Category Archives: United States

Seeking Fives from a Machine that Spits Twenties and Hundreds

I needed a bunch of fives and tens to make change for a yard sale. My local Bank of America had closed, replaced by a new Express Banking Center down the road. A cheerful woman in a tailored suit greeted … Continue reading

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10 Gay Sensibilities on Parade Over Thanksgiving Weekend

Over the four day Thanksgiving weekend I recognized gay sensibilities integrated into every aspect of our culture. After six decades on this planet, I’m thankful that, for many of us, being gay in America allows our fullest expression. My dream … Continue reading

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Two Lookin’ Atcha

The refrigerator shelves were almost empty. My middle-aged brain couldn’t concoct a breakfast from leftover chili, half a dozen eggs, kidney beans, two day-old rice, diet Cherry Dr. Pepper, and a jar of strawberry jam. Until I realized the meager … Continue reading

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Old Schwamb Mill

Veer off of Mass Ave onto Lowell Street in Arlington, take the first right on Mill Lane, walk a hundred yards and step back 150 years. That’s when  Old Schwamb Mill, custom oval frame manufactory began creating the most beautiful … Continue reading

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Glazed Tile Madeleine

Marcel Proust took one of the most famous bites in the world, gnashing into a delectable madeleine, and thus triggered Remembrances of Things Past. Last night I experienced a similar deja vu, though, being an architect rather than a foodie, … Continue reading

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Long Island Wonder

Long Island is well known for its questionably proportioned architecture, derived from a thirst for consumerism and New York moxie.     But on my first trip to Suffolk County I discovered the beauties of the North Shore in the … Continue reading

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Our Shrinking Engineering Legacy

This essay was published in WBUR Cognoscenti on July 2, 2014. I took a walk with a friend through Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Mass., last weekend to enjoy summer’s long days and pleasant weather. Some of the cemetery’s most … Continue reading

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