Podcast of the Week: “All Hopped Up” by BackStory


I love history because it so often provides perspective on current events that you don’t get from politicians, journalists, and your friends with short memories. The American History Guys at BackStory fill in the history of the use and abuse of recreational drugs, and when and why these drugs became illegal in the episode “All…

Song of the Week: “The Werewolf” by Paul Simon


Paul Simon certainly does not need a small-time blogger to get publicity, but I’m going to share his wildly inventive and unique new song “The Werewolf” anyway. Even better, check out the All Songs Considered podcast where Paul Simon breaks down the song’s creation with Bob Boilen.  And don’t these lyrics speak to our time!…

REBLOG: “Records Managers: Not Making This Stuff Up, Part the Billionth”


I generally shy away from posting anything on my blog related to politics or my job, but this post relates to both.  Below is a reblog from The Schedule: A Blog for the Society of American Archivists’ Records Management Roundtable regarding the recent report on Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server during her time as…

Beer Review: Leinenkugel’s Ginger Shandy


Beer: Ginger Shandy  Brewer: Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing  Source: Can Rating: ** (6.8 of 10) Comments: A cloudy golden beer with a big foamy head.  Like it says on the tin, the beer smells and tastes of sharp lemon with a hint of ginger, and is very tangy. Lazy lacing lines the glass and the foamy head disappears…

Photopost: A Visit to the MFA, part six


I had a surprise afternoon free and so made another visit to one of my favorite places Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Having not visited in 6 months, there were a lot of new exhibitions I hadn’t seen so I focused on those: Megacities Asia – 11 artists from 5 cities (Beijing, Shanghai, Delhi, Mumbai, and…

Bands Everyone Loves (Except Me)


I expect this will be my most controversial post ever because I’m going to confess to not liking iconic rock bands and artists. Now, there are plenty of bands/artists I don’t like but I can understand why other people like them. Boy bands, for example, are not my thing but I can see why they…

Movie Review: Despicable Me (2010)


Title: Despicable Me Release Date: 9 July 2010 Director: Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud Summary/Review: By my daughter’s request, I caught up with popular culture by finally seeing this animated family film.  Gru is a supervillain who is embarrassed by a younger and more successful villain’s heist.  As part of a plot to get back on…

Book Reviews: Earth, Air, Fire, and Custard by Tom Holt


Author: Tom Holt Title: Earth, Air, Fire, and Custard Publication Info: London : Orbit, 2006. Summary/Review: This is the third in a series of J.W. Wells stories where the hapless Paul Carpenter finds himself forced to work in a company that’s really a front for the magic business of a bunch of goblins.  In this adventure…

Book Review: Jackaby by William Ritter


Author:  William Ritter Title:  Jackaby Narrator: Nicola Barber Publication Info: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books (2014) Summary/Review: This detective novel set in 1892 in a fictional city in New England openly acknowledges that it is a Sherlock Holmes pastiche in the opening pages.  Even “Sherlock Holmes with fantastical and supernatural elements” has been done before,…

Book Review: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde


Author: Oscar Wilde Title: The Picture of Dorian Gray Narrator: Paul Lincoln Publication Info: Dreamscape Media, LLC (2016) [Originally published in 1890] Summary/Review: Sometimes you decide that you should make up for having never read any works of Oscar Wilde and learn that this book is far weirder than you ever imagined.  The Picture of Dorian…

Beer Review: Cisco Summer of Lager


Beer: Summer of Lager Brewer: Cisco Brewers Source: Can Rating: **** (8.4 of 10) Comments: Poured from a can, Summer of Lager grows a foamy head with lots of carbonation bubbling through the golden liquid. The scent is of fresh-cut grass, and the taste follows the nose with a grassy flavor followed by spicy hops…

3 Days 3 Quotes Day 3


The rules: 1. Thank the person who nominated you. 2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day). 3. Nominate three new bloggers each day. Thank you Ashley from Inside My Minds! “Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order.”  — Samuel Beckett I feel totally awkward about tagging other people,…

3 Days 3 Quotes Day 2


I got tagged to participate in a 3 Days 3 Quotes challenge. The rules: 1. Thank the person who nominated you. 2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day). 3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.   Thank you Ashley from Inside My Minds! “My two favourite things in life…

2016 Boston By Foot Tours UPDATED


Spring is here, and it’s time to get out and explore the great city of Boston! One of the best ways to see Boston is on a Boston By Foot walking tour.  The non-profit, educational organization is celebrating 40 years of sharing the history, architecture, and stories of Boston with tourists and locals alike.  This…

Music Discoveries: Kate Bush


Kate Bush is an artist I’ve always thought was really talented and important, but never got around to listening to anything beyond a select few popular songs.  So this week’s Music Discoveries addresses that. I first heard of Kate Bush 30 years ago through her duet with Peter Gabriel on “Don’t Give Up,” a song that…

3 Days 3 Quotes Day 1


I got tagged to participate in a 3 Days 3 Quotes challenge. The rules: 1. Thank the person who nominated you 2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day). 3. Nominate three new bloggers each day. Thank you Ashley from Inside My Minds! “Whenever people say, ‘We mustn’t be sentimental,’…

Book Review: The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale and. Dean Hale


Author:  Shannon Hale and Dean Hale Title:  The Princess in Black  Publication Info:  Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2014. Summary/Review: An entertaining chapter book for young readers in which the seemingly perfect Princess Magnolia leads a double life as the Princess in Black, protecting goats by fighting monsters while trying to avoid being found out…

Book Review: Good Morning, Gorillas by Mary Pope Osbourne


Author: Mary Pope Osbourne Title: Good Morning, Gorillas Publication Info: New York : Random House, 2006. Summary/Review: Another delightful Magic Tree House journey where Annie and Jack spend a few days living among a family of mountain gorillas in Congo and learn the “magic” of communication.  Osbourne knows a lot about gorilla behavior and incorporates it into…