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The F.U.N. Quotient… Massachusetts edition

I am not a Massachusetts native, I am a native New Yorker, but after living here almost twenty years, I’m starting to understand these things, and can attest that they are true…

You Know You’re From Massachusetts If …

* You consider a yellow light as a sign to speed up.

* You know how to pronounce Worcester and Gloucester.

* You compare with friends what Boston was like pre-Big-Dig and post-Big-Dig.

* You shudder in October when all the tourists come up to clog the roads for foliage season.

* As a kid, there was more than a foot of snow on the ground, and you STILL had to listen to the radio to see if they’d declare it a snow day to cancel school. (My kids experienced this!)

* You’ve had to shovel your car out from snow up over its tires – and you still took it out on the road that same day.

* An April weather warm-up of 60F or more meant it was time for a tshirt. (Sooo true about my own kids, growing up!)

* You’ve grilled on your back porch when there was snow on the ground. (The Gohns do this all. the. time. And I’m bereft if the snow is too high between the porch door and the grill.)

* You understand why they call it Taxachusetts. (To which I reply, it’s still cheaper than NY!)

* You’ve ever made a run to New Hampshire to get alcohol without sales tax.

(More of this here.)

Then there is this quirkiness. I have no idea if all of these are true. Some are corroborated here. I do know about the Boston Terrier. I have one you know.


A second lawn sign against “Question 2” was stolen from our front lawn… “Dear Neighbor: let’s overcome the signs of disrespect.”

A second lawn sign against “Question 2” was stolen from our front lawn… “Dear Neighbor: let’s overcome the signs of disrespect.”

There’s a self-appointed censor in my neighborhood. So far, our front lawn has suffered the theft of one of those lawn signs in opposition to the ballot issue known as Question 2 here in Massachusetts. (No, it was not the wind or rain. Our other candidate sign for the local state rep has not been touched on either occasion.) So, after the first one disappeared, we got another. That one lasted about four hours. Someone is deliberately removing our signs.

Now we’ve moved to adding bumper stickers on our cars, but my husband is thinking of attaching another sign with anchors to the big tree out front. He’s incredulous that we’ve been robbed twice. I see it more as un-neighborly. But I also realize that political passions are running high on several fronts this year, and bad behavior, and juvenile antics may come with the territory, but are so unnecessary. This IS Massachusetts, after all, a region not really known for political “dialogue”. But up until now, I had not detected any outright hostility from my neighbors with whom we’ve held differing views over the years.

Our standpoint on Question 2 is that this is a poorly written law in support of “physician-assisted” suicide… which is nothing more than a doctor’s prescription for an overdose of pills for a patient to self-administer in private – without any family consultation, and sadly, without the last rites of the Church and the grace inherent in those sacraments.

Naturally, the Catholic Church is mobilizing the faithful and other concerned citizens to show the error of this proposed law. It totally disregards human life. As a cancer-survivor myself, I’ve been a support person for friends of mine who have been terminally ill and have died. I believe in helpful, loving, and spiritual palliative care when the end of natural life is near. Pain can be treated. So can depression. Not to mention the graces of the final sacraments to accompany a person through the threshold of death into the afterlife is no small thing to overlook.

So, pray for the voters here in the Commonwealth that we might defeat this bill known as Question 2. If you need more information on the subject, I’ve written a previous post with links to share. Remember, even if you don’t live here, this fight is coming to you. Be aware and be ready.

Please pray for my neighbor whom we have obviously ticked off with our signage, that he or she might have a change of heart. I don’t know who it is, and I cannot even fathom who it might be. I seriously don’t want to accuse anyone in my mind. I’m just sad that this person or persons has been reduced to stealing signs in an effort to stifle our freedom of speech, and silence our attempts at public discourse on a life-and-death issue in an election season.

(Confidential to my neighbor who took the signs: Please ‘fess up and apologize. I’ll forgive you on the spot. I already have. Yes, I’m offended by your actions, but I’d rather remain friendly even if we disagree on this subject that is close to our hearts. They were only cardboard signs, after all. But we’re both failing at neighborliness if these become the signs of our disrespect for each other. Let’s re-establish some trust and talk. Sure, I agree, “all politics is local.” But I believe all the more that the virtue of conversation beats stealing any day. Knock on my door or leave a note in the mailbox. You already know where I live.)



Physician-Assisted Suicide is Something we can live without! Massachusetts: This is a matter of life and death!

Physician-Assisted Suicide is Something we can live without! Massachusetts: This is a matter of life and death!

Election Day brings the Presidential election, but for folks in Massachusetts, our election on November 6 is, truly, a matter of life and death. On the ballot in Massachusetts, is Question 2 in support of physician-assisted suicide. Here’s the ballot question, and here’s several groups opposing this proposed law:

 Other resources:

3 Reasons to Oppose

The Slippery Slope of Physician-Assisted Suicide by Cardinal Sean O’Malley

The Catholic Church supports life from conception until natural death. This proposed law in Massachusetts is against our pro-life ethics. It undermines our human dignity and it reduces us to being evaluated in terms of our productivity, our health, our usefulness, or our so-called “quality” of life. All life is sacred and we must protect it.

Even if you are not a resident in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you should be paying attention to this issue… as this assisted suicide initiative will be promoted in other states soon. So get yourself educated on the arguments against it and the Catholic perspectives that can help shape the arguments.

At the risk of sounding punny, physician-assisted suicide is something we can live without. Let’s stand for life!