Articles by Emmet Meara

Jean Chalmers

Feisty Jean Chalmers left her mark on Rockland

By Emmet Meara on Sept. 19, 2016, at 1:21 p.m.
“I had so much fun working for gay rights, civil rights and abortion rights. The Republicans were always mad at me,” Chalmers said.
Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) reacts after a play in the second quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Sports Authority Field, Aug. 27, 2016.

I’m an obsessive shopper when it comes to knives and flashlights, but I’m no Von Miller

By Emmet Meara on Sept. 12, 2016, at 11:58 a.m.
Von has more than 100 pairs of glasses and 800 (that’s right) pairs of sneakers. I will no longer feel any guilt for my next knife, flashlight or lantern purchase.

I lost! I won!

on Jan. 21, 2015, at 11:59 a.m.
Feetball By winning Emmet What was quarterback Russell Wilson crying about in the aftermath of the dizzying football game between his Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers on Sunday? We should have been the ones who were sobbing. I had decidedly mixed feelings for the game, much more than …

Elvis (80) and I.

on Jan. 14, 2015, at 10:30 a.m.
mE’n’Elvis By Emmet In case you hadn’t noticed, time is flying by like an SST. Those “infant” grandchildren are now five and ten years old. Your last few birthdays have flown by, haven’t they? I am older than I have ever been before. Everyone I know has serious aches and …

four more weeks of winter

on Jan. 07, 2015, at 12:39 p.m.
Cabin By frozen Emmet I hate my wood stove. I hate my wood pile. I hate my furnace. I hate my heavy winter coat. I hate my winter boots. I hate winter.Story continues below advertisement. And it just started. It is hard to believe that Blues Eyes got me to …


on Dec. 31, 2014, at 11:24 a.m.
Resolutions By kidding Emmet Everybody has to do it, right? If you have a column or a “blog” or are sitting at Trackside Bar contemplating still another year and your sad, little life, you have to make some New Year’s resolutions. It’s the law.Story continues below advertisement. The good thing …

Triple “Little.”

on Dec. 24, 2014, at 11:22 a.m.
Tony By Emmet the fan. I am a Triple Little. I would like to apologize for that, if I may, right from the top. When I grew up in lace-curtain West Roxbury so very long ago, the most you could ask for in life was to become a Triple Eagle. …

Land of Broken Toys

on Dec. 17, 2014, at 11:31 a.m.
Toys By misled Emmet Every house has one, covered with shame. Now that every consumer in the country is shopping, shopping, shopping there will be embarrassing additions. Guaranteed.Story continues below advertisement. At Cobb Manor, we called it “The Land of Broken Toys.” It is the special (undercounter) area where past …

Too Busy?

on Dec. 10, 2014, at 11:20 a.m.
Too busy. By star-struck Emmet I watched the wonderful Cameron Diaz yesterday in some stupid movie with Tom Cruise, called “Knight and Day.” It had the stupidest car chase scene of all time. But I had to watch it. Cameron Diaz has been a Cobb Manor favorite for many years …

Ram-in, Ram-out.

on Dec. 03, 2014, at 9:19 a.m.
Shovel By aching Emmet Plows are for wienies. Shovels, too. At Cobb Manor, where men are men (at least some of the time) snow storms are mostly disregarded. Long ago, Grady the Redhead and I adopted the “Ram-in, Ram-out” method of winter parking. In this method, you slam into the …

Goodbye, my brother

on Nov. 26, 2014, at 10:54 a.m.
Walt By sad emmet My good friend Walter Griffin was one of five brothers. I never had one, until I met him more than 30 years ago. He passed away last week at 68, much too soon. A few days before he died he called from the hospital to say …

Birthday/Christmas presents for me.

on Nov. 19, 2014, at 9:04 a.m.
Gifties By greedy Emmet Everyone (well, Blue Eyes) has been asking me what I want for Christmas. Since my birthday (and my beloved granddaughter’s) birthday is three days before Christmas, I always expect extra-special packages. Cobb Manor is filled with winter clothes and unused toys including skis for both downhill …

Better to have one (or two) and not need it…

on Nov. 12, 2014, at 11:25 a.m.
Live wire By electric emmet It really was a dark and stormy night. Not only was her driveway covered with a big piece of a downed tree during last week’s storm, but there was a CMP live wire mixed in with the tree, branches and leaves. All I could think …

Manana is good enough for me.

on Nov. 05, 2014, at 11:02 a.m.
Manana By lazy (cold) Emmet The Cobb Manor theme song has always been, appropriately, “Manana.” You remember that old procrastination tune which states “Tomorrow is good enough for me.”Story continues below advertisement. That snowy hurricane which blew through the state this week clearly illustrated the fallacy of that indolent philosophy. …

Behind You!

on Oct. 29, 2014, at 12:33 p.m.
Horror By scairdy emmet I have spent much of the week on my gas station couch watching various versions of the “Halloween” franchise. As a fading lecher, I was much more interested in the hot pants of the counselors than Freddie, or whoever was coming out of that lake to …

exercise is only imaginary.

on Oct. 22, 2014, at 12 p.m.
Journal By lazy, lazy Emmet Now that I fallen deeply in love with my couch, that issue of Men’s Journal becomes even more critical each month. I do a little less each month and now that the cold weather is seeping through the floorboards, I consider sitting up as major …

In Portland. On the company dime.

on Oct. 15, 2014, at 11:46 a.m.
First By campaigning emmet David Emery has always been a political hero of mine. No one in the state of Maine, least of all me, gave him a snowball’s chance when the Rockland Republican had the unadulterated nerve to challenge Democrat incumbent Peter Kyros for the first Congressional District in …


on Oct. 08, 2014, at 9:58 a.m.
Ween By scary emmet It’s that time of year. You have seen those holiday decorations in the stores since Labor Day. You might as well get ready. Halloween on Perham Street in West Roxbury meant three things; Setting fire to every available leaf, breaking every possible window, especially in a …

Kindle Curse!

on Oct. 01, 2014, at 10:14 a.m.
Books By addictive Emmet I am helpless. I must give myself up to a higher power. I cannot…stop buying more books. I blame Amazon, of course. I blame Robert B. Parker as well. I blame Elmore Leonard. I blame Daniel Woodrell.Story continues below advertisement. Parker started it all. His Spencer …

disrespect your elders!

on Sept. 24, 2014, at 11:26 a.m.
Birthdaze By aging emmet I never liked Cousin Jerry. But he was family. I never like Boston Leo, because he once invited me to fisticuffs on my own lawn. I never liked Lt. John because he always tells me how much money he has. But I have kept them close …