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…