Book Review: Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery


Author: L.M. Montgomery Title: Anne of Avonlea Publication Info: Books in Motion (1992) ISBN: 1596077328 By Same Author:  Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery Summary/Review: I read (listened) to this Anne of Green Gables sequel for the first time.  It picks up where the first book left off.  Anne is still getting into scrapes…

Banned Books Week 2010


It’s Banned Books Week again where we celebrate intellectual freedom by reading and highlighting books that have been banned, challenged, or otherwise suppressed.  Usually I pick out a banned book or two to read but I’m behind the curve on this one and haven’t even finished reading a book I started a couple of weeks…

Soccer Heartbreak and Gut Punches


The local teams provided the heartbreak and gut punches this week although I also watched some entertaining European matches, albeit lacking the same emotional commitment. AFC Ajax 5:0 MVV Maastricht (22 Sep 2010) – This KNVB Cup match saw Ajax hosting a Eerste Divisie (Dutch first division) opponent.  There was no upset by the minnows…

Hub on Wheels


Today, Peter & I participated in the Hub On Wheels community bike ride and cycling celebration in Boston.  This was our first time riding although I signed up in a previous year and then slept through my alarm.  The only ride of this sort that I’ve participated in before was the Bike New York Five…

Beer Review: Allagash White Ale


Beer: Allagash White Brewer: Allagash Brewing Company Source: Draft Rating: ** (6.1 of 10) Comments: This is cloudy, bright yellow beer with spicy, citrus aromas & flavors.  It’s a nice balance although my glass tasted somewhat weak and flat compared to previous tries of this beer.  Perhaps a bad keg or a bad pour?  At…

Beer Review: Mayflower Autumn Wheat Ale


Beer: Autumn Wheat Ale Brewer: Mayflower Brewing Company Source: Draft Rating: ** (6.9 of 10) Comments: A reddish-brown beer with a thick head, it offers a dark-roasted aroma and a good balance of sweet & bitter flavors.  It kind of seemed like a wheat beer evolving into a porter.  It’s an interesting beer and a…

Beer Review: Anchor Humming Ale


Beer: Humming Ale Brewer: Anchor Brewing Source: Draft Rating: ** (6.6 of 10) Comments: Starting with an orangish hue this beer has a juicy motif that screams citrus in aroma and flavor.  It also leaves a slight taste of wheat on the lips. It has a lot of hops so it’s very bitter but not…

Beer Review: Inkwell Imperial Stout


Beer: Inkwell Imperial Stout Brewer: Offshore Ale Company Source: Draft Rating: * (5.5 of 10) Comments: Another beer sampled on our Martha’s Vineyard weekend.  The beer had the blackness of its name and style, but flavor-wise it was lacking the stout punch.  Other than some chocolaty overtones I found it tasted weak and watery.  I…

Beer Review: Islander Pale Ale


Beer: Islander Pale Ale Brewer: Off Shore Ale Company Source: Draft Rating: ** (6.2 of 10) Comments: Sampled this at the Off Shore Ale brewpub in Oak Bluffs. A light brown beer with a thin, quickly-disappearing head.  The taste is bitter hoppiness followed by a fruity tang that tickles the lips.  A good beer but…

Beer Review: Tap Nico Kölsch


Beer: Tap Nico Kölsch Brewer: Haverhill Brewery Source: Draft Rating: ** (6.6 of 10) Comments: This straw-colored beer had a sweet tangy caramel flavor with fruity overtones. Not bad.