Never Better

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Recent articles:

Subdividng Whipple Hill, The Danvers Herald, August 20, 2015

Save the Whipple Hill Corridor, The Salem News, August 14, 2015

Dangerous Driving in Danvers, Boston Sunday Globe, North: Commentary, August 9, 2015

Lessons learned, the hard way, The Salem News, July 13, 2015

The Winter of My Discontent,, May 2015

Church ignores its mission in Danvers, The Salem News, April 21, 2015

More than a room at the inn, The Salem News, (December 6, 2014)

Better late than never, The Danvers Herald  (November 20, 2014)

What to do with cemetery land, The Danvers Herald (November 6, 2014)

Danvers landmarks are threatened, Boston Sunday Globe, North (October 12, 2014)

Town should buy Whipple Hill, The Salem News (October 1, 2014)

Preserving our heritage, The Danvers Herald (September 25, 2014)

Preserve Whipple Hill, The Danvers Herald (September 14, 2014)

On church contraction and protecting open space, The Salem News (August 30, 2014)

Danvers should preserve woodlands, The Salem News (May 9, 2014)

Child endangerment: Pulling no punches, Counselor's Notebook (May 2014)

The Gift of a Lifetime, Counselor's Notebook (April 2014)

Exposing contamination and a health risk

Advocating for child safety: Dangerous toys still for sale, Counselor's Notebook (February 2014)

When music becomes noise, Counselor's Notebook (November 2013)

Whipple Hill should stay green, The Salem News, (May 28, 2013)

Boosting youth is admirable, but must boxing be the method? The Boston Globe (May 24, 2013)

A boxer's fatal blow,The Salem News (May 2, 2013)

Healthy lunchrooms for healthy students, Education Week (Vol. 32, Issue 27, pp. 24-25, April 4, 2013)

Distraction tantamount to driving drunkBoston Sunday Globe (September 9, 2012)

Let the war on tanning beds rage, The Boston Globe (April 28, 2012)



Sally Ann Connolly, a retired school counselor, is a freelance editor and writer. She puts a personal slant on the news as well as health and safety, education, and lifestyle issues. Her columns, which were published regularly in The Danvers Herald, are syndicated nationally.

Publications include: Audience Buzz, Beacon (CO), Boom! (NC), Boston Sunday Globe, Cajun Counselor (LA), California School Counselor, Catholic Digest, Catholic Online, Changing Times, Dane County Lifestyles (WI), Education Week, Georgetown Record,, Good Grief NEWS (Kansas), Idaho Senior Independent, Living with Loss, Mature Lifestyles, Mature Living (OH), Melrose Free Press, Milford Daily News, Montana Senior News, Mrs. McGregor's SENIORPlus, Senior Beacon of NH, Senior Connection/Mature Lifestyles (FL), Senior News (TX), Malden Observer, MASCA Counselor's Notebook, Melrose Free Press, Milford Daily News, North Shore Sunday, Prime Times (AZ), Senior News of Houston, Senior Voice of Alaska, The Boston Globe, The Daily News of Newburyport, The Danvers Herald, The Florida Counselor, The Gloucester Times, The Pennsylvania Counselor, The Salem News, and several volumes of hoi polloi: A Literary Journal for the Rest of Us.

Her first book, A BOY FROM LAWRENCE: The Collected Writings of Eugene F. Connolly, is a loving tribute to her late husband in which she seeks to perpetuate his voice for family, friends, and students.

In Never Better: All Things Considered, Connolly chronicles her search for renewed meaning after the loss of her husband of thirty-seven years.

She continues her reflections in Matters on My Mind (MOMM) and More on My Mind.

USA Book News named Never Better an award-winning finalist in the Women's Issues category of the National Best Books 2008 Awards. One reviewer said that Never Better “is a terrific self-help book for those who may be experienceing similar loss. The writing is thoughtful, insightful and honest. In some ways the book is reminiscent in style to Andre Dubus' Meditations from a Movable Chair."

Another reviewer said, "Ms. Connolly gives our feelings and emotions validity, and allows us, through her experiences, to know that we are not alone in life, grief and sorrow. That alone is worth the price of admission! Enjoy!"


Never Better: All Things Considered (2007) 




A Boy from Lawrence

A Teacher's Gift

Surviving Widowhood: My First Year

It's June in January

How Fickle Our Weather

Single Again, and Rediscovering Joy

My All-Time Favorite


Hope and a High Risk Pregnancy

Marking a Milestone: One Pregnancy at a Time

With Goodness and Mercy

On the Path of Righteousness


Sisters, Sisters

Lighting Up My Life

The Melody Lingers On

At Long Last Love

Shall We Dance

Memories Are Made of This

The One that Got Away 


We're All Winners

ABC's of Success

A Better Life through Literacy 


The Awakening

Home for the Holidays

Some Things Never Change

The Wonderful World of Technology

And the Song Plays On

How Sweet It Is

Lost at Sea: Gone, Fishing

Consumer Alert: Dangerous Magnetic Toys

Dangerous Toys Still for Sale

Another Bearer of Bad News

Lifting the Veil and Removing the Scars

You've Changed (Not)

Answering the Call to Duty

Wiping Out a Rumor

Leave the Driving to Me

What's for Dinner?


The Good Old Days

My Personal Lifeguard

In Loco Parentis

Safeguarding Our Students

Letter to the Editor: The Fetish Fair

Letter to the Editor: Preventing Partial Births

In the Beginning 





Matters on My Mind (2011)


Keeping Up Appearances: Managing Marketing Madness

Ask an Expert about Digital TV

Whistle a Happy Tune

Sing a New Song and Dance All the Dances

Two for the Road

Dance and Romance: A Woman's Tale

Happy Days Are Here Again


Standing Guard: A Personal Defense

Unsafe at Any Age

Been There, Done That: Please Don't

Winning in Wii Reality

To Life: A Little Light Music

The Gift of a Lifetime

For the New Year: A Moving Resolution

That Falling Feeling: Foiled Again

School Lunch: Fit for Consumption?

Schools and Obesity: Letter to the Editor

Beating Obesity: It Takes a Village


A Medical Emergency: Never on a Weekend

Stand Up and Speak Out about Lyme Disease

Advocating for Health: A Lesson Learned Lately

A Patient's Plea: Stop, Look, and Listen

Old Like Me: A Crisis in Health Care

Meeting with Your Doctor: Prepare, Prepare, Prepare

Healthcare's Missing Link: A Patient's Perspective


Keeping a Lid on Permissiveness

Books and Libraries Open Up Whole New Worlds

Chewing: A Means to Success

The Path Not Taken

Working to Pave the Way

On Our Honor: Educating for Character

True Grit: The Key to Success

Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year




Never Better

  More on My Mind (2012)

Offended by team's behavior

More governmental waste

Take next step and mandate physical activity

Neediest need not apply

Time to step up to the plate

Dangerous magnets are back

Beyond trouble in toyland

High-powered magnets not for kids

Let the war on tanning beds rage

Putting the Brakes on Distracted Driving

A move to curb distracted driving

Time to stop distracted driving

MovingAgainst Distracted Driving

Let's Dance: For Fitness and Fun

The Pleasure of Growing Old

Free Is Good

On the Passing of Helen Gurley Brown

Moving to Curb Distracted Driving  

More that Matters (2013)  

Slots parlor would make bad situation worse

Slots a bad deal for Danvers

Single Again, and Rediscovering Joy

Processed meats linked to early deaths

Healthy Lunchrooms for Healthy Students

A boxer's fatal blow

Boxing, not fighting is the focus at Dorchester teen center: Comment

Boosting youth is admirable, but must boxing be the method?

Boxing card raises money for the fallen: Comment

Look a little harder in hiccups case

When Music Becomes Noise

Educators are key to reducing the impact of noise

Even More Matters  (2014)                                                                                             

Advocating for child safety

Exposing contamination and a health risk

A move in the wrong direction                                                                                     

The gift of a lifetime                                                                                                      

Child endangerment: Pulling no punches

Danvers should preserve woodlands                                                                            

With or Without You: Setting the record straight                                                       

Hitting the memoir motherlode                                                                                   

Crude, rude, and offensive "Louie"                                                                                

A plea to stem land loss                                                                                                

On church contraction and protecting open space                                                     

Preserve Whipple Hill                                                                                                    

Preserving our heritage                                                                                                 

Town should buy Whipple Hill                                                                                      

Danvers landmarks are threatened                                                                              

What to do with cemetery land                                                                                    

Better late than never




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