Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon 2017 #BAT2017


Once again I enjoyed riding the Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon with my kids, Kay and Peter. We rode the family-friendly 10 mile route through Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, West Roxbury, and Brookline.  It felt like the hills were steeper this year, but more likely I’m out of practice, and I borrowed a trailer to carry Kay so that was some extra weight.

Riders, volunteers, and sponsors raised $176,253 for all the good things Bikes Not Bombs does in Boston and international programs in  Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.  You can still contribute by sponsoring us!

 

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Previous Bike-A-Thon’s: 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016.

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: T is for Turning #atozchallenge


I’m participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge through all of April 2017. Every day (except Sundays), I will be posting a new, original photograph (or photographs) related to the letter of the alphabet.

“T” is for “Turning.”

 

One of those fidget spinner doohickeys that are all the rage!

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: S is for Season Opener #atozchallenge


Oops…I missed a day of the the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.  Good thing we get Sundays off so I can catch up.  Here are some photos from the Jamaica Plain Regan Youth League opening day festivities, where “S” is for “Season Opener.”

 

 

 

 

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: R is for Request #atozchallenge


I’m participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge through all of April 2017. Every day (except Sundays), I will be posting a new, original photograph (or photographs) related to the letter of the alphabet.

“R” is for “Request.”

Today is the day I took readers’ requests for my photo subjects.  Unexpectedly, the most of the suggestions I got were also “r” words. After dispensing with the facetious and impractical requests, I had a fun photo scavenger hunt.  As an extra challenge, today was a rainy day and I had to photograph quickly before my camera got wet.

Robin in the rain.  This was not a request but I couldn’t resist the “r” words.

Rascally rabbit.

Pollution. Trash by the Charles River.  The water is probably polluted too.

Rapid tranist.  Bonus “r” – it’s the Red Line!

 

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: K is for Knobs #atozchallenge


I’m participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge through all of April 2017. Every day (except Sundays), I will be posting a new, original photograph (or photographs) related to the letter of the alphabet.

The letter “K” is for “Knobs.”

This post will be unintentionally funny in the UK and Ireland.

What does this photograph make you think?  How does it make you feel?  Let me know in the comments!

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: J is for Jagged #atozchallenge


I’m participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge through all of April 2017. Every day (except Sundays), I will be posting a new, original photograph (or photographs) related to the letter of the alphabet.

The letter “J” is for “Jagged.”

Smooth, rough, and jagged – all in one.

Let me know what what you think of this photo in the comments!

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: G is for Games #atozchallenge


 

I’m participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge through all of April 2017. Every day (except Sundays), I will be posting a new, original photograph (or photographs) related to the letter of the alphabet.

Today’s letter is “G” which stands for “Games!”

 

Board games for sale in the window of a tobacco shop, but they’re faded by the sun so I don’t think they’re top sellers.

Do you like these photographs?  How do they make you feel?  Do they tell a story?  If you know a thing or two about photography, what technical suggestions would you make?  Let me know in the comments!!!

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: B is for “Branches” #atozchallenge


I’m participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge through all of April 2017. Every day (except Sundays), I will be posting a new, original photograph (or photographs) related to the letter of the alphabet.

Today’s letter is “B” which stands for “branches.”

 

Do you like these photographs?  How do they make you feel?  Do they tell a story?  If you know a thing or two about photography, what technical suggestions would you make?  Let me know in the comments!!!

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: A is for “April Fools!” #atozchallenge


I’m participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge through all of April 2017. Every day (except Sundays), I will be posting a new, original photograph (or photographs) related to the letter of the alphabet.

Today’s letter is “A” which stands for “APRIL FOOLS!”  Look what prank Mother Nature has in store for us here in Boston!

 

 

Do you like these photographs?  How do they make you feel?  Do they tell a story?  If you know a thing or two about photography, what technical suggestions would you make?  Let me know in the comments!!!

 

Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2017: Theme Reveal #atozchallenge


Once again I’m participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge through all of April 2017.  The basic idea is to make one blog post a day for each letter of the alphabet in alphabetical order (taking a day off on Sundays).  Then you visit other A to Z participants to read their excellent posts and leave comments and hopefully even start conversations and make new friends.

Last year I documented my home neighborhood of Jamaica Plain in Boston in JP A to Z.

I got a new camera last summer, my first digital SLR, and recently completed a photography course, so my theme this year will simply a new photograph each day, A to Z.  To make things more interesting and guarantee that you’re seeing fresh photographs each day, I will take the photograph no more than 24 hours before the day it’s posted.  I’m hoping that will encourage some creativity and inspiration on my part finding a subject.

Please come back and take a look at my photos each day.  I’m looking forward to reading comments of what people think and feel when they see the photographs, and more technical feedback from experienced photographers.

If you have a blog and want to participate in the A to Z Challenge, read this post about how to get involved: http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/2017/02/announcing-2017-blogging-from-to-z.html

Florida Fotopost


We enjoyed a five-day whirlwind tour of the Sunshine State including visits to Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom theme parks, a spring training game at the Red Sox JetBlue Park, beach-side activities in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, and an airboat tour at Everglades Holiday Park.

Here are some photo highlights.

 

Boston Protest Against Muslim Ban and Anti-Immigration Orders


Another week, another protest, although it feels as if I should be marching in a demonstration daily.

This time is was the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Massachusetts’ Protest Against the Muslim Ban and Anti-Immigration Orders in Boston’s Copley Square.

Here on the steps of Boston’s most architecturally renown Christian church, Massachusetts’ political leaders and religious leaders of different faith traditions (including my friend Reverend Laura Everett) spoke of our promise to love and defend our Muslim neighbors and welcome immigrants and refugees of all backgrounds.

This all happened steps away from where two immigrant brothers detonated bombs that murdered three and wounded hundreds, purportedly in the defense of Islam.  The 25,000 people who marched today know that banning Muslims and rejecting refugees does nothing to protect us from attacks like the one on Boylston Street, and if anything further fan the flames of hatred.

“Let’s be clear: Donald Trump’s order has nothing to do with security. Little girls who flee murderers are not a threat to the United States. Elderly grandparents in airports are not a threat to the United States.

“No, this order is not about terrorist threats. This order is about religious tests, and the United States does not impose religious tests—period.” – Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Photos from the Boston Women’s March for America


Last Saturday, with my family, church community, numerous friends I met along the way, and around 125,000 other people, I participated in Boston Women’s March for America.

I’ve been First Night and the Fourth of July celebrations in Boston.

I’ve been to the Boston Marathon and Red Sox victory parades.

And I’ve never seen that many people in the same place.

Estimates place attendance around 125,000 people. We were in the back of the crown on Boston Common, and couldn’t hear much of anything from the politicians who addressed the crowd. Once the march began, it was more of a shuffle as everyone was stuck shoulder and shoulder, and could only move an inch at a time.

But none of that mattered because this was also the friendliest crowd I’ve ever seen in Boston too. I mean, Boston is a grumpy place and Bostonians generally don’t react well to sharing their personal space with others.

But on this day we filled the Common and overflowed into surrounding streets. It was awe-inspiring. And while every person had a different sign, a different reason for showing up for the march, I’ve never felt such unity.

Photopost: Thanksgiving Day Parade


Some photo highlights from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Central Park West this morning.

Photopost: Halloween Prowl


On Saturday we went on a Halloween Prowl at the Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary. For this non-scary activity, we were lead along a candlelit trail through the woods where we met costumed characters telling their stories, including a druid, an opossum, a dragonfly, a dung beetle, a witch, and my absolute favorite, a great blue heron singing Sinatra tunes (“…egrets, I’ve known a few…). Along the way we saw a barn full of jack-o-lanterns and finished off with a hot cocoa, popcorn, s’mores, and a campfire singalong. It was a great family activity, and while it seemed to be mostly younger children even my nearly 9-year-old son enjoyed it (except for the singalong, which he wanted to leave as soon as possible, as is his wont).