The new school year is underway. Commentator Michael Carolan’s son is doing his homework, but Carolan is questioning how to do his own. Michael Carolan teaches literature at Clark University in Worcester.
Those many family meals of November and December are when we coo over babies born in the past year and welcome back the college freshmen away from home for the first time. It’s also a time to remember those no longer here. At commentator Michael Carolan’s table this year, he has one less place to set. Carolan teaches at Clark University. He lives in Belchertown, Mass.
On a recent walk in the woods behind his house commentator Michael Carolan who lives in Belchertown, MA, and teaches at Clark University, stepped over a thick branch that had fallen across his path. It hadn’t been there just a few days ago. When he looked up he saw a tree missing its top. He mulled. It was likely the branch at his feet came from last year’s record Halloween snowstorm. It took the entire year to make its way down to the ground. As we all wait to see if a big storm system headed this way comes to pass, Carolan remembers last year all too vividly.
No one could have imagined that snow storm two years ago, just before Halloween two years ago. For some people, it took days before they could even get out of their driveways. Commentator Michael Carolan was one of them. A true writer, the experience for him was something to put down on paper. He came in to the station a few days after the 2011 storm to edit and record this piece. We thought on this beautiful, mostly clear fall day, it’s an appropriate reminder of what could be.Carolan techers literature at Clark University. He lives in Belchertown, Mass.
A few years ago a distant cousin of our commentator Michael Carolan contacted him to tell him some old news. In 1861, their ancestor was wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg during the first three days in July.
Carolan teaches literature at Clark University. He lives in Belchertown, Mass.
Commentator Michael Carolan – a literature professor at Clark University who lives in Belchertown, MA , was one of the many who went a week without power in the wake of an October N’oreaster. It got him thinking about powerlessness.