Cafe Days – Boston

Dear Reader,  All dine-in service has been banned in the state of Massachusetts to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. While I naively thought that the governor’s proclamation only applied to bars and restaurants, in actuality the shutdown extends to all eateries--cafes included. Cafes are a place of community and commerce. While we all... Continue Reading →

Boston’s Little Belgium

Dear Reader, Where do the little pockets of culture lie in your city? Boston has a few different cultural centers including Chinatown in downtown, Lusophone neighborhoods in Cambridge, an Armenian constituency in Watertown, and Hispanic comunidad in East Boston among others (more here). Even where there is not a national or cultural community, many parts... Continue Reading →

Winter Time and the Living is Easy

Dear Reader, There was no winter this year in Boston. The Boston Globe made this pronouncement days ago citing unusually warm weather and fairly snow-free conditions all season. With just a few weeks before daylight savings, it looks as if we Bostonians may be able to make it to spring relatively unscathed. This weekend, we... Continue Reading →

Rest in Peace, in Beauty, and in Nature

Dear Reader,  There is something sacred about cemeteries. When visiting a cemetery, guests must show respect by walking—not running—and generally keeping to themselves. In a cemetery, you won’t find buskers, chatty Cathies, or other dawdlers who can so often be found in public spaces. I recently visited the Mount Auburn cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts and... Continue Reading →

A Bazaar of Flavors

Dear Reader, Do you have a favorite coffee shop that you frequent? I have a top few that I rotate between. Having a regular haunt takes the guesswork out of your day. At best, it can be a convenient time-saver, however, at worst, it can trap you into a repetitive cycle. I so frequently get... Continue Reading →

Coming to a Close

Dear Reader, Does anyone remember the store Ames? The department store Ames was similar to Walmart and at its peak, it had over 700 stores in the eastern half of the United States. The chain operated for just over 60 years when it declared bankruptcy and liquidated in 2002. As Ames was on its way... Continue Reading →

New World, Old Names

Dear Reader, Do you prefer New England or old, European England? How about Scotland, are you more attached to the one in the UK or Nova Scotia in Canada? I always thought it was kind of strange that New England and Nova Scotia were named as such. Although I understand the historical significance around the... Continue Reading →

You had to be there

Dear Reader, Have you ever tried to take a picture of the moon? Well, if you were using just a camera phone, you were probably left disappointed with the outcome. Pictures of the moon and many other moments in life are simply you-had-to-be-there moments. A you-had-to-be-there moment is often a great moment! Good, bad, or... Continue Reading →

Occupying Free Time

Dear Reader, If you were unexpectedly granted an evening free from work or commitments, how would you spend it? My guess is that how you consider this question is heavily influenced by whether you are more of a planner or more of a go-with-the-flow type — a type A or a type B. I am... Continue Reading →

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