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

on sleep & productive dreaming

What is sleep, and what happens when we dream? Getting a good night’s sleep should be simple enough, yet nowadays it’s so difficult. Think about it: your best ideas come when you are… Continue reading

a peace prayer from Boston to Syria

Have you been paying attention to Syria‚Äôs civil war? As a Financial Times’ editorial noted last Wednesday, the conflict is now spreading, becoming a regional war as it spills over the border into… Continue reading

the art & science of healing the planet: geotherapy and Mara G. Haseltine

When something you love is dying, only the most dramatic action will do. Mara G. Haseltine, an artist and environmental activist, is in love with our oceans and is doing everything she can… Continue reading

reflections of an urban cyclista, part 3

It’s spring, and maybe you’ve noticed that the cyclists are out? In Reflections of an Urban Cyclista Part 2, I wrote an open letter to Mayor Menino asking him to make Boston a… 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!

3 days in Miami

I escaped the gray New England winter for a few blissful art-soaked days in Miami last month. I’m already scheming a return visit. The coffee culture alone (okay, that and the beach) made… Continue reading

Off-Kilter: the art of Karen Moss

My last post was about 1980s art at the ICA; let’s switch gears and move up to the present day and the artist Karen Moss (go to KarenMoss.com to see her portfolio). Off… Continue reading

Found dope: discovering Candy at the ICA

This is your last week to catch a fascinating retrospective at the ICA, This Might Have Been: Art, Love and Politics in the 1980s. Click here to read the ICA’s writeup about the… Continue reading