Category Archives: Personal

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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Chelsea Handler and the Nonagenarian Nun

Twice a year I drive out to Albany for lunch. It’s not an efficient trip. I drive three hours each way along the Mass Pike to spend two, maybe three, hours with my ninety-two year old aunt. Aunt Fran is … Continue reading

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The Upside of Discriminatory Legislation

Recent legislative actions aimed against gay people, such as Arizona’s failed attempt to allow businesses select discrimination or Uganda’s draconian anti-homosexuality law, might imply that gay rights are under siege as never before.  But that perspective is wrong. Gay rights … Continue reading

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Romeo and Juliet Redux

Out in the Dark is a 2012 film adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. The two lovers meet early on and fall in love at first sight.  Only Juliet is another guy. They come from warring families. Only the Capulet’s are … Continue reading

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30 Tweets in 30 Days

This is an article recently published in WBUR Cognoscenti http://cognoscenti.wbur.org/2014/03/04/learning-to-think-in-140-characters-paul-fallon The marketing director of my architectural firm set up a Twitter account for me.  She explained how social media connections fit into the firm’s marketing strategy and described how to … Continue reading

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The Slow Boat from Battambang to Siem Reap

There are two ways to get from Battambang, Cambodia to Siem Reap. The bus through Sisophon takes about three hours and costs $5.50. The boat along the Sangker River takes seven to nine hours, costs twenty dollars, and requires a … Continue reading

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Chinese Noodle

During a recent trip to Cambodia my daughter and I visited Battambang twice – en route from Abby’s home village of Kra Kor to Siem Reap, and on our return trip. During those two brief stays we ate at Chinese … Continue reading

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Personal Hygiene Tips from the Developing World

One thing American’s dislike about traveling to developing countries is dealing with other, presumably lesser, standards of hygiene. After two weeks in Cambodia I not only got used to how this poor country deals with bodily functions, I came to … Continue reading

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Since They Lost Sammy – New York Times 1/26/2014

Yesterday’s New York Times has a long and moving article about a Brooklyn family whose twelve-year-old son Sammy was killed by a truck on the street in front of their house. Since They Lost Sammy The article touches on their … Continue reading

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January: MIddlesex County vs. August: Osage County

I send an email to my housemate: Got a lot done today, want to go to a movie? We do that sometimes; send emails when we’re too lazy to walk the stairs. I hate yelling between rooms. Sure, what do … Continue reading

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