Roundup of April 2018 Posts

I’m sort of glad to put April in the rear-view mirror. A cold wet month, it afflicted everyone from kids practicing outdoor sports to commuters and early major-league baseball. Some days it felt like the Red Sox were the only hot thing in town and they continue to hold first place in the American League East with a 20 – 7 win-loss record. Go Sox! I check my daily Sox Lunch email for a quick summary of the last game.

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Spring jonquils

The jonquils and daffodils have finally come up but they often seem to be enduring the spring rather than celebrating it. I know how they feel. This April has put me in mind of my years at Somerset High School (now Somerset Berkley Regional High School) when I played on the softball team.

“Played” is a relative term, of course. I practiced with everyone else on a lot of cold, wet days like the ones we have had this spring. And that was before we had fleece.

It’s Cold on the Bench

My sister, Diane, played first base. Pauline, one of my best friends was a starting pitcher and the other, Liz Araujo, was the starting catcher. No one stole second on Liz.  I practiced in center field but the one actual game I remember playing, Coach Corcoran put me at third base. I had no experience in that position and just tried to do my best. I don’t remember any specifics but I don’t think it went well.

While I never held a starting position or contributed much to the team’s success, I did learn to play the game and that was a good thing. I claim membership in Red Sox Nation both because of where I grew up and through watching games with my father and two brothers. But I also had a head start from practicing and watching a lot of softball.

What I Learned at Softball Practice

Somerset High School, Somerset Berkley Regional High School, County Street

The old Somerset High School

What did I learn on those cold April days when I looked up at the ever-present clouds and prayed for a beam of sunlight? Perseverance, for one. Putting the team first. The importance of backing up the infield and hitting sacrifice flies. The infield fly rule. Never throw behind the runner. Always, always run out the hit because you can never tell what will happen. I wish someone would tell Hanley Ramirez that.

The Somerset High School softball team did well: four consecutive Narragansett League championships. I don’t remember reading a single newspaper article about that achievement.

Roundup of April 2018 Posts

As Susanne said yesterday, we don’t always get what we want but the important thing is to focus on the positive. In the spirit of perseverance and playing whatever position life gives you, here’s the roundup of April 2018 posts.

Boston and History

Books and Movies



Food and Cooking



The warmth and sunlight are coming—the Weather Channel says so. Let’s hope the good weather hangs around for a while. I want to go to Fenway Park and watch the game when it’s warm.

Boston Red Sox, Xander Bogaerts. Fenway Park

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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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