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…