“You’re bored? Here. I’ll tell you a story. When I was a kid, my dad had a set of 1963 World Book Encyclopedias. An encyclopedia was a set of books. There were about 27 of them in all and they were supposed to give you an ‘encyclopedic’ amount of information, which means they tried to include all the information you could ever hope to ask. So you’d look things up like you would in a dictionary, but instead of just telling you what a word meant, it would tell you all about that thing or place or person.
The kids started school a couple of weeks ago and in the chaos of adjusting to a new schedule I’ve neglected my duties here on the blog. I’m sorry. No. Really. I’m so sorry. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me. In the meantime, please accept this offering of a panoramic view of the Boston skyline from the harbor. It’s a very pretty picture. You can click on it to see a larger version.
Whether you live in Boston and want an easy escape to a more pastoral setting or just want to grab a moment of relaxation while visiting, this website from the American Academy of Landscape Architects is worth a look.
Because of the amazing work of Frederick Law Olmstead, Boston really has an amazing history of incorporating landscape architecture into its urban fabric – which is part of what makes it such a beautiful city. It’s cool to see exactly how extensive and extraordinary Boston’s green spaces are.
A baby Eastern Mountain Bongo named Mdogo (click the link for pictures and the story from Buzzfeed) was born at the Franklin Park Zoo on August 21, 2013! These Bongos are a critically endangered species of antelope in central Kenya.
Of course, as beautiful as they are, they’re not as popular as the lions and tigers, but Mdogo’s birth is important because bongos are part of the Species Survival Plan set up by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. It is thought that only about 100 Eastern Mountain Bongos survive in the wild. As cool as it is to see rabbits hopping around at the park or coyotes wandering through town, it’s even more incredible to be able to take the family to the zoo to see animals that may soon be extinct in the wild – especially if it helps kids to understand how important it is to take an interest in conservation that could ultimately prevent that extinction from ever happening!
And just since they’re so darn cute, here’s a link to a video of a baby bongo frolicking at the Melbourne Zoo.
I really love Thai curries with all their sweet/spicy, coconutty, vaguely fishy splendor. I didn’t grow up eating Thai food though. Like many confused, young college students, I went through an experimental phase. My experimentation involved revisiting the foods I’d tasted and turned down as a kid as well as the foods I never would’ve even given a chance.
I am currently eating a pretty decent peach that I bought for next to nothing at the Haymarket last Saturday. This fact may be influencing me as I report to you that the Haymarket is pretty awesome. I mean, I’m in Boston, not Atlanta, so the peach isn’t mind-blowingly good or anything, but it’s got just the right level of juiciness and it tastes like a peach instead of like moist corn meal, so I’m declaring it a success. Continue reading Cheap Family Activity: Visiting the Haymarket→