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Leslie Jones, MLK, and The Embrace

Comedy is the most precarious of arts. One person’s joke is another’s insult. And yet, comedians enjoy wide latitude in our culture because, let’s face it, we’re a screwed-up society, and gifted comedians tap into the humor of our dissonant … 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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Revere’s Ride

I wanted a gift to give my daughter’s Peace Corps host family. I suggested food, maybe chocolate. Abby nixed that idea. She explained via email that chocolate was unknown in her Cambodian village. How about something from Boston, she suggested, … 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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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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Four Days After

        Four days after the eight year old boy Who came to watch his dad run a very long race Was killed And his sister lost her limb Chaos is our companion. Spring is ripe. Daffodils thick … Continue reading

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Pedaling Principles – Chapter 1 – Introduction

In the summer of 2011 I took an extended vacation from my job in Boston.  I flew to Denver, Colorado, bought a touring bike, and proceeded to ride back East.  I did it for all the predictable reasons, to take … Continue reading

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