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…

Movie Review: Once in a Lifetime


**** Once in a Lifetime (2006) They say Americans don’t like soccer and that it will never be as popular here as it is in the rest of the world.  Yet I remember growing up in a time and place where not only did I play youth soccer but cheered for a successful American soccer…

Soccer Week in Review


My soccer-watching exploits for the past week. AFC Ajax vs. Vitesse (14 Aug 2010) – I have to admit that this is the kind of game I enjoy watching.  Granted I’m sure the football purist found the defensive lapses on both sides lacking.  But I liked how the lead changed several times in the first…

Book Review: The Boston Irish by Thomas H. O’Connor


Author: Thomas H. O’Connor Title: The Boston Irish Publication Info: 9780316626613 ISBN: Back Bay Books (1997) Previously Read by the Same Author: Eminent Bostonians Summary/Review: Subtitled “A Political History” this is the Dean of Boston History’s story of the rise of Irish from subjugated minority to political power in Boston.  While there is a lot…

Book Review: The Purpose of the Past by Gordon S. Wood


Author:Gordon S. Wood Title: The Purpose of the Past Publication Info:Blackstone Audio, Inc., 2008 ISBN: 9781433242137 Previously Read by Same Author: The Radicalism of the American Revolution Summary/Review: This is a collection of book reviews written by the esteemed historian Gordon S. Wood.  Many of them criticize history writers for presentism, post-modernism, political history, and…

Normal Distribution in Library Thing


At library school I took the required course on the role of research.  Each week the professor would draw graphs all over the dry erase board and then with vigor mark out the bell curves on each of them with his marker.  I didn’t much get it then, and I don’t get it now but…

Beer Review: Wormtown Freakin’ Unbelievable IPA


Beer: Freakin’ Unbelievable IPA Brewer: Wormtown Brewing Co. Source: Draft Rating: ** (6/7 of 10) Comments: Kudos to the marketing geniuses at this Worcester, MA brewery for coming up with an irresistible name.  The beer came in a tulip style glass which displayed it’s dark amber color and plentiful carbonation.  The scent was flowery and…

Beer Review: Ommegang Witte


Beer: Witte Ale Brewer: Brewery Ommegang Source: Draft Rating: ** (6 of 10) Comments: This Belgian style beer comes from Cooperstown, NY and is an attractive cloudy, pale yellow beer served with a slice of orange.  The aroma is grassy and earthy and the taste is sharp and tangy with a citrus sweet aftertaste.  The…

This Week in Soccer


Here’s the report on my first week as a novice soccer fan.  See my previous post Forming an Association with Football for more details. USA v. Brazil (10 Aug 2010) – A friendly match in the New Meadowlands stadium in New Jersey to thank the US fans for their World Cup support.  Supposedly the experienced…

Photopost: Friday Evening Hayride at Drumlin Farm


Last night we returned to Drumlin Farm for the Friday Evening Hayride.  Farmer Caroline drove the tractor out to through the fields. Along the way Drumlin Farm educator Debbie taught us that we were in fact taking a strawride and that Drumlin Farm has been under cultivation for 250 years.  Of course, around these parts…