Roundup of August 2017 Posts

Summer is nearly over. Every year this makes me sad. I measure the summer by highlights:

  • Charlie Brown, Snoopy, there goes another summerMemorial Day
  • June
  • Independence Day
  • Still July
  • All-Star Break
  • Still August
  • First Day of School
  • Labor Day

The air may cool off but I can tell myself that it’s Still August. The temperature dropped a lot in the last two weeks of the month and that made getting into the pool at 8 a.m. more challenging but we Longfellow water aerobics regulars persisted.

Now we have passed all the seasonal landmarks and I can no longer live in the summer bubble. I’ll have to enjoy the season’s memories with this final roundup of posts. Plus, I added another “short story.” This addition actually continues the story of “Elf Hill”  to its original ending, I truncated it to make it, well, shorter, as well as to give it a punchier ending. Now you can read both parts on the Short Story page. I’ll put up another one this month.

So before the fall gets stuffed full of things to do, use this roundup of August 2017 posts to catch up on any you have missed.

Roundup of August 2017 Posts


Boston and History

Business and Technology

Friends and Family

Lifestyle and Culture


Movies and Books

Short Stories


Fall Walking Tours

Now we move on into fall, the domain of apples and pumpkins, cool days and cold nights, I will sign up to lead more of the public Boston By Foot tours. I have done fewer tours this summer because of other demands on my time.

The Dark Side Tour becomes very popular in the weeks leading up to Halloween as night comes sooner and the route gets a little spooky. I usually sign up to lead tours a month in advance. If you want to make sure that I’ll be on a particular tour, just email me at

I also have two special tours on my calendar: Murder, Martyrs and Mysticism on October 19 and the Bay Village Tour on October 29. You can sign up for these and all our regular public tours (and save a few bucks) online. You can also schedule lectures and private tours.

Beach, waves, end of summer

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About Aline Kaplan

Aline Kaplan is a published author, a blogger, and a tour guide in Boston. She formerly had a career as a high-tech marketing and communications director. Aline writes and edits The Next Phase Blog, a social commentary blog that appears multiple times a week at She has published over 1,000 posts on a variety of subjects, from Boston history to science fiction movies, astronomical events to art museums. Under the name Aline Boucher Kaplan, she has had two science fiction novels (Khyren and World Spirits) published by Baen Books. Her short stories have appeared in anthologies published in the United States, Ireland, and Australia. Aline’s articles have also appeared on the Atlas Obscura website. She has been an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America since 1988 and is a long-term member of the Spacecrafts science/fantasy writers’ group. As a tour guide, Aline leads architectural and historical walking tours of the city for Boston By Foot, ghost tours for Haunted Boston and historical bus tours of the city. She lectures on Boston history and has appeared in the Boston Globe, as well as on TV for Chronicle, an award-winning television program that broadcasts stories of New England. As a lecturer, Aline has spoken at Brandeis and Tufts universities for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She has also addressed as service organizations and local meetings. She is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston and lives in Hudson, MA.

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