Roundup of July 2017 Posts

July was a pretty busy month for us, with travel for Susanne and catching up after travel for me. I go so confused I actually published two different posts on the same day—something I have never done before. Check out the list; you may have missed one.

steamer clams, july 2017 postsSummer is a time of sweet corn and tomatoes—two of God’s gifts to our palates—along with lobsters and steamer clams, ice cream and lemonade, watermelon and peaches. That combination is hard to beat.

Back on the Road

I’m back on the streets of Boston, giving walking tours for Boston By Foot. Last Saturday I was the only docent scheduled for the Dark Side tour with 12 people pre-registered. That was just the baseline. By the time the tour started, I had 28 people. I don’t mind a big group—it’s kind of fun and this was a lively crowd—but it does take longer for folks to walk from place to place, especially on the narrow streets of Boston’s North End.

I’m leading another private tour this afternoon and giving the Dark Side tour again on Saturday night. We’ll have another docent to break up a big group, should we have one, and I would love to see you there. BTW: A private Boston By Foot tour is a great group even for a corporate meeting. Employees coming in from other parts of the country love to hear about the city’s history.

Roundup of July 2017 Posts 

Green mound, mound builders, elf hillHere’s the roundup of July 2017 posts, including another short story.  The continuation of “Elf Hill,” will appear on Friday for those who wanted to know what happened next.  I cut this part out when I submitted this story for publication to make it more focused and give it a punchy ending.  If you plan to read the second part, you should read this story first. 


Boston and History 

Business and Technology 


Food and Cooking 

Friends and Family 



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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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