Book Review: Who Was Davy Crockett? by John Albert Torres


Author: Gail Herman Title:  Who Was Davy Crockett?  Publication Info:  Grosset & Dunlap (2013) Summary/Review: I read this children’s biography to my son.  I actually knew very little about Davy Crockett (who as we learn in the biography preferred to be called David) so it was interesting to read a book that focused on the…

Song of the Week: “Stadium Pow Wow” by A Tribe Called Red


I believe A Tribe Called Red becomes my first third time Song of the Week honoree with this post.  But I can’t resist the Ottawa, Ontario groups mix of electronic dance music with traditional First Nations chanting and drumming.  And on “Stadium Pow Wow” they’ve somehow turned this unique blend into a jock jam!  The…

Beer Review: Avery Ellie’s Brown Ale


Beer: Ellie’s Brown Ale Brewer:  Avery Brewing Company Source: Draft Rating:  **** (8.1 of 10) Comments: Enjoyed a pint of this Colorado craft brew at Bella Luna on Father’s Day.  No surprise given the name, but this is a chestnut-brown ale with a buff head.  It offers a sweet caramel aroma and creamy malts are prominent…

Movie Review: Heima (2007)


Title:  Heima Release Date:  5 October 2007 Director: Dean DeBlois Rating: **** Review: Not your average concert film.  Sigur Rós returns to Iceland after a world tour (the title means “At Home”) and conducts a thank you tour of their island nation.  The band performs in community halls, an abandoned factory, on hillsides, and on a…

Music Discoveries: Sigur Rós


Icelandic band Sigur Rós is known for their soundscapes, mimimalists arrangements, overlay of instruments, reverb, and ethereal vocals of band leaderJón Þór Birgisson, known as Jonsi.  I became aware of the band about a decade ago and Ágætis byrjun is one of my all-time favorite albums, but I was less familiar with their other work.  So now I’ve listened…

Boston By Foot Roxbury Highlands Tour – June 26 at 2 pm


Join me and several other talented Boston By Foot walking tour guides as we lead a special Tour of the Month of Roxbury Highlands.  The tour begins at 2 pm on Sunday, June 26 at Roxbury Crossing station on the MBTA Orange Line. We start in the Stony Brook valley and work our way uphill and…

Book Review: A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts by Joseph M. Bagley


Author: Joseph M. Bagley Title: A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts Publication Info:  Hanover ; London : University Press of New England, [2016] Summary/Review: A few years ago I listened to the brilliant podcast series A History of the World in 100 Objects presented by the BBC and the British Museum.  Joseph Bagley also listened…

Book Review: Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary


Author: Beverly Cleary Title: Ramona the Brave Narrator: Stockard Channing Publication Info: New York : Listening Library, 2007 (originally published in 1975) Books Read by the Same Author: Ramona and Her Father, Beezus and Ramona, and Ramona the Pest Summary/Review: Ramona is now in first grade, maturing away from being a “pest” but still finding trouble.  She also…

Webcomics


If you’re my age or older, you’ll remember the anticipation of getting the Sunday newspaper, fighting with your sibling for first dibs, and the joy of laying out the full-color comics section (a.k.a – the Funny Pages) and reading your favorite comics.  I feel that I grew up in the last golden age of newspaper…

Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon 2016


Today my son Peter & I rode the ten mile route in the Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon, raising $463 in donations for all the great work done by Bikes Not Bombs!  Even though the ride is over, you can still sponsor us (I think the donor page is active until December!).  Rain delayed this year’s…

Father’s Day x 10


Today I officially celebrate my tenth Father’s Day. My oldest child is only 8 1/2, so you may wonder how that’s possible, but in June of 2007 when my wife was five months pregnant she presented me with this on Father’s Day. So that makes this my tenth celebration of Father’s Day as a father….

Podcast of the Week: The Sounds in My Head


This weeks podcast of the week is the music program The Sounds in My Head which offers up a special all-women episode.   There’s a lot of good music here, I am especially fond of Childbirth, Prince Rama, Colleen Green, Plush, and Habibi.

Beer Review: Jack’s Abby House Lager


Beer: House Lager Brewer: Jack’s Abby Brewing Source: Can Rating: *** (7.9 of 10) Comments: A sparkly golden beer with a fresh cut grass aroma, this lager has a grain flavor with a balance of sweet malts.  It’s basically a beer’s beer, and it’s delightful  

Music Discoveries: The New Pornographers


The New Pornographers are described as a Canadian superband because all the members were assembled by A.C. Newman from various other bands and solo projects.  To be honest, I know nothing of the works of Newman and the other band members outside of The New Pornographers, with the exception of Neko Case who I’ve been…

2016 Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon is Sunday, June 19th!


So, the Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon was rained out on June 5th so we’ll be riding on the rain date of June 19th instead.  This means I have one more chance to encourage you to sign up and ride or to support the ride of me and my son Peter.  So far we’ve received $463…

5 Favors I Ask of Clinton Supporters Should Clinton Be Elected President


The Democratic Party has determined that Hillary Clinton will be their presidential candidate and many people I know and love are celebrating the fact.  Personally, Clinton’s record of supporting neoliberal ideology and a hawkish militarism make fear she would not be a good President, and I’m anxious that her unpopularity nationwide will mean she will…

Book Review: We Love You, Charlie Freeman by Kaitlyn Greenidge


Author: Kaitlyn Greenidge Title: We Love You, Charlie Freeman Publication Info: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2016 Summary/Review: This book is difficult to describe in a few sentences.  The Freeman family moves from Dorchester to a rural town in Western Massachusetts where they will live in an apartment at the Toneybee Research Institute…

Book Review: Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary


Author: Beverly Cleary Title: Ramona the Pest Narrator: Stockard Channing Publication Info: HarperAudio (2010) – originally published in 1968 Books Read by the Same Author: Ramona and Her Father, Beezus and Ramona Summary/Review: In the second book of the Ramona series, Ramona begins kindergarten with much excitement, and while she’s eager to learn to read…