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.

Movie Review: UP


***** UP (2009) In a way I wonder how this movie has any right to be as good as it is.  Shouldn’t Pixar be burnt out and sticking to formula by now?  Everyone has probably seen this movie long ago so I won’t go into a summary of the story.  But to use a cliche,…

Photopost: Martha’s Vineyard


This past weekend we celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary with a trip to Martha’s Vineyard.  The Vineyard was one of my family’s favorite vacation spots when I was growing up and if I count correctly we visited 7 times between 1977 & 1992.  I’ve only managed to make it back there once since moving to…

12 Books in 12 Months Challenge


I discovered a book reading challenge via Gypsy Librarian about reading 12 books from one’s own collection within the next twelve months.  Since I almost always read books from the library and procrastinate reading the books I own (no deadline, I suppose), I figured this would be worth trying. Here are the rules: Pick 12…

Fútbol & Voetbal


FC Barcelona 5:1 Panathinaikos (14 Sep 2010) – Barça opened the Champions League season against their obviously mismatched Greek opponents.  Panathinaikos looked like they could only touch the ball long enough to clear in the first 20 minutes, but then Gouvou surprisingly opened the scoring on a fast break.  That would be it for Panathinaikos…

Book Review: The Law of Love by Laura Esquivel


Around The World For a Good Book selection for: Mexico Author: Laura Esquivel Title: The Law of Love Publication Info: New York : Crown Publishers, c1996. ISBN: 0517706814 By the same author: Like Water for Chocolate Summary/Review: This may be the first Around the World For a Good Book selection that is science fiction.  Esquivel’s…

Soccer Weekend


I’ve decided to update my weekly soccer-watching reports on Mondays instead of Fridays so that the posts will be up more immediately after most games are played.  I watched a lot this weekend (albeit some in highlight reels) so this is a pretty full post all the same. Chivas USA 2:0 New England Revolution (10…

Boston By Boat


Boston By Foot is known for leading excellent walking tours of Boston’s architecture and history.  Now you learn about Boston’s architecture and built environments on a 90-minute cruise!  Teaming with the Boston Society of Architects and the Charles Riverboat Company, the Charles River Architecture Cruise offers a unique perspective on Boston and Cambridge. I took…

Slow Soccer Week


I didn’t have many games to watch this week as the European clubs took time off to allow their players to play in the Euro 2012 qualifiers.  I wonder what USA players on European teams do when all their teammates are off playing on their national teams?  I also tried to watch a Boston Breakers’…

Beer Review: Saranac Pale Ale


Beer: Saranac Pale Ale Brewer: Matt Brewing Company Source: 12 fl. oz. bottle Rating: ** (6.6 of 10) Comments: Not so pale looking but actually a deep golden amber.  The aroma is earthy/grassy and the taste is malty and ale-y (not be be circular, it just has that classic ale taste).  All in all a…

Book Review: Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel


Author: Yann Martel Title: Beatrice and Virgil : a novel Publication Info: New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2010. ISBN: 9781400069262 Also Read By Same Author: The Life of Pi Summary/Review: This novel is about an author named who having written a successful novel about animals sets out to write an experimental book about the…