JP A to Z: A is for Arboretum #AtoZChallenge #JamaicaPlain


A is for Arboretum Our first day in Jamaica Plain for JP A to Z brings us to the Arnold Arboretum.  A link in the chain of green spaces that make up Boston’s Emerald Necklace, the “Ahbs” is part Harvard University tree museum.  Whether you’re studying trees (or the animals that inhabit them) or just…

Book Review: H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald


Author: Helen Macdonald Title: H is for Hawk Narrators: Helen Macdonald Publication Info: Blackstone Audio, Inc. (2015) Summary/Review: After the death of her father, Macdonald works through her grief by adopting and training a young goshawk, Mabel whom she calls “Thirty Ounces of Death in a Feathered Jacket.” This lyrical book is part memoir and…

Photopost: North River Wildlife Sanctuary


On Sunday, as a pre-birthday activity, my family & I visited the North River Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield, MA.  While the kids weren’t so into out (excepting the nature play area which was a lot of fun), the scenery was quite beautiful on a mid-Autumn afternoon. There were two loops to walk: one through Woodlands…

Photopost: Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary


Some photos from the beautiful Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, home to gorgeous woodlands, fields, and marshes that feel a 100-miles away from the city. Related Posts: Audubon Nature Festival Wachusett Meadow Woolapalooza Boston Nature Center

Book Review: How To Raise a Wild Child by Scott D. Sampson


Author: Scott D. Sampson Title: How To Raise a Wild Child Publication Info: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015 Summary/Review: Dr. Scott of Dinosaur Train fame wrote this book about how parents and other concerned adults can inspire children to “Get up, get outside, and get into nature.”  This grew from the concern over the increasing disconnect of children…

Book Review: Fifteen Minutes Outside by Rebecca P. Cohen


Author: Rebecca P. Cohen Title: Fifteen Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids Publication Info: Sourcebooks (2011) Summary/Review: This book exists because parent Rebecca Cohen asked herself: “What if I got outside every single day, and what if I could get my kids to come along? It would be easier…

Photopost: Wachusett Meadow


For Father’s Day this year, we once again visited one of the most beautiful places on earth, Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary in Princeton, MA.  I guess it’s a tradition now. Previously: Photopost: Wachusett Meadow (2012)

Book Review: Cape Cod by Henry David Thoureau


Author: Henry David Thoureau Title: Cape Cod Publication Info: New York, NY : Penguin Books, 1987 [originally published in 1865] ISBN: 0140170022 Summary/Review: This book collects essays Thoreau wrote on several trips to Cape Cod and was published after his death.  Thoreau’s great journeys were rarely far from his home in Concord, and yet the descriptions of every…

Photopost: Wachusett Meadows


We celebrated Father’s Day with a hike around the beautiful Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary in Princeton, MA. Related Posts: Woolapalooza Audubon Nature Fastival Boston Nature Center

Lilac Sunday


Jamaica Plain continued welcoming in the spring with Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum.  We took some time to pedal our bikes and sniff the petals.  Here are a few photos. Related Posts: Lilac Sunday, YEAH! Fall Foliage Festival at Arnold Arboretum Arnold Arboretum’s Lilac Sunday

FREE Tour of Jamaica Pond on Saturday!


Saturday June 19th at 11 am, meet at the Jamaica Pond Bandstand near the intersection of Pond Street and Jamaicaway for a 90-minute tour around Jamaica Pond.   Yours truly will be one of the guides for this Jamaica Plain Historical Society walking tour. Official description of the tour from the JPHS website: Once a gathering…

Audubon Nature Festival


Today we attended the 13th Annual Audubon Nature Festival at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield, MA.  It was a great family event with a great number of activities for young children.  Not that my young child took much interest in a lot of the activities, but that’s okay.  Sometimes it’s just as fun to…

Book Review: Central Park in the Dark by Marie Winn


Author: Marie Winn Title: Central Park in the Dark Publication Info: New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2008. ISBN: 9780374120115  Summary/Review: This series of essays follows Winn and her cohorts over a decade spent observing the wildlife of an urban place, New York City’s Central Park.  Winn tells of encounters with red-tailed hawks, grackles,…

FREE Tour of Jamaica Pond on Saturday!


The Jamaica Plain Historical Society debuts its newest neighborhood tour of Jamaica Pond this Saturday, June 27th at 11 am.  The 90-minute walking tour will discuss the residential, industrial, and recreational history of this scenic gem.  The tour departs from the bandstand near the intersection of Pond Street and Jamaicaway, and yours truly will be…

Boston Walking Tours 2009


Last year I posted a list of walking tours in the Boston area in hopes of encouraging people to get out and explore the history, architecture, culture, topography, and nature of the area.  I’ve updated the list and links for 2009, once again giving primacy of place to the two organizations in which I volunteer…

Photopost: Boston Nature Center


Did you know that Boston has a nature center?  I didn’t until I moved to Jamaica Plain and saw that  it was fairly close to our house as the crow flies.  Despite this knowledge it’s taken me a year and a half to finally make the 1.5-mile walk to Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center and…

Arnold Arboretum’s Lilac Sunday


I hesistate to put “Lilac Sunday” into the title of this post since I didn’t see any lilacs on my visit.  Susan, Peter & I took a lovely Mother’s Day walk on a sunny, blustery day and arrived at Arnold Arboretum fairly early in the morning.  This is a good time to get there on…

Book Review: Jane Goodall: The Woman Who Redefined Man by Dale Peterson


In my childhood, I enjoyed National Geographic specials about a slight English woman who would sit in the Tanzanian forest by the Gombe River and observe chimpanzees.  In college I read one of her books, Through a Window: My Thirty Years With the Chimpanzees of Gombe and became even more deeply enamored with the woman…