The Absences “So Very Palpable This Time of Year,” Says Commentator Michael Carolan

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.