labyrinths: walking meditations

Are you unsure of the right path to take? Worried about making the right decision? Look for a labyrinth. You can find directories of labyrinths around the world online. With a labyrinth, the… Continue reading

Straight for Justice: Queer Rights for the Straight Girl

Outlier Collective asked me to write about LGBT/queer issues, namely, “to what extent can we, as hetero-identifying people who are LGBT allies, discuss queer issues, even when we support them completely? Do we have… Continue reading

universal stories: the photography of Rania Matar

I made a wonderful discovery while visiting the MFA’s thought-provoking exhibit, She Who Tells a Story: Lebanese-American photographer Rania Matar lives a short walk away from me here in Brookline. As an art-loving… Continue reading

money talks: mini-masterpieces at the MFA’s Ancient Coin Gallery

Forget bitcoins and plastic: immerse yourself in the real thing on display at the Ancient Coin Gallery at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. The Michael C. Ruettgers Gallery is the only one of… Continue reading

the ancient guardians of Longwood Mall

Trees, especially enormous old ones, make us feel small—in a good way. Majestic trees put the brevity of life, and the ultimate frivolity of much of our decision-making, in perspective. Remember Shel Silverstein’s… Continue reading

don’t shoot the messenger: gun violence in America

I’m starting to wonder if we’re ever going to get a grip on gun violence. In the past few days alone, a one-year-old baby was shot in the face and killed in his… Continue reading

wesley the owl

I’m fascinated by the science of animal cognition. There is growing evidence that animals of all types may have emotions and can communicate their thoughts with each other, and with us. Pet owners… Continue reading

Sicily, part 2 (food edition: Salina and Milazzo)

If you go to Italy, go with the flow, especially at mealtime. If you place an order and your server wants you to try something totally different, do it—even if it’s the exact… Continue reading

Sicily, part 1 (food edition)

How’s your summer been? We spent two weeks in Sicily last month, for a long-awaited and much-anticipated luna di miele (honeymoon). A hundred or so years ago, my ancestors left Palermo, Messina, and… Continue reading

alt space detroit & the new economy

The arts are powerful drivers of economic revitalization and social change; see my post Detropia & the new American City. I turn west — or midwest, actually — to look at the Motor… Continue reading