Category Archive: life

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

reflections of an urban cyclista, part 1

I never thought that the act of riding a bicycle was such a powerful political statement until I started riding one every day around Boston. What is it about cycling — or indeed,… Continue reading

Dumb and dumber: an American education

The dumbing down of America seemed to hit a new low last week. If wanting your child to get a college degree is a sign of snobbery, like the sanctimonious Mr. Santorum says,… Continue reading

Blue Bras and Personhood Laws

Have you seen the video of Egypt’s “Blue Bra Girl”? . Brutalized on the street by Egyptian soldiers on December 17th, her abaya pulled over her head and her torso and blue bra… Continue reading

Christian Marclay’s The Clock

Do not squander time. It is the stuff life is made of. –The Clock, 3:38 PM Why, my son asked me recently, does time fly when you’re playing a really cool video game,… Continue reading

on working in America

Is making a living starting to kill you? What do you think about your work life? Is it still working for you? I keep wanting to blog about work, but work keeps getting… Continue reading

Occupy Wall Street comes to Boston

When you don’t have the money to hire a publicist or a lobbyist and you still want to make yourself heard, you hit the streets—or set up tents and occupy a symbolic place… Continue reading

September 11th

September 11th, 2001 changed the trajectory of history and of life on this planet. Among other things, think about how much your personal freedoms have been curtailed the next time you get your… Continue reading

Summertime in New England

Dearest Readers, It’s summertime in New England. That’s my way of saying that during this precious time of the year, I prefer to spend every possible moment I can outside, on the beach… Continue reading

driving Miss al-Daisy: Saudi women’s fight to drive

Question 1: Which country forbids women to drive, vote, or wear whatever they want, when they want (even if it’s not a big black sack)? Question 2: And where do men meet to… Continue reading