Roundup of June-July 2022 Posts

I wrote a roundup of June-July 2022 posts because my life has been busy lately. I haven’t had as much time to spend writing blog posts as I usually do. Sometimes that’s been for the better, but other times the demands on my time have thrown a monkey wrench into my schedule.

Independence Day Tours

First Parish of Sudbury, Free Tours, Tricentennial, MeetinghouseThe time around Independence Day gave me a lot of things to do. The town of Sudbury, MA, celebrated its tricentennial this year. At the same time, the First Parish of Sudbury commemorated 300 years in its location, albeit in two different buildings. We opened the doors of our 1797 meetinghouse to visitors and I led three tours through the building and memorial garden. I even donned authentic colonial costume to do it.

I learned two things: (1) those antique clothes were heavy and, of course, difficult to move around in, and (2) I am never doing that again. The tours went well and I raised some money for ongoing maintenance of the building. Any structure that old requires both money and time for upkeep.

The Tour Season Underway

And speaking of tours, the season is well underway. I have led fewer tours than usual, though, because the price of gas has eaten into my profits. Now that the cruise ships are returning to Boston, though, that is changing. The pay and tips make it well worth my while to go to the city.

Cruise Ship, Boston Cruise Port, Raymong Flynn Cruiseport, Black Falcon Terminal

Cruise ship docked at Boston’s cruiseport

I love swinging up onto a bus and talking for two hours while the driver navigates Boston traffic. When tourists take my bus, they learn about Boston from the ground up—literally. I give them information on geology, land-making, history, art, architecture, construction, and funny stories. They get their money’s worth.

But, man, those cruise ships are big. Every time I walk up to the Black Falcon Terminal/Flynn Cruiseport, I just stare at these enormous vessels. They seem to get bigger every year. I like people but not that many crowded in one place. Me, I’ll stick to Viking River Cruises—smaller boats and fewer passengers.

Roundup of June-July 2022 Posts

Heat dome, heat warnings, high temperatures, June-July 2022Now we’re into the last month of the summer. It’s been hot, although New England has escaped the worst of this summer’s weather-driven events. People joke about the weather in New England. So far, however, New England has had no wildfires, tornadoes, earthquakes or floods. It’s been hot, but seasonally so. And dry, but with occasional showers.

I’m not ready for fall yet, though. In the meantime, here’s the summary of July-July 2022 posts on The Next Phase Blog.

As usual they are grouped by category and in chronological order.

Boston and History



Health and Safety

Language and Writing

Lifestyle and Culture


Looking Ahead

Beach read, Vacation book, June-July 2022Behind us lie Memorial Day, Independence Day, and the All-Star Break. Ahead we look forward Labor Day and the opening of school, in whatever order they fall. We can look forward to an autumn that will be eventful—for better or worse.

Buckle up.

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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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