People & Profiles

Diane Rehm Guests On Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One

By WGBH Staff   |   Thursday, December 8, 2011
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She never went to college and she didn’t begin her career until she was 37, but today Diane Rehm is one of the most respected public radio hosts of all time. Winner of the 2010 Peabody Award and author of three books, Rehm has interviewed everyone from Pulitzer Prize-winning authors to former presidents. In this interview with María Hinojosa, Rehm discusses growing up Arab-American, her struggles with the voice-destroying illness spasmodic dysphonia, and the importance of finding her voice. 

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Debbie DiMasi's New Life

By WGBH News   |   Tuesday, December 6, 2011
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Dec. 7, 2011

BOSTON — Debbie DiMasi, the wife of disgraced former Mass. House speaker Sal DiMasi, is opening up about her husband’s transition from Beacon Hill to prison. In her first interview since her husband began an eight-year prison sentence, Debbie told WGBH’s Emily Rooney that Sal seemed strong and peaceful when they parted ways.
“In many ways a lot of the stress was gone,” she said. “He looked a little bit better because the past few weeks have been very, very difficult — saying goodbye to people and preparing for the unknown. So he had some peace about him because the anticipation of getting in there was gone. And he’s in a good frame of mind and as strong as you can be, being in that kind of atmosphere.”

Where You Live: 'Always Christmas' In Georgetown

By Terry and Rick Palardy   |   Wednesday, November 16, 2011
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Nov. 16, 2011

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Terry and Rick Palardy sell homemade gifts out of the former barn next to their house in Georgetown. (Courtesy of Terry and Rick Palardy)

GEORGETOWN, Mass. — We are living our retirement dream. Rick started making wooden ornaments for gifts back in the mid-‘70s in Georgetown. Both sets of parents were living in town also. We bought a small cottage-turned-home, and he began digging, with pick and shovel as his dad had done before him, to create a work space underneath the house. He set up a few tools, and continued making ornaments. Many years later, we sold that first home and moved to where we are now, on North Street.
It is always Christmas here. Rick makes more than just ornaments now... wooden trucks, spinning gravity-powered carousels of all sorts, tops, puzzles, doll furniture to fit the popular 18" dolls, a rocking baby cradle, a rocking motorcycle and scroll-cut plaques for the US military branches.
I have always painted the ornaments and now make coverlets and quilts for the doll furniture. I play Christmas music out in the shop all year long, and during the school year spent many hours sitting in that happy setting to correct student essays.
I continued teaching until this past June, 2011, when I had to retire due to limitations caused by multiple sclerosis. I began self-publishing the writings I'd been doing for years... some on teaching, some poetry, and some on living in the small town of Georgetown after growing up in the City of Boston. I continue to quilt, continue to donate infant quilts to the neonatal unit of Lawrence General Hospital (something I'd started anonymously with a group of students who met after school to stitch with me) and now I am making one for the Linus Project and for the ALS patients project.
Our parents are gone now, and our children grown. But we are living our happily-ever-after years, right here near the center of town, where we can walk to everything basic when we, too, reach the age when we can no longer drive. I just published a book, through Amazon, and on sale at our shop and at Little's Block of Shoppes in Georgetown Square. The title of the book is "Georgetown at the Turn of the Millennium." In it I share stories of our town.

Terry and Rick Palardy are the proprietors of Wooden Toys and Gifts in Georgetown, Mass. You can read Terry's writing at Beyond Old Windows.

Where You Live: Norwood, Mass.

By Susan Clare   |   Monday, November 14, 2011
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Nov. 14, 2011

BOSTON — Our nonprofit, Together Yes, launched this year, is dedicated to sustainability and community building in Norwood. Our grassroots efforts are aimed at getting "small and local." We are becoming a presence in Norwood, and wish to see the town viable and sustainable for all residents and businesses.

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I see disparity in our incomes that means some of us are able to live comfortably while others struggle. I also see Norwood having difficulty competing with big business nearby (on Route 1, particularly). I wish for Norwood residents to pull together to see that all of our basic needs are met, and to support local and small businesses located in Norwood. I have become convinced, through wide study, that "small and local" is how we can best weather upcoming climate change and economic upheaval. Norwood is a very good-hearted town, and should be able to accomplish this with less difficulty than some communities.
Additionally, I have long been concerned about global warming. Again through much study, I have concluded that issues of sustainability are interconnected, and we must address all if we're to solve even one of them. Economics/finances, social matters, health, environment — they affect one another. So, our organization addresses sustainable practices on all of these.
My notion, when starting Together Yes, was to establish a sense of community, so we could work together on these issues of sustainability. That plays out in small-group and neighborhood initiatives, as well as town-wide activities. Currently underway are projects involving teaching people how to alter, mend and repurpose clothing rather than buying new. Doing this means that those who can't afford to buy new will be able to dress well, and those who can buy new will reconsider before purchasing clothing made at great expense to our fossil fuel reserve and our environment; it will also mean that fewer of our dollars are being outsourced to nearly slave labor in other countries. Together Yes has already found some experts willing to teach workshops, and plans are being made to find sewing machines and notions for those who can't afford them.
The other project involves preserving food, so we can eat inexpensively and in season. Think pumpkin pie in summer and homemade pasta sauce in the dead of winter, with no additives and loads of nutrition. If we work together, helping provide canning expertise and supplies where necessary, more Norwood residents will be able to buy produce in season when it's affordable and "put it up" for the winter. This is especially helpful in New England where our growing season is so short. Here, too, this project bears influence on far more than just getting by for our residents. Our food won't be produced in other countries minus stringent controls about pesticides used, and it won't be traveling internationally to our tables, wasting fossil fuels and contributing to global warming. In tandem with this project, we are planning to start up at least one community organic vegetable garden this spring. Together Yes members will raise the start-up money, locate the land and find experts to give guidance.
You see, we have a lot on our plate, having decided to save the world, beginning with Norwood. Said with a smile, of course. One person, one organization, one town can't pull all that off. But unless we try, we have to answer to ourselves and our descendants, as well as the people in developing nations who suffer greatly at the hands of our gross domestic product mandate.
You can see I am passionate about what we are trying to do here.  
Susan Clare is a grandmother, retired teacher and president of Together Yes. You can reach her at

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The new Norwood, Mass. organization Together Yes focuses on creating sustainability and community close to home.

Any Human Heart Episode 2 continues

Thursday, February 24, 2011
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Walking Through Life With Bruce Feiler

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
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Bruce Feiler

In Walking Through Life With Bruce Feiler, Greater Boston host Emily Rooney talks with Bruce about his epic 10,000-mile journey during the Walking The Bible series, his fight against bone cancer, and how losing his ability to walk had a profound effect on his passion for living.

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