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Picture Your Mural Here

At long last, the bike path from Fresh Pond to Watertown is usable. Two years after its scheduled completion date, signs and pylons still declare “Path Closed,” but the surface is paved and striped and many pedestrians and cyclists use … Continue reading

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An Afternoon Stroll, a Facebook Post, a bit of Smoki Bacon

One serendipitous joy of my life is living three blocks from Mount Auburn Cemetery, my go-to destination for a walk any time of year. Our country’s first garden cemetery, consecrated 1831, is a national landmark of remarkable landscape brimming with … Continue reading

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No Overdue Fees!

Last October the Cambridge Public Library joined a trend among libraries nation-wide. They abolished overdue fees on materials past due. I always knew the point of charging ten cents per day per overdue book (a dollar for a CD!) was … Continue reading

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Slip Sliding Away

I stand in front of the gym locker and stare at my combination lock. Let’s see… Is it 6-29-34? Or maybe 29-6-34? It can’t be 34-29-6: combo locks are always high/low/high. I know the three numbers involved. I recall the … Continue reading

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Civilization: Chris Rock and Will Smith

A civilized person is one “…with inborn instincts inhibited.” That phrase stopped me short, even though it was embedded—mid-paragraph, page two—in Peter Schjeldahl’s review of “As They Saw It: Artists Witnessing War,” the current exhibit at The Clark (The New … Continue reading

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How Do You KIVA?

During my time in Haiti I witnessed the benefits of micro-lending first hand. The idea of providing low- or no-interest loans directly to small entrepreneurs appeals at many levels. It’s a direct person-to-person connection that sidesteps much of the bureaucracy … Continue reading

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What’s That Got to Do with the Price of Gas?

I got a text from a friend last week: “Paid $4.09 per gallon today. A 30-cent increase from my last fill-up.” I wasn’t sure what to make of the message. My friend knows I don’t own a car; the price … Continue reading

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My Day in Court

On June 8, 2021, more than ten months after State Trooper Stanley stopped me along Huron Ave and ordered me to stop painting names of unarmed Blacks killed on the guardrail where we held our nightly BLM vigil, I received … Continue reading

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Police and Me

There’s a holdup in the Bronx,Brooklyn’s broken out in fights.There’s a traffic jam in HarlemThat’s backed up to Jackson Heights.There’s a scout troop short a child,Khrushchev’s due at IdlewildCar 54, Where Are You? – Nat Haken One of my favorite … Continue reading

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Wordle: Success!

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