Wednesday night, Orange Line 


   Years ago Gratuitous Photo of Yourself Wednesday was a thing on Tumblr. It’s not a thing now nor is this Tumblr but for shits and giggles here’s a picture of me on the subway. 

Massachusetts 351


I’ve lived in Massachusetts for nearly 19 years (and in a bordering state for 15 years when I was younger), but despite it being a small state I feel that I have not seen much of Massachusetts.  I am the stereotype of the Boston urbanite who rarely ventures outside the confines of the Rt. 128…

2015 Year in Review: Bodies of Water I Went Swimming In


Ipswich Bay at Crane Beach, Ipswich, MA Charles River, Boston, MA Cape Cod Bay at First Encounter Beach, Eastham, MA Atlantic Ocean at Nauset Light Beach, Eastham, MA West River, Dummerston, VT Casco Bay, Freeport, ME Atlantic Ocean at The Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach, SC   

Strange Lyrics in Later Verses of Popular Christmas Carols


A lot of people sing the first verse and chorus of popular Christmas carols and then move on.  But if you stick around to later verses you can find some interesting attempts by the lyricist to fit in large concepts and unique rhyme schemes.  Here are some of my favorites. Carol: “Cherry Tree Carol” Lyric:…

38 Things About Me and Star Wars


38 years ago in May 1977, Star Wars made its debut changing film and cultural history.  I’ve never been a Star Wars superfan, but I liked the movies as a child and grew up alongside the franchise.  With The Force Awakens premiering this week, here are 38 random thoughts about me and Star Wars. I…

Playlist of Modern Christmas Music


Since Thanksgiving my children have enjoyed listening to an endless stream of Christmas music on the Boston radio station Magic 106.7.  I’ve been surprised that despite a 24/7 Christmas music format that the playlist of Magic 106.7 seems extremely limited.  They do not play any overtly religious songs which is not surprising as they would…

15 New England Municipal Place Names That Are Fun To Say


Belchertown, MA Bozrah, CT Effingham, NH Groton, CT Hooksett, NH Isle au Haut, ME Mashpee, MA Ogunquit, ME Seekonk, MA Tewksbury, MA Thetford, VT Tiverton, RI Wethersfield, CT Winooski, VT Woonsocket, RI Previously: Words That Are Fun To Say

Hipsters Go Berserk


With apologies to Sandra Boynton on her birthday, here is a parody of a her classic picture book Hippos Go Berserk that I felt compelled to write.  I originally posted this on Facebook and several of my friends contributed, including: Steve W., Susan L., Christine R., Edward H., Chris D., Debbie W., Sid S., and…

TV Shows That Everybody Loves (That I Have Never Watched)


Here is a list – and a not a complete one – of the tv shows everyone is always talking about that I have not watched one episode. I’m not putting this out here because I’m proud, nor am I ashamed, just noting the wide chasm between me and popular culture common wisdom. Arrested Development…

50 Years of Doctor Who


Around the world this past weekend, fans of the British science-fiction series Doctor Who gathered together in front of tv screens and movie screens to watch the 50th anniversary special.  I was one of them.  If you put me in a TARDIS and sent me back to, say, 2010 to tell myself I’d be watching…

Chronologically Self-Aware Songs


Making a random list of songs that date themselves by  mentioning a day, month, or year that is more or less the time when the song was recorded and/or released to the public.  This means that a song like 1999 by Prince does not count because it was recorded in 1982 and Prince was singing…

Something Cool: Visited States Map Generator


The Visited States Maps Generator at the Defocus Blog allows you to create a map of US states (and Canadian provinces if you chose) that you’ve visited, color-coded by the amount of time and commitment you’ve given to each place. Here’s the key: Red means I’ve just passed through, maybe seen a thing or two. Amber means…

Storytelling Podcasts


Over the last couple of years I’ve become interested in the art of storytelling through a number of podcasts I listen to regularly.  I figured I’d spread the word about these fine programs by listing and describing them here. The Moth is probably the premiere storytelling program both on radio and on podcasts featuring stories…

Elmo’s Song


I got tagged for a meme on Facebook and as my preference I’d rather post it here where I can find it again in a few months.  I think I’ve done this one before to be honest.  Most of the responses are nonsensical, but hey, there are some good songs here. These are the “rules”:…

30 Days of Music Roundup


Here are all my answers to the 30 Days of Music meme published over the past month on my Tumblr blog Portals of Discovery.  Enjoy! Intro Day 01 – Your favorite song at the moment Day 02 – Your least favorite song Day 03 – A song that makes you happy Day 04 – A…

Retropost: Happy Halloween


I don’t have anything new to say about Halloween, but I was looking back and saw this post I wrote 3 years ago. The funny thing is that after finishing this post, I went to bed and a couple of hours later my wife told me she was going into labor. And so my son…

30 Days of Music


If you follow me on my Tumblog “Portals of Discovery” you’ll  know that I’m participating in a meme about music by answering a question about a song every day in October.  If you don’t this post will help you keep up with this fun project.  My first song went up today.  I’m going to consolidate…

Meme: 15 Albums


Tagged for another music related-meme on Facebook by a different friend. The rules: Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen albums you’ve heard that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. Should be easy, no?  I promise not to look at my…

Meme: If your life was a movie…


A friend of mine tagged me for this meme on Facebook but I thought it would be more fun to make a blog post out of it.  I don’t what it really “says” about me but some of the answers are funny and at the very least you get to see a slice of my…