Pilgrim’s Progress

Some out of state friends came to stay with us for five days and we became unofficial tour guides of Massachusetts, visiting the Freedom Trail and its nearby attractions, Harvard, MIT, the New England Aquarium, Crane Beach in Ipswich, taking a Duck Tour, and a trip to Plymouth to see Plimoth Plantation and the Mayflower II. Having grown up in Plymouth, it was weirdly delightful to show it off.  The most troubling part of being a tour guide in a very historic place?  Realizing I knew more about how to deep fry Coke (having lived in Texas for a bit) than the history of my state. Oh the shame. Related articles Mayflower II returns to Plymouth after extensive repairs (wcvb.com)

A Boston Weekend

I spent the weekend in Boston as a tourist for the first time.  We cashed in hotel points from years of work-related travel and hunkered down at a Hyatt Regency with the kids.  Because temperatures were in the 90s and the humidity was obscenely high, most of the weekend was spent with fountain-soaked children in both Boston Common and the Boston Public Garden when not in the hotel pool. As much as I like the small town we are currently living in, the weekend proved that I would quickly leave it behind for the city if money and a quality public school permitted.  I was reminded of just what an international city Boston is, with people from all over the world vacationing, studying, and living there. There is an undeniable  pulse that you can’t find in the country (in addition to certain smells) and I want to make sure my family is exposed to it regularly, not just the occasional

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Video Snacking

Adrift from Simon Christen on Vimeo. ~ I was fortunate enough to spend time in Marin with my family, watching the fog roll in over the hills and wanting to stay there forever. And then I remembered the cost of real estate and the local parental fad of withholding common childhood immunizations and knew it was not meant to be.