Category Archive: life

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

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

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

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

going secondhand first

It’s easy to be fashionable when you have money; when you don’t it takes resourcefulness, knowledge, and street smarts.

At this stage in my life, I have plenty of everything, which is why I like to shop my closet before I buy something. If I do have to head out to the shops, I try to buy what I need used, or secondhand, first. Save the planet!

whatever happened to Mary Jane? The politics of pot & the new NORML

With Massachusetts poised to be the 18th state to legalize medicinal marijuana, the politics of pot are set to reach a new high. According to Ballotpedia, the Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Initiative, aka Question 3, will appear… Continue reading

reflections of an urban cyclista, part 2

Dear Mayor Menino, I’m seeing a lot of headlines roll by lately about cyclists getting killed, and it’s making me really upset. I applaud your efforts to make Boston a friendlier city for… Continue reading