Monthly Archives: October 2012

What Was Your Favorite Halloween Costume? Mine Involved a Pair of Fake Braids

When Cecilia and I were talking about whether we’d be donning Halloween costumes this year, we concluded that we’d be dressing up as ourselves. Cecilia is an observant friend. “Knowing you and your mom, your Halloween costumes you wore as … Continue reading

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At the MIT AgeLab, Aging Is an Extreme Sport

Although the opportunity to give a presentation called “Trend-Tracking: Uncovering Resources to Spot Societal Trends, Improve Services and Increase Value to Members” was what brought me to Boston, the highlight of the conference agenda for me was the chance to … Continue reading

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Spend a Sunday in Newport, Rhode Island

If your feet are your primary means of transportation in Boston, treat yourself to a Gray Line tour and spend your Sunday in Newport, Rhode Island. Since my first visit there in June 1975, I’ve loved immersing myself in Newport’s … Continue reading

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Travel Back to 1627 at Plimoth Plantation, Adopt Mayflower II’s Felix and See Mercy’s Card Table in Plymouth, Massachusetts

Less than an hour from Boston, you can see historic Plimoth Plantation, a living recreation of the community that the Pilgrims created along the shore at Plymouth, Massachusetts. Plimoth is an old-fashioned spelling that Governor William Bradford used in his … Continue reading

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In Boston on a Tuesday or Thursday? Take the Boston Athenaeum’s Art and Architecture Tour

Walk by 10 ½ Beacon Street in Boston and you’ll notice a distinctive sandstone façade and attention-getting red doors. Those two features are the exterior hallmarks of the Boston Athenaeum, one of the oldest and most esteemed private membership libraries … Continue reading

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Climb Boston’s Beacon Hill to See Three Houses: The State House, The Nichols House and the Sunflower House

Three historic houses are three good reasons to see Beacon Hill, one of Boston’s oldest and most picturesque neighborhoods.  The oldest building on Beacon Hill is the Massachusetts State House. Samuel Adams and Paul Revere laid the cornerstone on July … Continue reading

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Follow the Freedom Trail to Boston’s Historic Sites

During my first visit to Boston in 1974, I was focused on the swan boats in the Public Garden and Robert McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings. When I returned to Boston last week, I took off on a scavenger hunt to … Continue reading

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