Month: March 2019

Lifestyle | Travel

Working Around the Edges

It occurred to me that many of my bucket list places to visit skirt the outer edges of populated areas.  I’ve written about a few places that are literally the edges – like the precipitous cliffs of Portugal and the easternmost point of the North American Continent in Cape St. Vincent, Newfoundland.  I love being…

Lifestyle

Super Worm Equinox Moon

There’s a super worm equinox moon tonight.  Besides being a crazy pick-up line, it’s marking the beginning of spring in stunning fashion as it rose.  And the only way to have seen it was to be outside.  Too many people hole themselves up in their houses or offices, never being one with nature. That’s not…

Lifestyle | Travel

Scol!

There’s a several scenes from my favorite movie Local Hero that I replay in my head.  This scene is on the beach, while Mac and the locals wait for Ben and Happer to finish their long meeting in the beach hut.  They all pour brandy into styrofoam cups and Mac offers a toast: Mac: “Well, sláinte,…

History/Travel

Spring Equinox

Last day of winter.  As winters go this one was pretty mild.  I’m okay with that.  I haven’t embraced winter this season like I have in some other seasons.  No skiing, no sledding, no ice skating, no winter hiking….  and no complaints.  I like all those things and hope to do them all next winter. …

Lifestyle

Networking Events

Tonight I found myself at an industry event networking with a mix of people I’ve never met before and others I’ve known for years.  Normally I hold my own in events like this, but tonight I didn’t want to play the game.  But I try to be a professional, and professionalism dictated that I needed…

History/Travel

Evacuation Day

March 17th is of course St. Patrick’s Day, and Boston celebrates this day as well as anyone with the parade in South Boston and taverns overflowing with Irish and Irish-for-the-day revelers.  But Boston has another reason to celebrate the day that is unique to the city.  On March 17, 1776 Boston’s long siege ended as…

Lifestyle | Travel

Sláinte

Cheers.  Or to your good health.  Whatever.  “Sláinte” is your typical Gaelic toast when you clink glasses and have a drink with your best friends or your best friends for the moment.  So on this St. Patrick’s Day, let me take this moment to say sláinte to you!  

History/Travel

The Devil’s Belt

Long Island Sound is an estuary between Connecticut and mainland New York on one side and Long Island on the other.  This body of water is renowned for its fast currents and shoals, which earned it the nickname The Devil’s Belt.  The most famously difficult portion to navigate was the narrow inlet between the East…

Lifestyle

Vera, Chuck and Dave

That’s the answer to a Trivial Pursuit question.  The question is who are the grandchildren mentioned in The Beatles’ When I’m 64.  Vera, Chuck and Dave.  Once you know it you don’t forget it, and you hear the names every time you hear the song.  And I find that to be the case with many…

History/Travel

John Glover

One of the biggest heroes for the American Colonists in the Revolutionary War in 1776 was a fisherman from Marblehead, Massachusetts.  Actually, he was more than a fisherman, he was also a cordwainer (shoemaker), rum trader, merchant and notably, the first Captain (of the Hannah) in the Continental Navy a later in the war he commanded…