About Deborah Chiaravalloti

Deborah is a wise cracking writer with a quick wit who loves Newburyport, raised five children here and served as a VP at Anna Jaques Hospital. Her bread and butter is working as an international healthcare consultant and writer. Her philosophy in life is when all else fails- laugh- nothing else will see us through.

Of Perfection, Holidays, and a New Year in Greater Newburyport

Pondering the Problem with Perfect Christmas Trees.   It never fails. Every Christmas I try to get a perfect tree and every Christmas it falls short.  If you saw it you might not think so.  The tree I select is always perfectly shaped, (or as perfect as trees can be); full in all the right … [Read more...]

The Sweet Secret Sauce of Paint Nights in Greater Newburyport

I’m a creative soul. I taught myself to sew in 8th grade and have made everything from curtains to christening gowns.  I taught myself to knit just because I thought it would be fun.  Once, I taught myself how to reupholster a wing chair  thinking, “How hard could it be?” Later on I … [Read more...]

One Point of View Looking forward to Spring and the Crocuses

After months of anger, self-reflection and the realization that I have to calm down in order to survive the next four years, I have come to a conclusion. Yes, I have discovered a philosophy that will guide my behavior and activism over the next four years. Admittedly, I am one of the millions … [Read more...]

Getting Through the Holidays After an Ugly Election

I’m not doing a very good job calming down after this election. I have walked away from the news to find some semblance of control over my emotions (my husband calls them outbursts). Every day I hope that some crevice of light will break through the fear that is stalking me, but nothing yet. I … [Read more...]

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