A Sukkah for the era of the Pandemic

A Sukkah for the era of the Pandemic

As you walk, bike,or drive through the Garden City in the early fall, you may observe a temporary hut alongside some of the houses. Called a sukkah, this structure plays a central role in the Jewish festival of Sukkot. The Bible states that the Israelites employed...
Newton Cycling Explicated

Newton Cycling Explicated

Just as not everyone is the same, not every cyclist on the streets of Newton fits a specific type. We might, however, conveniently divide most cyclists into three general categories: Spandex cyclists: You have seen them, singly or in packs, dashing down Beacon Street...

Jake Auchincloss in the Lead/Markey Wins

As of 10 AM today, Jake Auchincloss had a lead of more than a thousand votes over Jesse Mermell in the race for Congress in the Fourth District (thank you, Boston Globe). With almost 95% of votes counted, he had 32,640 votes to Mermell’s 31,488. As most of the...
Caring for Cold Spring Park

Caring for Cold Spring Park

            Life can be tough for citizens’ groups and nonprofits in the Era of the Coronavirus. It’s gotten harder to procure needed funding, and many projects have been put on hold. One local nonprofit, however, has recently celebrated many small victories....
More From the Vineyard

More From the Vineyard

My wife and I made a decision in 1985 that continues to confer blessings to this day. After renting houses on Martha’s Vineyard for brief summer vacations, we decided to purchase a modest summer cottage (for a song!) outside Edgartown on a quiet road near...

The Coronavirus and Bicycles

Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York recently declared that though his state’s rates of Covid infections and deaths have fallen precipitously, he expects them to rise again. So many parts of the country are spiking that he views an increase as inevitable.  I fear the...

Teaching Reading and Writing

During my long career teaching English at Newton South, I had a reputation for assigning lots of reading and writing. No accident: it always seemed to me that whatever else I might do, students should read lots of books and write lots of papers. What better publicity...
On Tour

On Tour

Lots of thoughts pass through my mind as I wend my way this morning on bike through the streets of the Garden City doing errands. As usual, my thoughts wander to things local, national, and even personal. In my life, this stretch of time is filled with contradictions...

Staying Safe as the World Opens Up

At last, the scientists studying the spread of the Coronavirus around the world have seemingly reached a consensus on how it spreads most easily. As pressure mounts in certain quarters to “open up” and “get back to work,” we must take their...

Bikes and Golf and Tennis

Last weekend my wife and I went biking, traveling in Newton as well as Needham and Wellesley. We noted the recent uptick in traffic as people get stir-crazy and leave home for a drive. Still, the roads have rarely been safer for those on bikes. As a result, more...
Not All the News Is Bad

Not All the News Is Bad

It is all too easy to fall into a funk in the era of Covid 19. Massachusetts has not yet peaked in the level of infection. We all spend many hours a day sequestered at home all alone or with immediate family. Even when out and about under blue skies, we worry about...

Living in the Shadow

We are all living in the shadow of Covid 19, whether we are getting sick or merely attempting to ward off sickness. We spend our days at home, and we have changed even our routines of recreation to stay safe.  I am a tennis addict.The last time I played tennis,...

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