Month: December 2018

History/Travel

Book Stacking

Book Stacking My nightstand has a stack of seven books that I’ve been meaning to get to.  The table next to my favorite reading chair has two more.  The bookshelves have dozens more.  And the Kindle app on my iPad has several more.  The cue of books to read is long, and time is short….

History/Travel

Christmas Decorations & Dirty Laundry

Christmas Decorations & Dirty Laundry Christmas can be a lovely time of family time, lights and magic.  It can also be a time of shopping chaos, stress on the budget and waistline, and questionable decorative choices.  On the latter point, call me a conservative. For a case study in decorative style, one only need drive…

History/Travel

There’s Something About Connecticut

There’s Something About Connecticut For the life of me I haven’t fully figured out Connecticut.  It’s a part of New England, but it’s also a big part of New York as well.  Nothing illustrates that more than the Red Sox-Yankees Mason-Dixon line that runs through the state. Connecticut exhibits some of the characteristics of New…

History/Travel

Fog on Buzzards Bay

Fog on Buzzards Bay Saturday we were treated to a beautiful sight as the sun slowly warmed the air above the cold waters of Buzzards Bay and the temperature variations triggered a thick, swirling fog.  This wasn’t some boring whiteout fog, this was a constantly changing feast for the eyes.  The fog highlighted rises in…

History/Travel

That’s Puzzling

That’s Puzzling Before everyone stared at their phones or television all day, people read books and played board games, cards or other activities that occupied and expanded their minds in leisure time.  And jigsaw puzzles were a notable preoccupation for people with a little time on their hands as well.  Originally created in 1767 in…

History/Travel

Opting Out of Outrage

Opting Out of Outrage On Monday night I was reading Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises with a soundtrack of Stan Getz’s Samba De Uma Nota So paired with a glass of red wine and I had almost forgotten that it was still Monday and the Patriots epically coughed up that game the day before and…

History/Travel

Anticipatory Anxiety

Anticipatory Anxiety Some people get stressed on Sunday afternoon thinking about the work week ahead.  “Sunday scaries” is one term I’ve heard.  I’ve felt that way before in jobs I didn’t like all that much, or when I had a particularly tough week ahead of me, or when I was about to travel for work…

History/Travel

Bootstrapping and Double Dipping

Bootstrapping and Double Dipping “Life really is generous to those who pursue their destiny.” – Paulo Coelho There are several ways to start a business.  Raising capital and going big seems to get all the attention.  But bootstrapping a business while you’re doing the 9 to 5 is a more attractive option.  Largely because going…

History/Travel

A Stake in the Ground

A Stake in the Ground Here in New England, if you own property and you want the keep your lawn intact you have to mark the line where the lawn meets the street.  This is so that tired plow drivers don’t take the shortest path between two points and plow straight across your lawn.  Having…

History/Travel

Handshake with History

Handshake with History Whenever I visit a place, I try to understand a little bit about the place.  Who came before me?  What happened here and how has that changed this place and the world we live in?  You stumble on ghosts walking through quiet woods when you come upon a stone wall running straight…