Blogging from A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal


This April, I’ve signed up to participate in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.  The basic gist is to blog for every letter of the alphabet for each day in April with Sundays off for good behavior.  So on April 1st I’ll blog about something that starts with A, on April 2nd I’ll write…

New Panoramas from the Mountain


Happy Leap Day! First, I just want to brag a bit that I’ve managed to put up at least one post every day for three consecutive months!  That may not seem a lot to some bloggers, but for me it’s like a record of 91 consecutive days and counting (and 131 posts in that time)….

2015 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 22,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many…

2015 Year in Review: Memorable Events


I started a tradition back in 1996 of making a list of the most memorable events of the year.  My definition of memorable can include both the positive and the negative, but generally it’s the good things that make the list.  That first list in 1996 had exactly twenty items, so I’ve made the list…

9th birthday, belated


9 years and 11 years ago I published my first post on this blog.  Blogging was already going out style when I started and these days if someone is known as a blogger they’re more likely to be a paid columnist than an enthusiastic amateur.  I’ve always maintained that I am the number one audience…

The Podcast Revolution?


I’ve been surprised about the recent declarations that podcasts are the next big thing ever since the success of “Serial” (discussed at length in the latest podcast episode of To The Best of Our Knowledge).  Mainly this is because I’ve been listening to podcasts obsessively for the past ten years.  And I don’t mean this…

Resolved


Here are some things I’d like to do in 2015.  Call them resolutions, call them goals, no big whoop. I just plan to have fun and learn things.     Become more involved in Hope Central church community by becoming a Covenant Partner and dedicating myself to a ministry Swim twice a week Revitalize my…

2014 Year in Review: Memorable Events


I started a tradition back in 1996 of making a list of the most memorable events of the year.  My definition of memorable can include both the positive and the negative, but generally it’s the good things that make the list.  That first list in 1996 had exactly twenty items, so I’ve made the list…

2014 Year in Review: Favorite Posts


I’m slowly pulling together my end-of-year list of memorable events, and while looking through my blog I came across these posts that I’m particularly proud of from 2014. So while you wait for new content, revisit these classics or read them for the first time. Remembering Pete Seeger Boston Marathon 2014 Remembering Maya Angelou 15…

2014 Year in Review: Favorite Books


Here’s my annual list of my ten favorite books read in the year.  As always, this is merely the best books I read this year not books published in 2013.  For previous years see 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006. You may also want to check out My Favorite Books of All Time or see Every Book I’ve Ever Read cataloged in Library Thing. In…

2014 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 20,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many…

Christmas


On a peaceful Christmas at home in Boston, remembering the Christmas Truce of 1914, one of the more difficult to comprehend events in human history. Why would they stop fighting to celebrate with their enemies?  Why would they go back to war after getting to know one another? This is cheezy, but this Sainsbury advertisement…

16 Years in Massachusetts


Today marks 16 years since I first moved to Massachusetts.  This means that my personal state residency rankings have a new champion, as I’ve lived in Massachusetts longer than any other state. Connecticut moves into second place, with 15 years, 9 months. Virginia holds on to the third seed with 7 years, 2 months. And…

2013 Year in Review: Memorable Events


I started a tradition back in 1996 of making a list of the most memorable events of the year.  My definition of memorable can include both the positive and the negative, but generally it’s the good things that make the list.  That first list in 1996 had exactly twenty items, so I’ve made the list…

2013 Year in review: WordPress Annual Report


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 29,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 11 sold-out performances for that many…

2013 Year in Review: Favorite Books


Here’s my annual list of my ten favorite books read in the year.  As always, this is merely the best books I read this year not books published in 2013.  For previous years see 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006. You may also want to check out My Favorite Books of All Time or see Every Book I’ve Ever Read cataloged in Library Thing. In…

Dead Podcasts


I recently updated my podcasts page to reflect what I’m currently listening to. I’m a big fan of podcasts, and some of my favorites were either designed to end at a certain point, or their creators just moved on to something else. Here’s my necrology of great podcasts that are no longer updated, but worth…

Seven Years of Blogging Down the Drain


It’s that time of the year where I briefly break out the party hat and celebrate the anniversary of my blog for the seventh time! Unlike previous years, I have something to proud of as I’ve been keeping up writing and have published at least one post every day since October 30th!  Let’s hope I…

40 for the Forties


Today is my fortieth birthday. As I prepare for my next decade, here are forty things I’d like to accomplish in my forties. In no particular order: Become certified in First Aid and CPR Donate blood 6 times (the maximum) per year Visit Yellowstone National Park  and/or Grand Canyon with my family Travel to at…

30 For The Thirties


Today is the last day of my thirties, so I thought I’d look back at thirty accomplishments and memorable events of the last decade. The Most Important Things: 1. Married my wife Susan in 2005 with a lovely reception on a Boston Harbor Island. 2. The birth of my son Peter in 2007. 3. The…