarily from red...


Guest columnist Mariel E. Addis: Tying up loose ends
03-27-2023 6:16 PM

By MARIEL E. ADDIS

The brief bio that has graced the end of most of my Gazette essays mentions how I left the area for 16 years and returned in 2013. Some may wonder where I was during those 16 years.After brief stints in Wakefield, Rhode Island and Olean, New York, my...


Guest columnist Mariel E. Addis: When I was a boy
02-20-2023 2:38 PM

By MARIEL E. ADDIS

I had the pleasure of seeing former Valley resident Dar Williams perform at the Bellows Falls Opera House last weekend. I have to admit that I was largely unfamiliar with much of Dar’s work, but I felt that, based upon everything I had heard about...


Guest columnists Mariel E. Addis: I’m not like Harry
01-29-2023 8:25 PM

By MARIEL E. ADDIS

Unless you’ve being living under a rock, you are probably well aware that Prince Harry has a new book called “Spare.” While I don’t intend to purchase or read the book, by all accounts, it is a written version of what Seinfeld character Frank Costanza...

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