Meme: Reading Habits


I dug this out of my drafts folder on WordPress.  It’s a meme I found on the Joeyanne Libraryanne blog ages ago and it’s a bout time I answered these questions: Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack? Not really a habit of mine, although I usually read a book while…

I swear I wasn’t looking (via Closed Stacks)


Interesting thoughts on patron privacy at the library. “Hi, I’ve got something on hold.” “Sure, one second, let me grab it.” I turn slowly, saunter to the shelf, and begin scanning.  Hmm, where is it?   Oh, here we go.  Oh man!  I grab it. Don’t look down, don’t look down.  It’s probably not what you…

Will we do the other things? (via The Edge of the American West)


“Not because they are easy, but because they are hard,” is one of my favorite Kennedy quotes. As long as I'm having fun with YouTube's "start here" feature, note this standard-issue awesome impassioned Shatner speech by Captain Kirk in "Return to Tomorrow": Do you wish that the first Apollo mission hadn't reached the moon, or…

Boston By Foot Tour of the Month – Chestnut Hill


Today I took the excellent Boston By Foot Tour of the Month of Chestnut Hill.  While the neighborhood straddles Newton, Brookline, and Boston, the tour covered the Newton portion viewing elegant houses along shady lanes. My photos are online here, with some samples below. The official description of  the tour from the Boston By Foot…

Beer Review: Cisco Brewers Bailey’s Blonde Ale


Beer: Bailey’s Blonde Ale Brewer: Cisco Brewers Source: 12 fl. oz. bottle Rating: ** (6.3 of 10) Comments: Look – Cloudy, golden, carbonated, thin head Aroma – Musty, earthy, floral Taste –  good balance of malts and hops, bitter aftertaste 2nd look – no head, no lace,  still bubbly Overall – a tasty, complex ale…

Book Review: Coop by Michael Perry


Author: Michael Perry Title: Coop : a year of poultry, pigs, and parenting Publication Info: New York : Harper, c2009. ISBN: 9780061240430 Summary/Review:  As the title implies this is a book about a man taking up running a family farm with pigs and chickens while also raising a family.  There is his wife, a step-daughter,…

Photopost: Providence


Today I took my toddler son Peter on a day trip to Providence, RI.  The main appeal of the outing was for Peter to finally get a chance to ride the double-decker commuter rail trains but I’ve been wanting to explore Providence for some time.  Despite living a combined 27-years in the neighboring states of…

Soccer in Excess


I watched a lot of soccer the past few days while visiting my in-laws where I had two things I don’t usually have at home: 1) an abundance of free time and 2) the Fox Soccer Channel.  I crave having FSC in my own home but it’s probably for the best that I don’t.  Lest…

Book Review: On Deep History and the Brain by Daniel Lord Smail


Author: Daniel Lord Smail Title: On Deep History and The Brain Publication Info: University of California Press (2008) ISBN: 0520258126 Summary/Review:  Smail’s concept is that there is an artificial divide between pre-history (what he calls deep history) and history and that the biological and evolutionary history of humanity can be better understood by bridging the…

Book Review: A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin


Author: Mitch Cullin Title: A Slight Trick of the Mind Publication Info: New York : Nan A. Talese, 2005. ISBN: 0385513283 Summary/Review: Mitch Cullin takes the very familiar literary character of Sherlock Holmes and puts him in the seemingly unlikely setting of 1947 post-war England.  The aged Holmes is long-retired from detective work, tending to…