Category Archives: Personal

My Handyman

My handyman is coming over tomorrow to check out some rickety windows.  I won’t tell you his name because if you knew it, you would call him to be your handyman.  He hates getting phone calls, and I want to … Continue reading

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The True Test of Being Passé – Launching my Middle-initialed Website

No one would call me trendy.  Anti-trendy overstates my level of trend awareness. Trend-ignorant is more like it.  All I know is that for the past fifty plus years, when I begin to favor a restaurant, it’s on its way … Continue reading

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Amour and Puppy Love

Here is a maxim to live by: Never watch a depressing French film with a puppy. My friend Chuck raved about Amour. It won lots of awards. I decided to set aside my distaste for subtitles and watch it. My … Continue reading

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Long June Days

Memories pile steep this time of year. The sun hangs in the sky for more than fifteen hours. More years rest within the vaults of my mind than will span future horizons. Long June days remind me of Minnie Diver, an … Continue reading

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It’s My Party – Come Any Way You LIke

Longstanding social customs allow hosts to recommend appropriate dress for an occasion: casual for garden parties; business attire for cocktail events; black tie for society weddings.  Announcing parameters around dress enable the host to establish a tone. If you arrive … Continue reading

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ICA’s World of Glass

There isn’t much in this world as variable in terms of quality and meaning as contemporary art. Some pieces are sublime; others provoke no response at all. I visit Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art (free on Thursday evenings) several times … Continue reading

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Le Grand Continental-Boston…in the Rear View Mirror

Three times this weekend I stood on a blue circle in Copley Square and danced for thirty minutes with 111 other Bostonians in Le Grand Continental.  It was an incredible experience in dance and community. Like many other peak experiences, … Continue reading

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Another Dancer’s Story from Le Grand Continental

Thanks to all the people who responded to my article in The Boston Globe and shared their own stories of neophyte dancers with dreams of ballet and Broadway.  One of the most inspiring was from Lill, whom I featured in … Continue reading

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12-Step Program to Turn an Angry Young Man into a Pollyanna

Forty years ago, while discussing the inequities of our world at a deep night college party – ranting is the more accurate verb – my friend peered over his beer and shook his head. “You are one angry young man.” … Continue reading

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8 Movie Scenes that Shaped my Life

Mary Poppins – 1964 Jane and Michael Banks leave their house with Bert and Mary. Michael slithers around the column in the front of their house.  That image is the genesis of my fascination with the intersection of architecture and … Continue reading

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