Ten Years


Today is the tenth anniversary of the very first post on this blog! A lot has changed in my life in those ten years where Panorama of the Mountains is one constant. Then: Married for just over a year with no children. Now: Married for just over 11 years with a 9-year-old and a 5-year-old….

Beer Review: Allagash Sixteen Counties Ale


Beer: Sixteen Counties Ale Brewer: Allagash Brewing Company Source: Draft Rating: **** (8.8 of 10) Comments: A golden/orange beer offering yeasty and grassy aromas.  The flavor is a complex balance of fruits, spices, yeast, and grains.  A smooth and robust beer.  I love it.   From the same brewery: 8.0 – Allagash Saison Ale 6.1 – Allagash…

Beer Review: Peak Organic IPA Evergreen 


Beer: Evergreen IPA Brewer: Peak Organic Brewing Company Source: Can Rating: *** (7.7 of 10) Comments: A cloudy golden/orange in color, this beer offers an appropriately piney aroma.  The flavor is grassy with hints of spice and a hop aftertaste.  It’s basically a liquid Christmas tree, and a like it. From the same brewery: 7.5 –…

Book Review: Find Me by Laura van den Berg


Author:Laura van den Berg Title: Find Me Publication Info: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015. Summary/Review: This novel is the story of a young woman named Joy, an orphan raised in various foster homes, who becomes a test subject in a remote hospital when she is found to be immune to a deadly disease sweeping…

Book Review: American Slavery, American Freedom by Edmund S. Morgan


Author: Edmund S. Morgan Title: American Slavery, American Freedom Narrator: Sean Pratt Publication Info: Gildan Media, LLC (2013) Summary/Review: This book is not so much a history of slavery as it is an economic history of Colonial Virginia.  In a sense, understanding the conditions of Colonial Virginia is important to understanding how this English community came to…

Podcasts of the Week for the Week Ending November 27


Okay, it’s been several weeks since the last Podcast of the Week, and I’ve decided this will be the last installment of this feature.  In the future I may do a monthly roundup or an irregular schedule of posts. To start of this final post, here are three new podcasts feeds I’m subscribing to: Maeve…

Beer Review: Riverwalk Gnomad


Beer: Gnomad Farmhouse Ale Brewer: Riverwalk Brewing Co. Source: Bottle Rating: **** (8.4 of 10) Comments: Beer pours out golden with much effervesence and a thick head.  The scent is caramel with a warm, yeasty malt flavor.  The head is persistent while drinking and offers a light mouthfeel.  A nice example of the style.

Beer Review: Baxter Pamola 


Beer: Pamola Session Ale Brewer: Baxter Brewing Co. Source: Can Rating: *** (7.7 of 10) Comments: A straw colored beer with a thin head, this beer offers the scent of fresh mown hay.  The flavor is sweet with a touch of spice.  It’s a nice balance of subtle flavors in basic ale, good to pair with…

Good Things That Happened in 2016


2016 has been a notoriously unfriendly year. We’ve lost many great people including David Bowie, Harper Lee, Johan Cruyff,  Prince, Muhammad Ali, Elie Wiesel, Gene Wilder, Leonard Cohen, and Gwen Ifill.  Our election was notoriously divisive and sometimes downright tacky and ended up with an electoral college victory for an arrogant bully who enables all…

Albums of the Month: November 2016


I started working on this post a few weeks ago, set it aside, and in the intervening time one of the artists review straight-up DIED.  I feel terrible guilt that I didn’t get my thoughts on Leonard Cohen’s now-final album up in a timely manner.  Before anything bad happens to any of the other artists,…

Book Review: How Music Works by John Powell


Author: John Powell Title: How music works : the science and psychology of beautiful sounds, from Beethoven to the Beatles and beyond Publication Info: New York, NY : Little, Brown, 2010. Summary/Review: With a lot of humor and avoidance of technical detail, Powell breaks down everything about music including physics, acoustics, decibels, rhythm and melody, and musical…

Book Review: Who Was John F. Kennedy by Yona Zeldis McDonough


Author: Yona Zeldis McDonough Title: Who Was John F. Kennedy Publication Info: New York : Grosset & Dunlap, c2005. Summary/Review: Continuing our way through the “Who Was…?” series with my son.  This book again shows the series’ ability to be age-appropriate, but to also offer honest appraisals of their subjects.  I was particularly impressed by the details of…

The November 18th All-Stars


As a child growing up rooting for the Mets, I knew that Dwight Gooden (then Mets’ ace and arguably the 2nd-greatest Met of all time) celebrated his birthday on November 16 and the all-time greatest Met, The Franchise, Tom Seaver, celebrated his birthday on November 17.  With my birthday on November 18, I was a…

Concert Review: Leonard Cohen


Originally posted on Panorama of the Mountains:
When I’m 74 years old, I hope I am as spry as Leonard Cohen.  Susan & I saw Cohen and his band perform at the Wang Theatre in Boston on May 30th.  He sang many songs while gracefully sinking to his knees and skipped off the stage at…