Roundup of July 2021 Posts

Here in New England, we slogged through a very wet July 2021—the second wettest on record. It rained often and usually for hours, if not days, on end.

The Soggy Garden

The garden’s sun-loving, heat-savoring tomatoes huddled down and put their energy into surviving. Zucchini took a long time to produce a fruit, although that may be because the bunnies ate the flowers until the plants grew too big for them to get in close.

Birdbath with Daylily, July 2021, rain, wet

Instead of watering my plants, I went out and tipped water from saucers and cache pots before the poor things drowned. The rain didn’t stop me from going in the pool, though. Unless it was pouring, which is really unpleasant, wet is wet.

I led several tours for Haunted Boston through a soggy, sloshy city, two of them in the rain. Water sluiced down streets, gushed from downspouts, ran in rivers down sidewalks and huddled in puddles. They were dark and stormy nights and the tours were a challenge but we all made it through.

Grateful for the Rain

While folks here griped about the weather, I was grateful that we weren’t sweltering under a heat dome, losing our homes to wildfires, suffering brownouts, or breathing smoke and ash. The smoke did, and still sometimes does, dim the skies but that is nothing by comparison.

Plus, our reservoirs, streams, lakes, cisterns, and ponds are now full. This is not a small thing.

Roundup of July 2021 Posts

Snoopy, It was a dark and stormy night, writingThe inclement weather proved a boon for writing. After all, if you can’t go to the beach or hiking or on a picnic, you can always write. So, write we did. Suze and I covered our usual range of topics for July 2021.

If you’re in one of the world’s hot spots, find a cool place and catch up with our musings.

Boston and History

Business and Technology

Food and Cooking

Friends and Family

Health and Safety


Looking Forward to Traveling 

Marksburg Castle, Rhine Getaway, Viking River Cruises

Marksburg Castle

Susanne is on vacation this month but she still supplied some posts. If you miss her usual Monday blog post, it’s because she’s gone fishin’. I’m jealous. I would love to go somewhere, ANYWHERE!

We don’t own a summer house we can retreat to and we gave up our Marriott Vacation Club ownership because it no longer worked for us. That pretty much canceled the easy options.

The combination of a more-contagious Delta Variant and stubborn vaccine resistance means the pandemic isn’t going away anytime soon. We’re fully vaccinated and live in a state with only a 2.2% positivity rate but that’s still two points higher than it used to be.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed for travel by April of 2022. We’re 251 days away from the trip that was supposed to happen in 2020, then in 2021. That’s a long time between trips.

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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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