Roundup of August 2019 Posts

Note: Susanne’s regular Monday post will appear tomorrow,
September 3, due to the holiday.

tomatoes, summer tomatoes, tomato

I love summer. New England summers are short and we pack a lot into them. Even though summer begins officially earlier, we mark ours with Memorial Day and the end of the school year.

From there, I count down to Independence Day and the All-Star Game. After that comes the long stretch to Labor Day and the opening of school, not always in that order.

Records show that August is the hottest of the summer months but it never seems that way to me. The brilliant sunshine I woke up to in July has become subdued. Sometimes I think it’s overcast but that’s just because the sun has not yet risen above the tree line. In the afternoon, I go onto the porch or the deck to sit and read and find that it is cooler than expected.

The August Garden

Sedum spectabile, black-eyed Susans, bumblebees

Bumblebees and black-eyed Susans

My perennial border is snoozing after the July riot of color and shape. The red, gold, purple, and peach daylilies have turned to brown sticks. Only the rudbeckia are still in full bloom but even those gorgeous blossoms look a bit tired. A random blossom pops up on one plant of another, as if remembering that it’s running out of time.

The humming birds thrum around the petunia pots hanging over the porch, looking for late blossoms that have folded up. Now that September has begun, the giant sedum is starting to bloom and the bees throng it like humans around an ice cream stand.

Hurricane Dorian may come up this way, although it’s too soon to tell what its track will be. We will almost certainly get rain, though.

Roundup of August 2019 Posts

You have been away on vacation from your job and your computer. I can tell, because page views always drop in July and August. Despite the heat and the activities, however, Suze and Jackie and I have been writing steadily throughout August. We have published posts on a variety of subjects and this is your chance to catch up.

Here, without further ado, is my roundup of August 2019 posts.

Health and Safety

Lifestyle and Culture




September Glories

Pokeweed in autumn

Pokeweed in autumn colors

Now that September is here, we look ahead to apple days and crisp nights, warm sweaters and pumpkin spice everything, school buses and rush-hour traffic, Indian Summer and cider doughnuts.

Summer has gone and we have come back to our normal schedules. For many, fall is the best time of year and fall in New England has its particular glories. My writing team and I have a lot of good things to come. Keep reading!


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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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