by Karina Coombs Brother and sister act at last month’s FNL. (Photo by Parissa Khayami) [Reprinted from the original Carlisle Mosquito article found here.] If you are in middle school and looking for a fun Friday night, Carlisle’s hottest club is FNL. Located in the gym and exercise room at the Carlisle Public School (CPS), andContinue reading “Dance like nobody’s watching at Carlisle’s Friday Night Live”
by Karina Coombs [Reprinted from the original Carlisle Mosquito article found here.] It’s not often that you get a chance to reinvent yourself and when it happens in your mid-40s, and you thought those chances had all but passed, you take it. Newly arrived in Carlisle, I first met the Mosquito’s General Manager Susan EmmonsContinue reading “Why I write for the Mosquito”
by Karina Coombs A series of ceramic scrolls from Bedford artist Carol Rissman. Rissman makes each tile from white or red clay before imprinting or stamping them with natural found objects. Pieces are then fired and stained. Tiles are selected individually for each scroll and mounted on a wooden backing. (Photo by Karina Coombs)Continue reading “Nature and technology meet at Gleason’s newest art show”
My newest feature article from the Carlisle Mosquito. The link is here, with full text below. Giving city kids a summer to remember by Karina Coombs Running barefoot through the grass. Gazing at stars. Falling asleep to the sound of crickets. When summer arrives, many children in Carlisle will experience these simple pleasures. But forContinue reading “Giving city kids a summer to remember”
After a summer of sloth, my newest article just hit the web and features a local guy that designed and built a tiny solar house that can also be a tiny solar houseboat. I don’t know how I would manage living alone in 128 square feet, but he makes it pretty enviable. It’s at theContinue reading “New England News”
New England really is crazy about its ice cream. I was reminded of that this past weekend driving along the North Shore and passing one independent shop after another, each with its own long lines and loyal customers. While we are partial to our local and delicious Kimball Farm ice cream, the other day IContinue reading “I’ll give you my ice cream when you pry it from my cold, chubby hands”
My feature article about the Battle of Gettysburg exhibit in town is now online. I could have written another few thousand words about the scavenging that went on after the battle, the gruesome guided tours of the land, and the pure wretchedness of it all, but then it wouldn’t have been a newspaper article. IContinue reading “New England News”
I also like pickles on my steak and cheese sub (sandwich), but I would like to think it would not turn to fisticuffs if there were too many (or not enough). Found at Boston.com. Photo from Cote on Fickr.
Well, if you do have to lose your life’s savings while playing carnival games, I suppose a giant stuffed banana with dreadlocks isn’t the absolute worst thing you could walk away with… Photo found on Flickr from Randi805
~ The saga of the bacon and syrup laden Maine hermit.
http://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T01497&video=143843 ~ The history of New England stone walls presented while building a stone wall. From the Chelmsford, MA Public Library. Found at BoingBoing.
Boston.com puts together a collection of memorable MBTA moments. I still don’t understand “no pants” day. Photo Credits: By Christina Xu (originally posted to Flickr as IMG_1840) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Great service dog story from Boston.com. Photo by Found Animals Association as found on Flickr.
I love stories like this. A town spending money on a salary analysis that costs as much as the salary increase – they ended up approving! Fantastic. If only I got to write about such things, but not in an article rife with spelling errors, Boston.com. Photo Credits: “Private Issue Fractional Currency: Fifteen Cents, Boston,Continue reading “New England News”
A helpful list of Easter Egg hunt etiquette tips for parents bringing children to larger events. I wish I had seen this before we went to our first (and last) many years ago. When I skimmed the article and saw the heading labeled “Choking” I thought it was going to be something along the linesContinue reading “New England News”
I would still prefer to live in Whipsufferage than Belchertown. Found at Boston.com. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.
Massachusetts second graders track the “Last Great Race on Earth.” ~ A bit more self-promotion (and the reason my blogging has slowed down these past few days).
Is it trash or is it treasure? ~ Some shameless self-promotion on this snowy morning.
Thoughtful piece on Boston’s collective delusion.
President Obama pardons fish broker from 1990s fish scandal found on Boston.com. ~ I really just wanted to type “pardons fish broker” and “fish scandal,” although the story is interesting on its own non-humorous merit. Photo by Henry Zbyszynski found on Flickr.
Clearly the person that compiled this list at Boston.com has not been to college in the last decade or more because none of these seem all that unusual, particularly when you consider which schools are teaching which classes. ~ My most “unusual” class? A mass media course studying and analyzing pornographic movies with some viewedContinue reading “New England News”
Here’s a visual list of supposedly “weird” things about Boston found at Boston.com ~ I don’t think most of them are all that weird, but perhaps it’s because I’m a native. What I do find weird are street names that change depending on which direction you drive. I’m surrounded by streets that have one nameContinue reading “New England News”
A tropical fish survives in a half inch of water overnight following a pet store break in. Found on Boston.com. Photo by Ben Popik found on Flickr.
The story of the potty mouth plow operator as found on Boston.com. Photo from Shanti Branford found on Flickr.
New Hampshire fishermen find possible mammoth tooth in their scallop nets? Fount at: Boston.com Photo found at Flickr from: http://www.petsadviser.com