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Ellen Goodman

Journalism In A Twitter Era BOSTON -- From time to time, a…

  • Jun 29th, 2009

Ellen Goodman

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Ellen Goodman

Ellen Goodman

Michelle Obama brings ‘First Garden’ to the White House | Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- You have to admit that this gives new meaning to the idea of a “shovel-ready project.” There are now 1,100 square feet on the South Lawn of the White House being transformed into a kitchen garden. If Americans follow the first family’s lead, the seed pack will become the new stimulus package. At least we’ll have something to do with those pitchforks after the AIG bonus babies surrender their money.

President Bush ‘fell to the occasion’

BOSTON — I was doing fine until I saw the rocking chairs. My attacks of Bush-bashing were in remission. I told myself it was time to move on, to embrace the change you can believe in and, well, you get the idea.

  • Dec 31st, 2008

Passing of the political torch will require easing generational struggles | Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- Did you miss this in the post-election news? Sen. Robert Byrd, 91, announced that he will give up the chairmanship of the Senate Appropriations Committee to Sen. Daniel Inouye, 84. The torch has passed to a new generation.

Ellen Goodman

BOSTON – Unless you stayed up to the bitter end, you missed the last question. It came over the Internet from Peggy in Amherst, N.H., and, as Tom Brokaw warned, it had a certain “Zen-like” quality: “What don’t you know and how will you learn it?”

  • Oct 10th, 2008

Supreme Court up for grabs in ’08 Election | Ellen Goodman

BOSTON – I really hate to bring it up. We already have two branches of our national government in full-scale meltdown. The president looks like a guy pleading before the parole board for early release. The Congress makes “dysfunctional” sound like a compliment.

  • Oct 3rd, 2008

Sarah Palin pick isn’t looking so good, thus far | Ellen Goodman

BOSTON – You gotta love this campaign. No sooner does the curtain come crashing down on one climactic moment than up it goes on another. The Democrats choose NoDrama Obama and the channel switches to Soap Opera McCain. You want change? I’ll show you change: Introducing Sarah Palin, a running mate as unfamiliar as the tundra.

  • Sep 5th, 2008

Sometimes, life is just bittersweet | Ellen Goodman

CASCO BAY, Maine – These are the summer days when the island is overrun with gifts. The raspberries are still ripe and the first of the blackberries have arrived, bearing their sweet intimations of fall.

  • Aug 15th, 2008

Ellen Goodman

BOSTON – I don’t know too many economists who get confused with preachers. But there are times when they talk about virtue and temptation as if they were free-market holy rollers.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Ellen Goodman

BOSTON – During the Vietnam War there was a phrase that came to symbolize the entire misbegotten adventure: “It became necessary to destroy the village in order to save it.” It was said at first with sincerity, then repeated with irony, and finally with despair.

  • Jun 17th, 2008