Boston By Foot Tour of the Month – Preserving Boston’s History


Today I took Boston By Foot’s August Tour of the Month focusing on the Historic Preservation movement entitled Preserving Boston’s History.  The tour featured many familiar Boston landmarks and the guide informed us how historic preservationists saved many of them from the dustheap. I’ve put a gallery of photos from the tour on my website….

Photopost: Drumlin Farm


When I was a kid I liked to visit farm museums where I could see all sorts of farm animals and a different way of life from my suburban upbringing.  I’ve written about a couple of these magical places before – The Stamford Museum and Nature Center and Old MacDonald’s Farm.  As an adult I’ve…

Beer Review: Staropramen Lager


Beer: Staropramen Lager Brewer: Pivovar Staropramen Pražské Pivovary Source: Draft Rating: ** (6.5 of 10) Comments: I’m going to say something about this beer that sounds like an insult but it’s not:  it’s like water.  Travel writer Rick Steves says that when you visit Prague the waiter will put a beer on your table upon…

Beer Review: Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA


Beer: Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA Brewer: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Source: Draft Rating: ** (6.6 of 10) Comments: I’m not an IPA fan because this style of beer is typically very hoppy and thus very bitter.  60 Minute IPA is no exception to the rule but it is better than most IPA’s due to…

Beer Review: Buzzards Bay Black Lager


Beer: Buzzards Bay Black Lager Brewer: Buzzards Bay Brewing Source: 12 oz Bottle Rating: *** (7.1 of 10) Comments: This dark beer looks like a stout but as the name should imply it doesn’t taste like one.  The aroma and flavor is malty and smoky with some hints of chocolate.  There’s also a nice tingle…

100 Favorite Albums of All-Time (30-21)


Previously: 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 100-91. 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 90-81. 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 80-71. 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 70-61. 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 60-51. 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 50-41. 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 40-31. 30. Mermaid Avenue by Billy Bragg & Wilco (1998) An English singer/songwriter/radical…

Book Review: Free Lunch by David Cay Johnston


Author: David Cay Johnston Title: Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (And Stick You with the Bill) Publication Info: Penguin Audio (2007), Edition: Abridged, Audio CD ISBN:  0143142968 Summary/Review: I listened to this audiobook that details the cushy relationship between corporations and politicians that has allowed the rich to become…

Book Review: Central Park in the Dark by Marie Winn


Author: Marie Winn Title: Central Park in the Dark Publication Info: New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2008. ISBN: 9780374120115  Summary/Review: This series of essays follows Winn and her cohorts over a decade spent observing the wildlife of an urban place, New York City’s Central Park.  Winn tells of encounters with red-tailed hawks, grackles,…

Book Review: A People’s History of American Empire by Howard Zinn


Author: Howard Zinn, Paul Buhle, & Mike Konopacki Title: A People’s History of American Empire Publication Info: ISBN: 0805077790 Summary/Review: When I was a kid I inherited my uncle’s Mad magazine collection which had some comic books mixed in including a three-part series about the Civil War.  This was a hagiographic history where all the…

100 Favorite Albums of All-Time (40-31)


Previously: 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 100-91. 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 90-81. 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 80-71. 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 70-61. 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 60-51. 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 50-41. 40. Rubber Soul by The Beatles (1966) Picking Beatles’ albums for this list is challenging.  How do I…