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An Ode to Community Builders


There’s a woman who volunteers at my kids’ school, let’s call her Claudia – she’s leads the PTO and she volunteers with a lot of programs the school runs. She also leads my daughter’s girl scout troop. I was talking with another woman who was housebound for the last couple of months after breaking her ankle and whose daughter is in the same troop. She mentioned that Claudia had come to her house to help clean during her convalescence.

It struck me the other day, while Claudia was carrying boxes of girl scout cookies through the snow from her car to the table the girls had set up outside the toy store, that it’s really remarkable how much the local community relies on her. It seems that whenever the school or the local kids have a need, she’s willing to step up and see it through. Continue reading An Ode to Community Builders


World Series Wrap-up: It’s been fun saying “Go Sox!” all the time

There are so many things to argue about when you get a few million people living in really close quarters.  It's cool to find something to agree on.
There are so many things to argue about when you get a few million people living in really close quarters. It’s cool to find something to agree on.

You know what’s not especially fun?  Talking to strangers about politics and the hot button issues of the day.  Seriously.  No matter how good an idea it seems like at the time, don’t do it.  I know, I know.  You have a very good point to make.  Everyone will see once you finish explaining.  You know this point is amazing because, when you’ve brought it out in the past, everyone stops talking and people just sort of nod their head in what is surely agreement.  There’s really no way people are just uncomfortable and hoping that understated “agreement” will give someone an opening to change the subject.  To baseball.

On the other hand, you know what’s so much fun it’ll make you want to slap your momma?  Shouting “Go Sox!” with other people and talking to strangers about how awesome Big Papi is. Continue reading World Series Wrap-up: It’s been fun saying “Go Sox!” all the time

Robot mystery solved: Art – much cooler than impending robotic warfare

The mystery of the squashed robots has been solved!  Previously, here and here, I wondered what was up with robots that I’d found squashed in the intersections of Boston.

Boston's Squashed Robot: Memorial, Warning, Failed Invasion?
The first Squashed Robot in a crosswalk on Atlantic Ave. (Bonus: my shoe!)

Continue reading Robot mystery solved: Art – much cooler than impending robotic warfare