Category Archives: Boston

Boston: The Real Windy City

Say “Windy City,” and most people think of Chicago, but among the large U.S. cities, Boston has the highest average wind speed. Today’s unseasonably warm weather–in the lower 60s Fahrenheit–brought strong gusts of wind, blowing down this tree less than a block from here. You might be able to see that it took a power [...]

Make Thy Neighbor Conform for Diversity’s Sake

Months ago I pointed out the creation of website KnowThyNeighbor.org. KnowThyNeighbor.org’s operators, Thomas Lang and Alexander Westerhoff, name those who have signed a petition to bring gay marriage to a vote in Massachusetts, because they think the best way to achieve their stated goal of “promoting dialogue on marriage equality in Massachusetts” is to intimidate [...]

Boston Weather Changes

Wednesday it was so warm I went running in shorts and a t-shirt; today it’s twelve degrees Fahrenheit, and the gusts of wind push the cold through even our tightly-sealed windows. I’ve noticed that when it’s cold like this the snowflakes are stringy (instead of forming the idealized hexagons you normally think of). Confirming my [...]

Miscellany, Friends and Family

For the Christmas holidays we visited our families in Tennessee and South Carolina. First is a picture of Melita, Becca, Steve, and Lianna making Christmas cookies. It started with Lianna’s headless cookie, and then we got increasingly … uh, creative, as we expanded to cookie mutants and household appliances. Funny how those cookies didn’t appear [...]

Winter Sunset

Here’s the view from my window five minutes ago. Today I went running for the first time since it’s snowed, and I was reminded of two things: running through snow is hard work, and Boston drivers don’t care if the sidewalks haven’t been shoveled–they’ll happily run you over.

Merry ******mas to you, too!

Self-described “practicing Jew” Jeff Jacoby has some sensible thoughts about the recent furor here in Boston over calling the large spruce in Boston Common a “Holiday Tree.” But suppressing the language, symbols, or customs of Christians in a predominantly Christian society is not inclusive. It’s insulting. It’s discriminatory, too. Hanukkah menorahs are never referred to [...]