Category Archive: culture

Day 1, Part 2: Las Caministas

The first day of our “family Camino” took us from Sarria to Portomarìn, a little under 20 km – not a killer, but it got hot for New Englanders/New Yorkers in October. We… Continue reading

On our way: el Camino de Santiago

My mom has always wanted to go on the Camino de Santiago, the way of St James. When my dad passed away in February, the idea became more urgent. To support her on… Continue reading

bomb on the train

I had a very interesting commute home tonight. I usually ride my bike to work, but last week I sprained my knee – badly – and as a result, I’m taking the train… Continue reading

people who ride bikes

Another person who chose to ride a bike somewhere in Boston was mowed down by a truck early on Friday morning. I didn’t hear about it until someone at work saw me and… Continue reading

swimming in the Charles River

My quality of life totally skyrocketed over this past weekend. That’s because I did something I never thought possible. I swam in Boston’s Charles River. Yes, it was intentional. Yes, it’s perfectly legal.… Continue reading

using emoji: a quick how-to guide

I’m starting to think emoji are taking over the planet. In case you’re wondering, emoji are those tiny pictures of people, places, and things—smiley faces, sushi, syringes, shit, snowboarders—that can take the place… Continue reading

Samba Spirit, Brazilian Art, Beauty, and Rituals

Brazilian cultural rituals and everyday life are on display in a small yet powerful exhibit at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. Samba Spirit: Modern Afro Brazilian Art is showing until October 19 at… 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

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