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…

Happy New Year


Welcome to Two Thousand Thirteen!  Here’s hoping that this year brings peace and prosperity to all those reading this post and greater understanding and civility among people in our nation and world. I thought I’d write down some goals (not resolutions) for the coming year: Write – I always wish to write more and will…

Six Years


Today marks six years since I made my first post on this blog.  I feel like I came late to blogging, yet here I am still plugging away long after the blogging trend has past.  Somehow in that time I managed to make 1,393 posts. And yet I feel bittersweet about this anniversary as I…

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…

Boston & Me: 30 Years Together


This week marks yet another anniversary in which the number of years being marked is increasingly baffling.  30 years ago on Easter weekend my father took my sister and I for my first visit to the city of Boston (Easter was on April 6th that year so let’s just say we arrived on April 5th)….

Ten Years @ The Library


Ten years ago today I began work at Baker Library at Harvard Business School, my first library job.  Ten years later I still work in the same building albeit I have had three different jobs (officially), survived a two-year renovation working in a windowless warehouse-like interim building, and find myself 21 out 53 staff members…

At last, a 935th Post


Sure, blogiversaries are so uncool, but blogging itself is uncool these days too.  So let me uncooly celebrate the third anniversary of Panorama of the Mountains with a look back on the past year. Three big projects of which I’m proud of are my Top 100 Favorite Books of All-Time, Top 100 Favorite Albums of…

2008 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 2008.  For previous years see 2007 and 2006, and of course Every Book I’ve Ever Read are cataloged in Library Thing. The Worst Hard Time by…

2008 Year in Review: Movies


Listed below are all the movies I’ve watched in the past year.  Much like last year, I’ve rated all the movies on a five star scale. Five stars is an all-time classic, three stars is the baseline for an enjoyable film end-to-end, one star is a bad movie with perhaps one good sequence or performance….