Roundup of August 2022 Posts

September has arrived and, although fall has not officially begun, the temperatures have dropped. When I left for the pool this morning, my thermometer read 55 degrees. The bubble doesn’t go up until next weekend, so mornings like that feel brisk.

Predictable Trends

Pumpkin Spice Coffee, October, foodThat makes it easier to put the summer behind us and look forward to autumn. Several predictable trends happen in the fall:

  • Pumpkin spice items appear in stores and restaurants
  • Students arrive at the 45 colleges and universities around Boston and Cambridge
  • The trucks they use to move in with will hit bridges on Storrow Drive
  • Cruise ships arrive in Boston, sometimes three at the same time, as part of their journeys up the East Coast to Canada
  • CBS will delay 60 Minutes until whenever the football game ends
  • Parents will pay premium prices for their children to perform field-hand labor in apple orchards
  • Morning traffic will slow down due to school bus stops
  • I will eat too many apple-cider doughnuts

Roundup of August 2022 Posts

beach chair and beach umbrella, August 2022, roundupHaving said that, I will look back on August’s posts in The Next Phase Blog. This is Labor Day weekend, which means you may be sitting on a beach at the ocean, on a dock at the lake, or on a porch in the mountains. You have the time.

Put politics, work, and other pressures aside. Here’s your chance to learn something new by catching up on any August 2022 posts you might have missed.

Boston and History

Earth and Sky

Friends & Family

Health and Safety

Movies and Television


Living in Interesting Times

vote as if your life depends on it, sign, August 2022We live in interesting times and a lot of things are going on in American today. I don’t comment on them because I avoid writing about politics, guns and religion. But I will say that the time has come to start paying attention, if you have not been already.

This may be August 2022, but the November midterm election is coming up fast. Serious issues require serious thought. Don’t depend on others to do the job for you.

Get out and VOTE! This may be the most important election by far in many, many years.

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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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