Roundup of January 2020 Posts

“When you pass 50, every 15 minutes it’s breakfast.”
Kitty Carlisle Hart

Ever get a feeling the world is moving faster and faster? We have now entered the first week of the second month of 2020 and already we have seen some important events on the world stage: a Presidential impeachment and trial, the start of a global coronavirus epidemic in China, devastating wildfires in Australia, the dimming of Betelgeuse, and a predicted dramatic rise in sea levels.

groundhog, groundhog day, Punxutawney PhilSunday was the Super Bowl. Monday and Groundhog Day (early spring). Monday, gave us the dysfunctional Iowa Caucus. That’s when Iowa Democrats were supposed to provide their pick for the nomination. Only they proved less adept at prognostication than the marmot.

Last night we got the State of the Union address. Today marks the end of the impeachment trial in the Senate. Next week voters in New Hampshire kick off the 2020 election by going to their first-in-the-nation primary. And that’s just this month.

Hold on to your hat; it’s only going to get more intense. And this is a Leap Year, so February has 29 days.

Remember to Share

social media networkThrough it all, Susanne and I have kept writing across a variety of subjects that included joy, loneliness and death. Who’d a thunk it?

If you like one of the January 2020 posts, please feel free to share it with others so they can enjoy it, too.

You can copy and paste the URL in an email, Like and Share on Facebook and LinkedIn, and Re-Tweet on Twitter. After all, if you don’t share, you are the only person in your social media ecosystem who will see it. That’s how social media works.

Without further reminder, here is the monthly roundup of January 2020 posts so you can catch up on (and share) any that you missed with all the big news going on. It’s a mixed bag. Enjoy.

Roundup of January 2020 Posts

Boston and History

Entertainment: Movies

Health and Safety

Life and Culture


In February we celebrate Valentine’s Day and it will be nice to have a non-denominational, un-divisive, uncontroversial, and bi-partisan reason to celebrate. Chocolates and flowers, champagne and dinner out. That sounds like a big improvement.Valentines Day banner, hearts, lollipops

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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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