Roundup of August 2018 Posts

“August, die she must.
The Autumn winds blow chilly and cold.”

“April Come She Will” — Simon and Garfunkel

End of Summer, Santiago Uceda, Roundup of August 2018 Posts

End of Summer by Santiago Uceda

Today is the first day of September. Summer camp has ended. School is in and yellow busses crowd the streets morning and afternoon. How did this happen? Only yesterday we were awaiting the start of summer.

Chrysanthemums have made an appearance at the local farm stand. My tomato plants wilted after days of rain and even my sturdy Trailing Tom has bloomed its last. Tomorrow I will clean up the dead plants.

Don’t talk to me about pumpkins or pumpkin spice anything. I’m not ready for slow-cooker recipes, stews and home-baked apple pie. Those things will come but right now I’m hanging on to summer by my fingernails.

Fewer Posts Last Month

The Next Phase Blog team has produced fewer posts than usual this month but not because we were basing on the beach or eager to get out of town, like the U.S. Congress. No, Suze has been working hard and was traveling. My time was commandeered by my husband’s knee-replacement surgery. He’s recuperating at home now but can’t really go anywhere for four weeks. Everything else—food shopping, picking up meds at the pharmacy—is up to me. Lots of driving time means not so much writing time.

Future Days Anthology, Castrum Press, The Good Citizen, anthology, short storiesCastrum Press printed one of my short stories in August. “The Good Citizen” came out in their Future Days Anthology. You can purchase it on Amazon and see my other printed work on my brand-new Amazon Author Page.

Even with all the other things we had to do, Suze and I did put some up good posts on a variety of subjects. We even tackled environmental pollution from orbital space to the bottom of the sea. Without further ado, here’s the regular roundup of August 2018 posts on The Next Phase Blog.

Roundup of August 2018 Posts

Boston and History

Business and Technology 


Food and Cooking

Friends and Family 

Health and Safety

Language and Writing 

Lifestyle and Culture 

Movies and TV

Hanging on to Summer

Crickets, fireflies, summer nightI refuse to accept the end of summer. It doesn’t technically end until Friday, September 21, anyway. Outside, the temperature has soared into the triple digits and some schools have released students early because of the heat. Here in New England we’re accustomed to snow days but not to hot-weather days. Crickets, unacquainted with the calendar, chirp in the warm dusk.

It’s still summer until that first cold rain and the leaves start to fall. I insist.

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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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