Category Archives: United States

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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Free Stuff – It’s Moving Season

I am sitting in my study on a warm summer Saturday afternoon.  My third floor tenant is moving out.  I have offered to help, but he’s a big guy, as is his boyfriend, so they’ve got it covered. They load … Continue reading

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Tata Hall

Harvard Business School occupies a majestic bend on the Boston side of the Charles River. McKim Mead and White designed the original Georgian campus in the 1920’s, with landscape design by Frederick Law Olmstead. The twelve buildings organized around courtyards … 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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Politics: Will I Play the Money Game?

This essay was published by WBUR Cognoscenti, on March 26, 2014. http://cognoscenti.wbur.org/2014/03/26/elizabeth-warren-jeanne-shaheen-scott-brown-paul-e-fallon The buzz about Scott Brown running for the U.S. Senate seat in New Hampshire struck closer when an email from Elizabeth Warren showed up in my inbox. Her missive … Continue reading

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The Visitor

When The Visitor slouched into theaters in 2007 (a film that opens on four screens total does not arrive with force) it earned a respectable niche.  The Visitor got good reviews, some indie awards; and Richard Jenkins (most famous for … Continue reading

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Columbia Maryland: Violence in Suburban Utopia

Last weeks shooting in Columbia, MD struck a deeper chord in me than other recent public carnage.  We will never know why Darius Marcus Aguilar chose to open fire at the Mall in Columbia over any of the other enclosed … Continue reading

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The End of the Annual Physical

I am honored to be a contributor to WBUR Congnoscenti, WBUR’s online magazine of commentary.  My first article, The End of the Annual Physical as We Know It was published 12/27/2013.  Here’s the text:  Every day, newspapers, television, and social … Continue reading

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Provincetown Library: A Surprising Beauty

Massachusetts supports it public libraries. Since 1990 the State has funded construction or extensive renovation of 200 libraries throughout the State. As a long time supporter of public libraries I often stop into local libraries. I particularly like to visit … Continue reading

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The Day JFK was Shot

Every one of us who was alive that day recalls the moment we learned that President Kennedy was shot.  No matter how ordinary, the instant is fixed in our mind and enshrined with significance. I was a chubby eight-year-old boy walking … Continue reading

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