Boston By Foot Tour of the Month: Bay Village


The last Sunday of the month is Tour of the Month day on on June 28th Boston By Foot presented a tour of Bay Village. The neighborhood, once known as the Church Street District, is a small area neighboring Chinatown, the Theater District, and Back Bay.  For some reason despite being pretty much in the…

Peter & Paul


Since I made it through the cycle of saints last year I haven’t been writing as many Catholic things on this blog, but I do want to touch on the Solemnity of Sts. Peter & Paul even though I wrote about it last year in a hasty manner. Peter and Paul are cornerstones of the…

Songs that remind me of the 70’s


Two songs that instantly transport me back to being a five-year-old boy.  Neither of the tunes are of the genres commonly associated with the decade: disco and guitar rock (ex. – Led Zep).  But they share in common screaming horn solos. Chuck Mangione, “Feels So Good” Gerry Rafferty, “Baker Street” Ah, right now I could…

Every Book I’ve Ever Read *


So I’m a junior in high school beginning to apply for college and attending a lot of college-related events. Inevitably the following question is asked: “Liam, what do you like to do?” “Oh, I like to read a lot…” “Really, what books have read lately?” And my mind would go blank.  What have I read…

Mist & Fire


Where is it? The jungles of the Amazon? A remote valley in the Appalachians? No, it’s just a mist-enshrouded Peters Hill in the Arnold Arboretum as viewed from my porch in Jamaica Plain. The sunset was pretty cool too. I love living in the Eden of America.

Book Review: The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan


When I was a kid, my grandfather grew string beans and tomatoes in a planting box on his balcony 23-stories above a major elevated highway interchange in Brooklyn.  My sister and I would smirk as my grandmother proudly stated “Your grandfather grew these himself,” as she ladled the limp, brownish-green string beans on our plates. …

Beer Review: Affligem Blonde Ale


Beer: Affligem Blonde Ale Brewer: Brouwerij Affligem (I generally don’t like flash websites, but check this one out because it plays chanting monks in the background) Source: Draught Rating: *** (7.0 of 10) Comments: This is a Belgian Trappist Ale style beer and a pretty good one. Jacob Wirth’s paired it with their asparagus ravioli….

Book Review: Woman of the Inner Sea by Thomas Keneally


Woman of the Inner Sea (1992) by Thomas Keneally represents Australia for this month’s Around the World for a Good Book. Like many Around the World for a Good Book selections it has an international flavor to it, particularly Irish as the main character Kate Gaffney-Kozinski is the daughter of Irish immigrants. Keneally goes as…

Beer Review: Gritty’s Black Fly Stout


Beer: Gritty’s Black Fly Stout Brewer: Gritty McDuff’s Source: Draught Rating: **** (8.9 of 10) Comments: From the score it’s obvious I’ve found another beer to love. This Irish Stout pours out black with a thick head that doesn’t settle much as I drink and leaves a nice foamy coating along the sides of the…

Obama’s VP: The Perfect Choice


I was listening to the To the Best of Our Knowledge podcast entitled Sturm and Twang and I had an epiphany on the perfect person to run on the ticket with Barack Obama. This candidate brings to the table: Extremely popular with backcountry rednecks AND with freewheeling hippies! Would help bring in red states like…

Book Review: The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki


The Wisdom of Crowds (2004) by James Surowiecki challenges the notion that experts know the best answer to everything. Instead, large groups of people often can come closer to the correct answers in problems whether it be the average guess of the weight of a pig, or the location of a wrecked submarine in the…

Idea: The Librewery


I’ve been mulling an idea for sometime of opening a biblio-themed brewpub called The Librewery. The Librewery would have a bar and a network of small dining rooms, nice little nooks and crannies, or “snugs” as they’re called in Britain. The walls would be lined with bookshelves filled with real books. In keeping with library…

Concert Review: Tunes, Tales & Tricksters


On Sunday, the Forest Hills Educational Trust and Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston presented a family concert in the lovely Forsyth Chapel called Tunes, Tales & Tricksters. The theme of the concert was stories, conversations, and communication through music. Hans Indigo Spencer narrated the event by telling stories about the pieces and involving the children…