Roundup of November 2017 Posts

Wow, the holiday season took off right after Halloween and it keeps on picking up speed. We spent Thanksgiving with our daughter’s family in Maryland and took in the Vermeer show at the National Gallery. I also got to make pies and turnovers with our older granddaughter on Wednesday and we took both girls to the movies on Friday.

Tours and Lectures

big blue rooster, National Gallery, Washington DC

Me with Hahn/Cock by Katharina Fritsch at the National Gallery

When we came back, I gave a private Boston By Foot Back Bay tour for a family with multiple holiday guests. We had a great time on a warm sunny afternoon. The following week I attended a lecture on the Cocoanut Grove fire of 1942 by Stephanie Schorow, author of “Boston on Fire” followed by a screening of “Six Locked Doors,” a new film on the tragedy by Zachary Graves-Miller.

I wrote a brand new short story, “The Last Layoff,” that my writing group will critique in January as well as a new chapter for the second draft of the novel I have been working on forever.

Writing and Parties

The first holiday party came on Saturday and I have two more this Sunday (but can only attend one). I’d be quadruple-booked if I had time to participate in the annual Messiah Sing in Sudbury. For various events, I have baked molasses spice cookies, Toll House cookies and a chocolate malted Bundt cake with crushed candy canes on top. I have more baking planned for the parties coming up.

Roundup of November 2017 Posts

Somehow Susanne and I managed to complete blog posts across a range of topics. If your holiday season is shaping up to be as busy as mine, here’s the roundup of November 2017 posts to keep you up to date. Please feel free to share anything you like with friends and family.

Art and Museums

Boston and History

Business and Technology

Current Events

Food and Cooking

Friends and Family

Life and Culture

The National Gallery, Washington DC

The National Gallery, Washington DC


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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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