Book Review: Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle


Author: Gregory Boyle Title: Tattoos on the Heart Publication Info: New York : Free Press, 2010. ISBN:  9781439153024 Summary/Review: Not really a memoir, but more illustrative vignettes from Fr. Greg’s work with gang members in Los Angeles.  This beautifully written book is both inspiring and heartbreaking.  Inspiring because of the wonderful humanity of the “homies”…

Book Review: Sixty Feet, Six Inches by Bob Gibson & Reggie Jackson


Author:Bob Gibson & Reggie Jackson Title: Sixty Feet, Six Inches Publication Info: New York : Doubleday, c2009. ISBN: 9780385528696 Summary/Review: One of baseball’s greatest pitchers and one of baseball’s greatest hitters – and ones known as great baseball thinkers – sit down and talk about baseball and you have a front row seat.  Sounds like…

Book Review: One Thousand White Womenby Jim Fergus


Author: Jim Fergus Title: One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd Publication Info: New York : St. Martin’s Griffin, 1999. ISBN: 0312199430 Summary/Review: This novel is built on the premise that in 1875 the Cheyenne tribe made an agreement with the Grant administration to bring 1000 white women to their lands as sort…

Book Review: The Far Side of the World by Patrick O’Brian


Author: Patrick O’Brian Title: The Far Side of the World Publication Info: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books ; [United States : Distributed by] Borders, [2003], p1994. ISBN:  1402540922 Summary/Review:  The tenth book of the Aubrey/Matrin series finds the HMS Surprise rounding Cape Horn and sailing the Pacific in search of an American ship harassing…

Book Review: Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery


Author: L.M. Montgomery Title: Anne of the Island Publication Info: Books in Motion (1993) ISBN: 1556864612 Summary/Review:  The third book of the Anne Shirley series sees Anne off to college on Nova Scotia, studying, making new friends, and setting up a new home.  Letters and visits to home emphasize Anne’s growth and change as she…

Book Review: Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer by Fred Kaplan


Author: Fred Kaplan Title: Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer Publication Info: HarperCollins Publishers, c2008. ISBN:  9780060773342 Summary/Review: A different approach Abraham Lincoln, focusing on his life and legacy through the lens of his writing.  Kaplan contends that Lincoln may be of few Presidents to write his own speeches and probably the last one. In…

Soccer Spectating Report 21-30 March


Ireland 2:1 FYROM (26 Mar) Ireland’s Euro 2012 qualifying campaign resumed with this succesful home match.  The Irish capitalized on errors by Macedonian keeper Edin Nuredinovski for goals by Aiden McGready and Robbie Keane.  Ireland were obviously the better side although they rested on their laurels enough to allow Ivan Trickovski to cut the lead…

New Bicycle Blog


I’ve started yet another blog, this one about bicycle commuting, aptly named Bike Commuter through the Boston Biker blog network. I’ve been thinking about starting a bicycle blog for a long time and have dragged my feet about it but with spring coming in, this is as good of a time to get started. I…

Photopost: Woolapalooza


My son and I attended Woolapalooza today, Drumlin Farm’s celebration of all things pertaining to sheep.  We saw one man working hard with the shears to remove the wool of many sheep quickly and skillfully.   It was surprise that there wasn’t a team of people using electric shearing tools, but he got the job done…

Soccer Spectating Report 22 February – 20 March


Lots of catching up to do. USA 3:2 El Salvador (22 February) I managed to tune in to one match in the 2011 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship, this quarterfinal match.  It was odd to watch what looked like a high-school game (albeit highly-skilled) played in a mostly empty stadium in Jamaica.  It got to a rocking…

Retropost: Confessions of a St. Patrick’s Day Curmudgeon


In honor of this special day let’s revisit one of my favorite posts. While most kids look forward to Christmas, when I was a child, St. Patrick’s Day (along with Thanksgiving) was one of my favorite days of the year.  It was a big day in my family usually involving going to the parade in…

Salem


Susan, Peter & I took a daytrip by commuter rail to Salem a week ago Sunday.  It was a fun adventure, especially for our three-year old train fanatic who looked out the window and narrated our journey all the from North Station to Salem. Our first stop was lunch at Reds Sandwich Shop where the…

Worst Night of the Year Keeps Coming Back


A friend of mine called me “crankypants” yesterday because of it, but I still hate switching to Daylight Saving Time.  I’ve been congested and sleeping poorly the past week so I didn’t need to lose an hour of sleep on top of that. Anyhow, I like this quote attributed to some unnamed Native American (who…