Roundup of December 2017 Posts

December was a short month for posts, what with the holidays and all. I enjoyed the downtime and actually got to read a few books but didn’t write as many posts as usual.

Stonehenge at Winter Solstice, shortest day of the year, first day of winterMany of the posts Susanne and I wrote deal, as one would expect, with the holidays and all the activities associated with them.

Because of what’s been in the news, I wrote a lot about sexual harassment, assault and violence, especially in the workplace.

New England was lucky this year on the weather front. We had no earthquakes, wildfires, hurricanes, or floods. But now we are locked into the Polar Vortex once again. Unlike the last time, it’s hanging around for good.

Mount Everest, Sherpa, Roundup of December 2017 Posts, Polar VortexThe temperatures drop day by day and night by night, mostly in the single digits. Going up to 18º, as we are supposed to do today, feels like a heat wave. The news stations predict snow on Thursday.

We focus on keeping our houses warm and the pipes from freezing. We dress like we’re climbing Mount Everest when we go out—except for that one guy in shorts. There’s always one guy in shorts, who thinks he lives in Malibu or Key West instead of Massachusetts.

Roundup of December 2017 Posts

The work of, well, work has started up again with planning for the year, sales kickoff meeting, budget revisions, etc. But you deserve a break now and then. So, here’s your roundup of December 2017 posts. Take a break, grab some coffee and catch up on anything you might have missed while caught up in your holiday “must do” activities. You deserve it.

Boston and History

Business and Technology

Lifestyle and Culture


Movies and TV


At the New Year’s Eve party we attended, everyone was glad to see 2017 end. I wonder whether 2018 will bring the same turmoil, uncertainty, and division. Whatever happens, stay warm!

Happy New Year to us all.

Keep Calm and Stay Warm

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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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