Song of the Week: “Honey, Honey” by Tom Jones & Imelda May


The distinctive voice of Welsh legend Tom Jones works well in duet with Irish vocalist Imelda May on this bluegrass/rockabilly cover of “Honey, Honey” by The Milk Carton Kids.  The song comes from Jones’ album The Lost Suitcase, a collection of tunes to accompany his recent autobiography. What are you listening to in 2016?

Book Review: TransAtlantic by Colum McCann


Author: Colum McCann Title: TransAtlantic Publication Info: New York: Random House, 2013 ISBN: 9781400069590 Previously Read by Same Author: Let the Great World Spin Summary/Review: I’m privileged to review an advanced reader’s copy of this forthcoming novel courtesy of the Library Thing Early Reviewer‘s program. This is a novel of contrasts.  It’s an epic story covering three centuries and as…

The 42nd Annual Christmas Revels


It would not be Christmas without the Christmas Revels at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge.  This year my wife, son and I joined by our friends Abby, Kim, & Sid took in the Winter Solstice performance on the evening of December 21st.  The show was delightful as always with the subject being near and dear to…

Soccer Spectating Report 16 May-6 June


With the Champions League final, the European season comes to the end. I watched a lot of teams and lot of games and determined that the clubs I like best are Everton of the English Premier League and Ajax of the Dutch Eredivisie. Next year I’m thinking I’ll try to watch as many games featuring…

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…

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…

International Draws


The past week has been dominated by international team games, including Euro 2012 qualifying and both the US men’s and women’s teams hosting friendlies in Philadelphia. USA 1:1 China (6 Oct 2010) – The second of two games versus the People’s Republic as the US women tune up for the World Cup 2011 qualifiers (the…

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’…

Soccer Week


1. FC Kaiserslautern 2:0  FC Bayern Munich (27 Aug 2010) – This game was hosted by the oddly named team (is that  like First National Bank?) in the same stadium where the 2006 World Cup debacle between USA & Italy took place.  Defending German and DFB-Pokal champions and Champions League runners up took on 1….

Book Reviews: The Dead Republic by Roddy Doyle


Author: Roddy Doyle Title: The Dead Republic Publication Info: New York : Viking, c2010. ISBN: 9780670021772 By the same author: Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha A Star Called Henry The Woman Who Walked into Doors The Commitments The Snapper The Van Oh, Play That Thing Paula Spencer The Deportees: and Other Stories Summary/Review: Doyle completes…