Commuting with kids in Boston


I’ve hesitated to write anything on this blog from a parenting perspective since I’m such a novice parent, but after 17 months as Daddy I think there’s one issue I can write about and maybe actually be helpful:  commuting with kids.  Or one child at least.  My son Peter has been riding the T since…

Old South Meeting House: Behind the Scenes


This week Old South Meeting House opened it’s doors for an open house for people who work in the tourism industry to see behind the scenes in the historic church.  As a Boston By Foot guide, the offer was extended to me and a I jumped at the chance especially since it meant I’d be…

100 Favorite Books of All Time (10-1)


Previously: 100-91 90-81 80-71 70-61 60-51 50-41 40-31 30-21 20-11 I’m nervous about making this post as now I have to declare to the world what are my ten favorite books of all time.  I fear I’ve forgotten something important or I’m revealing too much about myself.  Certainly the little blurbs I have describing these…

Beer Review: Victory Old Horizontal


Beer: Victory Old Horizontal Barleywine Ale Brewer: Victory Brewing Company Source:  12 oz. bottle Rating: **** (8.5 of 10) Comments: Picked up a six pack of Victory Old Horizontal Ale today and find myself pretty impressed.  In the glass, this beer is a dark red, cloudy with lots of carbonation and a thick, thick head. …

Reading James Joyce’s Ulysses, part IV


“The Cyclops” Perhaps the most complex and bizarre episode yet.  An unnamed first person narrator, clips of seemingly random text written in different styles.  What is this ridiculous list of names in the style of a saga other than a good laugh?  Ah, but is the true hero here a pint of Guinness?: Terence O’Ryan…

Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade


Today Susan, Peter & I attended the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Holyoke, MA which is the second largest parade in the country after New York.  I’m something of a connoisseur of St. Patrick’s Day parades having gone to New York almost annually growing up, South Boston a couple of times in the late 90’s,…

Mission: Boston


With the first day of spring upon us and Boston officially thawing out, it’s time to get out and do something!  There are many things to do and sites to see right near home that I always find a way to procrastinate, some for several years running now.   Here are ten things to do…

100 Favorite Books of All Time (20-11)


Heading into the stretch run. Previously: 100-91 90-81 80-71 70-61 60-51 50-41 40-31 30-21 20 Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh An excellent and thoughtful book on the spiritual parallels among the Buddhist and Christian faith traditions. Reading this book actually encouraged me to resume going to church at a time I wasn’t…

Movie Round-Up


Delicatessen (1991) One of my favorite films which I saw on the big screen at Brattle Theatre a few years back.  This was the first time Susan saw it and I was surprised that I’d forgotten how dark and gory this post-apocalyptic cannibalistic black comedy was.  Still, it is funny and amazing creative with possibly…

Beer Review: Radeberger Pilsener


Beer: Radeberger Pilsener Brewer: Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei Source:  Draft Rating: *** (7.5 of 10) Comments:  On-tap at Emmet’s pub in Beacon Hill, Radeberger is served in a tall, slender mug that displays it’s golden color, bubbly carbonation, and frothy head.  It has kind of a grassy/grainy aroma and flavor with a nice aftertaste you can chew…

Beer Review: Magic Hat #9


Beer: Magic Hat #9 Brewer: Magic Hat Brewing Company Source:  Draft Rating: *** (7.3 of 10) Comments: Enjoyed a pint of this potion at Doyle’s over the weekend and found it an agreeable if not remarkable beer.  The aroma and taste are sweetened by apricot, making it yet another in a parade of fruity beers…

Confessions of a St. Patrick’s Day Curmudgeon


While most kids look forward to Christmas, when I was a child, St. Patrick’s Day (along with Thanksgiving) was one of my favorite days of the year.  It was a big day in my family usually involving going to the parade in New York and seeing family and friends we hadn’t seen in a while. …

Book Review: A Portrait of Jesus by Joseph Girzone


In A Portrait of Jesus(1998), Joseph Girzone uses a similar approach that he uses in his fictional series of Joshua novels to understanding the historical Jesus.  That is, to avoid theology, doctrine, and Christology and look at Jesus as a real person who came to earth to spread His message of love and freedom through…

Book Review: Faithful Dissenters by Robert McClory


Robert McClory puts the Catholic church under the historical lens in Faithful Dissenters: Stories of Men and Women Who Loved and Changed the Church (2000) to show instances when individuals have stood up against official Church teachings and hierarchy.  These dissenters are sometimes punished in their time, but all have been revealed to be prophetic…

Boston By Foot Special Tour: Literary Landmarks, Continued


An entire week has passed, and I’ve yet to write about Boston By Foot’s special tour of 20th Century writers who lived and worked on Beacon Hill held on March 8th entitled Literary Landmarks, Continued.   This is a sequel of sorts to the regular Literary Landmarks tour which focuses on the 19th Century writers in…

RetroPost: Happy Π Day


Today we’re celebrating a holiday I learned about two years ago.  It is the only holiday dedicated to a number, the number Π. As my friend Steve posted on Twitter: Today’s 3/14 and seriously, I don’t see what’s so hard about finding the end of pie. Just OM NOM NOM and you’re there. I made…

100 Favorite Books of All Time (30-21)


Another “ten” books on my all-time list of favorites in a segment where there’s a lot of cheating going on.  Technically, there are 15 books in this segment alone. Previously: 100-91 90-81 80-71 70-61 60-51 50-41 40-31 30 The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation: The Pox Party & The Astonishing Life…